Amidst busy schedules and the daily grind, it may be difficult to think about achieving a beautiful complexion. This is even more difficult to imagine if you are presently encountering skin issues and concerns. If you feel this way, remember that a Chinese philosopher once said: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The first step is having knowledge on what to do to achieve a more pleasant complexion.
There are several factors that may affect the appearance of your skin complexion. So, what do you do with that knowledge? Some factors involve personal hygiene, how you protect yourself from nature, and inherent qualities that cannot be changed easily.
In 1999, the Australian director Baz Luhrmann declared that “everybody is free to wear sunscreen”. And for your own complexion’s protection, you should because years of photo-damage and skin discoloration can indeed fade and damage your complexion. As prolonged sun exposure can do loads of damage to your skin, there is no amount of makeup and foundation that can hide unhealthy skin.
Wearing sunscreen: (1) use a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA rays and with at least SPF 15 grade (or higher if you have greater sensitivity to sunlight as recommended by dermatologist or higher if you are simply more exposed to sun than normal); and (2) use sunscreen the correct way, such as the recommended amount to be applied on and the ideal allowance for it to be absorbed by your skin. If you have other sunblock questions, seek the counsel of your trusted skin specialist, Dr. Wendy Roberts.
Lifestyle is also a crucial factor to the quality of your complexion.
Here are some lifestyle must-dos for great complexion:
- balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- enough essential vitamins and minerals from your natural diet
- plenty of water throughout the day (8 to 10 glasses)
- balanced regular aerobic exercise with weights or static aerobic gym machines to increase your metabolic rate and blood circulation
- enough sleep daily (6 to 8 hours)
- minimal, if any, smoking and alcohol
Aside from smoking and alcohol, which can both prematurely age your skin and make it appear tired and bloated, it is also advisable to avoid daily toxins from cars and other forms of pollution.
Know Your Ethnicity
Your ethnicity is another factor that you should consider in order to achieve your dream complexion. Knowing your ethnicity and skin tone helps to arrive accurate strategies in dealing with improving your skin complexion and treating skin problems. For instance, fair skin Caucasians are generally more susceptible to ultraviolet exposure and the first to show signs of sun damage. The darker skin of African-Americans and South Asians, on the other hand, are better protected from solar damage but normally find it more difficult to deal with acne scars due to hyperpigmentation.
Highly respected in this field, Dr. Wendy E. Roberts is one of the leading advocates to the classification of skin types as a key to better skin care and protection. If you know your skin features and characteristics, you know your skin’s strengths and vulnerabilities, basic skin care, and common problems. In short, you have better idea already in case the problems occur. Dr. Roberts has created a skin type classification system (already featured in various media and magazines) that comprehensively identifies the skin type characteristics of a given patient. Calling it “The Roberts Skin Type Classification System”, she intends the system to help (a) identify a patient’s skin type characteristics; and (b) provide data to predict the skin’s likely response to insult, injury, and inflammation. Dr. Roberts is a board-certified dermatologist based in Rancho Mirage, California.
Safe Skin Brightening
While prevention and daily protection are best methods, it is very possible to reverse sun damage and skin flaws if you choose skin brightening products that are proven safe and effective. Opt for products or skin brightening systems that take a comprehensive approach to achieve optimal outcome, including:
- facial exfoliators
- daily defense cream with SPF
- active brightening complex
At the very least, your skin products of choice must contain a specific skin pigmentation agent and sunscreen for the best results. Lytera and Elure are some of the impressive and safe products today to effectively attain skin brightening. Within a few short weeks of using, you can see a significant reduction in visible dark spots and improvement in the evenness of skin. While the product quality of Lytera and Elure is second to none, it is still much better idea to consult your dermatologist about these skin illuminating and correcting products.
If you want to clarify anything on achieving and sustaining beautiful complexion, please schedule a consultation now with Dr. Roberts by calling us at (760) 346-4262 or via this Schedule Reservation Form.