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Now that Spring has arrived many of us do spring cleaning in the house. What about your medicine cabinets?
It’s good to make sure the skin products you are using are not out of date. If so, then toss them and make a trip to the closest store and start fresh. You want to look your best with a healthy glow.
Depending on whether your face is oily, dry or combination is what cleanser you decide to use.
Some patients with oily skin can use a cleanser with glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide to control the oiliness or shiny appearance of the skin.
Examples of cleansers for oily skin include: Glytone Mild Cream Cleanser or Differin Daily Deep Cleanser.
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For those patients with more sensitive skin or dry skin, gentle cleansers can be used like Aveeno Ultra Calming Facial cleanser, Vanicream facial cleanser or Cerave Hydrating cleanser for dry skin.
Before starting your morning routine, don’t forget to apply a morning moisturizer with sunscreen.
Aveeno Positively Radiant facial moisturizer or Cerave AM Facial moisturizer are convenient inexpensive choices with SPF.
If you feel your face doesn’t need moisturizer and want to use only sunblock, then Vanicream Sport or Cerave Hydrating Sunscreen are easy choices.
When you want to look your best and select a makeup that has excellent coverage but not too heavy, then try Clinique, Almay or Neutrogena over-the-counter.
Some dermatologist offices carry mineral make-up such as Glo mineral makeup or Jane Iredale. These lines are higher end and can be more expensive.
An option to make sure you choose the correct shade and finish is to go to an aesthetician at a dermatologist's office who can color match what looks best and blends with your skin.
Removing makeup can be awful until you find the right one that won't sting your eyes but remove all traces of makeup.
It's important to know that cleansing your skin and removing your makeup are not the same thing. There are so many types of makeup removers including cleansing oils, makeup removing wipes or micellar waters.
Neutrogena makeup remover wipes or Cerave Hydrating Micellar water are options that are not too harsh on the skin.
Don’t forget to baby your skin before going to sleep.
Depending on what your skin concerns are is what you will put on.
If you have dry, red, sensitive skin a basic facial moisturizer may be fine with prescription Soolantra Cream or Mirvaso to control the redness.
When you have wrinkles and combination skin a retinoid can be helpful for anti-aging benefits and reduce oiliness. ZO Firming serum can help to make the skin look healthy by hydrating it and helping with elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Another ZO product which can be found at dermatologist offices is ZO Daily Power Defense, which can provide antioxidant protection.
No matter what age you are it’s important to take care of your skin. Whether you are addressing acne, dry dull skin, brown spots or wrinkles it’s never too late to start.
If you have no idea where to start with a basic skin care routine, then ask your dermatologist about your concerns or what you may be self-conscious about.
A recommendation or prescription can be given by your health care provider as well as a referral to an aesthetician.
Routine visits to an aesthetician can help your skin look its best with facials, chemical peels, micro-needling or IPL treatments.
This year take the time to invest in you and your skin. You’ll be glad you did.
Susan Hammerling-Hodgers, a Member of the National Psoriasis Foundation, is a PA-C (Certified Physician Assistant) and MPAS (Master of Physician Assistant Studies) and works at Brevard Skin and Cancer at the Merritt Island, Titusville and Rockledge offices.