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  • Writer's pictureDr. Cassandra Paiano, ND

The Naturopathic Role in Skincare

Serums, essence, oils, moisturizers, physical exfoliants, cleansers, retinols, acids... the list goes on.

Skincare can be so fun. The overwhelming amount of products and claims, however - not so fun.

Let's breakdown the different types of skincare products. Cleansers The main role of a cleanser is to reduce dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin. They can come in the form of foaming, or non-foaming, can be oil-based, or water-based, and can be gentle or more exfoliating. It is important to choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. I often recommend the use of a cleanser that is water based, gentle, and has a pH closest to that of the skin. Toners Toners are used after cleansing to help balance the skin's pH and remove any remaining dirt or impurities. Some toners also contain ingredients to help calm and soothe the skin. Exfoliants Exfoliants are used to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. They can come in the form of physical exfoliants, such as scrubs or brushes, or chemical exfoliants, such as alpha-hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids.

Serums Serums are highly concentrated formulations that contain active ingredients to target specific skin concerns, such as wrinkles, dark spots, or hyperpigmentation. Moisturizers Moisturizers are used to hydrate the skin and prevent dryness. They can come in the form of creams, lotions, or gels, and can be formulated for different skin types

Sunscreen Sunscreens are used to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

They come in different strengths and formulations, and should be applied daily, even on cloudy or overcast days. For more information on skincare product ingredients, types, and uses, click here. As a naturopathic doctor, I take a holistic approach to healthcare, including skincare. I work closely with my patients to identify elements that can affect the skin, such as diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors. When it comes to putting together a skincare regimen, I consider the following factors:

Skin Type. It is important to identify skin type, skin conditions or concerns, and overall health to determine what products or treatments would be most appropriate. If there are any underlying health issues affecting the skin (hormonal imbalances, or digestive problems), I often use these as my starting point in order to heal from the inside out.

Current Skin Regimen. I always look for the presence of harsh chemicals, preservatives and synthetic fragrances. These ingredients can worsen skin conditions by causing further irritation or sensitivity, increase the toxic burden on the liver, and wreak havoc on hormones.

Skincare Needs. Based on skin type, skin concerns, overall health and current skin regimen - the next step involves the use of evidence-based skincare ingredients and treatments that are gentle, non-invasive, and effective.

Did you know, naturopathic doctors can compound skincare creams, lotions, or gels to target your unique, and specific skin concerns? Whether it be acne, eczema, fine lines - we've got you covered!

Lifestyle Recommendations. Getting enough sleep, reducing stress levels, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoidance of harmful environmental exposures (such as UV radiation) are all very important factors to be considered in all treatment plans.

If you have any questions, or you're looking to take a more holistic approach to your skincare regimen, please reach out. We can't wait to hear from you! 🥰

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