Have you ever worried that your skin will age faster because you’re not spending a fortune on posh skin products and dermatologists? I know I have, but thankfully, many experts now say there’s no need. You can now be your own dermatologist for a fraction of the price if you can pinpoint your problem.
In this post, I will list the five most common skin problems, the key ingredients that will bring you results and products that will help you can fix them. That’s right, I’m giving you the solutions to your skin problems.
Let’s get started on this journey to better skin!
1. Lines and Wrinkles
Key ingredient: Retinol: Widely acknowledged as the most effective, over-the-counter anti-aging ingredient, retinol speeds up cell turnover, revealing younger-looking skin.
Find it in: Rodan and Fields REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum (2-month supply, $90), or Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum, ($66, com).
Don’t forget: When using retinol, your skin is vulnerable to UV rays, which is a key cause of aging, so you must use a broad spectrum SPF to further protect your skin.
2. Blemishes and Acne
Key ingredient: Salicylic acid: Adult acne is surprisingly common, but a salicylic acid cleanser can be effective. Salicylic acid removes dead skin cells, keeps pores clear, and prepares skin for treatment. Note: If your blemish and acne skincare regimen is not working, you may have been misdiagnosed. Try switching to a regimen for sensitive skin.
If you are the least bit sensitive – salicylic acid may be too strong for your skin.
Find it in: Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser ($30, murad.com), or Rodan and Fields UNBLEMISH Spot Fading Toner (2-month supply, $41)
Don’t forget: Look for a regimen that will combat the entire acne cycle. Be sure it will unclog pores, clear acne blemishes and calm your complexion to keep pimples, blackheads and post-acne marks from making an unwelcome appearance on your face. Don’t forget to use an oil control SPF to further protect your skin.
Key ingredient: Hyaluronic acid: This miracle molecule is a lifesaver for dry skin. It replenishes your skin’s natural moisturizing factors for visibly firmer, less-lined skin.
Don’t forget: You have to be hydrated for hyaluronic acid to do its job, so drink plenty of water. Be sure to use a broad spectrum SPF to further protect your skin.
Key ingredient: Oatmeal: Great if your skin flares up at the slightest provocation. Oatmeal has a soothing anti-irritant effect but also leaves a protective barrier which helps prevent water loss and protect from further damage.
Find it in: Vegecol with Organic Aloe and Oatmeal Soothing Mask ($14.99, http://www.aubrey-organics.com/).
Don’t forget: Less is more when it comes to caring for sensitive skin. Avoid fragranced formulas, toners, alcohol-based formulas, and glycolic acids. Also avoid hot showers, steam rooms, and saunas to minimize facial flushing. Be sure to use a broad spectrum SPF to further protect your skin.
BONUS: Doctors Rodan and Fields developed a regimen that is clinically proven to reduce redness and irritation in as little as 5 minutes. SOOTHE shields against the biological and environmental aggressors that can trigger inflammation, helps fortify skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms visible redness, and reduces irritation so that you can take comfort in having a healthy-looking complexion every day.
Key ingredient: Kojic acid: Age and sun damage can cause overproduction of melanin, leading to pigmentation and dark spots.
Find it in: Skinceuticals Phyto+ ($80, http://www.skinceuticals.com), or Rodan and Fields REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner (2-month supply, $47)
Don’t forget: Follow with a broad spectrum SPF to further protect your skin.
In my 20’s and 30’s, I was dealing with adult acne and hyper-pigmentation. Now that my skin is acne-free and even-toned, I am dealing with dryness and fine lines. It’s always something but with proper diet, exercise and my Rodan and Fields REDEFINE regimen – I’m looking good!
If you could change one thing about your skin, what would that be?