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The Right Regimen For You
A professional skin care regimen is one of the most important parts of maintaining your skins health. Your skin is not a smooth surface like a sheet of glass. On the contrary, your skin is more like a riverbed, full of little lumps, bumps, crevasses and holes. These have dermatological names such as fine lines, pores, and sebaceous glands.
Because of this and because your skin is a living, breathing part of your body and fulfills several major functions including temperature regulation, immune defense, protection from the external environment, etc., you will need to look after it if you wish to have it work at its optimal level and hope to have good, healthy skin into your late 70s and beyond.
Seeking a consultation from an esthetician or physician who specializes in skin care is the first step in determining your skin type and care regimen.
Daily Skin Care Regimen
Cleansing your skin is one of the most important steps if you want to maintain a healthy, vibrant and youthful looking skin. As well as providing the basis for an advanced skin care regimen, effective cleansing can actually improve the quality of our skin, enhancing its radiance and keeping it looking younger for longer. Cleansing of your skin should be done morning and night to ensure the removal of surface impurities, make-up, and stale skin oils.
Toning is the second step in your daily skin care regimen. This step is often left out and is just as important as cleansing and moisturizing. The one or two minutes it takes are worth every second if you desire to have healthy, vibrant skin with a minimum of lines and wrinkles. It removes every last bit of the cleanser. Secondly it will close the skins pores to protect it from further loss of moisture, which invariably happens when cleansing your face. Thirdly it provides nutrients and restores the pH balance of your skin.
Moisturizing is the third part of your daily skin care regimen and should also be done morning and night. A quality moisturizer protects your facial skin from environmental damage, provides nutrients for the skin and prevents loss of moisture, thereby slowing down the aging process. In addition, a moisturizer should help to maintain the acid mantle of your skin, which is part of your immune system and if the pH of your skin becomes too acidic or alkaline, the acid mantle is compromised.
To complete your skin care regimen, deeply cleanse and nourish your skin once a week. Your weekly treatments should include, the use of a facial mask and exfoliation. These treatments encourage cellular repair, step up collagen production and help strengthen, tone and firm up your skin.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are two in-depth treatment options. Microdermabrasion results are usually immediate and noticeable. Age management, fine lines, enlarged or clogged pores, mild acne and complexion issues, and a host of other skin problems can be treated with microdermabrasion. In addition, most patients experience dramatic improvements in the color, tone, and texture of treated areas.
In general, microdermabrasion results in thicker, healthier, more youthful looking skin. Over the course of a full set of treatments, the body will produce new layers of skin containing higher levels of elastin and collagen. This, in turn, improves the complexion and gives the skin a more radiant, vibrant glow.
In conclusion, to follow a skin care regimen is like taking out an insurance policy on the health and vitality of your skin. Can you afford not to follow a complete, daily skin care regimen?