Whether you’re new to skincare or a seasoned veteran, there are a few non-negotiables you must use twice daily. They’re the essentials in your skincare regimen and lay the foundation for other anti-aging products. Use these products day and night 7 days a week, and you’ll notice your skin clear up, better hydration, oil-control, and a more even, smooth tone.
If you’re new to starting a skin care regimen or are just now starting to be consistent, expect your skin to break out for up to two months when you invest in good products. Your skin is purging itself and removing all the gunk.
As tempting as it may be, resist the urge to pick away at blemishes. Rupturing a pimple can spread bacteria onto your hands, across your face, and even underneath the skin. You could also be left with hyperpigmentation or a scar. If a pimple is really bothering you, spot treating the area can soothe the inflammation.
Exfoliating the area also helps your skin feel a lot less painful.
Before using any other skin care products, you must use a cleanser to wash your face. Not bar soap, not body wash, a facial cleanser! Most facial cleansers are acid balanced to your skin’s pH level, which is between 4 and 6. This is to avoid stripping natural lipids from your skin which form a protective barrier on your skin’s surface. This barrier is crucial to defend against pollutants and toxins in the environment seeping in and wreaking havoc.
Bar soap binder ingredients naturally have a higher pH balance which will dry out your skin like a mother. Even the bars that claim they’re moisturizing.
Just steer clear of bar soap for your face period.
Your skin should never feel tight after washing your face with your cleanser. If it does, you may be using a product not formulated for your skin type, or the cleanser is formulated with nasty ingredients that are drying out your skin.
Cleansers with sulfates are a no-go. Steer clear of sulfates in your cleanser to avoid dry skin and irritation.
Sulfates act as a foaming agent in your cleanser that has the power to emulsify the oils and debris off of your skin into the cleansing solution to then be rinsed off. They also work as a dispersion agent to mix the ingredients together evenly in your cleanser.
But Maddie, I thought you said sulfates are bad.
And they definitely are! For your skin anyway. The problem with this situation is that sulfates remove oils from your skin. As in ALL of your natural oils, your skin needs to protect itself from environmental toxins.
But wait…there’s more! 😎
They also remove important peptides and proteins your skin needs to function properly.
You’ll be left with stripped and exposed skin that can’t protect itself. And when used often, the damage can lead to premature aging.
Sulfates are great for cleaning and degreasing but are too powerful to clean your skin.
If you want your skin to look dewy and supple, you need to use this non-negotiable skincare item day and night. Toner is the unsung hero in your skincare regimen that fuels your skin with moisture while restoring your skin’s pH balance.
Use a toner formulated for your skin type to avoid drying your skin out and for a major improvement in your skin’s condition.
The right toner will contain active ingredients that deliver amazing results to your skin. Things like increased hydration, clearing breakouts, controlling oil, or anti-aging. But using a toner not right for your skin type may cause dryness and irritation.
Use caution when you’re buying toner and always read product labels.
Another great way to use your toner is as a makeup setting spray. Keep it in your purse for a quick refresh throughout the day. This is a great habit to get into during the winter as well when your skin is dry.
Whether you choose to use a physical exfoliant or prefer an acid, it’s imperative to your regimen to exfoliate every week. Without an exfoliating agent, your products and money will both be wasted.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface to allow fresh new cells to emerge and absorb the nutrients from your products.
Without exfoliating weekly, you’re trying to feed dead skin cells which are blocking the live cells from being nourished. Your skincare products are then ineffective and wasted with each application.
How often to exfoliate weekly will depend on the product being used. Always follow the product directions for the most effective results.
Think of moisturizer like you would a freshly painted table.
You paint a table to freshen up the color or give it a new look, but before using it, you have to seal it. You seal it to keep the paint from chipping off and to protect the color and table from things like dirt, debris, drink spills, cup rings, etc. This extends the life of your table and preserves its fresh color.
Your skin is the same way. It doesn’t matter what steps you take leading up to moisturizing because if you skip this crucial step, you’re risking damage to your skin. You could have the best serum ever invented, but if you skip moisturizing, you expose your skin to toxins and pollutants that will dull the effects of your serum, and you won’t see the best results you could be having.
Moisturizers protect your skin by creating a seal on the skin’s top layer. This barrier is necessary for your skin to sit in a balanced state where it can defend itself against free radicals while feeding off the nutrients your products provide.
You already know sunscreen is important for you to reduce your chances of skin cancer and avoiding leathery skin from tanning. But SPF is also the most important anti-aging product you should use to prevent aging.
Did you know, the number one cause of premature aging is from sun exposure?
This is especially true for premature hand aging, which most start to notice in their early 40’s.
Even indoors, the sun’s UVA rays can cause damage to your skin through a window. Just talk to Bill McElligott, a delivery truck driver who’s left side of his face has rapidly aged compared to his right side from years of driving without sunscreen.
Wear an SPF of 30 or 50 daily to protect your skin. Apply it to every inch of exposed skin on your face and body and reapply every 2 hours.
Use a powdered sunscreen or spray to easily reapply over makeup throughout the day.
Using Your Daily Skincare Items
These skincare items should be used day and night 7 days a week to start seeing real results in your skin. Your other products will function best when these basic steps are followed routinely.
Always use products formulated for your skin type that are packed with powerful ingredients to avoid damage or increased breakouts. Skip the junk, and be smart about reading skin care labels.
Your basic regimen plays a huge role in your future skin health and the results of your anti-aging efforts, so invest in the good stuff and don’t skip a beat!
These 5 items are the non-negotiables and core pieces to every regimen no matter what your skin type.
And remember, like all great results and successes, consistency is key.
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