Everyone wants healthy skin– younger, beautiful, healthy skin. It is frustrating and difficult to figure out exactly which skincare products are worth the money and to know if they even work. The beauty and skincare industry is often overwhelming and confusing, and with so many options available in the cosmetic market, it is essential to find the products that meet the specific needs of your skin. But how does one go about making the right choices?
Fundamentally, there are four parts to taking care of your skin. All four parts are critically important to achieving healthy, younger skin, but may involve different products in different orders for either day or night, or both.
- Cleanse and Exfoliate
- Hydrate and Restore
- Prevent and Protect
- Correct and Rejuvenate
With the above in mind, there is one absolutely fundamental, bare-bones step to any skincare regimen, and this step is cleansing. Cleansing every morning and every evening is crucial to achieving healthy skin. Of course, at HDC, we have our favorites, but you can use any cleanser you love, as long as it is gentle and thoroughly cleans your skin of the day’s makeup and grime. A clean canvas not only allows you to remove all traces of makeup, dirt, oil, and environmental pollutants, but it also allows whatever product you apply next to be more effective. And don’t forget your nighttime regimen. It is always tempting to skip, especially when all you want to do is lay your exhausted head on that pillow, but nighttime is when your skin has the opportunity to recover and rebuild from the stresses of the day. Cleansing and starting fresh before you go to sleep allows your skin to repair your skin undisturbed for several hours.
After cleansing the face, the next steps are what will make all the difference in regaining and maintaining the resiliency and glow of rejuvenated skin. Botox®, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro-needling, IPL, and lasers can do a lot to turn back the clock, and at HDC, we are happy to help with our numerous in-office procedures. But maintaining an effective regimen at home is essential in protecting and boosting your investment. Picking one or two from each category is an excellent place to start, and I can help you make these choices, so that they can work well together and fit into your lifestyle. I am a firm believer in at-home maintenance. Below, we list some beautiful options for each step.
- Cleanse & Exfoliate:
This part rids your skin of the impurities, dead skin cells, old oil, and grime of the day or the night, like a start-over. It prepares the skin to be clean, open, and unhindered for the next step of skincare products.
- Hydrate & Restore:
This part prepares your skin, like prepping a canvas of a painting. It allows your skin to more effectively receive and better absorb the nourishing elements of the serums, gels, lotions, or creams to follow.
- Prevent & Protect:
This part is like layering on a shield of protection for your skin, whether it is to protect against the sun, pollution, or internal oxidation or inflammation, day or night.
- Correct & Rejuvenate:
This part is the complex one and may be included in the daytime regimen or the nighttime one. It is not a stand-alone, but rather its “constituents” may be interposed among other components within the regimen. These may be a first layer after cleansing or a next-to-last-layer before sunscreen. These particular skincare products contain potent active ingredients and nutrients which have very powerful and profound therapeutic benefits for the skin. These are the ones that possess the “turn-back-the-clock” power.
And what about the eyes? The eyes need a category on their own. The reasoning is two-fold. First, the skin around the eye is uniquely thinner and more sensitive, more prone to allergic reactions, than any other part of the face. Plus, eye creams have to be formulated specially to be safe to use so very near the eye itself. Many eye creams have to undergo more rigorous testing by both dermatologists and ophthalmologists. After all, the eyes are the windows to the soul. No wonder the eyes get so much attention!
And finally, the areas that remain neglected, but often times, show our age the most are the neck and décolletage areas. These areas, which at Honet Dermatology, we fondly call our “Neck and Dec” are prime targets of sun damage and old Father Time taking his toll. I layer them on my own neck and dec. Let us not neglect them a single day more…
NECK & DEC ESSENTIALS
Start giving your skin the care and attention it deserves. Taking care of your skin now and continuing on a daily basis will keep your skin glowing and looking rejuvenated. It’s never too late to discover the fountain of youth and achieve younger, healthy skin. Let me and my staff help to create a customized skincare regimen and to provide you with the most effective products for your skin type and needs.
–Dr. Honet with SarahThe Fundamental Four of Younger, Healthy Skin