Following these steps below for the essential skin care routine to help create the foundation for a good and healthy skin care that produces results.
Skin Care Steps
To develop a skin care routine, we recommend booking a facial with an experienced, certified professional. Estheticians have the knowledge and training to prescribe professional treatments that enhance your results as well as educated guidance for your home skin care routine. To help you create a healthy home skincare routine; we’ve compiled the essential steps to guide you.
Apply your skin care products in the following order for optimal results:
1. Cleanse | Twice per day, morning and night.
A good cleanse clears your skin of oil and debris that often lead to clogged pores and dullness. It also preps your skin for additional treatment, making it easier for to absorb the beneficial ingredients in the rest of your routine. Whether you choose an oil, balm, gel or cream cleanser will be determined by your skin type and the concerns.
2. Tone: Essence, Facial Mist or Toner | Twice per day, morning and night.
Toning completes the cleansing process by conditioning your skin and adding beneficial vitamins and minerals to your complexion. Unlike alcohol-based toners of the past, today’s toners, essences and mists aid the effectiveness of your cleanser by adding replenishing ingredients that improve your skin’s health. Your cleanser and toner go together like shampoo and conditioner, working together to keep the skin as healthy as possible.
3. Exfoliate | Once or twice per week.
Exfoliating is important to increase healthy skin cell turnover, remove buildup and alleviate pore congestion. Exfoliants can be chemical, enzymatic or physical. Another option is a more potent peel or treatment from a professional. Consult with your esthetician to find the best approach for your skin type and concerns.
Watch the video below to learn how to exfoliate properly.
4. Mask | Once or twice per week.
Masks provide additional treatment for your skincare concerns. Face masks contain high amounts of concentrated vitamins and nutrient-rich ingredients which absorb deep into the skin to improve it’s overall health. In addition to their hydrating and firming benefits, masks can be used to improve more difficult to tackle skin concerns like acne, large pores and dark spots.
5. Treat: Serum, Concentrate or Facial Oil | Twice per day, morning and night.
Your daily routine should include a serum, concentrate or facial oil. These potent formulas contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients to target skin concerns and counteract the damaging effects of environmental stressors. The serum, concentrate or oil you choose will be determined by the concerns and conditions you hope to prevent or correct.
6. Moisturize | Twice per day, morning and night.
Moisturizers keep skin soft, supple and protected. Moisturizing not only targets and improves specific issues in the top layers of the skin, it also provides important support for the skin’s natural lipid barrier. A strong and healthy barrier allows the skin to better retain moisture and ward off external irritants. Even oily skin needs moisture and hydration so that the lipid barrier can stay healthy!
7. Eye Care | Twice per day, morning and night.
The eye area requires a softer touch since it is seven times thinner than the rest of your face. Regular eye cream application not only maintains the health, thickness and elasticity of this delicate area, it also improves the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.
Watch the video below to learn how to apply an eye cream correctly.
8. Protect/SPF | Daily, or as required.
The final and most crucial step in your skin care routine is sun protection. Daily sunscreen application helps protect skin against the damaging rays that can cause skin irritation, premature aging and skin cancer. Everyday all year long, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen or SPF moisturizer to shield your skin from sun damage.
9. Body Care | Daily, or as required.
Healthy skin care doesn’t stop at your neck. The rest of your body can also show areas of discomfort depending on your skin type and skin concerns. Extend your skin care routine by applying nutrient-rich body products that keep your skin strong and healthy from head-to-toe.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, customize a routine for your particular skin type and concerns. This will determine the type of product you choose for each step of your skin care routine.