- 21 Skin Care Tips to Keep You Looking Young for Less
- 55 Skin Care Tips and Tricks – Best Anti Aging Secrets – ELLE.com
- Skin Care Basics: Your Guide to Healthy Skin
- The Beginner’s Guide to Product Types, Explained by Dermatologists
- 1. Cleanser
- 2. Exfoliator
- 3. Treatment
- 4. Serum
- 5. Face Oil
- 6. Sunscreen
- 7. Moisturizer
- 8. Chemical Peel
- 9. Toner
- 10. Face Mask
- 11. Eye Cream
21 Skin Care Tips to Keep You Looking Young for Less
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Laugh lines and crow's feet add character to the face. But for some, they're telltale signs of aging that prompt some consumers to sprint to the nearest skin care boutique — or cosmetic surgeon.
Many pricey anti-aging products promise to slow the coming of wrinkles and fine lines, or even reverse aging and reveal youthful skin again. Start with the basics, though: Drink plenty of water; get enough sleep on a daily basis; don't smoke; and establish a cleansing routine every morning and night.
Build on this strong foundation for healthy skin with 21 tips that can ease the appearance of growing older without much expense.
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Most people's skin is at its healthiest in their 20s. Oily adolescent skin and acne breakouts are gone, and protein production is at its peak.
Don't wait until fine lines and wrinkles start forming in your late 20s and early 30s to start a routine.
Kids, teens, and young adults should wear sun protection on their faces every day to alleviate signs of sun damage later, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors.
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Using foundation as a base and finishing with powder are steps in many makeup routines. But people should consider changing things up once they hit 30, says makeup artist Sarah Brock.
Face powder and heavy foundation can make skin look older by accentuating wrinkles and fine lines, so use powder sparingly, applying only on the T-zone and over eyeshadow. For coverage, try a lighter CC cream instead of foundation.
It conceals blemishes but has a lighter consistency.
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On the next trip that requires air travel, pack a gentle cleanser and moisturizer that's ultra-hydrating.
A dry, pressurized cabin can affect the skin's top barrier, potentially making it more sensitive, especially around the eyes' thinner areas.
Also take care of your skin before a trip, so it's in tip-top shape before boarding the plane, skin expert Joshua Zeichner tells Allure.
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Frequent makeup application can dry out the skin. Moisturizer helps, but many professionals also use sprays to set makeup and seal in moisture.
Facial mists can be made at home by combining water and preferred natural oils, but oils can get pricey. Try a Mario Badescu facial spray (starting at $7 for 4 ounces on Amazon) packed with herbal extracts and fragrant rosewater.
Pro tip: For long days out, bring the spray along for an instant pick-me-up and makeup rejuvenator.
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Because of lower collagen production levels, debris accumulation, and sun exposure, dilated pores get more noticeable over time.
For those tempted to squeeze whiteheads and blackheads, skin expert Sally Penford tells Cosmopolitan it's best to avoid the practice.
Extractions should be done by professionals only, so follicle walls and capillaries don't get damaged. Exfoliating cleansers may help remove built-up dirt, oil, and dead skin.
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Yoga, pilates, and stretching do wonders for muscles, but the muscles of the face and neck are often forgotten. Aestheticians massage faces in order to stimulate blood flow and tone facial muscles and loosening skin.
Facial massages can stimulate skin cells to produce collagen and boost elasticity. To do your own facial massage, warm a teaspoon of a favorite moisturizer or rejuvenating cream by rubbing your palms together. A variety of DIY facial massages can be found online.
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For the face to fully absorb creams, serums, and other liquids, pores should be open. Anti-aging expert Dr. Aaron Tabor tells Shape that he recommends opening pores up with heat. Soak a small towel in hot water and place it on the face for a few moments before applying product for maximum absorption.
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The skin around the eyes, where there are fewer oil glands, is the thinnest and driest.
