The harsh sun and prolonged exposure to it’s rays can be devastating to your skin, not to mention it can cause serious long-term health concerns. Whether it be the summer months, or the middle of the bitter winter, your skincare routine is always important. Without the proper attention, your pores can become clogged, causing blemishes and other imperfections. Not to mention dryness, irritation, redness and even shedding or cracking of the outer skin layer can occur. Whether you have an existing beauty regimen or not, now is the time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to preserve the longevity of your skin’s health.

There are countless articles out there concerning how one can improve their skin health, but many of them aren’t comprehensive and can even be misleading. Make sure that you do extensive research before beginning any treatments, and be cautious of any allergies or reactions that could be caused by the products you use. Here are several simple tips that will help keep your skin glowing and radiant all year long.

Spend Ample Time Cleansing Your Skin

The first step to any good beauty regimen is cleansing, regardless of the season. Washing your face both in the morning and before bed can have a huge impact, and ensures that your pores are always clean. But there is a common misconception that many women believe using cold water on your face can help prevent wrinkles and shrink pores. It has been shown that lukewarm water is the best option to ensure that skin is kept at a moderate temperature and does not harm blood vessels.

Your skin, especially your facial pores, will collect sweat, oils, and other impurities throughout the course of your day, so making sure your face is cleansed properly before bed is especially important. Don’t neglect this portion of your morning or nightly routine. Spend the time making sure you have thoroughly cleaned off your skin before continuing.

Make Sure to Exfoliate

Exfoliating, in the opinion of many skin care professionals, is the most vital part of your skincare treatment. Especially if you notice that you often have dry skin, incorporating this process gradually and as needed can remove any dead skin cells, while increasing radiance and blood circulation. Try to exfoliate at night so that the products you apply will absorb more effectively into your skin. Taking the time to scrub old skin away two to three times a week will make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin.

For more sensitive skin, doing this only once or twice a week is recommended to avoid irritation and damaging your skin. Again, finding the right products for you is a must if you expect the best results. Take time to research and find an exfoliator that you know will consistently work for you.

Moisturizing is Important

Now that you have thoroughly rinsed and exfoliated your skin, you should use a moisturizer that will hydrate and prime the skin for other treatments. Every woman’s skin is different, however, so finding the right moisturizer for your skin type is vital. Don’t be too quick to use a friend’s products or buy any regular skincare cream from the store.

Once you’ve found a strong retinol face cream that suits your skin, try to continue using the same one over an extended period of time. Moisturizing can help fight signs of aging such as wrinkles, crows feet and unwanted blemishes. Many specialty lotions and moisturizers will also have an SPF added to them, meaning they can be used even on the brightest of summer days.

When applying moisturizer, less is more as the saying goes. Only a thin coat is necessary to get the job done. Don’t feel that you have to dowse moisturizer on your skin for it to be effective.

Continue to Hydrate

Your skincare regimen doesn’t end once you’ve left the bathroom. Make sure that you are consistently drinking a substantial amount of water. There are several benefits of drinking water that will promote healthy living as well as healthy skin. Your complexion will glow from hydrated skin and can prevent it from drying out. Dehydration can lead to you becoming much more vulnerable to accelerated aging of your skin that will create wrinkles. Regardless of what time of year it is, continue to drink water as much as possible and avoid consuming excess amounts of alcohol and smoking tobacco products, as these dehydrate you.

The perfect skin regimen is possible, and with time and dedication, your complexion can be picture perfect. Make it a priority to treat your skin and gently cleanse your skin both morning and night. Keep up to date with new skin care methods and products that may be better suited for you. Personalize this process to make it a fun and exciting part of your day. And most importantly, always feel comfortable in your skin.

To discover a skincare regimen that is designed based on your skin goals and areas of concern, book a complimentary aesthetic consultation at Affiliated Dermatology in Arizona and we will be happy to help you on your journey to healthy skin.