Skincare Tips: THE LAYERED LOOK – GOOD FOR YOUR CLOTHES, NOT YOUR SKIN!
Winter is the season for layering but not always when it comes to skincare. Experts tell us that wearing layers of clothes in the cold weather months helps to keep us warmer. When it comes to your skin, however, layering can sometimes be the wrong thing to do. Here are some skincare tips and advice from a skincare expert, Dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
More Isn’t Always Better:
We all succumb to this at one time or another. We try one skincare product and get a good outcome, so we try another and another.
If you have oily skin you may use alcohol toners, facial scrubs, acne medications, pore refining masks, facial cleansing devices and facial sponges, each designed to help oily skin, but not intended to use one right after the other.
Women with dry skin may also follow a similar program but use layers of masks, moisturizers and products containing alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid ingredients.
Don’t Let Your Skincare Sabotage You!
The results of this kind of facial product layering can backfire, explains North Carolina dermatologist and researcher, Zoe Diana Draelos, MD. “The idea that if one of something works well, wouldn’t two or three work even better can be a recipe for irritation and breakouts.”
“Your skin is a remarkable organ,” says this expert. “But, when it’s confronted with too many different ingredients, which may occur when multiple products are simultaneously applied, your skin may become irritated manifesting as red splotches.”
According to Dr. Draelos, your skin is more than capable of telling you when you’ve exceeded its healthy boundaries.
“Irritation is usually the first reaction your skin will present if it’s been excessively treated with too many products. “
You may notice your skin looks flushed and may itch, sting, or burn. It may appear flaky and dry. This is because you have damaged the natural barrier function of the skin.”
Give Your Skin A Break:
What should you do? “The best thing you can do is stop everything,“ says Dr. Draelos.
“Give your skin a chance to heal. I recommend switching to a gentle skin cleanser and a simple hydrating facial moisturizer. This will allow your skin to repair the natural barrier.
When your skin recovers, you can slowly reintroduce these skincare products one at a time until you discover which one was the straw that broke your skin barrier’s back.
Stop using it or you’ll wind up at square one again.”
Skincare Tips: Get Back to Basics:
Get back to basics with products that were developed with dermatologists. Try gentle products such as CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin or CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin.
Both products contain ceramides that help to restore your skin barrier and allow it to return to a healthier state.
*Editor’s Note: for all the advicesisters CeraVe reviews click here
Add in a skin-comforting moisturizer such as CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion. It’s a great way to start the day. However, you’ll also get sunscreen SPF 30. This ultra-lightweight formula moisturizes skin leaving behind a matte finish.
Skincare Tips: Sensitive Skin:
If your skin is very sensitive, end the day with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. This simple facial and/or body moisturizer is ideal for dry skin.
This is because it contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate deeply, Your skin will feel less irritated and tight.
One of the all-time favorite cleansers for skin touted as a classic (we agree) is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
It’s been around for more than a half-century helping to calm irritated skin. The gentle cleanser can be used morning and evening to allow your skin time to “relax.”
*Editor’s Note: Read about Cetaphil and other moisturizing products for skin and body, Click Here
Another gentle to your skin brand that the Advice Sisters has reviewed recently, and that is also good for dry, sensitive and/or acne-prone skin is Theraplex.
These products penetrate deeply into the rough, dry skin you want to soften and protect,
These skincare products seal in moisture with not a trace of “icky sticky” residue.
*Editor’s Note, for the advicesisters.com Theraplex review Click Here:
The Bottom Line:
Dr. Draelos suggests that if your skin is very irritated you may profit from seeing a dermatologist and getting professional help.
Expert’s Bio; Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, is a research and clinical board-certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
She is in solo private practice in High Point, North Carolina, and a Consulting Professor of Dermatology at Duke University.
In 1988, she founded Dermatology Consulting Services, PLLC,. It initiates and performs research in aging skin, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, actinic keratoses, and eczema. Also, aesthetic procedures in the cosmetic, OTC drug, and pharmaceutical arenas.
Dr, Draelos is recognized as a pioneer in cosmetic dermatology and received a lifetime achievement award from Health Beauty America for her research and the 2008 DermArts award for her contributions to dermatology.
In 2010, she received the Albert Kligman Innovation Award and in 2016 she was awarded a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Dermatology for her research contributions to advance the specialty.
She received the prestigious Maison deNavarre award from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for her contributions to the art and science of cosmetics in 2017.
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