When it comes to developing a skincare regimen to achieve your desired results, it’s incredibly important to not only determine which products work best for your skin, but also the order and manner in which to use them. But with so many incredible options out there, finding the quintessential routine can feel quite challenging — even for skincare product enthusiasts! With that being said, our goal with this guide is to relieve you from that daunting challenge of finding the best skincare regimen by proposing a highly effective routine that can restore your skin to a younger, healthier and nourished look and feel.
But before we dive into our recommended skincare regimen, there are a few things we would like for you to keep in mind as you read on.
It’s important to note that each person’s skin type is different, and that what works best for some may not work as effectively for others. We definitely encourage you to make tweaks to your personal skincare regimen based on your own specific needs, preferences or lifestyle. For instance, you may find that your skin will look better by trying certain products more frequently than others, or even by skipping certain steps entirely.
So, don’t be afraid to tailor your routine to what suits you best! This guide, along with the conclusions you make on your own should help you find your go-to skincare routine in no time. Now that we've got that out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?
Step 1: Cleanse Skin
This first step towards achieving younger, healthier and more radiant looking skin is a very important one, as it plays a pivotal role in preparing your skin for other essential products you will be using. Why, you ask? Well, facial cleansers gently remove dirt, makeup, bacteria and old surface skin cells from the skin without completely stripping the skin of its natural oils.
What this does is clean and smooth out your skin and pores to enhance the effectiveness of the topical products you will be applying during your daily regimen. Think of it as the step that gives you the blank canvas you’ll need for a beautiful painting!
Frequency: Twice a day — once in the morning and once at night.
Directions: Apply your facial cleanser to a washcloth, pad or cotton ball. You may also use your hands if they are clean. Wipe gently onto the face to remove dirt and impurities, and follow that up by rinsing your face with warm water and patting it dry with a clean cloth.
- Cleansers can be applied to a dry or wet face. If using an oil cleanser, we recommend applying onto dry skin.
- You can use certain cleansers to wipe around your eyes and gently yet effectively remove makeup like eye liner and mascara.
- Letting the cleanser sit for few seconds eases the removal process.
- You can use the some cleansers (like an oil cleanser) to help clean your makeup brushes, such as an eyeliner brush. The oil will tackle any built-up material on the bristles to remove and break it apart, making the brush easier to clean.
Step 2: Refine Pores
Once you are all finished with your cleanser, you will need to immediately follow up with a professional grade facial toner. Toners serve as incredible hydrators that help restore softness, elasticity and proper pH levels for the skin after cleansing, and can even shrink pores and reduce oiliness.
There are several types of toners available, but we highly recommend using toners that include Vitamin C since it works very well with all skin types. They not only leave the skin feeling fresh and renewed, but they also protect the skin from free radicals, harmful UV damage and skin irritation. However, if you are in the mood for something simpler but versatile, we advise trying out Rose Water, as it does a sensational job of toning, hydrating and cleaning the skin, among many other things!
Frequency: Once a day, shortly after using your facial cleanser.
Directions: When you are finished cleansing, apply a few drops of your preferred toner to a cotton pad/ball and gently apply to the skin using upward strokes for optimal pH balance and pore tightening. Allow to dry.
- Be sure to target trouble areas such as the forehead, nose and chin, which are known to produce excess oil and clog pores.
Step 3: Apply Serum
Now this is where it starts to get interesting! Skin serums are an absolute must-have for any daily skincare regimen. These potent oil or water-based products are packed with a remarkable array of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that provides unrivaled nourishment, hydration, and increased cell protection for the skin. Depending on the results you’re looking to achieve with your skin, there are plenty of serums out there that are formulated to tackle specific skin types. So, whether you’re looking for brighter skin, blemish reduction or an anti-aging solution, rest assured that there’s a serum out there that’s right for you.
A common question many people ask is what the differences are between serums and moisturizers. What truly sets these highly concentrated serums apart are their uncanny ability to penetrate deeper into the skin than moisturizers. This, of course, dramatically increases the chance of seeing noticeable improvements to your skin’s tone and texture, and can bring you one step closer to having the soft, supple and luxurious skin you've always wanted!
Frequency: Twice a day —once in the morning and once at night. If necessary, you may scale back usage to once a day.
Directions: Apply a small amount of serum to your hands to distribute to your entire face, neck and surrounding area. Can be worn underneath makeup. Allow to dry. If using multiple serums, use from thinnest to thickest and wait for first serum to absorb completely before layering on the next one.
- Certain serums can contain retinol, which can make your skin susceptible to the sun. In those cases, we recommend wearing sunscreen during the day for best results. See Step 6 for more details!
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Step 4: Restore Eye Area
Common practice for most skincare enthusiasts is to follow-up their serum with a moisturizer. However, we strongly encourage you to put that plan on hold at this stage of your regimen, as it is the perfect time to nourish your eye area to help achieve an age-defying appearance. Eye care is key, so we definitely suggest using a gel, cream or serum specially made for the eyes.
The biggest advantage to using a specialized eye gel or serum is how effectively they can tackle dark circles, eye bags, crow’s feet, fine lines and saggy skin with consistent use. Be sure to look for eye care products that include Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells and Peptide Complex, as they work together to increase elasticity, enhance skin tone and minimize those telltale signs of aging.
