Getting into a regular skincare routine
Caring for your skin daily is essential for optimal skin health. This means cleansing, toning, and using appropriate treatment, moisturizing, and protective products. Everyone's skin is a little different, but following these basic tips can help you maintain healthy, clear skin that resists the effects of time.
Daily care tips, morning and night for long-term skin health
Cleanse your skin! We can't stress enough the importance of washing your face and body with the right product for you. Cleaning in the morning helps prime your face for the day by removing any oil buildup or dead skin cells that may have accumulated while you slept. This also preps your skin for any SPF, hydrating, or cosmetic products you may be using.
Cleansing in the evening is especially important to remove makeup, dirt, and debris that our skin encounters every day. The skin repairs itself while you sleep, and it is important to start with clean skin before applying any overnight treatment serums or nourishing moisturizers.
Don't skip the toner! Toner is often overlooked, or not used at all. This is especially true of folks who have "normal" skin that doesn't produce excess oil or suffer from acne breakouts. The truth is, toner is actually beneficial for all skins, and not all toners are created equal. We have a selection of non-astringent toners that add a cleansing, hydrating boost to your routine and can enhance any treatment products you may be using. If you do have oily or acne-prone skin, choose an astringent toner with salicylic acid or glycolic acid to bust up oils and clear pores. For dry, combination, or sensitive skins look for alcohol-free toners that boost hydration and balance.
Hydrate skin daily morning and night with a quality moisturizer. Daytime moisturizers with SPF are ideal, as that's one less product to use and you'll be protecting your skin. At night heavier creams are generally used to boost skin's collagen production and reparative abilities as you sleep. As we age our skin loses its ability to retain moisture causing collagen fibers to become brittle and break or clump together. This causes dull, deflated looking skin. Fully hydrated skin looks younger and helps skin maintain is elasticity and brightness.
Use sunscreen every day, even when it's not sunny out! UV exposure is the leading cause of skincare aging, use of a skin-type appropriate sunscreen as directed daily can greatly reduce the risk to skin cancer and visible photo-aging. UV exposure can zap skin elasticity, cause discoloration, lines and wrinkles.
Cosmetics are ok, just remember to apply makeup that works with your skin. Oily skin should look for non-comedogenic foundations and colors to minimize the chances of clogging pores and causing acne breakouts. Foundations that include SPF, or tinted SPF moisturizers are excellent choices.