Basic skin care product usage

Your skin is an amazing part of your body and we know that the better care you take of your skin, the better you will look and feel.  Many companies offer a broad array of skin care products designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin, but sometimes we wonder where to start.

A great source of advice can be found on a chart that shows what products to use depending on your skin type, when to use them and how to use them.  This will take some of the mystery out of the decision process.

The basis for a good skin care regimen is basically this: 1) cleanse; 2) exfoliate; 3) strengthen your collagen layer; and 4) moisturize.  Two highly effective ingredients are peptides, which build collage, and hyaluronic acid, a super effective moisturizing ingredient. Also, special needs such as under eye dark circles can be managed with specialty products, such as eye creams with Vitamin K.

And although it goes without saying, sometimes we forget the most important skin care practice of all – protection from the sun.  So, remember to use your broad spectrum sunblock every day.

Finally, whatever you buy, read the labels carefully to be sure you are getting safe products with no harmful ingredients such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), phthalates, formaldehyde, or anything that mimics estrogen.