Basic Skin Care

Basic Skin Care

As a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner I am often asked about tips for skin care. Most frequently these questions are about what types of products they should be using and why. The order of the application is also something that I get a lot of questions about.

Skin Type

The first step for any skin care regiment is to figure out what type of skin you have. It is important to distinguish between normal skin and sensitive skin as well as if you have dry, oily, or combination skin. Some indicators of sensitive skin include stinging or burning after applying products or sometimes redness and sensitivity. Typically individuals with normal skin do not have these reactions following the use of products. Markers for dry skin include flaky, scaly, rough, and itchy skin or patches on skin. Oily skin may be shiny and greasy feeling however individuals with combination skin may be dry in some areas and oily in others.

Once you know what type of skin you have you can better select the products you need. After you find your skin type you can then select products that are appropriate for you.


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What Order Should I Apply My Skin Products in?

  1. Wash your face using a mild cleanser.
  2. Apply medications or treatments (Acne medications, Lightening Creams, Retinoids etc.).
  3. Apply moisturizers and sunscreen in the morning.
  4. Apply makeup if appropriate.

To keep your skin looking and feeling healthy the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has several recommendations.

  1. Wear daily sunscreen.
  2. Stay out of tanning beds.
  3. Keep your skin care routine simple.
  4. Only use skincare products that are formulated for your skin type.
  5. Remember to treat your lips.
  6. Try and keep hands off of your face.
  7. Have regular skin checks by your Dermatology provider.

These are just a few simple guidelines to keep your skin looking its best! Remember to Cover Up Buttercup and top off your look with a hat for even more skin protection while you are outside. For added protection all over make sure you are using Tri Sirena Apparel UPF 50 outdoor gear!


Written By: Gretchen McCabe, APRN, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
Follow Gretchen on Instagram @gretchen_mccabe

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This blog was created for informational purposes only. It's content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website or online.

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