Avail Dermatology

Establishing a Skin Care Routine

Maintaining optimum skin health takes a lot more than washing your face with soap once a day. Establishing the right routine with the appropriate products will help you find your skin’s natural, luminous glow.

Stay hydrated. The skin is an organ. All organs require water to properly function. Not consuming the recommended eight-glasses of water a day may cause your skin to dry out and wrinkle, hindering your skin from reaching its full potential.

Cleanse. It’s important to cleanse your face of all makeup and grime it may have collected throughout the day. Salicylic acid clears and controls oil exceptionally well, but overused, it can quickly strip your skin of its natural oils. Try to limit the use of harsh cleansers, and always wash your face before falling asleep.

Exfoliate. If you are prone to acne, it’s especially important to regularly exfoliate. Exfoliation removes dry, dead skin from the body. Micro-beads and sugar scrubs are especially effective. Exfoliators can sometimes be abrasive, so it’s important to never rub too hard while exfoliating. Depending on your skin type, you may be able to tolerate exfoliation one to three times a week.

Tone. Different toners have varying roles, so it’s important to find one suitable for your unique needs. Toners work to add moisture, tighten the pores, and remove excess oils. Astringent toners contain alcohol and should be avoided by those with dry or sensitive skin.

Moisturize. Moisturizer recommendations vary based on skin type and tend to be quite individualized. Find one that doesn’t produce a lot of shine or weigh heavily on the face.

You can trust that the skilled dermatologists at Avail Dermatology to help create a personalized skin care routine that best fits your unique needs. To learn more about our services, call us at (770) 251-5111 to make an appointment today.