4 Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love
Love is in the air! It’s time to show your skin some love! This February, we’re focusing on 4 ways to give your skin a little extra TLC. Use these skin tips to get a healthy glow you’ll love.
Wash Your Face
While this may seem like a no-brainer, you would be surprised to learn there are good ways and bad ways to wash your face! To start, you should wet your face with luke-warm water and use just your fingertips to apply cleanser. We recommend using a gentle cleanser that does not contain any alcohol. Gently wash with the cleanser by moving your fingertips in a circular motion and refrain from scrubbing. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Do not rub a towel across your face – this pulls at skin. We recommend washing your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as whenever you sweat!
After washing your face, it is important to moisturize! While spring is soon on the horizon, moisturizing your skin is more important than ever while the cold weather is still here. During the cold winter months, dry air draws out skin’s natural moisture and can leave behind flaky, irritated skin in its wake. Make sure you’re entering Spring with fresh, beautiful skin by moisturizing. Using a cream or ointment rather than a lotion will yield the best results.
Wear a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF 30+ daily
These cold, cloudy February days may trick you into thinking you can skip the sunscreen, but don’t! Even on cloudy days, UV and UVB rays can reach and damage your skin. Protect your skin by wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen to reduce your overall exposure to the sun’s radiation. This radiation is what causes sun damage and can lead to skin cancer. A broad spectrum sunscreen blocks both types of sun rays. The SPF in the sunscreen refers to the “Sun Protection Factor” present and increases the amount of time it takes UVB rays to redden your skin when properly applied. For instance, wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, it would take approximately 30x longer for your skin to redden than without the sunscreen. Despite the SPF, in direct sunlight, sunscreen only lasts about 80 minutes, so remember reapplying sunscreen as directed is key in preventing damage.
Get a Chemical Peel
If you are seeking to truly take pampering your skin to the next level, a chemical peel may be the answer! A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment where a chemical acid solution is applied to the face and neck to help treat sun damage and uneven skin tone. Chemical peels vary in their level of penetration, recovery time and price, and work by removing dead and damaged skin cells to reveal healthier skin underneath. While the term “chemical” may sound scary, chemical peels are exceptionally safe and effective when applied by a board-certified dermatologist.
Want to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors? Give us a call at 706- 691-7079 or visit us online at srderm.com. We are located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Georgia.