Skin Care Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Keeping your skin healthy requires more than minimal effort. With the myriad of skincare products available in the market and countless tips found online, achieving beautiful skin can seem overwhelming. Here are some recommendations to help you attain that glistening and supple skin you desire.

1. Cleansing Your Skin AM and PM

The first step to achieving beautiful skin is effectively cleansing morning and night to prepare for your skincare products. Paying attention to your skin type, especially when choosing products, can increase the effectiveness of your overall routine. For example, if you have acne-prone or oily skin, it’s best to use benzoyl peroxide or sulfur-based wash for cleansing. For those with dry skin, opt for a gentle or milky cleanser.

2. Apply an Antioxidant Day and Night

Antioxidants prevent free radical damage from daily environmental exposure and help prevent premature aging of the skin. An effective antioxidant should be applied both during the day and at night. During the day, your skincare product protects, and at night, it corrects. Always wear effective antioxidants in the morning after cleansing your face. Medical-grade antioxidants will always provide superior protection compared to over-the-counter products or those found at makeup stores because they contain a higher concentration of active ingredients.

3. Avoid Sun Damage

While soaking in the sun might feel pleasant, it also harms your skin irreversibly, causing hyperpigmentation, redness, and textural changes. It’s advisable to shield yourself from sun damage, even on cloudy days. After applying your antioxidant in the morning, add an all-mineral SPF as the last step.

4. Regular Exfoliation is Key

Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells, which are detrimental to skincare goals. Accumulated dead skin cells can roughen the skin texture and linger for extended periods, complicating skincare routines. We recommend exfoliating 2-3 times weekly. Excessive exfoliation can trigger an overproduction of oil in your skin. A chemical exfoliant is often great for all skin types. Our favorite chemical exfoliant is the Alpharet peel pads by Skinbetter Science.

5. Consistent Use of an Effective Retinoid

Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A, the most studied drug in the world with regard to its proven anti-aging benefits. It’s commonly referred to as retinol by consumers. When it comes to your vitamin A, retinol is the weakest strength and is often found in drugstores and department stores. A retinoid is stronger and will yield more impactful results. The role of vitamin A in your skincare routine cannot be overstated; it effectively exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, refines pores, addresses texture, treats acne and acne scars, and stimulates collagen/elastin. Our all-time favorite retinoid is Alpharet Overnight Cream by Skinbetter Science. It is clinically proven to provide all the benefits without the irritation commonly caused by retinols or prescription tretinoin.

Skincare demands dedication and guidance; if you’re seeking assistance navigating this realm of self-care, our nurse practitioners at Allura in Providence, RI, are trained to guide you. We have various medical-grade skincare products and treatments to help with multiple skin concerns.

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