September is Skin Care Awareness Month. It is a month that encourages us to educate others on the best way to care for their skin and its needs. We know that this doesn’t just mean product recommendations—it’s also about expert advice, practical, common-sense tips, as well as informative how-to’s and tutorials.
That’s why we have produced our own Skin Care Awareness Month challenge, honing in on four specific weekly missions to help you on your path to great skin health. Take part in our weekly missions, follow our simple daily steps and share your feedback and progress with us online. There’s also a giveaway each week! You’ll have a chance to win a prize package full of products associated with that weekly mission. Sign up now for your chance to win, and be sure to scroll below to follow your weekly mission.
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Now that you’ve signed up for a chance to win a prize package full of Back to Basics skin care, we’ll guide you through the 5 steps you’ll need to work through your first mission.
Step 1: Assess your skin type and its needs. According to Dr. Lotika Singh of Schweiger Dermatology Group, knowing your skin type is very important when it comes to choosing the right skin care products. “Using products meant for oily skin on sensitive/dry skin can be harsh and irritating. Conversely, using overly hydrating/thick creams may cause breakouts in oily/acne-prone skin,” Dr. Singh said.
Step 2: Check expiration dates, clear your vanity and clean your tools. It’s time we started holding our products and tools to the standard they deserve. Do you know the expiration date of your products? It’s much more serious than a loss of effectiveness—it has the potential to cause unwanted irritation. We know cleaning might not always be a high priority, but keeping your vanity clear can help prevent the transfer of bacteria, as will regularly cleaning your tools. Plus, it will help lengthen their lifespans!
Step 3: Understand the benefits of exfoliation. As a general rule of thumb, acne-prone and highly sensitive skin responds very well to chemical exfoliants because they are less likely to cause irritation. If you prefer a physical exfoliant, the best product for you depends a great deal upon the thickness and sensitivity of your skin. According to Gary Goldfaden, M.D., exfoliation in general is essential to maintaining smooth skin and keeping wrinkles and discoloration at bay. “Exfoliation is the base of all healthy-looking skin,” Goldfaden said.
Step 4: Apply your products in the proper order. This will ensure that your skin receives the full benefits of each product. For example, if you applied a cream-based product first followed by a serum, the cream’s emolliency would prevent the serum from reaching the skin.
Step 5: Make sure you’re applying correct quantities. Do you know how much of your beauty and skin care products you should be using? If you’re using too much, you’re not only wasting your money, but you could also potentially be causing damage to your skin! Take our quiz and find out if you know your measurements.