3 New Clear Skin Tips for This Summer
With the vast majority of us spending the last few months pretty much on lockdown – aside from the odd trip to the grocery store, or heading to the pharmacy to scrape up whatever hand sanitizer and toilet paper we can find. The fact is that while we are used to showering at 7am, getting dressed, and having our makeup and breakfast done before its time to hit the road at 7:30, these last few months of working from home have completely disrupted our routine. And if the boss no longer expects us to keep our cameras on during our Zoom meetings, what’s the point of washing your face and applying skin creams – you’ve got all day to do that, right? But then you’ve got conference calls till 2:30, then after lunch it’s time for your progress report from the team, and then you’ve got to listen to clients complain till 5:30/6pm. By then its late afternoon, the workday is over and you’re hungry, tired and all you want to do is lay on the couch, AC on full blast, and watch mindless TV until dinner – which will most certainly be eaten in front of the TV as well. The point is that your day is pretty much over with, and you’ve got nobody to impress – so you’re lucky to even be taking a shower before bed – there’s ZERO chance for you to be going through any type of skincare regimen now. And at the end of the day, your skin doesn’t look that bad, neither does the extra 12 lbs of fat you’ve gained since COVID hit – think of the positives, only taking 60% of the showers you used to has saved you a few bucks on your water bill each month! And you haven’t had to buy as much face wash, well, because you simply…don’t wash your face as much.
Sure, being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, that forced pretty much the entire country and world to lock down and stay at home for months on end, meant you didn’t have to have your skin photoshoot ready on a daily basis. But now that the country seems to be on the path towards opening up again, and sooner or later, you’ll have to start going out again, and seeing people again, and the last thing you want when that happens is bad, blemished, acne-filled skin! According to Dr. Carol Huang, of Long Island Dermatology, considered by many to be the best dermatologist Great Neck has to offer, the longer your “skincare break” has been, the harder it will be to bring your skin back to its former glory. In fact, taking a break at all, has likely set you back a couple of weeks or possibly months – but have no fear, there are definitely a number of products that can help you bring your skin back asap!
· Use a Cleansing Brush!
This is one of those tools that many people probably haven’t even heard of at all, but the fact is that a cleansing brush is a device that takes off more dirt, bacteria and unwanted particles – including makeup from the skin, than any other methods at all! According to Dr. Carol Huang, of Long Island Dermatology, the best dermatologist Great Neck has in practice, not only does a cleansing brush simply just cleanse your skin, a cleansing brushes also exfoliate the skin’s surface, leaving it looking and feeling softer and smoother. Just be sure to use a device that’s designed for acne. Some bristles can be too rough, causing redness and sensitivity.
· Be Picky with Your Face Wash!
While we all want to get rid of our blackheads and white heads faster and use a cleanser that will simply blow them apart right away, the fact of the matter is that those types of cleansers are far too harsh on your skin and it is definitely a lot better to go for something that’s a lot more mild of a cleanser than anything else. Plus, a cleanser, that is specifically designed for acne-prone skin that will help with oil control, without stripping the face of its vital “good” natural oils that are there to protect the skin, are the most ideal cleansers. According to Dr. Huang, the best dermatologist Great Neck has to offer, all too often, a harsh facial cleanser will strip the skin of ALL oils, which might sound good to most people but the good oils being stripped will cause the skin to be stripped of its natural oils, and this can kick up overall production of bad oils, which often results in, yes, more breakouts. In other words, it’s the boomerang effect right there on your chin.
· Toners Help a Ton!
Skin-stripping high-alcohol toners are a bad idea for most people, especially those susceptible to acne. Instead, Dr. Huang suggests a toner with glycolic acid or salicylic acid morning and evening after cleansing to prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores. The right toner can also balance the skin’s natural pH level, soothe and calm skin, while reducing redness.
For more information on skincare and the best ideas for acne-free skin, be sure to contact Long Island Dermatology today.