Even before the first under-eye wrinkle or glimpse of crow's feet, moisturize and boost the health of this weaker area with eye cream. Oz Naturals' Super Youth Eye Gel ($15.
49 from Walmart) is made of natural, organic ingredients, including plant stem cells and vitamin E.
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Decades of rubbing and tugging on skin with hands, towels, and pillowcases result in gradual wear and tear. Use a light touch, especially on the thinnest areas around the eyes.
Lotions and other products applied to the face should be warmed between the palms and patted on instead of being rubbed and swiped.
Many skin care and cosmetic professionals apply eye makeup with brushes and creams with their ring fingers, so they exert less force than they would with the index and middle digits.
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Collagen is the essential protein that supports the body's connective tissues and gives skin its supple firmness. Countless skin care brands sell products with collagen as a main ingredient, but eating foods such as fish, green vegetables, soy products, and citrus fruit is another way to boost collagen production (and more cost-effective, too).
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Facial skin has a natural layer of oil that moisturizes and protects against pollutants in the air, but it gets stripped away with every wash. Moisturizer adds a protective layer to rebalance the pores and lock in moisture so the skin feels refreshed, soft, and hydrated.
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer (starting at $15.19 on Amazon) promises to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots by hydrating with vitamins (notably C, E, and VitaNiacin complex) and antioxidants. More than 1,200 reviewers award it an average of 4.
3 5 stars, and many mention noticeable improvements in their skin.
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The body works continuously to shed dead skin and generate new layers. Speed the process with a natural, nutritious scrub once a week using a product such as the Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off ($8.93 on Amazon).
The natural black sugar and other ingredients work as a mask that sets after 15 minutes and scrubs off dead skin when rinsed away. It gets an average of 4.6 5 stars from more than 1,100 reviewers, with many customers remarking on how refreshed it makes them feel.
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Drinking water and using a daily moisturizer hydrates skin for a healthy glow, but using a sheet mask once a week adds even more nutrients and benefits. These disposable masks (with cutouts for the eyes, nose, and mouth) are soaked in vitamins and antioxidants.
They're placed directly on the face for 15 to 30 minutes so the ingredients can be absorbed. A pack of 10 Dermal Collagen Essence Masks, made with green tea extract ($6.
75 on Amazon), garners an average of 4 5 stars from reviewers — but DIY facial recipes made from ingredients found in the kitchen are cheaper and may be just as effective.
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Coming home after a long day at work or a night out with friends, it may be tempting to crash into bed without washing your face or removing makeup.
This could have lasting effects on how you look in the future, though, as eyeliner, powder, mascara, and heavy foundation can settle into pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Always invest the extra five minutes in makeup removal, especially around the eyes.
Use an oil-based makeup remover first, then a gentle cleanser for the entire face, before heading to bed.
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Vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm but breaks down with age, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
To get a daily dose of much-needed vitamin C, eat plenty of citrus fruit and try topical vitamin C such as Pure Body Naturals' Vitamin C Serum ($11 on Amazon). It averages 3.
9 5 stars from over 4,700 reviewers.
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Beach hats with wide brims, large cat-eye sunglasses, and cool fedoras aren't just summery fashion accessories.
Hats and sunglasses shield the face and eye area from direct UV rays, preventing it from breaking down that precious collagen. Skin care professionals recommend avoiding exposure to the sun when rays are strongest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When out in the sun, apply sunscreen frequently, wear sunglasses, and put on a hat to double the protection.
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When working, exercising, and sleeping, the body works to repair muscles and tissues.
Antioxidants are vital nutrients that help the repair process and improve the skin's appearance. When planning a week's meals or buying lunch, consider adding more antioxidants.
Fruits such as blueberries, kiwis, and cranberries and vegetables including spinach, kale, and artichokes are rich in antioxidants.
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For those who sleep with their faces pressed against a pillow the entire night, it may be time to invest in new pillowcases. Cotton pillowcases can cause friction against the skin, resulting in sleep lines and creases in the morning.
