Montclair Cosmetic Surgery | Home Skin Care Tips

Home Skin Care Tips
To Promote Beautiful Skin

By Dr. Susan Palmer, Co-founder, Montclair Cosmetic Surgery

Before you spend money to see any non-invasive cosmetic surgeon, there are many things you can do yourself at home, for free, to improve the appearance of your skin. 

Oddly enough, some of the very things that you do now to try to improve the appearance of your skin, may actually irritate or even damage your skin.

·   Washing

Bar soap may be OK to use from the neck down, but it shouldn't be used for your face- it will dry out your skin.  If you wear make-up, first, use a proper make-up remover.  If you have dry skin, use a creamy skin cleanser.  Some people with dry skin use natural cold cream.  Simply wipe it on, and wipe it off.  No water is necessary.  

Avoid cleansers containing artificial fragrances, "parfum" or chemical additives, which may trigger allergic reactions, irritation, or other health problems.  Also, avoid any products containing abrasives, as they can tear your skin.

If you have oily skin, choose a natural clear cleanser.  Apply water to loosen dirt and oils, and then use a small amount of  cleanser.  When washing, use your hands, not a washcloth, to gently wash your face in a circular motion without pulling or tugging at the skin. Then rinse with lukewarm water- never very hot or very cold, as either extreme can cause broken capillaries.   Pat your skin dry, as rubbing can irritate skin.

Avoid over-cleansing.  The signs of over-cleansing are:
Rashes.  These occur when the skin's natural essential oil barrier has been cleansed away.
Adult Acne. Your glands might "panic" at the loss of oil and produce more than is necessary.
Red Flaking Scales.

If your skin has already been damaged by over-cleansing, a Chemical Peel can give your skin a fresh start and a healthy glow.

·   Moisturize

Apply moisturizer to "trap" moisture in your skin after washing. A good quality, natural moisturizer will help restore lost oils and keep your skin hydrated.  Avoid petroleum-based products such as petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin.

·   Diet & Exercise

You can also moisturize from within by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.  This will also flush toxins out of your body and improve your overall health.  Be sure to include healthy fats and oils, (especially olive oil), and plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Exercise will also help the appearance of your skin.  Consult with your physician about the appropriate amount of exercise with which to begin, if you have not been exercising for a while.