How to Create An Effective Skin Care Routine
Less is more” is often touted as the best beauty advice you can follow. But that isn't necessarily the case with your skin care routine. Your skin care routine should work for your lifestyle, your skin type, and your budget. However, it also should include certain types of products - the essentials, if you will.
Here are the six products that you absolutely must include in your skin care routine (and typically in this order).
The obvious first step: A good cleanser sets the stage for your whole routine. Ultimately, your cleanser should be gentle, water-soluble and able to remove your makeup. Avoid anything with soap in it - soap’s pH level is too basic and will dry our your skin.
When it comes to finding the best cleanser, let your unique skin be your guide and choose a product designed to target your primary skin concern (whether that’s acne, dryness, oiliness or sensitivity).
Toner often gets dismissed as overkill, but as part of a comprehensive skin care regime, toner is actually a pretty crucial step. Not only does it remove any oil or makeup residue, but it also preps your cleansed skin to receive whatever treatments you put on next. Think of it like a pre-serum or a pre-moisturizer.
Most people choose to skip toners, partly because there’s a lingering assumption that most toners are harsh and irritate the skin. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore. While they don’t physically “shrink” pores, the new breed of toners can serve multiple purposes, like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids. Additionally, each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern.
Choose a gentle, non-alcohol-based formula with skin-repairing ingredients, as well as calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
This is a crucial, though definitely not daily, step in your skin care routine. The best ways to go about exfoliating your face is to either use a cleanser with chemical exfoliants in it or use a dedicated physical exfoliator. Either way, look to use this product about twice a week.
Chemical exfoliators are best for sensitive skin, and physical ones (with gritty bits) are good for occasional use if your skin is on the dry and flaky side.
Serums are one of the most important skin care products you can use. Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns (brightening, repairing, hydrating, anti-aging, etc.), so it’s better to keep them as close to the skin as possible. There are various serums available on the market today, but antioxidant serums, which provide a variety of benefits from blunting your skin’s inflammatory response to neutralizing damage from UV rays and environmental pollutants, are generally recommended.
5. Targeted Treatments
These are the big guns, generally for treating blemishes, dark spots and physical symptoms of skin conditions, like eczema. Targeted treatments usually have powerful ingredients that should be used sparingly and (usually) at night to avoid damage from sun sensitivity, but they really work. Retinols and hyperpigmentation treatments fall into this category.
The last step in your skin care routine is as important as the first. Yes, everyone needs a moisturizer, even if you have oily skin. Even though your body has its own natural lubricating system consisting of glands that secrete oil to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and infections, most of us do need extra hydration after the havoc that sun, weather and harsh chemicals wreak on our skin. No matter what state your skin is in, it needs to remain hydrated. Luckily, moisturizers are made for all kinds of complexions, either oil-free or loaded with skin care goodies like antioxidants and vitamins.
You can use a facial oil as a moisturizer, too, no matter what your skin type. Different types of oils have different benefits, but generally, skin likes it because it matches its own sebum texture.
Last but definitely not least is sunscreen. Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine if you’re using a physical or mineral sunscreen, which works by physically blocking the UV rays. Since the sun is one of the most damaging forces to the skin and overexposure can increase your risk for various types of skin cancer. Help your skin protect itself by never skipping the sunscreen.
Aside from the order of application, some experts believe it’s also important to consider the time it takes for your skin to absorb your products. However, since most of us are often in a rush to get somewhere (or hit the sack), this isn’t always possible. The answer to this riddle? Keep your skin care routine simple.
Many products say you have to wait anywhere from five to 30 minutes before the next step to ensure proper absorption, but who has time for that? If you make it too complicated, you just won’t do it. If you have many steps, pause for a bit (a minute) to allow each product time to react with the skin.
Another piece of advice? Listen to your skin. Remember that you are unique and that nobody else has your skin. No matter what experts say, it’s important to find what works for you and to always be kind to your skin.
