Developing a solid skincare routine is often a difficult task that requires a lot of trial and error. The process can be discouraging, particularly when you don’t notice a significant difference. However, there is good news: healthy skin can be achieved for all skin types at all product price levels.
For me, a good regimen begins with deep cleansing and exfoliation, two important steps that can help any skin type and concern. As my cleansers, I use La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Foaming Cleanser or Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel. They both have a low dose of salicylic acid, which will make breakouts disappear without over-drying.
I recommend exfoliating once or twice a week depending on your skin condition. It is important to note that harsh scrubs will never work in your favor – they harm dry skin or provoke more oil production in already oily skin. Over time, physical exfoliants enlarge pores and create more breakouts than they solve. Enzymes and acids are a better alternative for most skin concerns. Enzyme exfoliation takes care of the top layer and the cells that are already loose. Enzymes are not abrasive and will leave your skin smooth and hydrated. Currently, I am using Sanitas’ Pineapple and Papaya Enzyme Mask. You will fall in love with the smell!
Look to acid peels to take care of internal exfoliation. They boost cell turnover and have many benefits including deep cleansing, evening skin tone, as well as smoothing and refining fine lines and pores. The peels I like to do on myself are TCA and Anti-Oxidant peels. They are game changers, but should only be performed by a licensed esthetician.
When it comes to moisturizing, I like to try new things often. These days, I am enjoying Nuance’s Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 30. I really like the ingredients because there are no fillers; the main ingredients – jojoba, licorice, shea butter and vitamin E – smooth and hydrate my skin all day long. When I need an extra dose of moisture, I use Skinceuticals’ Hydrating B5 Gel, a pure hyaluronic acid formulation that locks water in your skin. I love using it under the eyes, which can be the first areas of the face to show aging. The gel can be used alone or followed by your eye cream. Additionally, keep in mind that there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin: dehydration means your skin is missing water, while dryness means it is missing oils. This means that skin can be oily and still dehydrated. Dehydration is a skin condition, not a type!
While it may seem complicated, it’s really not too bad. I’ve gotten it down to a simple twice daily process that only takes a few minutes. However, if you’re always busy and barely have time to do it yourself, you can always book a facial with us.