Top Beauty Questions Of 2017 Answered By Dr Georgia Lee Part II
3. How to shrink pores
Dr Lee: Avoid using makeup whenever possible. If you do use makeup, ensure that makeup remover is always used to properly cleanse makeup and/or sunblock. Go for regular facials and photopneumatic therapy to better empty product or sebum build up in the pores.
Try Collagen stimulating treatments with Lasers or Radiofrequency to reduce the appearance of pore size and sebum secretion.
Use light textured products. Some AHA based products can help to control pore size.
DrGL® Cleanser Oil Control removes impurities and excess oil
DrGL® Cleanser Acne fends off acne-causing bacteria and soothes redness
DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2 primes skin for skincare steps that follow
DrGL® Sun Protection Mist diminishes redness and pigmentation
4. How to exfoliate the face
Dr Lee: Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. This improves the appearance of skin and helps increase absorption of product application. It’s not for everyone and if not done properly, could do more harm than good.
Before choosing an exfoliation method, it is important to consider your skin type:
1. Sensitive skin
2. Normal skin
3. Dry skin
4. Oily skin
5. Combination skin
There are 2 types of homecare based exfoliation methods: Mechanical and Chemical
Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool, such as a brush, sponge, or a scrub to physically remove dead skin cells.
Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals, such as AHA, to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
5 exfoliation tips:
1. Consider the skin care products you already use: Some medications such as prescription retinoid creams or products containing retinol or benzoyl peroxide may cause your skin to be more sensitive or peel. Exfoliating while using these products may worsen dry skin or even cause acne breakouts. One may want to skip sensitising products a few days before exfoliation or use a gentler mode of exfoliation.
2. Select an exfoliation method that suits your skin type: Those with dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin may consider using a washcloth and a mild chemical exfoliator, as mechanical exfoliation may be too irritating for this skin type. Those with oily, thicker skin may want to use stronger chemical treatments or mechanical exfoliation. For those with darker skin tones, more aggressive forms of exfoliation may result in dark spots on the skin, so care must be taken.
3. Be gentle to your skin: If you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 20-30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Avoid exfoliating if there are open cuts or wounds, or if the skin is sunburned.
4. Follow with moisturiser: Exfoliating can be drying to the skin. Apply moisturiser immediately after exfoliating to keep skin healthy and hydrated.
5. Find the right interval: How often one exfoliates depends on the skin type and exfoliation method. Generally, the more aggressive the exfoliation, the less often it needs to be done. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this could lead to skin that is red and irritated. A good rule of thumb is to run the back of the hand over the area of consideration – if the skin feels “sandy” and is not sensitive, it may benefit from an exfoliation.
There you have it, the most Googled beauty questions of 2017 answered. Now you can be on your way to 2018 skincare goals. You’re welcome!
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