The 5 Fundamentals in Skincare For Amazing Skin – According to 28 World-Class Dermatologists
In a recent study promoted by a group of serious skincare companies, they interviewed a group of 28 Board Certified Dermatologists in the USA.
And the primary objective was to find out what they are recommending to their patients, in terms of the best skincare routine according to this brilliant group of board-certified Dermatologists.
Mostly, they all agree that everybody is free to create their skincare routine, but it’s essential to pay attention to some fundaments and start from there.
The five fundamentals in skincare for amazing skin, are cleansing, exfoliating, treating, moisturizing, and protecting.
Let’s cover each one individually below.
Cleansing Is Not Washing The Face With Soap
The group of Board-certified dermatologists revealed that many people use bar soap to wash their face. It’s not good at all for the skin, as soaps have chemical products, such as solvents, which remove skin’s oil and lipids.
Essential components to protect the skin from drying out.
There are two main types of non-soap cleansers. Both leave lipids on the surface of the skin and less likely to cause dryness, either redness or irritation.
- Simple non-soap liquid cleanser – made of water, glycerin, and a foaming agent. They are better for cleansing the skin’s surface but, on the other hand, not very moisturizing.
- Cleansing cream – non-foaming products made from water botanical or mineral oils, petrolatum, and waxes. Usually more moisturizing but less antibacterial. For this reason, derms don’t recommend cleansing creams for people with acne or inflamed rosacea.
Changes in season, or changes in lifestyle or activity level, may require a change in cleansers. During the summer, for instance, people want to try the salicylic acid cleanser, which can get into the pores and clear them from debris.
Winter cold snap or ski trip might warrant a shift to a gentler, more moisturizer cleanser. The majority of the derms group agreed that for those with acne issues in the winter, benzoyl peroxide cleanser for antiacne. With antibacterial properties, followed up with a botanical cleanser if the skin feels dry.
All of them suggested washing the face with clean hands and increasing the elimination of dead skin cells, all mentioned washcloth as a simple way to do it, preventing bacterial overgrowth on the surface.
Critical points For Good Cleansing According to Board Certified Dermatologists
- Always non-soap cleanser without lauryl sulfate
- For dry skin, consider using moisturizing cleansing creams
- Oily skin, salicylic acid. Best choice in a hot or humid climate or wherever people perspire more
- Active-acne people, benzoyl peroxide – but for a limited period – glycolic acid or salicylic acid for cleansing
- Swimmers or other physical activity users, moisturizers with botanical ingredients to neutralize effects of sweat and chloride.
- Heavy makeup users assure that nighttime cleanser can remove makeup residue. If it doesn’t consider using a separate cleanser specifically for removing makeup.
- Rotate cleansers as needed, depending on seasonal changes, lifestyle, activity levels, and hormonal fluctuations.
Cleansing is the most critical step of the skincare routine.
You can use the best cream ever created, but if the skin is not clean enough, the skin is not able to absorb the great ingredients and actives to promote the benefits on the skin.
Exfoliating The Skin, But Not Too Much
This is the process that, unfortunately, many people don’t know what to do or frequency to do. Let us help to share some valuable information from the group of Board-Certified Derms.
In short, exfoliating is the step that is not an everyday step in the skincare routine. Once or twice a week tops depending on conditions of the skin.
It’s the step where we clear away dead cells from the skin’s surface. When dead cells accumulate on the surface, the skin looks dull, rough, dry, and sometimes flaky.
Many of these cells may clog pores, causing pores to stretch out, making them larger and eventually producing whiteheads and blackheads.
Good exfoliation process will brighten and smooth the skin’s surface, improving breakouts. It can also help clear acne and inflamed rosacea lesions.
Another critical reason to exfoliate is that dead skin cells act as a coat of armor on the skin, inhibiting the right nutrients, actives, and ingredients in penetrating the layers where they can do the most good.
Two Ways of Exfoliating The Face
- Chemical Exfoliants – Ingredients used for this process such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or retinoid. That removes dead skin cells just sitting there and in after a certain period, washed off.
- Physical Exfoliants – When abrasive particles known as abrasives that bead on the face. Just like chemical exfoliants, there are different strengths and concentrations. Very abrasive ones usually can irritate the skin more comfortably, have apricot, walnut kernels, or cornmeal. More gentle ones have tiny beads like jojoba.
People may have good experience in using scrubs. If that is the case, just be careful about how much pressure applied to the skin to avoid damage.
Treating is the process of delivering the skin the ingredients necessary to address skin goals.
The list could be from anti-aging, brightening, antiacne to mention some of them. Let’s see some skin goals and some main treating ingredients for each one of them.
Reduce the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles
You may want to look for a product that contains peptides. Some peptides can produce firmer-looking skin after just one use.
Another non-prescription ingredient that helps to diminish lines and deeper wrinkles are retinol.
It was proven already that using a 0.15% retinol, decreases the appearance of wrinkles by 30%. Pretty good. Right?
- Improve dynamic lines – Nothing can beat a good neuropeptide on that… Personality lines, aka crow’s feet or frown lines between the eyebrows, are the best examples that neuropeptides can do to fill up those lines.
- Combat tired skin – Smokers, insomniacs, and people under a lot of stress are especially vulnerable to damaging free radicals. For them, an antioxidant product is the best choice for restoring healthy, vibrant skin.
- Fade Age Spots – Hydroquinone is a trendy ingredient to address this skin issue. Be mindful that hydroquinone is a product that is not recommended for those planning to be pregnant or already pregnant.
Moisturizing The Face To Keep the Plump and Glow
Now that the skin is prepared to receive and absorb the best ingredients for your skin goals, it’s time for the moisturizing.
Much more than just cream nowadays, creams come in many ways, serums, antioxidants, sunscreen, anti-aging.
By moisturizing, the cream helps to hold water (hydration) in the skin. It’s responsible for keeping the skin plump and fresh looking.
Now, there is a list of ingredients that help moisturizers to increase the water content on skin cells.
Lipid is an ingredient that blocks water loss on the skin.
Lipids are natural oils to our skin. This is the reason they are trendy in most moisturizers. Just to illustrate that better, babies in general, have a higher level of lipids on the skin—the reason why a baby’s face is smooth and soft.
As the years go by, the level of lipids diminishes, resulting in loss of smoothness and softness.
Humectants attract water from the environment and produce a net increase of water content at the skin’s surface.
Creating the appearance of smoother skin, Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most popular humectant ingredients on skincare products.
An excellent way to show its popularity is that Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water. For this reason, it makes an excellent surface moisturizer.
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Protecting the Skin To Enjoy a Healthy Good Looking Skin
The fifth and final step, according to the Brilliant Group of Board Certified Dermatologists is a zinc-based sunscreen.
It’s smart to find a daytime moisturizer that’s both rejuvenating and sun protection. It will prevent sun damage, and therefore, age spots and freckles.
As a bonus, the zinc oxide will calm your skin and reduce any redness brought on by the hormonal fluctuations associated with oral contraceptives, perimenopause, and certainly menopause.
Women who take hormone replacement therapy to manage menopausal symptoms often find that the estrogens cause blotching of their skin.
The most recommended sunscreen is the one that you like the most. Based on the scent, thickness, texture, appearance on the skin.
In general, tinted sunscreens are the most popular among people, since these products give the skin, an excellent “finish” in addition to protecting and moisturizing.
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The Best Products to Use In a Skincare Routine
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