Your Skin Is Not Superficial


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The saying you can’t judge a book by its cover is undeniably true and it’s certainly true about skin. What’s inside is vitally important, but what we tend to overlook is skin’s cover, the outer layer, is anything but superficial. How you take care of the surface is tremendously important.

Lots of people focus on what absorbs into skin, yet what we do to skin’s surface effects everything else. When the outer cover of skin is healthy, it appears and feels smooth, soft, even, refined, hydrated, and plump (think baby skin).

In contrast, when the surface of skin isn’t cared for, it looks dry, rough, dull, dehydrated, uneven, crepey, and sometimes develops red areas and sensitivity. This isn’t just an aesthetic issue; if the outer layer of skin is compromised, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to maintain or improve everything we just mentioned, from wrinkles to uneven skin tone, dry skin, sensitive skin, clogged pores, and bumps.

Your skin’s outer layer always needs lots of T.L.C. (tender loving care) to be healthy. We can’t stress enough how important healthy skin is. But like any relationship, knowing how to be loving is not superficial, it is deeply important.

DOs and DON’Ts for Taking the Best Care of Skin’s Surface

As you will hear us say repeatedly, using only non-irritating products and not doing anything abrasive or sensitizing to skin will help you avoid untold problems that pile up and impact every aspect of skin, not just the surface. None of that is loving your skin.

The best ways to love your skin is to be as gentle as possible, to protect it from the environment, and always replenish the vital substances skin needs to remain resilient, vibrant, perfected, and youthful-looking.

This guide will ensure you’re setting up your skin for success and it will love you back by looking and feeling its best.

  • DON’T rinse with water that is too hot or too cold; both are way too harsh for skin.
  • DON’T soak in the tub until skin “prunes” (that can weaken skin) especially in dry or cold weather.
  • DON’T use harsh scrubs, which can tear the outer layer of skin.
  • DON’T use drying cleansers, including bar soap, which remove essential moisturizing, nourishing substances from your skin.
  • DON’T use skincare products that contain harsh ingredients like alcohol (listed as SD or denatured) or essential oils (which are just fragrant plant oils and while they do smell nice, they are sensitizing to skin).
  • DO make sure your entire skincare routine is fragrance free (synthetic or natural). Fragrance’s wafting volatile reaction compromises skin in many problematic ways.
  • DO practice sun-smart behavior by avoiding unprotected sun exposure. We can’t think of anything quite as basic as applying an SPF 30 or greater. You simply can’t reduce the early signs of aging or have the skin you long for without it.
  • DO enrich the outer layer of skin with replenishing ingredients such as antioxidants, fatty acids (such as omega fatty acids), ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin just to name a few.
  • DO consult our Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary for more info if you’re not sure whether an ingredient is going to hinder or help skin.

Paula’s Choice Solutions

The takeaway here is that the best way to love your skin is to be as gentle as possible. That’s the starting point to help skin’s surface be as healthy and perfected as possible. When you love your skin by using a brilliant skincare routine, the outer layer can do its job to ensure everything looks as beautiful as possible.

We would be remiss to not mention that Paula Begoun is adamant about women using a comprehensive skincare routine to do just that. That’s why Paula’s Choice Skincare has many options to meet the needs of your skin concerns and skin type.

Paula is particularly proud of her RESIST Anti-aging collections for Normal to Dry Skin or Normal to Oily Skin. But, we promise all Paula’s Choice products are formulated to be non-irritating, fragrance free, and skin-replenishing, so you can be assured the best skin of your life really does start here!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! See Paula's Choice Moisturizers.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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