According to my friends (and practically anyone you talk with) skincare is confusing! I have to agree. It’s almost daily we hear about a new must have product that contains ingredients to the fountain of youth, or at least ingredients that will lift, de-wrinkle, lighten and give our skin its youthful glow back. It’s enough for all of us to throw up our hands and say “I give up!” But no need to give up. Instead we decided to go to the experts. With November being National Healthy Skin Month we went to Dr. Ken Beer with our questions.
Now that fall is here and winter is right around the corner, what should we be doing to protect our skin in the harsh conditions?
Put away your summer stuff and switch to your winter products. If any winter products are more than 6 months old, throw them out and start over. Try to use sensitive skin, hypoallergenic products. Switch to creams if you are using lotions, switch to liquid soaps if you are using toners and switch to milder skin care in general. Depending on where you live, you may not need daily moisture with SPF and you should not use SPF if you don’t need it (it can irritate).
We hear about Retinol – why is Retinol important to have in skincare – what does it do?
As I have said many times, Retinol is the best product for the skin. It helps the outer layers get organized (look smoother) and improve the tone, texture and color of the skin.
Can Retinol only be used at night?
No, it can be used all day unless it is irritating. It is a great product and should be used on an ongoing basis. For instance, the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer can be used every day and the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream can be used at night
What if I have sensitive skin – how should I be treating it differently this winter?
Stay away from acids such as glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid. Try to use fragrance free products. Use thick, bland products.
Do I have to use as high an SPF in the winter as I do in the summer?
Not unless you live in a year round sunny place like San Diego. You still need to wear one daily, but not just as high an SPF
How often should facial scrubs be used?
Depends on the tone and texture of your skin. I like to use them every other night to improve the texture of the skin. However, some people will get irritated with this (thin light skin especially) so I would decrease to twice per week. If this still causes redness and scaling, switch to once per week.
What kind of facial scrub is best for normal and also sensitive skin?
I like a mildly abrasive scrub to stimulate the skin’s repair mechanism. Dont use one that has granulated pits or particles that can scratch your skin (sometimes all natural is worse than man made and I have seen some scrubs that will damage the skin). RoC Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser is a good example. I also like my own version , ScientificRx white bamboo scrub.
If a person’s skin gets really dry in the middle of the day but they don’t want to mess up their makeup, what do you suggest for a solution?
Use a thin lotion moisturizer or a tinted one that is designed for this. There are several great products that are perfect for this including the RoC 5 in 1 Perfecting Cream.
Contest is now closed. Sydney85 was randomly chosen as the winner! Thanks to all who entered!
RoC is offering these four Retinol Correxion products to one lucky reader at Fab Over Forty!
Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win – it’s easy!
- Enter your name in comments and tell me if you’ve tried a Retinol product before
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- Contest ends on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
- Good luck!