Skincare can be so confusing and at times downright overwhelming. With cleansers, serums, creams, exfoliants and treatments how is anyone supposed to keep their head from spinning? And let’s be honest the older we get the more products we need. Here is an easy to follow evening regimen so you can get the most from your skincare products and best results for your skin.
Step 1. First Cleanse
Your initial cleanse is to remove dirt and makeup from your skin. If you have multiple cleansers, I would choose a milky or oil cleanser for this first step. These remove makeup and debris best.
Step 2. Second Cleanse
Yes, two cleanses! Think about when you get a facial how they always take the time to thoroughly clean your skin, you should do the same at home. The first cleanse is to remove the day, the second cleanse is to clean your skin. This is the time you would use your Clairsonic cleansing brush if you have one.
Step 3. Tone
After cleansing apply your toner. Some skincare lines do not require a toner since their products are already pH balanced. However, toners are a great way to refresh and add some extra nutrients into the skin.
Step 4. Exfoliate
Depending on the exfoliator you use you will either do this step every night or as little as once per week. Check the directions on the recommended use. If you are not currently using an exfoliant this is not a step to be overlooked. Even if you have dry skin, all of your skincare products will work more effectively if you don’t have a dry layer of skin blocking them from penetrating. Exfoliating improves cell turn over, reduces pore appearance and promotes healthy looking skin.
Step 5. Serums
This is the most confusing step for most. The rule of thumb is to apply your serums thinnest first working your way up to the thickest. With most skincare lines they ask that you allow the serum to dry, about 30 seconds, before layering the next serum.
Step 6. Moisturizer/Treatment
Most night creams are also treatments. Night creams now do more than just moisturize, many have anti-aging treatments to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Step 7. Eye Cream
This is your final step. If you are like me and use multiple eye products use the same rule of thumb by applying thinnest to thickest.
10 minutes later you are finally ready for bed. Now let all that goodness soak into your skin and wakeup beautiful!
“Chicken Skin” is that patch of scaly skin on your thighs or back of arms. This unattractive skin condition is called keratosis pilaris and up to 40% of adults suffer from it. Although the cause is unknown it most likely runs in your family or you have dry skin to begin with. The scaly patch forms when our bodies produce a build-up of a hard protein called keratin. This keratin forms a plug in the opening of your hair follicle and VOILA! “chicken skin”. Now that you understand what it is, more importantly how do you get rid of it?
Thankfully skincare companies are starting to make products specifically to address this very issue. There are exfoliating body washes and lotions that contain “chicken skin” fighting ingredients like glycolic acid and micro-beads to banish the keratosis pilaris from your skin.
Glytone makes a KP kit that contains a great smelling glycolic body wash that you follow with a powerful glycolic lotion. This combination of products is sure to diminish the bumps.
Another amazing product is Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub. This body wash is incredible at clearing the KP from your skin plus give your body an all-over exfoliation.
So now that Summer is here and tank tops and shorts are inevitable stop covering up and expose your bump-free, smooth skin!
For over 100 years Mason Pearson has been making a line of premium hair brushes that retail for a premium price. These “super” brushes claim to be life changing, for your hair life that is. So what could possibly be so remarkable about a hair brush? Their claim to fame is their Boar bristles. These bristles are the best way to distribute your hair’s natural oils from scalp to tip making your hair glossy and shiny. The overall health of your hair is said to improve, making your hair grow not only faster, but longer. As an added bonus, the patented cushion of the brush conforms to your scalp giving your head a much needed exfoliation and massage. Sounds good to me! I know my next beauty splurge is going to be this ultimate grooming tool.
Summer is finally here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys of summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine skin. What is a beach beauty to do?
Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.
Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!
Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Dark tanning gel. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.
Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!