Health

Your Face Reflects How You Live and
How You Care for Your Complexion

MOISTURIZING

The most basic function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin by (i) preventing water loss through the outer layers of skin and (ii) replenishing naturally produced protective oils and other skin elements such as ceramides.

Moisturizing is especially import for mature skin as skin naturally loses the ability to retain moisture with age. Always avoid harsh soaps and face washes, and limit exposures to harsh weather, temperature extremes and strong wind as these can strip natural hydrators from the skin’s surface.

How to Choose a Moisturizer

The choice of your moisturizer will differ depending on your skin type.

For dry skin consider cream moisturizer that is oil based and light.

For normal or combination skin use oil based lotion moisturizer.

For oily skin use gel moisturizer that is water based, lightweight and quickly absorbed.

For inflamed, sensitive but not acne-prone skin consider ointment or balm skin due to its heavier texture.

 

How to Properly Apply a Moisturizer

Spread a dime-size amount between your palms and pat it on, targeting the outer areas of the face, and then sweeping in toward the center, around your eyes, nose and lips.

Dr. Reszko’s Tip

Choose creams that are lightweight in consistency  for the daytime and thicker, rich texture creams for the nighttime as the moisture levels in your skin decrease in the evening.

 

Eye Cream – Is It a Must?

Yes and no.  The skin around the eyes is quite thin and delicate, and more likely to react to irritating ingredients than other areas of the face.  It is also an area where earliest signs of aging become visible.

You can nourish that area with regular moisturizer but eye creams in general have lighter consistencies and higher concentration of active ingredients.

For special eye area concerns like hollows under the eyes, consider products with caffeine, growth factors and peptides and hyaluronic acid.  Always try an eye cream  that will go under the eyes on another part of the face for the first night as a patch test to make sure that you have no allergies to this product.

Dr. Reszko’s Tip

Avoid strong retinoids and fragrances in the periorbital area to avoid eye irritation. Be especially careful when applying these products to avoid touching any area of the eye.

 

Face Oil

Branded a pure and natural way to improve your skin, botanical facial oils have exploded into the mainstream cosmetic market. Remember however that not all oils are created equal.

Consider these facial oils:

  • Maracuja oil is intensely hydrating without leaving a greasy residue.
  • Olive oil is a potent moisturizer that is also brightening and helps to even out your skin tone.
  • Marula oil is known for its anti-bacterial and soothing properties.  It is recommended for acne-prone skin.
  • Rosehip oil is calming, anti-inflammatory and may ease the symptoms of rosacea.
  • Always avoid essential oils or those with added perfumes as they increase the potential of skin irritation.

When to Use an Oil:

Most facial oils can be used twice daily, both morning and night. They should be applied after facial serums and gels, but before creams and lotions.

SUN PROTECTION

Daily and consistent sunscreen use helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, textural imperfections, and changes in the appearance of pores over time. Even more importantly, daily sunscreen use can help to prevent the formation of certain skin cancers.

Dr. Reszko’s Tip

Apply broad spectrum SPF of at least 30.

Whenever possible choose physical sunblock with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  Mineral sunblocks deflect and prevent UV rays from entering your skin.

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply at least every two hours.

Apply adequate amount.  Two tablespoons of sunscreen are appropriate to cover your face and typically exposed areas of your body.  Nickel-size splotch is enough to cover your face.

 

A Word about Face Masks

Masks have become an integral part of skin care regimen.  They are widely available anywhere from beauty supply stores like Sephora to J Crew and others.  The main benefit of masks is that they deliver ingredients under occlusion significantly increasing their absorption.

Three main categories of masks are:

  • Sheet masks: the primary benefit of sheet masks is intense hydration.
  • Overnight masks: thick texture of overnight masks helps to occlude and increase absorption of whatever ingredients are layered underneath. They’re ideal for mature skin or severely dehydrated skin.
  • Clay or mud masks: the primary benefit of these masks is oil absorption and mildly exfoliating effect. Clay and/or mud masks are ideal for acne prone skin.

I share Dr. Pat’s belief that our face reflects who we are and how we really live. Start with self-care and move out into spending quality time with family and neighbors. And, always  share more of what you have with those who are in need.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Anetta Reszko

 

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