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How to Start a New Skincare Routine

Posted August 01, 2023 in Skincare

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Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?

It protects us from the sun and outdoor elements and guards us from internal injury. It stays with us throughout our lives and tells our stories—from childhood scars to bad tattoos. Unfortunately, though, our skin is often an afterthought.

When we’re young, it can be challenging to commit to a regular skincare routine. It’s often not until we see the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles or crow’s feet, that we begin taking better care of it. 

In your 40s and beyond, hormonal changes and fluctuations may cause anything from breakouts to oily skin and require a different skincare routine that is tailored to your unique skin situation. 

By the time you begin to notice minor imperfections on your previously smooth skin, you may be considering anti-aging treatments, Botox, or HydraFacials to restore your glowing, youthful appearance.

These are wonderful options, but something as simple as creating and sticking to a skincare routine can be quite effective. This can increase your self-confidence, improve the look and feel of your skin, and give you a chance to commit to a gratifying self-care regimen. 

Getting Started With A New Skincare Routine

One of the most challenging parts of adopting a new skincare routine is getting started. With these tips, you’ll be a pro in no time!

Better Late Than Never.

Now is the time to start thinking about a new skincare routine while time is still on your side. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or beyond, it’s never too late to begin! 

Our Skin Changes as We Grow Older, and So Should Our Skincare Routine. 

One of the biggest mistakes people make in their skincare routine is that they don’t update their routine regularly.

When you were a teen, you may have been concerned about acne, but into your 20s, you may want to focus on preventing fine lines and wrinkles. In your 30s, dry skin and fine lines are likely the bane of your existence. In your 40s and beyond, hormonal changes and fluctuations may cause anything from breakouts to oily skin and require a different skincare routine that is tailored to your unique skin situation. 

Each age has different needs. It’s unlikely that when you’re 30, you’d still be using salicylic acid cleansers, right?

Start With a Cleanser.

The foundation of any good skincare routine is a cleanser.

Cleansers set the stage by getting deep into your pores and ridding them of dirt, makeup buildup, and impurities trapped beneath your skin. If you choose not to implement any other new skincare practice, cleanse your face daily with a high-quality cleanser such as SkinCeuticals® gentle facial cleanser.

Backed by science, this cleanser works well for a variety of skin types (even sensitive or dry ones) and is an all-around good choice for purifying your skin.  

Add a Toner.

Toners may conjure up memories of astringent products that leave your skin feeling tingly and far too dry. But as time has passed, the toner world has evolved, and products these days are gentler than they used to be.

Dry skin is not only uncomfortable and susceptible to irritation, redness, and acne, but it also increases the appearance of skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles.

For a refreshing, soothing toner, try Conditioning Toner by SkinCeuticals®. This is ideal for everyday use and beneficial before adding a serum. 

Revitalize and Rejuvenate with a Serum.

Serums are a wonderful way to boost the nutrients in your skin.

Serums are a concentrated product that is formulated with vitamins and minerals, helping your skin look and feel its best.

Common ingredients used in serums are:

  • Vitamin C helps protect your skin from free radicals.
  • Hyaluronic acid seals in moisture.  

Serums are often broken down into two categories—ones you apply during the day and ones you apply before bedtime. Each one has unique properties that benefit your skin, but it’s important to note the difference between the two, as they are often made of slightly different ingredients. 

For example, retinol is best used in the evening since it can make your skin sensitive to the sun. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is often used during the day because hydrates and moisturizes.

For a great option, check out this serum

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. 

Along with properly cleansing your skin, it’s also vital to moisturize it.

Dry skin is not only uncomfortable and susceptible to irritation, redness, and acne, but it also increases the appearance of skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles.

When your skin is dry, it tries to overcompensate by increasing oil production, causing breakouts and acne. Dehydrated skin can affect any part of your body but is most commonly observed on the face, hands, and legs. 

To combat dry skin, investing in a quality face moisturizer and body lotion is a MUST! Facial moisturizers are available for any skin type, whether you have sensitive, oily, combination, or dry skin. 

To explore some options, head to this website for a list of products that will have you loving your skin again! 

Don’t Forget to Bring the Sunscreen!

The benefits of applying sunscreen every day cannot be overstated.

In fact, shielding yourself from the sun is the number one way to prevent premature aging, skin cancer, and age spots. 

Whether you do this by applying sunscreen to all parts exposed to the sun on your body, applying makeup with SPF, wearing hats, or long-sleeved, lightweight clothing, it’s vital to reduce your sun exposure when you can. 

When settling on your next skincare product, commit to using it for a minimum of six weeks before making any judgments.

Yes, some sunscreens can be oily and clog your pores, but there are options available for even the most sensitive or acne-prone skin. Where there’s sun, there’s a need for sunscreen, regardless of the season.

When choosing a sunscreen, look for one that has an SPF of at least 30 for optimal protection. 

You’ve Started on the Path To Skincare Wellness—Now What?

Congratulations on taking the first step in your new skincare journey. Once you’ve dedicated yourself to the cause, keep these tips in mind for continued skin health and wellness!

Be consistent.

Many people report that certain products don’t work for them, but they don’t give them the chance to work their magic.

When settling on your next skincare product, commit to using it for a minimum of six weeks before making any judgments.

The only time you should sway from this advice is if you have an allergic reaction to a new product. If this occurs, stop use immediately and consult your doctor for further advice.

Start SLOW.

A common mistake many people make when deciding on a new skincare routine is adding too many products all at once.

Before adding new products to your routine, consult your doctor first.

Then, do a skin patch test on an area that is inconspicuous, and wait at least 24-48 hours before using the product. This helps determine allergies to a specific product or ingredient, therefore making the process of elimination easier.

Choose skincare products based on your individual skin type and concerns.

Another mistake is engaging in a new skincare routine that isn’t suited to your specific skin type.

Some examples of skin types are normal, oily, dry, and combination. For a detailed article that goes more in-depth about the different skin types, click here

Be prepared to review and assess your new skincare routine regularly. Our skin changes throughout our life, and it deserves the best care long into our golden years.

Know when to stop using a product.

Love is blind, and so is your relationship with your favorite skincare product.

Buying our favorite skincare products after many years feels safe and familiar. It makes us feel comfortable. But nothing ever grows in our comfort zone, and the same goes for your skincare routine.

Know how to tell the product is no longer working for you and adjust as needed—it’s okay!

Common ways to tell the product is no longer serving your skin’s purpose are:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • You’re not seeing results after using the product over an extended period of time, or;
  • You feel like your skin isn’t looking healthy.

These are all signs it might be time to try something new.

Get a professional consultation with Dr. Marcus Jiminez at The Medical Spa.

With two convenient locations in Fort Wayne and Fishers, Indiana, Dr. Jiminez and his staff are committed to helping you look and feel your best.

With his compassionate, experienced, and individually focused approach, he is the preeminent authority on vascular and cosmetic enhancement procedures in the area.

Whether you have skin concerns, want to inquire about laser therapy, or are struggling with low self-confidence, The Medical Spa has your back!

*DISCLAIMER
The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images, and other material contained on this website is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment before undertaking a new healthcare regimen.* 

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