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WHAT TO EXPECT FOR YOUR FIRST FACIAL?
If you want a clear, well-hydrated complexion and more youthful appearance, facials are a necessary addition to your skin care routine. Millions of people enjoy the relaxing, skin-improving features of a facial on a regular basis.
What does a facial do?
A professional facial is designed to help improve your skin and to help you relax. Facials are customized treatments for the face, neck and decolette that help prevent and treat common problems like acne, aging and hyperpigmentation, says Brianna Karavas, aesthetician at Julinda's Spa & Salon. Having a smooth, glowing complexion is only part of the allure; facials can also:
The end result? Healthier, younger looking skin.
What are some of the different types of facials?
Many brand, Dermalogica, offers their signature facials targeting various skin concerns, says Karavas. She notes that there are many types of different facials, each designed for a specific type of skin or concern. These are: deep cleansing facials, acne prevention facials, rejuvenating facials, anti-aging facials, brightening facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion facials.
How should you prepare for a facial?
Know what products you are currently using and what your main skin concerns are, says Karavas. This is your best way to ensure the results you want and avoid irritating your skin during or after the treatment.
Want to ensure full relaxation during your facial? Karavas recommends turning off your cell phone and enjoying the moment.
Julinda's Salon & Spa uses Dermalogica Professional Skincare products. Your treatment will begin by completing a short form allowing the aesthetician to get to know you and your skin care routine.
When you are comfortably on the treatment table, the Dermalogica trained technician will pre-cleanse your face, allowing her to evaluate your skin. This process is called Face Mapping. It discerns areas of concern and areas to concentrate on during the facial. It also determines what professional products will be utilized during the facial.
According to aesthetician Karavas, there will be a thorough cleansing, treatment with steam, extractions if necessary, a facial massage, a mask mixed specifically for your skin, facial serum and moisturizing to complete the treatment. During the facial, you will also be offered a hand, foot or scalp massage.
How do you care for your skin after a facial?
Post-treatment breakouts and irritation are possible if the products used were too harsh for your skin or if your pores weren't cleared and cleansed properly. To minimize redness and blemishes following a facial, you should always follow any specific instructions your aesthetician gives you and cleanse your skin with a gentle, non-comedogenic cream or foam. Also, it's best to skip toner for the first few washes after your facial; your freshly cleaned skin doesn't need it. Because your skin may feel sensitive following a facial, avoid harsh cleansers and vigorous scrubbing for 48 to 72 hours following your treatment.
What can you expect during your first facial?
Facials last an average of 60 minutes; however, what to expect largely depends on your skin. Your experience will depend upon the type of facial you want and your skin type. For example, some facials are designed to help improve certain skin concerns, like acne, and may include extraction (of blackheads/whiteheads) or chemical exfoliation. Others might just hydrate and nourish the skin through a series of steps.
Depending on the type of facial, Karavas explains that some tools may be used on your complexion such as high frequency, microdermabrasion and microcurrent to help enhance your results. She also adds that your aesthetician may provide knowledge on your skin type and how to maintain a proper home care regime.
Best of all? You will leave the spa with a smoother texture, proper hydration, glowing complexion, fewer breakouts and firmer skin, says Karavas.
When should you avoid a facial?
As with any treatment, it's best to check with your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any specific health concerns before scheduling any facial treatment.
During the summertime, it's best to skip chemical peel and more intense resurfacing treatments as these actually remove the top layer of skin, making it extra sensitive and susceptible to sunburn and UV damage.
If you have extremely sensitive or acne-prone skin, you may want to ask your dermatologist for specific recommendations, as some types of facials and peels can irritate your skin even further.
Your face is one of the most exposed parts of your body and, therefore, one of the first areas to start showing signs of aging or environmental stress so treat it with care (and a little pampering, if you so choose). Not ready to visit a professional just yet? You can give yourself a gentle at-home facial using one of the products featured on our site.
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