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Preserving Healthy Skin

Most doctors recommend regularly following a daily skin care routine. Such a routine does not have to be complex or time-consuming. It can be performed by itself or as preparation for more progressive skin care methods.

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A typical skin care routine would contain the following steps: washing/cleansing, toning (optional depending on skin type), moisturizing and sun protection.

The majority of people have better results with two times daily skin care, however for people with sensitive or dry skin it can be best to use it only once and moisturizing more often. Some experts agree that exfoliation should be included in a standard regimen. However, daily exfoliation is excessive and may lead to chronic irritation in some people. Exfoliation once or twice a week is usually sufficient. People with fast natural epidermal turnover may need less or none at all.

Protection from UV rays (both UVA and UVB) is critical for any skin care routine. A good UNA+UVB sunscreen can be put on top of your moisturizer and other treatments as a final step of the routine whenever sun exposure is expected. Some people use cosmetics with added UV blockers. It is definitely better than no sun protection at all and a time saver too. However, using a separate, specially formulated sunblock appears to be more effective.

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For best skin care benefits, the basic system is usually insufficient, especially for people over thirty. Adding a well-selected product or two with wisely chosen, proven active ingredients will further improve your results. For secondary products to work well with your routine you must integrate them into the process properly. In particular, if you apply products to skin that has not been cleansed, the penetration of active ingredients is reduced. If you cleanse, moisturize and then apply advanced products, the penetration of active ingredients can still be reduced because the moisturizer has blocked some the pores.

Optimize for your skin type

The steps of the basic regimen should be adjusted to fit your skin type. You should remember that your skin type can change with the season, diet and age. One huge change can be a result of menopause, women have been know to change from oily skin to dry skin after going through menopause. A change in the diet can also impact the skin, a diet that has more fat will cause the skin to produce more oil.. people don't need to be as alert when in the sun.

The best time to apply active products is soon after you washed/cleansed, rinsed and slightly patted your skin with a towel, i.e. when your skin is clean, warm and still slightly moist. Most of the secondary products contain some type of moisturizing compound so the need for extra moisturizer is minimal. If it is needed wait for the other treatments to do the job before applying anything.

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