The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts Blog

2O_yNwqpA92KTl90IERIh6oGMRO0vVYzyNCBd_CrpBs,CIHbm3aCj53nUhuHdKRPHxBIWwlO3yUqexVO-SMxR_cAs a facial plastic surgeon, in addition to consultations for surgical improvement of facial aesthetics, I am often asked by patients about basic skincare as a complement to other efforts. I like to compare beautiful skin to a perfect canvas on which an artist manifests her masterpiece. The skin on your face and neck can signify to others a lot about your health and how well you take care of yourself. Yet, many of us disregard our skin’s health and often spend little time nourishing it. Indulge your skin to allow glowing illustration of your emotions.

The most basic skincare regimen consists of cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting.

Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser specifically formulated for the face.  You may use a soft brush or your fingers to gently exfoliate and refresh in the morning, and de-stress and fully cleanse in the evening after a long day.

Moisturize with a balanced complex that uniquely harmonizes with your type of skin:  dry, neutral, oily.  Don’t be tempted to skip this step if you suffer oily skin.  Lack of moisture initiates a vicious cycle that throws your skin even more off-balance and causes more oil production.

And most importantly, protect your canvas at all times from the harsh aging effects of the sun.  Allow me to repeat.  Protect. Protect. And protect!  Each and every morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, covering both UVA and UVB.

In the summer months, constant reapplication is essential as the sunscreen shield often fades away during activity.  Don’t neglect your skin in the coming winter months.  Although the sun may not be directly beaming down on us, its rays still reach and damage our skin.  Most of us in the metro area spend an abundance of time in the car commuting during the week.  Sun exposure comes directly and indirectly reflected from other cars, from dashboards, from any shiny surface. Protect yourself.

In addition, always apply an initial layer of sunscreen before you apply make-up or other cosmetic products. Even though some products offer a degree of sun protection, most do not fully prevent sun penetration adequately. Check and confirm next time you pick up a foundation product.

Vigilance and dedication to nourishing and cultivating your skin with delay the signs of aging and lead to a healthy canvas whereupon a work of art and expression arises.

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