Everyday ladies have been coming to me this winter with surface dry skin, acne rosacea, and general redness. They are using drugstore products that may be good products, but they are using the wrong products for their skin types. They are drying out their skin even more or creating a situation where they are making their skin so sensitive that every product won’t work the way it is supposed to. So here are my top tips for your skin, no matter what your skin type may be.
Wash your face! Morning and Evening. No makeup wipes. No micelle water! Micelle water is watered down cleanser. Wash with a good cleanser made for your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type, invest in a consultation with an aesthetician (a skin care professional) who can tell you all about your skin. In my case the consultation is complimentary. Washing your face removes all the surface debris from the day, such as makeup and environmental factors. It also helps to unclog your pores. Makeup wipes do not. In the morning, cleansing helps to set the stage for your products to work correctly and your makeup will go on better.
2. Use a treatment serum next. This can be Hyalauronic Acid for your surface dryness, an acne treatment serum, a redness calming serum, etc.
3. Next comes your moisturizer with sunscreen for the daytime. A great moisturizer should have antioxidants or peptides in it. Antioxidants repair the DNA damage that was done by the elements, such as all that time in the sun. And Peptides are great for anti-aging as well - wrinkles, fine lines. By the way, tinted moisturizers are great and so are BB Creams or CC Creams instead of Foundations.
4. In the evening, wash again with your proper cleanser and then use a retinoid type cream on your face. This will repair the damage from the day and keep your skin fresh and young looking. Retinols (Vitamin A) are very important for refreshing your skin from the lowest layer to the outer layer. You should definitely use this if you have acne, but if not, start in your 30’s. It helps keep the wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Personally, I don’t believe in prescription retinol as they are too harsh and cause redness, peeling and surface dryness. The molecule of the prescription retinol is too large and it sits on the surface of the skin. That is why it causes this reaction.
5. Finally, use a facial mask twice a week. Use one recommended by your skin care professional that is appropriate for your skin type. This will help to keep your skin on track and assist with cell turnover and proper moisturization or redness relief. Plus it’s really fun!
Even the best skin care products only have a chance if they are used on the correct skin type. I’m talking about only 3 steps in the morning and 2 at night. You can do it! I know you can.