With so many products and methods on the market, it can be tough to know if you’re taking care of your skin in a way that will keep it looking great today and as you age. According to celebrity facialist and owner of LING Skincare, Ling Chan, the solution to the problem is knowing your individual issues, and finding the right combination of products to solve those concerns. So how do we know what’s causing our problems and how do we fix them? We asked Ling for her expertise.
For young people, the most typical skin care concern is breakouts, which can often be caused by stress. Being a millennial comes with a lot of pressure - you’re navigating the dating world, coming up through the ranks of a corporate environment, and trying to figure out who you are and what you want to do and be. All that uncertainty can lead to large pores, blackheads, and pimples, which can be embarrassing and leave you feeling self-conscious.
One of the most common solutions is to cover acne with makeup, but that only masks the issue and does nothing to prevent future breakouts. Another popular way to deal with it is to reach for a drying product such as retinol, glycolic acid, or even a laser treatment. These solutions may reduce problem areas in the short term, but will severely dehydrate the skin and lead to worse problems in the longer term. So what can young people do to deal with issues today while nourishing and protecting the skin so it ages gracefully?
The first thing we need to understand is that there is not just one product that can deliver optimum results for the skin. When you think about your diet, what food should you eat to stay healthy? You’re probably thinking it’s a mix of protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, and you would be right. But what would happen if you just ate vegetables, or protein, or carbohydrates by themselves and nothing else? Your nutrition would be off balance and you’d feel pretty awful. Well, believe it or not, skin care works the same way.
When we think about skin health, we have to think of it as a process, because each product has a purpose. We have cleanser and exfoliator, which remove dirt and oil from the surface of the skin and help to open up the pores. Then, we have hydrator which delivers water to the skin and is the single most effective solution for nearly every skincare issue. Once the skin is hydrated, it is prepared to accept serum, which provides the medicine to heal individual skin care concerns. Then finally, we can apply moisturizer which works to seal all the nutrients into the skin and protect it from potentially harmful environmental factors. Once a week, we should also apply a mask to help the skin to do some exercise. The minute your skin gets covered, it cannot breathe and has to fight to get air, which forces all the deep down impurities to the surface.
These four daily and once weekly product solutions are the key to healthy skin. Strangely, there are a few misconceptions about which products provide which solutions. For example, people think moisturizer delivers moisture to the skin, when in fact, it works as a finishing product to seal in moisture and nutrients, and protect the skin from the world. Hydrator, more commonly known as toner, also causes some confusion. Many people think toner is a second cleansing product, and that its job is to remove any residual impurities from the skin when its actual function is to deliver water to the pores to balance the oil glands and keep the skin happy. Because of this misconception, many people skip using toner, when it’s actually the most important product in a skin care regimen. Finally, serum often causes confusion because people don’t know what to use for their skin. They will pick one expensive product and wonder why it doesn’t work, but that’s because no two serums are the same and the medicine you need for your skin depends on your individual concerns. Here are some examples:
Just like the food that we eat or the exercises that we do to keep our bodies strong, every skincare product has a purpose, and when used as part of a regular routine, they can deliver ultimate health to the skin and cure any ailment. The key is getting the right products and staying committed to a daily routine.
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