The four steps of proper skin care using Aveda's Botanical Kinetics

Aveda's Botanical Kinetics skin care line     Photo:

While many of us understand the importance of washing our faces daily, only few of us know the four daily facial cleansing steps and their importance. For example, did you know you should tone in the morning and exfoliate at night? That washing your face twice a day is always important, regardless of your skin type? Simply follow these four steps featuring Aveda's line of Botanical Kinetics skin care and you will have clean, fresh, younger looking skin every day.

Morning and night, be sure to always cleanse and hydrate your skin. Cleansing twice a day is important because it preps the skin and allows any following products to penetrate more deeply and better deliver the desired results. While many of us know the importance of not sleeping in our "day face," we sometimes forget why it's also important to cleanse in the morning. Even while you're sleeping, your face is still collecting blemish-causing, pore-clogging dust, dirt and bacteria which make it necessary to cleanse in the morning. Start by choosing a skin cleanser for your skin type. For skin that is dry to normal, choose Purifying Creme Cleanser, $20, and for skin that is normal to oily, try Purifying Gel Cleanser, $20. Both cleansers will work to dissolve make-up and impurities while leaving your skin soft and smooth. Purifying Gel Cleanser, which is oil-free, also works to dissolve excess oil and refresh the skin. Each contain camomile and vitamin E, which help to sooth and protect the skin. If you choose the correct facial cleanser for your skin type and follow with an appropriate moisturizer, your skin will not only tolerate cleansing twice a day, but also thank you for it.

Follow these steps for skin care and have fresh, radiant skin every day. Photo:

Hydration is just as important as cleansing therefore, you should follow up every wash with a hydrating moisturizer. It restores moisture to your skin, helping to reduce wrinkles and reveal younger looking skin. Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion, $32, is perfect for all skin types, dry to oily. Apply night and day to keep skin supple and soft. Containing jojoba and coconut, Hydrating Lotion gently hydrates while alleviating dryness. Regardless of skin type, it remains important for everyone to moisturize. Even the mildest facial cleanser will strip the skin of some moisture and it is important to replenish this moisture, even  on oily skin, for your face to retain its' natural moisture balance.

Two commonly forgotten steps of a proper skin care regiment are toning and exfoliation. Both help to promote radiant skin but should be used at different times of the day. Add toner to your morning routine and exfoliation to your nightly regiment. Toners are important because they help maintain the natural pH levels of the skin in order for it to remain healthy. Applying a toner after cleansing your face also helps to close pores, which helps to reduce their size as well. Dry to normal skin should use Skin Firming/Toning Agent, $19, while normal to oily should look for Toning Mist, $19. Skin Firming/Toning Agent is moisture-rich and is infused with echinacea, which soothes the skin. Toning Mist works to dissolves surface oil while helping to balance and tone the skin.

Exfoliation is imperative for cell turnover. Dull, old skin needs to be removed in order to reveal the new, bright and radiant skin underneath. While your skin naturally loses some dead skin daily, an exfoliant helps to remove all of the dead skin cells which cause blemishes and clogged pores. In addition to removing dead skin and promoting cell turnover, exfoliants also help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, retain skin elasticity to prevent sagging, even out skin tone and hydrate. Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, $32, can be used on all skin types to remove dull surface cells and balance the skin. This exfoliant is non-abrasive and contains meadowsweet to exfoliate and witch hazel to tone. With all of its benefits, many would agree that an exfoliant is definitely necessary for everyone's skin care routine.

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