Having a regular skin care routine is key to having nice skin. You would think that’s a given, but I need to be constantly reminded.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ & it’s your body’s first line of physical defense. Skin, along with fatty tissue, insulates us. Skin, along with hair, protects us from microbes. Skin, along with the nervous system, permits the sense touch. Understanding the function of skin will give us a better understanding of how to take care of it.
Good for your skin
- Chemical exfoliation
Bad for your skin
- Physical exfoliation
“I like listening to my skin’s needs on a daily basis and adjusting as needed. Your skin’s needs can change based on your microenvironment — however, I do have some mainstay products.”Michelle Henry, board-certified dermatologist
If your skin is dry
Skin, being the outermost organ, takes a lot from the environment. Dry weather, hot water & exposure to certain chemicals will suck moisture right out of the epidermis, leaving you with dry skin. Unless you have an underlying medical condition causing your dry skin, you’re dehydrated, inside & out. Slapping on a thick coat of lotion won’t help as much getting enough water in general.
If your skin is oily
It’s more complicated. Oily skin is the result of too much sebum. Sebum is a waxy substance made by the body to help keep skin hydrated. That being said, too much sebum leads to clogged pores & more. Healthline asserts there are 3 main causes to oily skin: genetics, age & environment. However, they go on to list that larger pores & improper skin care can also cause oily skin. What causes your oily skin will determine your unique skin care routine.
“I know I need to take care of my skin but do not have the patience for a multi-step routine. I aim to protect the skin during the day and repair it from any damage in the evening.”Joshua Zeichner, board-certified dermatologist
Where to start
With your doctor. If you’re concerned enough about your skincare routine that your Google results led you to this article, that means you, like me, need to consult a doctor. There are a lot of medical conditions that can contribute to dermatological issues. If you’ve been struggling for years to manage your own skin care routine, it’s always best to consult an expert.