As we enter 2024, it’s a good time to be thinking about your goals for the upcoming year. One great goal to have, is taking better care of your skin – although it may feel a little overwhelming to consider what that looks like for you and your skincare regimen. Ultimately, everyone’s skincare regimen and needs are different, and it’s best to meet with an aesthetics and skincare specialist in Kelowna to tailor the ideal treatment plan for your skin. Here are some of the top tips for better skin in 2024.
1. Wear Sunscreen Daily
Wearing sunscreen every day is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Not only does it protect against sunburn and skin cancer, but it can protect against photoaging, or aging caused by long-term exposure to UV rays. Photoaging can affect the skin in a variety of ways, causing common skin concerns like dryness, uneven tone & texture, fine lines, volume loss, sagging, and overall dullness. By using sunscreen regularly, you can prevent these concerns from developing – and it’s never too late to start!
There are a wide variety of sunscreens available in Kelowna, and the best thing to do is try a few and see which works best for your skin. After all, the best sunscreen is the one you’ll use daily. For example, mineral sunscreens are typically gentler. Chemical sunscreens can be harsher and require some time to activate before going outside. Sunscreens also come in forms like sprays, sticks, or creams, giving you many different options. The most important factor when looking for sunscreen is ensuring it offers broad-spectrum coverage and has an SPF of 30 or higher. We offer evidenced-based medical-grade sunscreen products at our Kelowna skincare clinic and can help you choose the best option for your lifestyle and preferences.
2. Use Retinol and Vitamin C on Your Skin
If you don’t already utilize active ingredients in your regimen, retinol and vitamin C are two of the most important anti-aging options and a great place to start. Together, they provide a powerful combination of protection and rejuvenation. Used in the morning and evening, vitamin C delivers powerful antioxidants to protect against environmental damage and keep your skin looking bright. Used at night, retinol can help repair damage and boost your skin’s cellular activity. Both ingredients contribute to clearer, younger-looking complexion.
Vitamin C and retinol both typically come in serum form and should be used immediately after washing your face (morning and night respectively). Once they have a few minutes to soak in, apply your moisturizer. If you’re wondering where to start with these ingredients, our skincare specialists will gladly help. Medical-grade active ingredients typically come in the highest, most effective and purest concentrations available, and can ensure you’re not wasting money hoping for results. Our team of skincare experts can also help you explore other active ingredients according to your skincare needs like niacinamide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and more.
3. Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating can have many different benefits for your skin, including reducing congestion and oiliness, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, improving texture and tone, and enhancing the effectiveness of your skincare products. If you don’t already exfoliate as a regular step in your regimen, start by using a gentle medical- grade exfoliator, rubbing in small, gentle circles. It’s important to not be too rough or aggressive when exfoliating as this can damage or irritate your skin.
In office chemical peels in Kelowna, provide a more effective and quicker exfoliating treatment leaving your skin vibrant and youthful.
4. Aesthetic Treatments
When it comes to getting effective long-lasting results, medical-grade aesthetic treatments are the best option. Treatments exist for virtually any skin concern, whether it’s fine lines, volume loss, sagging, dryness, pigmentation, acne, and more. Our skincare experts can help you develop a personalized plan to rejuvenate your skin using the most effective and innovative aesthetic treatments. Whether it’s collagen biostimulation with Radiesse in Kelolwna or laser rejuvenation in Kelowna, our team can help you achieve your best skin yet.
5. Stop Smoking and Tanning
It’s long been known that smoking negatively affects the quality and look of your skin. This is because smoking degrades the connective tissues in the skin (collagen and elastin) that contribute to a bright and youthful look. Not only this, but it can also decrease blood flow and moisture, leading to dry, dull skin. There are many reasons to quit smoking, but improving the health and appearance of your skin is one of them.
Tanning is equally as bad for your skin. Tanning exposes your skin to harmful UV rays that cause photoaging and risk of skin cancer. Over time, regular tanning can age your skin more quickly, making it look dull, dry and saggy. Tanning breaks down collagen, leading to the formation of premature wrinkles. If you tan regularly, stop and use a topical self-tanner instead (and make sure to use sunscreen). If you don’t tan, don’t start! Tanning can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer and is best avoided altogether.
Schedule a Skincare Consultation
Getting an expert opinion on ways to improve your skincare regimen can have a host of benefits. You’ll get personalized recommendations and learn how to put together an effective regimen that suits your goals and needs. You can also explore medical-grade products and treatments in Kelowna designed to fully address your unique concerns. If you’re looking for ways to have better skin this year, our team of skincare experts can help you explore your best anti-aging treatment options. Contact our Kelowna skincare clinic on (778) 760-5050 to schedule your consultation today.