Avoiding skin care mistakes

After navigating relationships, careers, and other day-to-day details on Long Island, the last thing you may be thinking about is skin care… but perhaps it should be bumped closer to the top of your list. Skin is our body’s largest organ, and the way we treat it matters. After all, our bodies change as we age, and our skin care should evolve with it to ensure that it remains healthy.

If you read beauty magazines, follow style blogs, or even just listen to the advice of friends and family members, you’ve probably gleaned some knowledge over the years about what’s good for your skin–and what’s not. Still, sorting through these suggestions and determining what’s correct and what’s not can be challenging.

I often meet with patients who are trying to overcome a skin concern through a surgical procedure or a medical spa treatment. Today, we have several options, including Botox and other injections for fine lines and wrinkles, laser treatments for reducing the look of acne scars and other discoloration, and surgeries that lift or otherwise alter sagging and misaligned features. These are all great choices that can provide optimal results. However, the best way to treat a skin-related aesthetic concern is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

One of my favorite things about my job is working with clients to develop a customized skincare routine that targets current concerns and aims to prevent others from occurring down the line. Everyone’s skin is different, so everyone’s routine is unique as well. There are, however, a few things that are consistent among all of my patients, and several things that everyone should keep in mind when it comes to healthy skin. Here are a few pointers.

Always wear sunscreen

The sun’s rays can be incredibly damaging over the course of the years, causing wrinkles, discoloration, and sometimes cancer. No matter how much you want that tan, skipping  sunscreen simply isn’t worth it. Today, many makeup products have SPF built into them, so you have no reason to forget to apply. Still, you should pack some extra around in your bag to ensure that you have complete coverage throughout your day.

Be consistent

You can have the fanciest skin care routine in the world, but if you don’t stick with it, your results will be limited. When we create your custom skin care system, we will discuss its steps together. It’s up to you to ask for any clarification or advice before you leave the office. Once you get home, stick with it. Keep in mind that you won’t see immediate results, but with continual use, you’ll soon have a face you are excited to show off.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a change

Everyone’s skin is different, and so is the way that we react to products. What works for your sister or best friend might not be the right fit for you, and sometimes trial and error is the best way to make that discovery. Additionally, keep in mind that as your skin ages, your treatment plan will likely change. Remember to schedule regular follow-ups to evaluate how your current system is working and learn about new options.

Don’t pick or squeeze

Acne can be frustrating, especially if it feels like you should have outgrown it by now. For better or for worse, acne is common in patients of many ages. If breakouts are driving you bonkers, be sure to bring it up in our consultation so we can strategize about a way to tackle them. The worst thing that you can do is pick at a pimple, so avoid doing so at all costs.

Skin care can be confusing, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. If you are feeling overwhelmed by trying to decide what treatments are best for you, come in for a consultation and a custom treatment plan.