Thursday, June 17, 2010

Three Easy Steps to Beautiful Skin: Cleanse, Protect, Treat
Everyone wants flawless skin. But a beautiful complexion is the result of many factors: genetics, nutrition, lifestyle and age. Selecting the correct skin care regimen for your skin and your life stage will help your skin stay healthy and radiant, and the earlier you begin the better.

Significant hormonal changes that occur during the teen years tend to cause production of sebum (oil) to increase so that teen skin tends to more oily. Formerly normal skin may begin to see pimples popping up and oily skin may experience significant breakouts. It is important to start a proper skin care protocol during your teenage years to avoid scarring and imperfections. Taking care of your skin today will not only make you look better now but will help keep your skin continue to glow as you get older.

CLEANSE:

The first step is choosing the right facial cleanser: start with a cleanser that rinses clean and thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it. If you have acne-prone skin, consider washes that contain salicylic acid to control oil production, benzoyl peroxide to treat pimples or glycolic acid to rid skin of dead skin cells. If you have dry or sensitive skin, consider cleansers that are non-irritating and contain soothing elements (like aloe vera) and hydrating ingredients. Everyone has different skin types and skin conditions and in order to achieve optimum results, make sure you select products that are right for your skin.

PROTECT:

Once your skin is clean, protect it from environmental pollutants and sun damage. The number one way to keep skin healthy is SUNSCREEN. The sun’s rays cause both immediate and long-term damage including wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness and possibly melanoma. The best way to protect skin is to use a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 in it. Everyday. There is a moisturizer for every skin type so be sure to select the right one for your skin, making sure that it contains sun protection and, ideally, vitamins and nutrients to prevent and restore.

TREAT:

This is the time to “fix” what you feel is broken. Acne? Use a product containing an antibacterial agent to fight that P-Acnes bacteria (the guilty culprit that causes those pimples). If your skin is shiny hours before lunch, treat your skin at night with an oil-reducing product containing salicylic acid to minimize oil production.
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