With the newest development of AI technology, we have the ability at the click of a button to transform everyday photos of ourselves into model status. Beauty filters use machine learning algorithms and computer vision technology to identify and map facial features. With superimposed overlays and digital tools, we can achieve flawless skin, brighter eyes, fuller lips and a contoured facial shape without any effort. While artificial intelligence can give real-time results of perfection, our skin stays with us long after we project an image on our social media feed, and what we see in the mirror requires a bit more tweaking than what an app can provide. Especially because those attractive filters are only surface deep. Skin health 101-building your skincare routine from the ground up-will help you get the clear, beautiful skin you desire authentically. 

Your skincare routine does not have to be complicated. In fact, for most people, a simple skincare routine is the most beneficial. Begin and end your day with a clean face. It is important to wash away all makeup, bacteria, oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Removing these impurities not only takes away buildup but also boosts hydration, unclogs pores, prevents acne and helps the skin to absorb anti-aging and collagen boosting treatments more readily. After cleansing, you can apply toner, a water-based lotion or tonic, to restore the pH balance of the skin while priming the skin for products that will be applied next. The following steps will differ based upon whether your skincare regimen takes place in the morning or evening. For morning, dermatologists recommend using a vitamin C serum because of its antioxidant and wrinkle-fighting properties that promote glowing skin. Vitamin C is known for its brightening and hydrating benefits. Next, apply moisturizer to prevent dryness and lock in nourishment to smooth and plump the skin. Lastly, generously apply sunscreen to protect the skin against the harsh, damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. For an evening skincare routine, after toner, apply targeted serums such as retinol or glycolic acid (choose one or the other, alternate nights as the ingredients when combined in these product types can irritate the skin) to fight the effects of aging as well as chronic problems like active breakouts. After treatment serums, apply hyaluronic acid to replenish the skin because the treatment serums can have dehydrating effects. Hyaluronic acid attracts and holds moisture while aiding in wrinkle reduction and scar healing. Lastly, complete your evening skincare routine with moisturizer. It will calm the skin and leave it supple and soft. 
Building your skincare routine from the ground up can be established by following the outline above. For more strategic and effective solutions to your unique needs, we invite you to select a time with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology by calling 602-867-7546 or scheduling here WEBSITE so that you can avoid any pitfalls, allergic reactions and conflicting online information as to what will work best for your skin.