How to Build your Skin Care Routine
Skin care is extremely important. Healthy skin is better able to fight signs of aging, heals much faster and staves off potential disease better than unhealthy skin. But have you walked down a skin care aisle lately? There are so many products out there that claim to be the “game changer” when it comes to healthy, beautiful skin that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and quite honestly, a little lost.
Skin care doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it mean that you need to have 25 different products in your bathroom. It is easily broken down into 3 steps.
First of all, it is important to know what kind of skin you have so that you can properly care for it with the right products:
Dry skin can be flaky, scaly, or rough.
Oily skin can be shiny, greasy, and/or may have big pores.
Sensitive skin might sting, burn, or itch after you use some makeup or other skin products.
Normal skin is clear and balanced without being sensitive.
Step One (AM and PM):Cleanse. Cleaning your face every morning and night is step one to a healthy regimen. Don't just grab whatever soap is in the shower or at the sink to wash your face. Find something that will work best for your skin type. If you have dry skin the Botanical Kinetics Creme Cleanser will cleanse your skin while leaving it soft and lightly hydrated. The Botanical Kinetics Gel Cleanser is great for someone with oily skin and it’s also great to remove heavy makeup. Apply your cleansing product with your fingertips and avoid scrubbing. Rinse with plenty of warm water and pat dry.
Step Two (AM):Tone. Always use a toner after washing your face in the morning. A toner helps to balance your skin’s PH level. It essentially keeps your skin from trying to over-compensate so that you don’t get overly dry or oily.
Step Two (PM):Exfoliate. Your skin needs proper exfoliation and micro-circulation to be radiant! Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Added benefits of exfoliation include:
- Fading age spots by removing dead skin cells containing the pigment.
- Unclogging pores and allowing the release of natural skin oils.
- Making fine lines and wrinkles appear less visible because the newly exposed layer of skin reflects light better.
- Allows better absorption of moisturizers, antioxidants and collagen-boosting serums by removing the top layer of dead and damaged cells.
We recommend using the Aveda Dry Brush. The bristles are nylon and pressure wont damage the skin. Work the dry brush upwards towards your face in a circular motion.
Step Three (AM and PM): Hydrate.You may not think your skin needs a moisturizer, especially if you have oily skin. But all skin types need moisture every day. Apply it as your final step in your skin care regimen each day. While you are sleeping, your body creates new collagen and it increases blood flow. Going to bed with a clean moisturized face helps you wake up with glowing skin.
Remember, skin care doesn’t have to be overwhelming. But if you are still unsure of what to use, you can talk to your stylist at your next appointment or simply walk in and speak to our front desk staff and we can help you figure out what products will work best for your skin.
Posted on Thu, December 6, 2018
by Molly Casso and Cassandra Delliber