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With what seems like an endless barrage of commercials, print ads and people telling us about the latest, greatest and most of all necessary skincare products out there, how do we determine what is necessary and what is not. There is definitely a division between “must haves”, “wants” and “waste of money”, and it is important we learn to recognize our skin’s needs.

“Must Haves”/Necessary:

  • Cleansers, exfoliants, sunscreens, and a hydrator/moisturizer are the bare minimums. The majority of us need these things to keep our skin looking healthy, young and feeling good. Cleansers should be liquid and chosen based on your skin type. Your face should never feel “squeaky clean” or tight after cleansing, this is a sign of dehydration in the top layers of the skin.
  • Exfoliants allow your skincare products to work more effectively because they able to penetrated deeper into the skin after dead, flaky skin cells are removed.
  • Sunscreen should be worn EVERY DAY…regardless of whether it is sunny or cloudy. Sun is the number one cause of many skin conditions and AGING! Make-up and many skin lotions now contain SPF, but it is important to make sure the SPF is at an acceptable protection factor. An SPF of at least 30 is usually adequate.
  • A hydrator/moisturizer should be chosen based on your skin type and needs. You want to choose one that penetrates the skin, rather than simply sitting on the top layer of the skin. Think about whether your skin is dry or oily, acne-prone, sensitive…all of these need to be considered when choosing a product.

A skincare professional, such as those at Thrive Medical Spa, can and should help you chose your products.

While serums, toners, masks, eye creams, spot treatments, etc are not absolutely necessary in skincare, they can certainly add to the efficiency/visible results of any skincare routine.