Every day, you take care to moisturize your skin. When it comes to choosing a face cream, the options are endless. They all promise to make your skin firmer, smoother or brighter. How do know you’re picking the right cream for your skin,
The first thing you need to do is determine your skin type. Dr. Joshua Zeichner is a dermatologist from New York City. He says, “Look for ingredients that target the specific concern you have.” Anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as green te, licorice root, and chamomile, may be beneficial to acne-prone or oily skin. Ingredients like glycerin and salicylic acids can be used to control excessive oil on skin that is prone or oily. Hyaluronic Acid will help to keep dry skin plump and hydrated. Sun-damaged, dry skin can be soothed by antioxidants such as resveratrol or l-ascorbic (vitamin C).
After you’ve identified your skin type, decide if a skincare serum will be beneficial for your routine. A serum, a powerful Copper for the skin care product, is applied after cleansing and before moisturizer to deliver active ingredients in high concentrations directly to the pores. Serums use smaller molecules compared to creams. They penetrate deeper in your pores, and target specific skin concerns such as fines lines and wrinkles.
There are even serums that can help you manage the day-to-night routine of your skincare. Los Angeles dermatologist Tsippora Shanhouse says that during the day you’ll need a serum with sunscreen and other protective components to minimize damage caused by pollution. She recommends looking out for formulas that contain niacinamide which improves elasticity, ferulic Acid and retinol. All of these ingredients combat free-radicals that can cause damage to your skin. In the evening “you’ll need a serum containing retinol or vitamin C that promotes cellular regeneration as you sleep,” says Sherry.
You can also opt to use a facial masque once or even twice a weekly to boost the effectiveness of your skincare routine. Unlike a toner or a serum, masks deliver highly concentrated treatments under occlusion (when your skin is sealed in), which increases the efficacy of the ingredients. You’ll find everything from traditional clay-based masks to ones that bubble up, turn colors and peel off. Just be sure to wash your face immediately after using a mask so you don’t reintroduce any toxins into your skin.