You should shield your face from the sun’s harmful UV rays every day. Adding moisturizer and SPF to your proactive, skin-firming regimen, doubles as a defense against environmental damage, while keeping skin hydrated and supple.
A serum is a multivitamin for your skin, reaching down into all three layers of the skin, unlike moisturizers which sit atop the skin and shield it from toxins. Serums work more correctively and aggressively to produce a healthy, youthful glow. All skin types benefit from hydrating, nourishing serums. Apply serums to freshly cleansed skin, before moisturizer.
If your skin looks dull or has discolored spots, using a chemical exfoliant in place of a physical scrub can be a quick (and relatively gentle) way to dissolve dead skin cells, which otherwise prevent your healthy, bright cells from surfacing.
Follow product instructions closely, only applying to freshly cleansed skin, one to two times per week, before applying any other products. Look for alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs), as they are highly effective chemical defoliants.
The oils in our skin are essential for keeping our complexion clear, firm, youthful and nourished. But, too much oil leaves skin looking shiny, or clogs the pores and leads to a breakout. Too much cleansing dries everything out, causing the body to produce more oil as a result. Then, the increased oil production causes more breakouts.
Employ a gentle cleanser (creamy, sulfate-free) that will rid the skin of excess oil and dirt without stripping it of moisture. It’s a more soothing type of rinse and one you can do morning and night without over-drying.
In addition to your face, neck and décolleté, focus your regimen on the rest of your body. Start by using a gentle body cleanser in the shower. Afterward, apply a thicker body cream to seal in the moisture. If your skin feels dry during colder months, sleeping with a humidifier is always helpful for preserving its moisture levels.
You must wear SPF on a daily basis in order to block skin-aging and cancer-causing UV rays. Mineral sunscreens containing zinc provides better protection from the sun as opposed to chemical sunscreens. Plus, even sensitive skin tolerates it better than the chemical options.
Your skincare regimen can be highly effective without needing dozens of products.. You want fewer steps using well-formulated products with fewer total ingredients. Use only what your skin needs. Too many products is often counterproductive, causing irritation and allergy leading to premature aging of the skin.
DIY FACIAL TONER
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar possesses amazing natural healing and soothing properties.
Mix raw apple cider vinegar and filtered, distilled or bottled water in these proportions:
For sensitive skin: 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water
For normal/dry skin: 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water
For oily skin: 1 part vinegar with 1 part water
Mix the ingredients together, and store in a glass or plastic bottle with sprayer. There is no need to refrigerate the toner, as the vinegar makes it shelf-stable. Mist onto cleansed skin before applying moisturizer, or spray on skin to freshen throughout the day.