The 4 Steps to Proper Skin Care

While many of us are constantly on the go and do not have time for a lengthy skin care routine, properly caring for your skin is important. Using a regimen as simple as our 4-Step Skin Care process can leave your skin looking younger and healthier in just a few minutes. The best way to choose dermatology products and a routine that’s right for you is to know your skin type. Do you have oily, combination, dry or sensitive skin? This 4-Step Skin Care process can be used by all skin types, but be sure to contact a dermatologist like Dr. Robert Miller in Long Beach, CA first. A dermatologist can recommend the best products and can also give you a skin screening to help you address dermatology concerns.


Step 1: Cleanse

Every day our skin comes in contact with dirt, pollution, wind, sun and sweat. It’s very important on a daily basis to cleanse skin at least 1-2 times. If you have dry skin, be careful not to over wash because your skin produces essential oils that aid in protection, and over washing can cause dryness and irritation.

Be sure to find the right cleanser for your skin type, and keep in mind the most expensive cleansers are not always the best for your skin. If you have dry skin, generally a creamy cleanser will produce the best results. If you have oily skin, you will most likely want to use a clear cleanser. Normal skin types will generally do best with an unscented, mild cleanser, but consult a dermatologist like Dr. Miller if you are unsure of the best cleanser for your skin.


Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is often a step that many people skip in their daily skin care routine. However, it is an essential step on the road to healthier skin. Using a gentle scrub a couple times a week helps remove dead skin cells and clears pores of dirt and oil that cream or clear cleansers can miss. Be sure that the grains of the scrub are not too large--it can damage your skin.

Other methods of exfoliation like microdermabrasion and chemical peels include a trip to the dermatologist. Microdermabrasion uses crystals and suction to gently exfoliate the top layer of the skin. The purpose of microdermabrasion is to help reveal clearer and more a more even skin tone. Chemical peels are similar to microdermabrasion in that it helps resurface and exfoliate dead skin cells. However, chemical peels use an acid chemical solution that forces the skin to separate and peel off. This process is used to aid in the appearance of acne scars, skin discoloration, sun damage, fine lines and other skin imperfections. The new skin that is surfaced shows a more even coloration and a smoother appearance. If you are interested in anti-aging and cosmetic procedures, please contact dermatologist Dr. Robert Miller of Long Beach, California.


Step 3: Moisturize

Even with oil skin types, it is very important to moisturize your skin daily. Adequate hydration helps protect skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, keeping skin soft and smooth. A great time to apply moisturize is after a shower or bath. After cleansing the skin, you are preventing any unwanted dirt and oil from being rubbed into pores.

Drinking plenty of water can help skin from over drying. Most health care professionals like Dr. Robert Miller of Long Beach, CA, recommend at least eight 8oz glasses of water each day. Eating nourishing food rich in vitamins (like A and B Vitamins) and essential oils can also help smooth and hydrate skin. Foods such as avocados, mangoes and almonds are great sources of these vitamins and essential oils.


Step 4: Protect

Protecting your skin from the sun and harsh elements may be the most important, yet most often skipped in a skin care regimen. Protecting your skin can vastly improve both the short and long term appearance your skin has. The #1 cause of wrinkles is overexposure to the sun. Apply a sun block with at least SPF 15 everyday. A great way to include SPF in your daily skin care regimen is to purchase a moisturizer equipped with SPF. The sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and even skin cancer, so it important that you apply sun block everyday. Clouds or snow do not mean that your skin is not at risk to sun damage. Wearing protective clothing when outdoors will also help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and other harsh natural elements.

It is very important to be tested and treated for damage to the skin caused by the sun. Consult a dermatologist like Dr. Robert Miller of Long Beach, CA for the best sun protection plan for you. To make an apointment click here

Following these 4 simple steps daily can help your skin look smoother and more youthful. Remember to always use sun protection when you are outside. Exercise, a healthy diet, along with drinking plenty of water will help improve the health of your skin--your body’s first line of defense. Remember before starting any new skin care regimen, always consult a skin care professional. Make an appointment with dermatologist Dr. Robert Miller today to jump start your way to healthier skin!