Why is taking care of your skin so important? Your skin is your largest and fastest growing organ. It is a multitasker like no other with so many important functions, all of which are designed to help keep your body functioning properly. Your skin can also let your inner beauty shine no matter what age you may be. If you feel great on the inside, why shouldn’t your skin reflect that?
With regular skin care, attention to life-style choices, and occasional pampering, your skin can stay healthy and continue its multi-tasking throughout your entire life. Your skin loses its flexibility as you age and dehydrated skin is more prone to wrinkles adding another factor to the aging process. Good nutrition and the use of high quality, natural skin care products will help to slow down the aging process and will even help you look younger.
Good skin care starts with daily gentle cleansing, toning and moisturizing. It also includes sun protection and healthy lifestyle choices. Restorative products and procedures can pamper the skin when needed. These tips will keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.
Daily Skin Care
Cleanse your skin gently. Throughout the day, your face gets exposed to dirt, pollution, germs and a rough climate. To remove dirt and other harmful particles from your skin, cleansing is a crucial step. Cleansing your skin means getting rid of oil, dirt and makeup from your skin, without stripping it of its natural moisture.
Use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type. Be sure it can be used for the removal of make-up while also being gentle on your skin. Look for cleansers made with natural ingredients. Avoid strong soaps and detergents which can strip oil from your skin. Most commercial bar soaps are not really soap at all - they are detergents. Clean your skin using circular motions. It helps in improving blood circulation and removes the left over makeup from the skin, making your skin look and feel clean and glowing!
Rinse with a toner. Toner removes any residue left behind by your cleanser and it tightens the pores. Toner helps even out the skin tone and cools and calms down the face as it freshens. A toner should be used before bed time to ensure that you do not have a single trace of pore-clogging makeup on your face before you go to sleep. Using toner before moisturizer and make-up helps your skin to feel fresh and free!
Moisturize your skin. After cleansing and toning, use moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a night cream that restores your skin’s natural moisturizing properties. For daytime, select a hydrating moisturizer that contains SPF.
Protect yourself from the sun. One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. We highly recommend the Revision Skincare line of products. The Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 and Intellishade (SPF 45) not only protect your skin from the sun, but also moisturize your skin. When you're outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring. Seek shade and wear protective clothing. Cover your skin and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Life-long, Life-style Choices
Our skin responds to the life-style choices we make. Eating foods that are not the best choices, becoming overweight, and finding ourselves in stressful situations as well as smoking and over consumption of alcohol and caffeine are detrimental to your skin.
Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and drink water. The association between diet and acne isn't clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
Manage stress. Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Don't smoke. Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
At Carolina Integrative Medicine, we are dedicated to helping you implement healthy life-style choices. Please call for a consultation on diet, weight-loss, stress, or smoking cessation.
Restorative Skin Care Treatments
Dehydration, wear and tear on the skin, and natural aging all take a toll on our skin’s function and beauty. When that happens, it is time to pamper our skin with restorative products and procedures. At Carolina Integrative Medicine we offer a variety of Aesthetic services which will serve to restore skin and repair skin issues especially the hands, face, neck and the skin surrounding the eyes where dehydration, sun damage, and elements of pollution do the most damage.
Daily skin care is critical to skin health and using the appropriate products for your particular skin type is equally important. At Carolina Integrative Medicine we use and recommend Revision Skin Care Products by Skin Concern. These products are all natural and formulated for specific skins types. They are available only at a dispensing doctors office. If you know your skin type, you may purchase these products at our front desk. If you live in the Clemson or Seneca area call for a consultation appointment if you need help determining your skin type. Check our our skincare line here.