How Investing in Skin Care Goes Beyond Cosmetics

Your skin, the largest organ in your whole body, is the first part of yourself you present to the outside world. It makes sense that you want to keep your skin looking the best it can. Cosmetics, like foundation, can to some degree conceal or cover imperfections on the surface of your skin. Makeup can’t do anything about surface irregularities, though, and can wear off after just a few hours.

Additionally, some cosmetics may actually make underlying skin problems like acne worse. For results that don’t wear off, or cause other skin care issues down the road, you need to think a little deeper. Good, professionally supported skin care goes beyond your makeup cabinet, involving changes to your daily lifestyle and habits, as well as other potentially beneficial medications and treatments.

At Columbia Internal Medicine of Castleton, New York, our experienced care team, under the direction of aesthetic specialist Padma Sripada, MD, supports male and female patients in putting together comprehensive, effective plans for better skin care.

A whole-body approach to skin care

Covering up acne, redness, or fine lines and wrinkles with cosmetics won’t address your skin care needs over the long term, and can often make your skin-related issues worse. Instead, put your focus on your whole-body health and wellness, and your healthy skin will glow as a result.

To support the organ of your skin, focus on eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. You might need to avoid certain trigger foods, like chocolate, fried foods, or foods containing dairy, to prevent acne outbreaks. You can protect your skin from aging, sun damage, and potential cancer risks by covering up or using sunscreen when you’re out in the sun.

In addition to following healthier routines, you may need other support to keep your skin looking clear and fresh. A simple skin care routine can also help keep your skin supple and breakout-free, but don’t go overboard on products and steps. You should wash twice daily with a high-quality cleanser, and use toners and moisturizers to correct for harsh effects.

The professionals at Columbia Internal Medicine can recommend the best professional-grade products for you, from cleansers to night creams. You’ll see better results with professional products suggested for you by a knowledgeable specialist.

How professional treatments can support your skin

In addition to the right habits and products, you may benefit from in-office treatments. At Columbia Internal Medicine, we offer:

To talk with Dr. Sripada and her team about your skin care needs and goals, get in touch with Columbia Internal Medicine today. We serve new and existing patients from around the East Greenbush and Valatie areas. You can schedule your initial consultation by calling our Castleton, New York offices today at 518-213-9521. Or, use the online tool to book at your convenience.

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