If you’re reading this, you’re probably on a bit of a skincare kick right now. Maybe you read an article about how prevention is the best way to combat fine lines, or maybe you’re ready to finally clear up your acne for good. Either way, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much this could cost because- let’s face it- skincare can be expensive.
The good news? It doesn’t have to be!
As you craft your skincare routine, try adopting a simple, three-step approach. We recommend including:
- A Cleanser
- A Moisturizer
- An SPF
By limiting the number of products in your routine, you can reduce both the overall cost of your skincare line up and the number of potential irritants you’re exposing your skin to on a daily basis. Once you’ve simplified your routine, you can follow these tips to make the most of the products you’re using:
- Be sure to cleanse your face before applying skin care products every night before bed. A gentle cleanser should remove dirt, oil, debris and makeup while leaving your skin hydrated (not dry or stripped). We love this one from Revision (which you can buy at the front desk). Be sure not to over-cleanse your skin; limit cleansing to twice per day or after a sweaty workout!
- Stop rubbing your face dry after cleansing! Instead, apply your moisturizer to damp skin. This will trap water in your skin, keeping it hydrated and dewy all day long. Be sure to moisturize your face, neck, body and lips; even if your skin doesn’t look dry.
- Use sun protection to prevent wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer… and don’t stop at your face! Remember to apply sunscreen to every part of your body not covered by clothing.
- Consider using a moisturizer that includes sunscreen to get the most out of your money. Always reapply SPF every 2 hours or after swimming.
- Always read your labels! If you suffer from acne and clogged pores, be sure to seek out products that say “non-comedogenic”
- Consider implementing petroleum jelly into your routine! This inexpensive and accessible product can be a great addition to your skincare lineup. It has multiple uses, including hydrating dry skin or even treating small injuries.
- Be sure to always choose products intended for your skin type to reduce irritation and maximize the effectiveness of your routine. Skin types include:
- Normal skin: Clear and not sensitive
- Dry skin: Flaky, itchy, or rough
- Oily skin: Shiny and greasy
- Combination skin: Dry in some areas and oily in others
If you’re unsure of what your skin type is, Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. For appointments and other questions our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.