Frequency: Use twice a day, morning and night.
Directions: Dispense a pea-sized amount of the product to your fingers and massage it between your fingers. Then, dab gently around the eyes, forehead and cheek area. Allow to dry.
- High quality eye gels or serums can be applied to entire face to fight against the signs of aging.
- If you’re an on-the-go person, you can eye care products underneath makeup.
- You can use both an Eye Serum and an Eye Gel for a double dose of extra nourishment to your skin for really stubborn dark circles and bags. Use the Eye Serum first, then follow up with an Eye Gel or cream.
Step 5: Apply Moisturizer
No skincare regimen is complete without a wholesome moisturizer. The consistent use of moisturizers can help you achieve a soft, smooth and dewy appearance by providing sensational hydration and nourishment to the skin, as well as supreme anti-aging support.
You will notice that most premium grade moisturizers contain Vitamin C, and that’s not a coincidence. High quality moisturizers often include Vitamin C to help give the skin powerful antioxidant protection from extended sun exposure and UV rays to keep it from getting dry or damaged. Other great ingredients to look out for are Niacinamide, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells, Peptide Complex and MSM, as well as soothing oils like Rosehip Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil. Each of these incredible ingredients work in unison to tackle wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and discoloration to help give you the younger, more vibrant look you've always wanted. In other words, moisturizing is a must — day or night!
Frequency: For best results, use morning and night. For sensitive skin, use once a day.
Directions: Cleanse and tone skin prior to applying your moisturizer. Then use serum(s), if applicable. Distribute a small amount of your preferred moisturizer on face and neck with your fingertips in a circular and upward motion. Let the cream absorb completely into the skin.
- Certain moisturizers can contain retinol, which can make your skin susceptible to the sun. In those cases, we recommend wearing sunscreen during the day for best results. See Step 6 for more details!
- You can wear certain moisturizers underneath makeup.
- Some moisturizers can also be applied on the body and around the eyes for extra nourishment. Use it on your feet, elbows or anywhere else for soft, supple skin, or apply it on your shoulders and/or décolleté to help reduce the signs of aging such as age spots and hyperpigmentation.
Step 6: Apply Sunscreen
The last step of your daily skincare regimen is an often underrated one that many men and women forget to do. Whether you’re at the beach or out running errands on a sunny (or even cloudy!) afternoon, sunscreen is an invaluable skincare asset for daily living that all men and women should use as often as possible for ultimate skin protection.
The advantages to using sunscreen are hard to ignore, as they help provide essential moisture to the skin, as well as protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays that can eventually lead to signs of aging. It is recommended that you use an all-natural SPF 30 sunscreen that includes Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide to protect your skin from sunburns. Also, keep an eye out for sunscreens that contain Vitamin E and Green Tea extract to ensure that your skin will be fortified with incredible antioxidants. And lastly, look for sunscreens that include Cocoa Butter and nourishing oils such as Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil and Sunflower Seed oil to give your skin a soft and supple feeling.
Frequency: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every two hours, or immediately after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
Directions: Use your preferred amount of sunscreen to gently cover areas of your body that may be exposed to the sun. Regularly use sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and an SPF rating of 15 or higher, along with other sun protection measures including limiting your time in the sun (especially between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm) and wearing long sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses.
- This is a great step to follow to avoid unnecessary irritation after using a skincare product containing Retinol.
Weekly Skincare Tips
This section of our comprehensive skincare regimen will highlight two all-important steps you should incorporate into your routine once or twice a week to continue achieving outstanding results for your skin!
Some of you may be a tad surprised as to why we recommend exfoliating only once or twice a week — especially since it’s such a popular step in most other skincare regimens. There’s no doubt that exfoliating the skin is a great step to help unclog pores, reduce redness and diminish blackheads, wrinkles and breakouts. However, it is important to exfoliate in careful moderation to prevent the skin from becoming too stripped and irritated.
We recommend using a powerful, skin-strengthening facial scrub that contains high amounts of Vitamin C to not only give the skin supreme antioxidant protection, but also help diminish fine lines, wrinkles spots and blemishes for a smooth, sleek and even tone.
Frequency: Once or twice a week.
Directions: Use small dollop in a circular fashion on face and/or body for gentle exfoliation. Can use with fingertips or with cloth. Rinse off with warm water. For best results, pat the skin dry and follow up with a toner, serum and moisturizer.
- There are plenty of great do-it-yourself scrub recipes that are out there that are worth a try. Try mixing 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of fine salt and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a bowl and apply it to wet skin for great results!
- You are welcome to use a washcloth to help you exfoliate your skin instead of using a scrub. Simply wet a washcloth and gently work your preferred product into your skin in circular motions.
And now for the most important step of them all… have fun!
Now that you have this step-by-step skincare regimen handy, you should be well on your way towards having radiant and gorgeous looking skin, so enjoy it! There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing noticeable differences in your skin’s tone and texture. So, stick with your routine and take pride in it.
And as always, if you ever have any questions regarding how you can integrate this regimen with your specific skin type, don’t hesitate to ask us!