Insight, advice needed for proper skin care

When finding out what skin care products to purchase, it is a good idea to know what skin type you belong to.

Without that knowledge, you could be buying the wrong skin care products, resulting in harming your skin rather than helping it.

Figuring out what skin type you are is relatively simple considering the expanded knowledge the Internet and a quick visit to the local dermatologist provides.

Once empowered with the knowledge of the skin type and what types of products are needed to provide healthier skin, buying the right product becomes easy.

“I just buy whatever I think will work,” said Kathy Gonzalez, a Mt. San Antonio College freshman and frequent visitor to the Nordstrom at the Montclair Plaza. “Sometimes I ask at the counter, but that’s about it.”

“If you just read the labels, you should be able to figure out what is good for you,” Gonzalez said.

It does take a little more research, however, to find out what product is right for you.

“The best way to find out what skin care products are right for your skin type is to visit a licensed skin care professional, dermatologist or estheticians,” said Lauri Blue, spokeswoman for Jan Marini Skin Care Research, Inc.

Depending on several factors, a person’s skin may fall into one of the following categories: normal, oily, dry, combination, sensitive, dehydrated, couperose and mature.

There are skin care products that deal with each of these skin conditions, be sure to buy the type that is right for you.

“Everyone’s skin is different. What might work great on your friend won’t necessarily work for your skin type,” Blue said.

With a large variety of skin care lines available for men and women, complete with a mix of treatments, it may seem daunting to find the one that is right for your skin and for your wallet.

While you can deal with the basic products – face and body wash and some type of lotion and cream – those who crave to have excellent skin, should refer to professionals for the right products.

“To avoid trial and error, go straight to a skin care professional. They could even tell you what products at Rite Aid would work best for your skin,” Blue said.

Now that winter months have gone and the temperatures are rising, people are looking to embrace the sun and lose whatever tan lines are present.

With rising skin cancer rates, however, applying sunscreen should not be the last on the to-do list.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen should be applied every day to exposed skin even when not in direct contact with the sun.

“While UVB rays cannot penetrate glass windows, UVA rays can, leaving you prone to these damaging effects like disease if unprotected,” the Academy concluded in a written statement.

In a statement by the Academy in 2007, it recommended that a UVA and UVB sunscreen with SPF-15 or higher be used.

Andres Rivera can be reached at

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