Cleanse, correct, hydrate and protect. Cover each essential skin care step with the right products for touchable skin
CLEANSE DAY AND NIGHT
Clean skin is ideal to maximally absorb product actives. Skin cleansers and soaps applied to skin and then completely rinsed with water are the best way to remove oil, dirt, debris and old product. This can be enhanced with sonic cleansing (Clarisonic Systems) or exfoliation to lift even more dead cells from the skin surface. A second cleansing step with a toner can further help to remove stubborn oil and debris.
Product ingredients that help correct complexion problems come in a variety of forms. For example, they may be ingredients in your cleanser, in a serum, in an acne treatment pad, a rejuvenation cream or a night cream.
Healthy skin is optimally hydrated. Different complexion types and different sites on the body need a different degree of hydration to be their healthiest. Dial this in with your hydration step. Know that many products in your other skin care steps may multitask for you by containing hydrating moisture-binding ingredients.
UV exposure always damages skin cell DNA. If the sun is up, your skin needs UV protection. All exposed skin needs broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen during daylight hours. Preferably you want to use one containing mineral zinc oxide as the primary active ingredient.
Why does a Complete Skin Care Routine™ make all the difference?
Products that are fighting against each other or are not addressing a key piece of what is causing their skin problem. Because using retinol to reverse wrinkles and collagen damage, and then not using the right sunscreen, means the retinol won’t help your sun damage that much. Using a pore-blocking moisturizer when you are fighting acne won’t let your acne products help fix your acne that much. Using a cleanser that doesn’t get your skin really clean means any of your treatment products won’t penetrate your skin well and won’t help that much. Using a cleanser that is too harsh for your skin if you have rosacea means that your rosacea products can’t calm your rosacea that much.
Skin health comes from within.
The best diet for healthy skin should include foods packed with vitamins and minerals. When most of the foods you eat are nutritionally rich foods, your skin will be its healthiest and most beautiful! This is far from the magic bullet we all want in our fast paced lives; healthy eating requires real commitment. Eat mostly vegetables, fruits and grains- organic or naturally farmed. Limit meats, fish, dairy and eggs-use them as an embellishment to you meal, not the main portion of what you eat-and be sure they're from naturally farmed animals Use virgin olive oil Consider processed foods as a treat, not your main source of calories and nutrition.