Young skin bounces back quickly, but wrinkles can form along those lines once elastin and collagen levels start to decrease (around the age of 30).
Satin pillowcases are recommended by many beauty gurus, who claim that the smooth, silky material doesn't rub against skin as you toss and turn.
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Few things take more of a toll on overall health than stress. Stress can affect appetite, sleep, and appearance, especially around the eyes.
People who are under pressure should try to relax and de-stress when possible. Take it one small step at a time.
Consider a daily 15- to 20-minute walk to reset at lunchtime; sign up for a weekly yoga class (or watch a video for home exercise); or plan a weekend getaway to rejuvenate.
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Protein powder is used for muscle recovery and building after a hard workout. People looking for healthier bones, joints, hair, and nails, can try a scoop of gelatin powder.
Gelatin is made from the prolonged boiling of animal bones, ligaments, skin, and tendons, usually from a cow or pig, and contains collagen, protein, keratin, and a variety of other nutrients that can boost overall health.
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When pampering the face with moisturizer and sunscreen, don't forget the neck and hands — they are just as exposed to sunlight and other elements as the face but are often neglected. As part of the morning and night routines, be sure to apply moisturizer, sunscreen, recovery cream, and other products on these important areas, as well.
55 Skin Care Tips and Tricks – Best Anti Aging Secrets – ELLE.com
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It's a new decade and your skincare resolutions are just beginning. Whether stress from work has given way to aging fears or royal family drama has awakened acne breakouts, we've got you covered.
Your skincare should strengthen under the most stressful of situations. Find out which foods to cut your Trader Joe's runs and why we're embracing tea and shade more than ever before.
Below, the 55 tips for a decade full of healthy skin, lots of sleep, and a vat of SPF.
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Meet Your Moisturizer Soul Mate
The best defense against dry skin? Making friends with a daily moisturizer. Applying lotion right after stepping the shower seals in the moisture that your skin has just absorbed. And since hands are often the first indicators of aging, invest in a heavy moisturizer to keep in your bag, car, and office. Here are a few ELLE.com can't stop talking about.
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Kick The Caffeine
Can't figure out why you have dry skin? Caffeine may be the culprit. Replace the java with H2O, and add fruit slices, orange or lemon, to enhance the flavor. In conclusion, Skincare > Starbucks.
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Stopping the Scroll
Tearing yourself away from the 'gram may seem too high a price to pay. But we promise your skin is paying more. Keep antibacterial wipes handy to swipe your phone clean and help your skin stay clear. Make cleansing your cell—and yourself—of toxins a part of your weekly to-do's.
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Slathering your skin with SPF is a priority, even if you're worried your block will make you break out.
“Sunscreen formulas made with zinc are generally nongreasy and nonirritating, making them especially good for acne, sensitive skin,” says Colleen Shimamoto, educational adviser for DermaQuest Skin Therapy.
“So, opt for physical blocks zinc oxide or titanium oxide, which reflect the sun's UVB and UVA rays.”
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Survive Sans Salt
If your skin feels parched, it might be time to give up your secret pretzel stash. Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture skin and leave it dull and dry. Cut back on salty treats and invest in a hydrating facial moisturizer to combat the dehydration. Unfortunately, fresh skin trumps that order of french fries.
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“When you exfoliate, you're evening out the skin's surface by revealing fresh cells underneath,” says Annet King, director of Global Education at the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. “Exfoliate regularly to remove the dead, complexion-dulling skin cells that can give you a dull appearance.”
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While you may not apply hair products to your face, the residue can often end up there anyway. Next time you use hairspray, cover your face with a clean towel to protect your skin. Also, use a sweatband when you hit the gym to keep the products from dripping down when you begin to sweat.
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Dance It Out
Your excuse to practice J.Lo's routine from Hustlers or learn a TikTok dance is here. Exercise gives your face a healthy glow by increasing blood flow. And when you sweat, it clears the body of toxins and removes dead skins cells so new ones can grow. Without regular exercise you may see an increase in age spots, so grab your dancing shoes and get to work.
