The Do’s and Don’ts of Skincare
By: Bobbi Del Balzo, Medical Aesthetician
The key to skincare is finding a routine that will restore the overall health of your skin from the inside out. The team at Deep Blue Med Spa is here to help you avoid the common mistakes often made when treating specific skin types, to teach the fundamentals of skincare, and to recommend products that people with all skin types should be using daily.
THE DON’TS – Common misconceptions & misuses
Acne/Oily Skin Type
Patients with acne/oily skin are often afraid to clog their pores and create more oil. Therefore, they turn to drying agents instead of corrective care products. Individuals with oily skin commonly choose products with the terms “oil-free, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and astringents.” Products with these ingredients over dry the skin, which causes the oil levels to increase, producing more oil in the sebaceous glands. This can cause the skin to become clogged and potentially break out as it strips the natural, healthy functions of the skin.
Sensitive Skin Type
A fair share of patients think they have sensitive skin, but a lot of times it is because they are using the wrong products that are causing their skin to become reactive, red and irritated. Sometimes this can fall into the same category as Rosacea sensitive patients.
Sensitive patients commonly use Cetaphil or ultra-gentle over the counter products, which do not improve the health of their skin and could cause sensitivity and rosacea to worsen. Another mistake that sensitive skin types make is they do not exfoliate their skin because they think it is too harsh, but this not always true. It is very important to see a skincare professional to guide you on the proper products to be using.
Dry Skin Type
Patients with dry skin look for extra moisture. They usually seek oil products with the terms “coconut oil, argon oil, and rose hip oil ingredients.” Dry skin types also look for heavy, rich night creams. Unfortunately, these products mask the issue and cause your skin to become more dry. This happens because the skin becomes more reliant on the oil and the oil suffocates your skin. Your skin will never restore its natural glow and by using oil based products, it will cause a vicious cycle.
Lastly, most patients are not aware of seasonal changes with their skin. As the seasons go from cold to hot and vice versa, you must change your skincare routine and products must be altered.
THE DO’S – Follow these key principles when choosing skincare and always be sure to consult with a skincare professional before starting a new regimen.
- Getting Skin Ready – ALL SKIN TYPES MUST USE DAILY
Enables skin to function properly
- Exfoliating Scrub- 3 x a week
- Oil Control Toner
- Correction – AS NEEDED
Improves the epidermis using certain topical agents such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, sulfur, Hydroquinone, and/or retinols.
- Acne Control
- Pigment Control (sun damage, melasma, uneven tone)
- Stabilization – ALL SKIN TYPES DAILY
Enables skin to renew and strengthen itself with vitamin C, antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and/or growth factors
- Epidermal- Surface
- Dermal- Below surface
- Stimulation – AS NEEDED
Improving both the epidermis and the dermis through the use of retinols and retinoic acids.
- Hydration + Calming – AS NEEDED
Reduces the severity of reactions, increases skins tolerance to any actives and accelerates skin hydration from within.
- Sun Protection – ALL SKIN TYPES MUST USE DAILY
Combination of organic and inorganic sunscreens to strengthen skins barrier function and tolerance to ultraviolet light.
By following these easy tips, you will be on your way to achieving healthy and radiant skin. Remember it’s not your job to know what skincare you need! Leave it to us, the experts, to decide what regimen will work best for your skin type. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary skincare consultation.