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Do you have a skincare routine? Some people don’t give much thought to their skincare, while others don’t know how to navigate the wide array of skin care products available. If you’re not sure how to incorporate skincare into your daily self-care routine, we can help.

The first step is to evaluate your skin. How does it behave without makeup or products on it? If it gets shiny, it’s probably oily, and if it feels dry or flaky, it’s dry. You might have combination skin that’s oily in some places and dry in others. If your skin is neither dry nor oily, it’s probably what would be considered “normal” skin. If your skin is easily irritated, you may have sensitive skin and should be careful about the products you select. Check with a board-certified dermatologist to choose the right products for you.

Once you know what type of skin you have, your skincare routine essentially comes down to three basic steps: cleansing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen. Personalizing your skincare routine involves choosing the right additions to treat specific issues. Here’s how it all breaks down in the morning and evening.

  • In the morning: Clean, moisturize, and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • In the evening: Clean, use serums, toners, and other treatments moisturize. If your cleanser is not removing all of your makeup, wash first with an oil-based cleanser and then with a water-based cleanser.
  • Addressing issues: To do this, choose active ingredients that are effective against your particular problem.
    • Signs of aging: Sunscreen is your best preventive measure. To treat the signs of aging, effective ingredients include retinoids, niacinamide, ceramides, vitamin C, and peptides.
    • Acne: Retinoids and niacinamide are helpful for this, too, and a combination of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid is very effective in treating mild to moderate acne. Azelaic acid works for acne and the acne-like bumps that come with rosacea.
    • Scarring and discoloration: Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do for scars beyond moisturizing and waiting. For dark spots, though, vitamin C, retinoids, chemical exfoliants, and hydroquinone are all helpful. Wearing sunscreen can keep dark spots from getting darker.
    • Dry, sensitive skin: Hyaluronic acid draws moisture into the skin, squalene oil makes your face feel smoother and more moisturized, colloidal oatmeal creates a soothing, protective barrier, and bakuchiol is a good alternative if your skin is too sensitive for you to use retinoids. Niacinamide and ceramides can also help.

Whenever you need help caring for your skin, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is committed to providing superior, professional skincare in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. Call (801) 682-4715 or contact us through our website.