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Keep those sunnies close! Squinting in the sun can contribute to crow's feet, so always sport sunglasses with UV protection. Those with light-colored eyes have heightened light sensitivity, but brown-eyed beauties should shade their peepers, too.
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Kylie Jenner may want the world to “Rise and Shine…” but don't set that alarm just yet. Not getting enough Zzz's can cause stress, which leads to breakouts and a dull complexion. Bottom line: Don't deprive your body and skin of sleep—it uses that time to regenerate and recover from your day-to-day activities.
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Treat Yo Self
“Whether it's a facial, massage, or even a pedicure, be sure to pamper yourself,” says Dr. Howard Murad, founder of Murad Skincare. “Your health and appearance are positively influenced by increasing your emotional and mental well-being. A visit to the spa is a foolproof way to promote stress relief and relaxation.” Doctor's orders!
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Eye on the Prize
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest, so it shows the first signs of aging. Even if you're in your 20s, preventative care now will keep your eyes looking healthy for decades to come. Here's some eye masks to get the self-care started.
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Don't Sweat It
When your body heats up, sweating helps it keep your core temperature down. Unfortunately, this can irritate skin and cause breakouts. To remedy, look for a body wash that lists salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as an ingredient on the label.
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Flip It & Reverse it
“Sleeping in certain positions may result in sleep lines,” according to The American Academy of Dermatology. After a while, these lines can turn into deep-set wrinkles, so hit the sheets backside-first.
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There are thousands of reasons why smoking is bad for you, but did you know second-hand smoke can also be harmful to your skin? Though you may not be lighting up, being around smokers can cause skin sagging and speed up the wrinkle process.
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Look, But Don't Touch
We know it's tempting to mess with that pimple, but resistance is key. Popping and picking at the skin on your face will push dirt and bacteria deeper into pores, which only results in more breakouts. Put your curiosity to use and opt for an overnight treatment instead.
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Tone It Up
“Toners are a handy product to keep in your arsenal to help balance pH levels in your skin,” says Jennifer Yen, founder of Purlisse Skincare. “Look for ones that are free of irritants alcohol, fragrance, citrus, menthol, color, and other aggressive extracts.” Here, try these to combat oily skin.
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Lotion in Moderation
Laying on the lotion is good for your skin, right? Not quite. “Over moisturizing can cause you to break out, and can even give you milia, the tiny white spots that are formed when dead skin cells get trapped,” says Dr. Debra Jailman, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. So, think twice before you slather.
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“Foods salmon, herring, and trout provide our skin with oils that lubricate cells and reduce inflammation,” says Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, nutritionist and author of The Beauty Diet: Looking Great Has Never Been So Delicious. “They are also heavy in omega-3 fatty acids, which play a key role in keeping our skin smooth.”
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Spill the Tea
They say spilling tea of the gossip variety can feed the soul. Apparently, the herbal kind is also good for you. “Antioxidants have proven to be extremely important as an aging preventative,” says NYC-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel. “I recommend looking for products that have a complex of antioxidants, such as green tea, vitamin C, and CoQ10.”
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Go to your bathroom right now. Because we know there's dirty bacteria living on your makeup brushes.
Warning: they could be causing you to break out! “Once a month, dampen just the head of the brush, making sure not to get the barrel or handle wet,” says Klein. “Gently massage a mild baby shampoo into the bristles and rinse with warm water.
Then, lay the brush on a towel with the head hanging over the sink to dry.” Meanwhile, here's where to donate the products you haven't even used.
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“To see increased smoothness, improved skin tone, and fewer wrinkles, exfoliate with a well-formulated alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product,” says skin-care expert Paula Begoun. “You don't need both—AHAs are generally best for dry, sun-damaged skin while BHAs are best for acne- or blackhead-prone skin.”
