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Caring for the Surface of Your Skin

Caring for the Surface of Your Skin

How you take care of your skin’s surface is tremendously important! When the outer layer of skin is healthy, it appears smooth, soft, refined, hydrated, and plump (think baby skin). Nourishing your skin’s surface also ensures that the lower layers of skin can better hold onto the vital substances needed to maintain a youthful appearance.

Paula’s Choice Skincare has several options to feed your skin the right balance of nutrients; plant extracts and oils; and ingredients that occur naturally in skin—all to keep it strong, balanced, and defended from environmental stress. In particular, our RESIST Omega+ Complex Serum and RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster work beautifully to revitalize sensitive skin. It's even suitable for eczema-prone and rosacea-prone skin.

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

We cannot stress enough how important it is to give your skin’s surface the T.L.C. it needs to be healthy. Follow these guidelines to ensure you’re taking the best possible care of your skin.

DON’T use drying cleansers, including bar soaps, which remove the essential moisturizing and nourishing substances that uphold your skin’s surface layer integrity.

DO make sure your entire skincare routine is fragrance free. Fragrance’s wafting volatile reaction compromises skin’s surface.

DON’T use abrasive scrubs because they can cause micro-tears in skin, and avoid products that contain harsh ingredients, like alcohol (often listed as SD or denatured) or essential oils (such as lavender or geranium).

DO apply SPF 30 (or greater) daily! This is one of the most powerful ways to shield your skin’s barrier.

DON’T rinse with water that is too hot or too cold and don’t soak in the tub until your skin “prunes” (that can weaken skin).

DO enrich the outer layer of skin with skin-replenishing ingredients, such as ceramides and omega fatty acids.

Hint: You can get this replenishing combo via our RESIST Omega+ Complex Serum, which infuses skin's surface with a healthy cocktail of omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids proven to visibly strengthen and restore a smooth, radiant appearance.

References for this information: 
Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2016, pages 1,047-1,051
Current Problems in Dermatology, February 2016, pages 1-7
Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, January-February 2008, pages 84-90
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, October 2007, pages 220-229
Dermatologic Therapy, Volume 17, 2004, Supplement, pages 44-48
Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2001, pages 830-836

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!