Give your skin a fresh start with tips from Rite Aid on how to cleanse, hydrate and protect your skin.
Start with a makeup remover to prepare your face for a deeper clean.
Lather with care.
Then use a mild facial cleanser. Look for one that contains ceramides. Ceramides are the fatty materials in your skin that help hold on to moisture. Try Micellar Cleansing Water for a makeup remover and cleanser in one. It lifts makeup like a magnet, pulling dirt and oil away from your face with micelle molecules.
Twice is nice.
If you are feeling like your complexion is a little dull, try a facial scrub. A scrub will help get rid of dead skin cells and bring out your natural glow. Exfoliate only twice a week at most to avoid irritating your skin.
Wash twice a day – in the morning and the evening. Any more may cause irritation and, in turn, lead to oily skin.
Put your moisturizer, serum and any special treatment on your face immediately after cleansing - while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture. Waiting until your skin is completely dry makes it harder for active ingredients to sink in and may make your skin feel greasy.
Look for peptides.
Peptides tell your skin to produce more collagen. Collagen makes your skin firmer, smoother, and younger-looking. Plus, peptides thicken the collagen under your eyes making under eye circles less noticeable.
Get a daily massage.
Don’t just dab your face care products. Massage them into your skin in a circular motion applying a little gentle pressure. This will keep the circulation going and feels really good.
Tint to take off the years.
Try a tinted moisturizer. A little tint helps even out your skin tone plus removes redness and imperfections. A smoother, brighter skin tone can make you look and feel younger.
Drench all over.
Don’t forget the water. It is important for your skin and your overall health. In general, it is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day. This amount may need to be adjusted depending on your activity level, the climate you live in and your health status.
Apply one every two.
Don’t forget to use one ounce of sunscreen all over your body before you go out. Then reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. If you still want some color, try a sunless tanner for a healthy glow.
Make sure you’re covered.
Remember to apply sun protection to your lips, ears and areas around your eyes, scalp, neck, hands and feet.
Choose at least 15.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. If you are going to be outdoors for extended periods of time, use a water resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Ask about D.
Don’t risk sun damage to get your dose of Vitamin D. Ask your Rite Aid pharmacist how to add vitamin D to your diet without the damage of the sun’s rays.
Taking care of your skin and shielding it against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is extremely important. We can help you learn how to protect your skin from head to toe, as well as how to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer.
Making Sense of Sunscreen
With so many sunscreens available, it's hard to know which one to choose. Check out this list of helpful tips for finding the best skin protection products for you and your family.
You can also shop for skincare and sun care products that feature The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.
The Skin Cancer Foundation
We’ve partnered with The Skin Cancer Foundation to bring you the latest information about the disease, as well as helpful prevention tips.
Map Your Way to Healthy Skin
The best prevention is early detection. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions for a thorough self-exam. You'll need: bright light, a full-length and hand mirror, two chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body map, and pencil.
But first, you may have to map the changes, and we've made it easy with our printable Body Mapping Chart.
1 Examine your face, especially your nose, lips, mouth, and ears — front and back. Use one or both mirrors for a clear view.
2 Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Ask someone to help, if possible.
3 Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both the front and back of your forearms.
4 Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don't forget the underarms.
5 Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the undersides.
6 With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.
7 Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
8 Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes, and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels.
Drug Information Database
Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which raises your risk of burning. To find out if your medication causes photosensitivity, search for it in our Drug Information Database, and then read the Precautions section to learn whether your skin needs extra protection.