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Wake up with soft, hydrated skin while tackling everything from eczema to acne with an ultra-hydrating mask. Instead of washing the formula off, wear it overnight and blot off the excess with a tissue at sun-up. As of 2019, a bowl of pasta is now required as a pre-bedtime ritual.
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Increase your circulation and give your body some extra exfoliation by using a dry brush once a week for bright and smooth skin. Afterwards, apply a creamy lotion to prevent flakes and seal in moisture.
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As much as it pains us to admit, one less serving of alcohol per day can make a noticeable difference in your appearance. Alcohol dehydrates the skin (which causes wrinkles) while inflaming tissue. Combat these effects by watering down wine and liquor with club soda and drinking a glass of water between alcoholic beverages.
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“Witch hazel is a natural skin-tightening astringent and can be used to deflate under-eye bags,” says makeup pro Shalini Vadhera. “Soak two cotton pads in cold witch hazel and apply one to each closed eye for five minutes.” As for the results? You truly do love to see it.
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Although often overlooked, our neck, chest, and hands get plenty of sun exposure. Give these body parts some extra TLC by exfoliating them regularly to reveal fresh, bright skin. Here, some of the superior scrubs to get you started.
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Treat Your Feet
Get smoother tootsies in a flash with a mixture of salt and lotion, or by rubbing them with olive oil. Rinse thoroughly, and push back the cuticles as you towel dry. Here are the deets on how to treat your feet.
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Change your exfoliating practices with the seasons to guarantee that you don't strip the skin of essential oils. “Take it down to a few times a week in the summer, and once a week during winter so you don't dry out your skin,” says Dr. Debra Jailman, M.D., a New York City dermatologist.
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When it comes to your eye cream, it can be multi-purpose. “Eye creams usually have a higher concentration of active ingredients, so use them on the nasal labial folds, the '11' lines between your eyes, and around your lips to deliver more potent anti-aging ingredients to these wrinkle-prone areas,” says Regina Viotto, skin-care specialist at Paul Labrecque.
Skin Care Basics: Your Guide to Healthy Skin
Everyone’s skin is different—in tone, texture and features. Its needs and strengths will change over the course of your life. And caring for it well can create a healthy underpinning for your other routines— hair care or makeup.
We’re so passionate about this topic at Dermstore that we’ve created thousands (count ’em!) blog posts about skin care. We’ve interviewed dermatologists and published pieces written by them.
We pick the brains of the dermatologists and scientists behind the industry-leading brands we carry to share the latest breakthroughs in skin care technology.
And we also understand that diving into all that information can feel overwhelming even as it’s exciting (we all start somewhere in our skin care journeys)!
So here are a select few topics that form the basis of any skin care journey. With tips from dermatologists woven throughout, these articles form a bookmarkable resource.
If you’re wondering what the difference is between face oil and serum, we’ve got answers. Dermatologists Dr. Margarita Lolis and Dr. Debra Jaliman give you the rundown on all the common skin care products, so you know what they are, what they do and how to properly use them. Read more.
According to board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Heather Rogers, applying your skin care products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product. Here’s how to do it right. Read more.
Do you have sensitive skin, or combination? Oily or acne-prone? The trick to caring for your skin is knowing your skin so you can find the right products that work for you and combat potential issues without causing more problems. Learn how to identify and care for yours here. Read more.
Need a quick primer on what the ingredients in your beauty product labels mean? You’ve come to the right place! Here we’ve compiled the most common ingredients found in your skin care, hair care and makeup products, as well as what they are and what they’re used for. Read More.
If your skin concerns are changing from acne breakouts and dullness to wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, your skin care routine needs to adapt. We teamed up with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Heather Rogers to create a decade-by-decade guide to healthy skin. Read more.
When is a change in color, texture or other skin feature something to worry about? And how do you know when to see a dermatologist? Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ashley Magovern tells us what’s normal and what might warrant an expert’s opinion. Read more.
