Skincare Secrets from a Plastic Surgeon

Skincare Advice from a Professional

The skin is widely regarded as the largest organ in the human body. It comes into contact with the sun, pollution, bacteria, and more. You know it needs extra care to keep it looking its best but what are the steps or products I absolutely need to be using? Here are some simple skin care tips from a professional to keep your skin looking younger and healthier.

First of all, always remove your makeup. No matter how tired you are! Effectively removing makeup is the key to clearer, healthier skin. When you remove your makeup, you give your skin a clean canvas for other skincare products. We recommend a gentle cleansing oil or wash as a first step to removing makeup. When it comes to skincare steps, it’s best to remember to layer products from thinnest to thickest. This means anything you use between cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.

Your diet affects the health of your skin. This shouldn’t come as a surprise but what you eat, does impact your overall skin health. Limiting dairy products and sugar is recommended for clearing up breakouts and other skin issues. Eating nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are recommended for healthy skin.

The most important piece of advice is to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. If nothing else, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen every day, year-round, not just in the summer or when you know you’ll be spending time outside. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are designed to protect your skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which can cause direct and indirect cell and DNA damage. This cell and DNA damage impacts collagen, pigment, and cell reproduction which results in signs of aging including lines, discoloration, and an overall unhealthy appearance. Sunscreen also can prevent skin cancers. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day too, no matter the weather.

With so many different skin types and skin goals, it’s hard to diagnose a “one size fits all” regimen, if you’d like a skincare routine tailored to you, give us a call and schedule a consultation with us today (203) 453-6635.

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