A Prescription for Healthy, Beautiful Skin
This prescription for healthy skin, beautiful skin is easy to follow but will take a commitment from you. It has two parts:
Regular sessions with a professional skincare specialist (minimum twice a season or every four, six, or eight weeks depending on the conditions or issues of the skin). The skin and its proper care requires the knowledge of a skincare expert. Only a skincare professional can properly determine your skin type and skin condition. They understand how the skin functions, the use of advanced equipment, and a possess a high skill level so they can treat many kinds of skin conditions properly, without further damaging the skin.
Proper care of your skin at home, coupled with professional skin care treatments, will provide you with long lasting results. It is essential you have good home care when it comes to your skin. Choosing the correct professional products is a must. Professional products are formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients that bring results. Over-the-counter products may have some of the same ingredients but at a very low concentration. Changes can take months to years to develop, if ever. The many “fillers” in these products can cause breakouts, pore clogging, and irritation to the skin causing more unnecessary problems.
Three essentials to start a good home care regimen:
- Cleanser (chosen for your skin type)
- Exfoliator (chosen for your skin type)
- Moisturizer (chosen for your skin type)
Other products may be necessary to help resolve unwanted skin conditions (i.e. repair cream, eye cream, serums, wrinkle reducer, etc. See your skincare professional for advice).
You can be on the road to healthy skin, beautiful skin as you follow these simple steps.
What are your waiting for?
Four steps for healthy skin:
- Cleansing. Find a good Cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it. Choose a Creamy Cleanser if you have dry skin or a Clear Cleanser if you have oily skin. Be careful not to cleanse too often, you risk over-cleansing skin, you really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can clog pores. If you have dry skin, consider cold cream. Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need. Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries).
- Exfoliate. If you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. Put a dab of cleanser on a damp washcloth and massage the cleanser into my skin in a circular motion. After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased. You can also exfoliate skin via microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and some lasers Dr. Shah exclusively has. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. Retinoids (such as Retin-A or the more moisturizing Renova) also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin. Skincare experts consider Retinoids to be a miracle skin saver.
- Moisturizing. if you have dry skin, you should invest in a moisturizer. How much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Be careful not to over-moisturize – this can clog pores.
Sun Screen. Major cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it’s important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. A great trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection. Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, make sure it contains Mexoryl or Helioplex.