Building the right skin care routine should take into account your skin concerns. Whether you’re faced with sensitive skin, acne breakouts or any other skin care concern, we’ve collected the best products to incorporate into your routine. Read more.
For two decades, Dermstore has scoured the industry for the latest and greatest in skin care, hair care and makeup. Now, we’re putting a spotlight on the who’s who of skin care—the best of the best in their categories—and why they deserve a prime space in your shelfie. Read more.
The Beginner’s Guide to Product Types, Explained by Dermatologists
Most of us already know that good skin care involves more than just washing your face, but once you get past exfoliators and moisturizers, you might begin to feel a little lost. There are so many types of products out there, and there’s no way to craft the right routine for yourself if you don’t even know what these products do.
If you’re scratching your head wondering what the difference is between face oil and serum—and how the heck you use either of them—stress no more. Dermatologists Dr. Margarita Lolis and Dr. Debra Jaliman are here to give you the rundown on all the types of products for skin health, so you know what they are, what they do and how to properly use them.
Most dermatologists agree it is important to cleanse the face twice daily to get bacteria, dirt and pollutants off your skin. However, there are different types of cleansers that are more ideal for certain types of skin.
“The common mistakes people make are using the same product in the morning and at night and not getting a product that is ideal for their skin type,” says Dr. Lolis.
“For example, someone prone to breakouts may use a cleanser with salicylic acid only to find it has a reverse effect. When skin is dried out, it increases oil production, which can only make a breakout more prevalent.
The best approach would be to see a dermatologist for a skin assessment and a product recommendation that is most suitable for your skin type.”
Related: 10 Best Face Cleaners for Acne-Prone Skin
Exfoliation is a crucial part of any skin care routine, but it can also be intimidating for those who are just starting their beauty regimen and are unsure of what exactly an exfoliator does. To put it simply, any product or device used on the skin to remove dead skin cells is an exfoliator, which can then be classified as either chemical or physical.
Physical or manual exfoliators slough away dead skin cells on the surface layer using mechanical force. On the other hand, “Chemical exfoliators ( salicylic acid or glycolic acid) chemically break or dissolve bonds between dead skin cells,” explains board-certified dermatologist Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, MD.
“The dead skin cells become loose and shed off, making the skin look [more] radiant and youthful. They also open the pores, enabling their contents to discharge on the surface to prevent acne and inflammation.
Given that exfoliators are mild acids, they also lower the pH of the skin, killing the harmful bacteria,” he explains.
When choosing an exfoliator to add to your skin care routine, Dr. Tonkovic-Capin says it’s important to first consider your skin type.
“Oily and acne-prone skin would benefit greatly from daily use of facial pads pre-soaked with salicylic acid because they will treat and prevent acne breakouts,” he suggests.
For combination skin, he recommends slow exfoliation that can be done as often or as less frequently as your skin sensitivities would allow. For those with mature skin, he suggests choosing an exfoliator with anti-aging ingredients resveratrol for their skin-rejuvenating properties.
“I do not recommend any exfoliation for dry and sensitive skin because such skin has already exfoliated itself and any additional exfoliation would be damaging,” he adds.
Related: What Is Exfoliation and Why Your Skin Needs It
Treatment products are used to address specific skin concerns such as acne, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and inflammation. “Skin treatment products are all regulated and have to be approved by the FDA. They can be in the forms of creams, gels, lotions, solutions, serums and medicated facial pads,” explains Dr. Tonkovic-Capin.
The type of treatment you need and the benefits it delivers to your skin largely depends on the concern you’re dealing with.
The most common active ingredients in treatments are retinoids tretinoin and adapalene to address fine lines and wrinkles, topical steroids for skin allergies and inflammation and salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to treat acne. Vitamin C and growth factors are also found in anti-aging treatment formulas.
“As soon as you develop some skin condition, you should start treating it before it gets worse. You should continue the treatment until the condition resolves. If it persists for more than one to two weeks, you should consult your healthcare provider,” says Dr. Tonkovic-Capin.
