Get your skin care routine into the natural order of things. There is a reason why doing things in the right order is extremely important. You won’t put your socks on after your shoes! The same goes for your skincare.
Step 1: Cleanse
The first step to your skincare routine is cleansing. Cleansers are designed to remove the dead skin cells, dirt, debri, and makeup, both on the surface of the skin, and deeper into your pores. Cleansing your face is especially important for the sake of removing makeup. Makeup is composed of ingredients that allow it to last all day, and thus you must cleanse your face every night before bed to ensure your skin is refreshed! More importantly, make sure that you are cleansing your face the right way! A quick splish-splash won’t stand a chance against long-wear cosmetics.
Step 2: Toner/Astringent
The next step in your skin care routine is toning. It is important to use a toner or astringent to rebalance your skin, provide gentle exfoliation, and to refine your skin. Astringents play an important role in minimizing the appearance of pores, and help to rebalance the appearance of your complexion. The reason this step is done prior to applying your serum or moisturizer is to help retain the moisture that both provide.
Step 2 ½: Masks / Exfoliators (2-3 times a week)
Use an exfoliator 2-3 times a week, or a 14-day exfoliating program like our Rapidex, to remove dead skin cell build up. Too much dead skin cell build up does not allow for products to penetrate the skin, can leave skin dull looking and even contribute to oily buildup.
Step 3: Serum
Applying a serum is often over-looked. Serums are formulated with a higher concentration of key ingredients and smaller molecules that have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin than a moisturizer, which is why they go one before moisturizers, not after. They are designed to provide strong results and are packed with nourishing ingredients. Think of a serum as a vitamin for your complexion, the more nutrition you provide to your skin the better it will appear! Like a cleanser and toner, when choosing a serum choose one that targets your specific skin care needs.
Step 4: Moisturize
Your final step to facial cleansing is to moisturize your skin! Applying a moisturizer is going to help hydrate and nourish the skin. For aging skin, with time, natural lubrication slows down, and elasticity and collagen is loss. Thus, it’s crucial to keep your skin hydrated and look for moisturizers with ingredients like seaweed and peptides to help improve the skin's texture. Even for younger skin, moisturizers help protect and smooth the skin. This also includes hydrating those areas of the face in special need, such as the eye area. This area is so delicate, and one of the first to show signs of aging with crow’s feet, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles, making it important to hydrate with an eye gel or eye cream.
Step 5: Prime / protect
Before putting on your makeup, use a primer. A primer will help prepare the "canvas" for makeup, and help for smooth application.
Step 6: (For the ladies)
If you like to wear a little makeup, the last part of your routine is applying a foundation and powder that is beneficial for the skin with soothing ingredients like seaweed. Also choose those that are non-comedogenic so you don’t clog your pores!
What’s in your skin care routine? Tell us in the comments below!