Frequently Asked Questions: Part 2

Is it important to apply moisturizer at night?

Nighttime is when your skin gets a break from the outside world. After you’ve done your nightly skincare routine, your last step should be to apply moisturizer. It locks in all the great products you just applied to your face.

How often should I exfoliate?

Regular exfoliation is the key to smooth, bright and clear skin. You should exfoliate two or three times a week. People with acne or oily skin may need to exfoliate every day. Someone with sensitive skin would want to exfoliate less often.

Can I mix skincare products from different companies?

When it comes to your skincare routine, correctly assessing your skincare needs is all that matters. You can mix different products from different companies. Your skin doesn’t know the name of the company on the label and all that matters is you use the right ingredients for your skin.

Do I need to wear sunscreen in the winter?

Yes, sunscreen should be worn every day. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can’t damage your skin. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater should be applied daily, even on a cloudy day.

Can moisturizers and makeup with SPF protect me from the sun?

Yes, using beauty and skincare products with SPF is an excellent way to protect your skin from the sun but for outdoor activities or jobs outside it is best to apply sunscreen for maximum protection.

What is broad spectrum sunscreen?

Broad spectrum refers to a sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreen’s can only protect from UVB rays, but UVA rays are also harmful to the skin. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen ensures that your skin will be protected from both types of rays.

What’s the best way to treat a sun burn?

Place a cold compress on the burned area of the skin and apply a cooling gel or ointment containing aloe vera. Taking Tylenol or other anti-inflammatory medicines can help relive the discomfort.

In cases of a severe sunburn, you should see your doctor.

Is skin cancer easily treatable?

Many types of skin cancers are easily treatable if they are detected early. If you wait too long to get checked by a doctor, problems may occur and the cancer can spread to other parts of the body.

How do I know if I have skin cancer?

If you have unusual sun spots, moles or patches of the skin you should report it to your dermatologist immediately. A skin screening will be performed. Skin screenings are used to identify any areas of concern on the skin, especially those which are potentially cancerous.

Can tanning beds increase my chance of getting skin cancer?

Any type of tanning can increase your chance of getting skin cancer. Avoid tanning to decrease the likelihood of skin cancer.

Is it necessary to go for a skin screening every year?

A person’s skin can change a great deal in 12 months so it is essential to regularly get examined. Executing self-exams is also encouraged. For patients who have a family history of skin cancer, have already had skin cancer or have several moles, they should have a skin screening performed more frequently.

 

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Samantha Durst

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