Related: How to Get Clear Skin Overnight: The Best Overnight Treatments for Every Skin Issue
“Serums usually contain antioxidants, which help fight free radical damage,” says Dr. Jaliman. “They can also contain anti-aging ingredients such as retinols and peptides, which stimulate collagen production.
” Because they penetrate deep into the skin, these products are great for hydrating dry skin. They are best used after your cleanser, and they can be used underneath moisturizer to treat the skin while sleeping.
Related: What Are Face Serums and How to Choose the Right One for You
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5. Face Oil
Nutrient-filled face oils help to build a resilient layer for your skin, no matter your skin type. They can be very hydrating, which makes them especially useful for those with dry skin.
“Argan oil and vitamin E are great for pretty much every skin type and issue,” says Lolis. “Ideally, add two or three drops to a moisturizer or serum.
For acne-prone skin, tea tree oil will work very well and vitamin C oil will help with any scarring.”
Related: How to Use Face Oils Correctly
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Sunscreens are essential for protecting your skin from UV damage, no matter the season. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to apply sunscreen beyond just the typical bottle. “Everyone should be using a moisturizer with SPF even in winter,” says Lolis.
“If you’re outside or live in warmer climates, it’s even more important to protect your face. The key is to know your skin type and use sunscreen that is a suitable fit. Some sunscreens are greasy and may clog pores.
This is why it’s best to use a moisturizer formulated to address a particular skin issue that has sunscreen built in.”
Related: 10 Best Sunscreens for Year-Round Protection
To help keep your skin looking younger, Lolis recommends using moisturizer from head to toe.
“The face, neck and décolletage should get moisturizer twice daily as should elbows, knees and feet,” she says.
There are many kinds of moisturizers available for different skin types, but if you really want to keep your skin hydrated, look for moisturizers that contain glycerin or hyaluronic acid, suggests Jaliman.
Related: The Best Moisturizers for Your Skin Type and Budget
8. Chemical Peel
Chemical peels remove the outer layer of the skin, which means they tend to go deeper to remove more excess dead skin cells than exfoliators. They usually contain glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids.
“Use it once every two weeks, but avoid these if you are prone to rosacea and eczema,” says Jaliman.
Chemical peels tend to be more intense and typically are done by a professional, but there are also at-home DIY peels available to address things such as acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
Related: What to Expect Before, During and After a Chemical Peel
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Toner can be used after a cleanser twice a day to remove excess traces of makeup or other residue from the skin. “Toners shrink pores and restore skin to its natural pH balance,” says Lolis.
“This is important because when our pH levels are thrown whack due to soaps and chemicals in cleansers, oil production increases, causing a cycle of breakouts.
” Those with sensitive skin should use an alcohol-free toner.
Related: What Is a Toner Used For? Plus, the Best Pick for Your Skin Type
10. Face Mask
There are many different types of masks on the market, ranging from hydrating to drying and even brightening, which makes them useful for all skin types.
“Done weekly, you’ll see a change to skin, and breakouts will have a chance to dry up and heal,” says Lolis. “I am also a fan of using soothing masks on the cheeks and then a clarifying mask on the forehead, chin and jawline. It’s okay to mix it up.
The key is to apply a mask to clean, exfoliated skin so there isn’t anything blocking it from penetrating the skin.”
Related: Face Masks 101: What Are the Types and Which One Is Best for You
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11. Eye Cream
Eye creams tend to be formulated for specific eye area issues such as puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles.
“There are some creams that tackle several issues at once, and these contain things caffeine, glycerine, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides,” says Lolis. “Eye creams are specially formulated to penetrate the finer skin around the eyes.
” They can be used once or twice a day, but look for retinol or peptide eye creams to use at night, as they stimulate collagen production, suggests Jaliman.
Related: The Best Eye Creams for Your Under-Eye Woes and Budget
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