Skin health articles

Getting Started On A Skincare Routine

 

1. Cleanser 

Everyday soaps can be harsh and irritating, so choose a cleanser that suits your skin type. Look for one that maintains your skin’s normal pH balance and doesn’t damage its natural protective barriers. All Cetaphil cleansers are clinically shown to maintain pH and skin's natural moisture to make them ideal for sensitive skin. Furthermore, if you have oily skin, look for a cleanser specially designed not to clog pores (non-comedogenic) and that regulates sebum/oil, like Cetaphil PRO DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash.

Limit cleansing your face to twice a day (in the mornings and evenings). And after cleansing, be sure to pat skin dry. Avoid rubbing your face with your towel to ensure you don’t cause irritation. 

 

2. Day Moisturizer

If you have dry skin, apply moisturizer while skin is still damp. This helps trap moisture and keep your skin soft and smooth. You might think that oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer, but even if you notice that you have excess oil, you still do need to moisturize--even visibly oily skin can still lack water. Just be sure to use a non-comedogenic formula, as this means it’s won't clog pores.

Using a moisturizer with SPF is a great way to make sure you don’t skip sun protection, and SPF15 is the minimum value for adequate daily protection. (1)  

 

3. Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for hot days. Using sunscreen regularly can help guard against free radicals induced by UV radiation, which can cause skin damage and aging. While SPF 15 is the minimum value you need for daily protection, sunscreens which carry an SPF of 30 (or higher) offers even better protection.

Be sure to choose  a product with broad spectrum UV protection, to protect you from both UVA rays (that cause aging) and UVB rays (that cause sunburn). (2) And remember, while water resistance helps ensure that your sunscreen doesn’t wash (or sweat) off, extended exposure to the sun requires a second helping of sunscreen.

 

4. Night Moisturizer

Using a moisturizer before going to bed helps keep your skin hydrated through the night, and will help your skin feel balanced and smoothed when you wake up to face the world. Using a night moisturizer helps you take advantage of your body getting much needed sleep. A nourishing night cream like Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid protects skin from dryness throughout the night.

 

5. Eye care

Don’t forget to treat you eye area in your skincare routine. The skin around the eyes is delicate and thinner than the rest of your skin, and using an eye gel or cream before going to bed at night helps to hydrate, brighten and smooth the eye area.

 

6. Don’t forget your body

Though your face might be the thing you focus on when you look in the mirror, don’t neglect your body. Because we’re covered up most of the day, there is a tendency to give the skin on your arms, legs, back and trunk second priority—but this also can get dry and irritated. 

Be sure to use a gentle body wash, and make it a habit to moisturize immediately after stepping out of the shower or bath. Try our new line of gentle body washes including Fragrance-Free, Refreshing, and Soothing.

 

1 http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb 

2 http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb