How to Get Instant Skin-Care Results, While Protecting Skin in the Long Run
In an era where we can order everything from a luxury SUV to $17 avocado toast with the tap of a button, it’s no wonder millennials have garnered a reputation as the “instant gratification” generation. We want what we want when we want it, and have come to expect immediate results from everything in our lives—including our skin care. But… that’s actually not a great way to approach caring for our largest organ in the long run.
Plenty of skin-care products claim to deliver an “instant glow,” and in certain scenarios—a la before a first date or major event—these quick-fixes are great. In the long run, however, they need to be coupled with solutions that are working below the surface to promote healthy skin down the line.
That’s why you should start thinking of your skin-care actives in two camps: those that work from the top down (short-term products), and those that work from the bottom up (longterm products). The first keeps the outer layer of your skin clear and bright, while the second helps build a foundation to keep it healthy over time. “The skin is very dynamic, and the cells are constantly turning over. So you get rid of one layer of cells with an exfoliant, but then two weeks later the cells are completely different and new, and so you’re not talking about the same skin anymore,” says board-certified dermatologist Nava Greenfield, MD.
Source: Well+Good – How to Get Instant Skin-Care Results, While Protecting Skin in the Long Run By, Zoe Weiner