Skin Care

Daily Skin Care

Missouri Plastic and Hand Surgery skincare specialists consult with patients to help them develop a skin care routine to optimize healthy habits. Our specialists will advise on products and procedures tailored for each individual’s needs, routine and lifestyle.

Ah, the basics of skin care: Wash, rinse, and repeat later—right? Not so fast…here are five common habits that can end up ruining your skin.

1. Choosing the Wrong Cleanser
Women often buy high-end exfoliating products and moisturizers, but don’t pay attention to what’s actually in them. Choose products with few chemicals, and avoid those containing SD-40, isopropyl alcohol, a common ingredient that can be an irritant for acne-prone and sensitive skin types, leading to redness, dryness, and in some cases, brown spots and premature aging.

2. Over-Exfoliating
Many products today have alpha hydroxy acids to combat wrinkles and fine lines, but if you mix-and-match too often — for example, an acid-based moisturizer in the morning and an exfoliating cream at night — you run the risk of inflaming your skin.

3. Moisturizing Too Much
Surprisingly, women with dry skin should avoid over-moisturizing, so don’t spackle on cream or heavy moisturizers.

4. Not Washing Your Face Before You Go to Bed
You fall asleep with your makeup on, what’s the big deal?  Even if it’s only a rare occurrence, the problems can cascade into your complexion for a week. To avoid a skincare nightmare, be sure to wash your face before you head to bed.

5. Wearing Old Makeup
When was the last time you threw out your makeup
? Don’t hang on to beauty products if you don’t use them frequently. Since your fingers are usually your applicator, bacteria build up fast in bottles and in makeup sponges, then end up on your face. As a rule of thumb, you should throw away foundation after six months.

300 S. Mt. Auburn Road | Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 | Tel: (573) 651 4488 | Fax: (573) 651 4431
Copyright 2012 Missouri Plastic and Hand Surgery, PC