You moisturize and moisturize, but your skin is a dry, flaky mess. What’s going on?
It turns out all those exfoliators that looked great in the drugstore may be causing more harm than good.
“The key is keeping skin as undamaged as possible,” explains Dr. Bruce Wintroub, chairman of the Department of Dermatology at University of California, San Francisco. “The problem is a lot of cleansers and exfoliants do more damage than good.”
Abrasive cleansers and exfoliants that haven’t been designed for acne-prone skin can leave the skin looking raw and ruddy. Not exactly the healthy glow you were looking for!
In a state of panic, women often fill their medicine cabinets with expensive products. Then they don’t understand why their skin is peeling. “By removing natural lipids and oils in the skin many of these products will leave skin feeling dry,” says Dr. Wintroub.
“It’s easy to overdo it when it comes to skincare products,” Dr. Wintroub says. “Mild, sensitive-skin cleansers [like Cetaphil®] are the least drying and can be found at the drugstore.”
But the makeup and skincare aisles can be fraught with danger. Don’t get caught in these common pitfalls.
Oil Change: “Oil-based makeups can actually irritate the skin,” explains Dr. Wintroub. So read labels, looking for products that say “oil-free,” “non-comedogenic” and “good for sensitive skin.”
Quick tip: We’re totally obsessed with DermaControl™ Oil-Control Foam Wash. It gently washes away excess oil that can come from makeup or impurities. And the ingredients help maintain a healthy pH balance. Added bonus? The light foaming formula won’t dry out your skin.
Bronzed Beauty: Bronzers are another tempting option. Why not make that peeling skin look like a sun-kissed tan? Not so fast. Like foundation, bronzers are often loaded with ingredients that increase inflammation. When in doubt, go without.
Quick tip: A big part of a healthy glow is maintaining an even complexion. Instead of going darker, why not correct discolorations with the Proactiv® Repairing Concealer? With four ready-to-blend shades, you’ll be able to cover redness, blemishes, dark spots, under-eye circles and other imperfections.
Less is More: Everyone loves sitting in the sun, but a suntan can dry out the skin even more. “Sitting in the sun can aggravate the problem quite a bit in certain patients,” says Dr. Wintroub. So whenever possible sit in the shade and opt for high-SPF, oil-free sunscreens.
Quick tip: Sunburns, dark spots and wrinkles are three of the unwanted after-effects of getting too much sun. And much of that sun damage doesn’t happen on the beach. The solution? Opt for daily moisturizers with SPFs between 30 and 50. Our favorite is the DermaControl™ Moisturizer with SPF 30. The lightweight formula is non-greasy and absorbs easily. What else could a girl ask for?
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