Now that our environmental needs are being met (humidifier + cooler shower temps), let’s address some things we all need for our faces. First we will TREAT, then we will PROTECT.
1. Treat with an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid). These acids help turnover skin cells, which is a fancy way of saying it helps slough off dead skin, revealing new, fresh skin. AHAs are generally used by people who have dryer skin types or want anti-aging, get-rid-of-wrinkles benefits. The most common ingredients in AHAs are glycolic and/or lactic acids. BHAs are geared toward more oil-prone skin types, but also deliver anti-aging results for those with oilier skin. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare provides a product that addresses both skin types in one box. . . the one-two punch for exfoliation. Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel.
2. Protect with more SPF. Sun Protection Factor. More of it. . . every day. If you are using an AHA or BHA, you need to provide loads more sun protection for your newly-exfoliated face. That means use your sunscreen every morning. Even in the fall and winter months when you may feel “exempt” from sun damage. That sun still lurks. . . whether you are driving in your car or walking outdoors on a lunch break. This step is simply added insurance for the upkeep of your new-skin face. Most professionals agree that an SPF30 is sufficient. My go-to sunscreen is Neutrogena’s Clear Face SPF30 liquid-lotion.
Coming up: Moisturize!