What would a doctor who has studied skin conditions recommend?
First, think about where you’re getting your information. If you’re following the recommendations of someone who wants to sell you something, make sure that person is credentialed. Be certain what they’re saying makes sense.
Second, don’t get overwhelmed by scientific-sounding ingredients. Look these things up.
Fragrance is unnecessary and can cause allergic reactions. It’s unnecessary for treatment of the skin. It doesn’t improve how the product performs.
Skin Care Basics
- Protect by day. Antioxidants and sunblock are your friends. Apply before leaving your house each morning. Most products contain some sunblock and it’s okay to layer them.
- Repair by night. Consider a serum that improves specific skin conditions before applying a cream. Your serum should contain a higher percentage of active ingredients than your moisturizer.
- Facial masks are more about the luxury and fun. They can give a temporary boost in surface hydration but don’t have any long-term benefits.
- Beware scrubbing. Don’t treat your skin like it’s a linoleum floor. Gentle scrubbing is acceptable but heavy scrubbing can inflame and damage your skin.