Patients ask me: how do I care for my skin?

Well, if you care about your skin, then you’ve probably developed a face washing routine. Face washing is not just an important anti-aging and wrinkle management ritual, but it plays an pivotal part in the prevention of skin conditions like acne, rosacea and melia. Face wash routine can be simple – a cleansing wash at night or in the morning. Or it can be complex, with numerous washes, exfoliators, toners, creams and lotions.

But if your regimen includes antibacterial soap, you may want to think twice. It may come as a surprise that there are some bacte

ria that shouldn’t be washed away, because they are good for your skin health.
Referred to as “good bacteria,” some microbes can help keep your immune system in shape and also ward off aging and environmental wrinkles. Healthy bacteria on the skin can help keep our faces moist and also fight the “bad bacteria,” which is responsible for some of the most common skin woes – redness, acne spots and blemishes.

 

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On top of that, a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) suggested that an ingredient known as triclosan, commonly found in antibacterial soaps, may impair muscle function and cause other health issues.

Anti-aging tips

No matter how much you hydrate or exfoliate, skin does age -and sometimes well before its time. I see this time and time again when I I put some of my patients under our skin analysis machine, despite having a solid skin care regime. That’s why at Castleknock Cosmetic clinic we promote a combined anti-aging and lifestyle approach to having sexy, ageless skin.

No doubt, the sun caused most of the skin damage you see on your skin right now. But smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, extreme temperatures, and a host of noxious chemicals and pollutants in the air outside can also damage skin too. When you’re considering prevention and correction of aging skin a multi-task approach is better than just getting anti-aging and wrinkle injections alone.