According to research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2004, American women use an average of twelve products on their skin each day, containing a total of 168 different chemicals. In this article, we’ll share our top nine tips for building a healthy daily regimen for skin care.
1. Choose Quality Products
There are a plethora of products on the market today that make various claims about what they can do for your skin. It will be worth your time to investigate to see if those claims are true. Look for products that contain natural ingredients that have been clinically proven to produce the results claimed by the manufacturer. Your products will be the foundation for your daily regimen of skin care.
2. Begin with a Clean Slate
Be sure to choose a cleanser that is right for your skin type, has clean ingredients and use it twice daily. In the morning, you should clean your face to wash away oils produced overnight as well as dust or other air pollutants that may have settled on your face overnight. At the end of the day, before bed, clean your face again to remove makeup and wash away dirt and impurities you may have come in contact with throughout the day.
3. Tone and Condition
While some consider toner an optional skin care step, we consider it foundational. Apply an alcohol-free toner with a cotton ball or cotton pad to remove any dirt or impurities missed by your cleanser. Toner should always be used immediately after cleanser (twice a day) to rehydrate the skin and balance its pH levels. In this way, your skin will be prepped and ready to absorb the topical vitamin C in the other products you’ll be applying, adding to the “reservoir effect” of collecting vitamin C in the dermal layer.
4. Shield Your Face
Skin serum is lightweight and should be applied sparingly with the fingertips. Look for a serum that contains L-ascorbic acid, the most readily absorbed form of topical vitamin C. This ingredient is key to producing the best age-defying results. Serum should be applied morning and night. Look for a vitamin C serum that contains L-ascorbic acid to neutralize free radicals, stimulate collagen production, protect from UVA and UVB skin damage, and more.
5. Take Care of Your Eyes
Fine lines and wrinkles, those early signs of aging, usually first appear around the delicate eye area. Eye cream containing hyaluronic acid for extra hydration is best here, as this is where some of the thinnest skin on your body is found. Apply eye cream gently with your fingertips around the orbit of your eye using light strokes. Eye creams work to repair damage and restore moisture to the eye area, reversing lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones from forming. Use morning and night for the best results.
6. Even It Out
After tending to the delicate eye area, it’s time to tend to noticeable skin discoloration. If you’ve enjoyed many summer days in the sun or many candles on your birthday cake, you may have hyperpigmentation or “age spots”. Choose a brightening cream that can be spot-applied once or twice daily (mornings optional) to help restore a balanced pigmentation to your face.
7. Keep It Hydrated
Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing daily is a must for a healthy skincare routine, since a good moisturizer works to hydrate the skin. Moisturizer doesn’t add oil to the skin or increase oil production. A moisturizer containing vitamin C will nourish the skin with healthy nutrients and antioxidants while protecting it from environmental elements. Moisturizer should be used morning and night for best results.
8. Combat Aging
No matter your age or whether you’re male or female, the final step for a healthy skincare regimen should include a nighttime application of an age-defying retinol complex. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that is easily absorbed into the skin and works to reverse the visible signs of aging by stimulating collagen production to reduce wrinkles. It also combats acne and reduces the turnover time of new skin cell production, giving you a healthy, renewed complexion. Take care to find a formulation of more than one form of retinol, which can be irritating and cause inflammation. A correct retinol formula will contain low doses of more than one form of vitamin A, delivering the benefits while reducing the impact and irritation.
9. Commit to Daily Use
A “one and done” mentality won’t produce results. When you begin a healthy skincare regimen, commit to use the products daily for a least 60-90 days. You’ll see amazing results.
As you can see from these nine tips, a healthy daily skincare regimen should include healthy products that are scientifically formulated to produce specific results. Insist on a system that is formulated to work synergistically to nourish, restore and rejuvenate your skin.
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