Skin Care Awareness Month: Mission 3 – Elevate Your Routine

BY Dermstore Editors · September 11, 2015

We’re now halfway through our Skin Care Awareness Month challenge, and we want to help you take your skin care routine to the next level. Although some of these steps may seem standard to many, it’s all about incorporating them daily so that you can really elevate your regimen.

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Now that you’ve signed up for a chance to win a prize package full of products to elevate your routine, we’ll guide you through the 5 steps you’ll need to work through this mission.

Step 1: Add an antioxidant to your routine. According to Dr. Rebecca Kleinerman of Schweiger Dermatology, when collagen breaks down, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, and brown spots start to form, making us look older. “The rate at which the molecules are destroyed or “scavenged” by our bodies is impacted by genetics and diet, but by using topical antioxidant formulations we can give our skin an extra boost in trying to remove these free radicals. I usually tell patients to apply antioxidant formulas to their skin in the morning, creating a second line of defense, in addition to their SPF,” Dr. Kleinerman said.

Step 2: Apply a minimum of SPF 15 every day. The sun protection factor (SPF) on the side of a sunscreen bottle indicates how well it can protect skin against UVB rays—the spectrum of the sun’s radiation responsible for causing your skin to burn. But there’s another range of radiation you’re exposed to while in the sun: UVA, the rays responsible for up to 90 percent of the skin’s aging signs. Only products that read “broad spectrum” on the label and offer an SPF of 15 or higher can claim to prevent sunburn along with skin cancer and early signs of skin aging.

Step 3: Try a night cream for increased repair. According to Dr. Rebecca Kleinerman of Schweiger Dermatology, during the night we aren’t facing the same pollutants or exposing our skin to the stress of the sun, so it’s best to use that time to apply products that can restore skin radiance by adding moisture or stimulating collagen formation over time. “Retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids make the top layer of your skin more compact and youthful and help get rid of photodamaged areas. While some can cause irritation and dryness at first, usually your skin will adjust with continued use and these products become more tolerable,” Dr. Kleinerman said.

Step 4: Consider an acid for advanced exfoliation. At this stage, most of us have used a product or two that contain hydroxy acids. Glycolic, lactic, salicylic—we’ve heard of them. We know they work, but what exactly does each of them do, and how are they different from each other? According to triple board-certified plastic surgeon Stanley Jacobs, they smooth, tighten, firm and brighten. “And what’s great, almost everyone can tolerate them in lower concentrations and can notice significant improvements in their skin when used as directed,” Dr. Jacobs said.

Step 5: Treat yourself to a beauty device. At-home beauty treatment devices have been making bold moves in the skin care industry of late. We expect noticeable results, fast, and we don’t want to put our delicate skin through any intrusive or costly treatments we may expect from a visit to the doctor.

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