Making the right choices for skin products and treatments
Posted by Karla Ebert, R.N.
October 14, 2013
When I was younger, I remember looking at my friend’s beauty products when she was staying over. It was fun for me to try different things and see what they would do for my skin. What I didn’t realize at a young age is that there are many skin products for different types of skin. So using her products didn’t produce a great result for me, even though they worked well for her.
I’ve learned that one of the most important things to do for your skin is to keep it hydrated. Using a good moisturizing product that doesn’t clog your pores is a No. 1 rule in my book. Then, coming in second for skin care is using the right cleanser, making sure that it isn’t taking too much moisture out of your skin.
I must say that after talking to a skin professional and learning the importance of using quality products, I began making good choices and using products for my problem areas.
Now that I am a nurse working with patients with skin issues on a daily basis, I can take my knowledge and assist other people in making the right choices for skin products and treatments.
And to think it all began with my friend’s collection of lotions and potions.
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The best type of moisturizer to use is specific to each person. It greatly depends on your skin type.
Normal Skin would benefit from a non-greasy water based hand and body cream to help hydrate and nourish the skin, especially during these cold winter months.
Dry skin would benefit from a long lasting deep hydration which could be oil or water based and often comes in a cream formula.
Oily skin needs moisture as well. A light non-comedogenic (something that does not clog pores) lotion works best.
Sensitive skin may require a gentle soothing moisturizer that is free from fragrances and preservatives.
Mature skin may benefit from a moisturizer that provides hydration and combats wrinkles through the use of antioxidants.
The most important thing is to find a moisturizer that leaves your skin healthy and feeling soft. It can be a trial and error process. To help with this, dermatology offers products for all skin types that have been tried and tested by both patients and staff. Our cosmetic nurse would be happy to use this knowledge to help find the perfect moisturizer for YOUR skin type.
Mayo Clinic Health System staff -
What are some examples of good moisturizers?
Do you have recommended products to look for?
Lonnie Drahos -