What is your skin like? It’s pretty normal but can tend to sway one way or another depending on weather or environmental conditions. I’m a self proclaimed exfoliating junkie! My skin is very tolerant so I tend overindulge a bit.
What is your main concern? Uneven skin tone and texture, and smile lines.
What does your skincare regimen consist of? See below.
What is your skin like? My skin is normal to dry, and sensitive. I need to be very careful when trying out anything on my face, it is very challenging sometimes.
What is your main concern? Adding hydration and maintaining moisture. Skin sensitivity: It is a perfect balance of giving your skin what it needs but not overdoing it. Preventing sun damage, the sun is the main cause for free radical damage so it’s important to prevent and protect!
What does your skincare regimen consist of? See below.
Cleanse/Tone: If I use a cleanser in the morning I will strip the natural oils in my skin so I skip the cleanser and go right to the Evian Mineral Spray. It conditions and soothes my dry sensitive skin. This is also a great mid day skin spritzer!
Prevent:Topix Replenix Serum CF. This is such a light product, it instantly soaks in ready to do its job by fighting free radicals and improving the look of my skin tone.
Hydrate: Treatments are very important to the restoration and general health of your skin. The SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is a great hydration tactic for me. I also like to add a few drops to my weekly mask treatment for added benefits of moisture retention.
Day Cream:Avene Rich Compensating Cream. I was afraid at first to use such a thick cream because I thought it would irritate my skin. Boy was I wrong; it provides me with lasting hydration throughout the day and is a great base to wear under my makeup. I also layer this with at least an SPF of 15 sunscreen before I start my day.
What is your skin like? My skin is sensitive and combination. I have an oily forehead and chin area and am normal everywhere else.
What is your main concern? My focus is balancing my skin and regulating it, keeping it clear and radiant without upsetting the skin’s balance. This is by far easier said than done!
My Hero Products
As I’m constantly on a search for the perfect regimen I can’t outline all of my products. I like to mix and match and am constantly on the lookout for hero products to add to my shelf of favorites, however I have found some that always make my skin happy and in turn leave a smile on my face.
Cleanser: I currently switch off between my M2 Skin Technologies Exfoliating Cleanser (Great to brighten up my skin, exfoliate those dead skin cells and balance out my imbalanced skin) & MD Formulations Facial Cleanser Sensitive Formula (Gentle enough to not irritate my skin yet keep my skin soft and hydrated).
Toner: I use Exuviance Soothing Toning Lotion every other day to replenish my skin and help maintain the balance. It is alcohol-free and soothing with a great scent that doesn’t give me a headache after application.
Treatment Products: So far I have only a couple of treatment products which I alternate use with. I have great results with MD Formulations Vit-A-Plus Skin Clearing Complex. This product is oil-free, lightweight and contains ingredients such as BHA, AHA, & Retinol. It absorbs the oils in my problem areas while preventing blemishes, reducing pore size and smoothing my skin texture. I usually switch that up with the M2 Skin Technologies HP Skin Refinish. This product helps hydrate my skin, soften my wrinkles and even out my skin tone. These two products are used as night products after cleansing and toning.
Prevent:iS Clinical C-15 Serum Advance Plus is my go to vitamin C serum. It not only contains 15% vitamin C, but also has copper tripeptide growth factors. So, I’m getting my anti-oxidant protection to prevent pre-mature aging and increasing collagen production and repair existing damage simultaneously.
Hydrate: I love, love, love Kinerase Pro Therapy Lotion with Kinetin and Zeatin as my daily moisturizer. It’s a lightweight formula that gives my combination skin just what it needs. It’s the right balance for my oily T-Zone and normal skin on cheeks and forehead. It’s great to apply right before makeup application, my foundation glides on nice and smooth. Kinerase is also great for repairing sun damage and for sensitive skin types.
Prevent:Topix Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 3x is great for evening out my ruddy skin tone and keeping my occasional breakouts at bay. It also contains green tea polyphenols and hyaluronic acid for extra antioxidant protection and hydration.
Hydrate: Right before bed I like to use Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Night Lotion. This lotion is great for my combination skin type and is full of natural ingredients like licorice, black elder, marshmallow and calendula. My skin is refreshed, hydrated, and more even toned when waking in the morning.
Treatment: For an occasional hormonal breakout, La Roche Posay Effaclar AI zaps unwanted invaders. It has a potent blend of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to kill acne causing bacteria and slough off dead skin cells. This formula does not cause any irritation like many acne products can and does the trick with just a few applications.
Cleanse:M2 Skin Technologies Exfoliating Cleanser refines my skin and removes residue, oil and make-up. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed and exceptionally smooth due to its exfoliating properties.
Prevent:SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 has been in my nightly ritual for years. It’s not irritating and provides immense benefits. It helps to clear the skin of acne, clogged pores, discolorations and stimulates collagen production. A MUST!
Hydrate:Decleor Aroma Night Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm hydrates my skin through a time release complex; it soaks in overnight and makes my skin feel dewy, plump, and hydrated in the morning. It’s a must for thirsty skin, and it provides antioxidant protection.
The term “sensitive skin” can be closely linked with many different skin conditions. From rosacea to severe acne, any skin condition can cause sensitivity. In addition, sensitive skin does not discriminate against skin type, you can have combination, normal, dry, or oily skin and it can still be sensitive. Sensitive skin can also appear suddenly, resulting from a few major factors. It can be due to a cosmetic reaction to a product, climate change, stress, or even the foods we eat. It can be characterized by redness, tightness, itching, or irritation. It is important to know the proper tips and products to help protect and improve sensitive skin conditions.
First, for extremely sensitive skin, some have benefited from only cleansing their face once a day, generally in the evening. Rinse or use a lotion to cleanse in the morning. This will ensure you aren’t stripping the natural oils in your skin and possibly creating more dryness and irritation. You want to use a soap free mild cleanser. A popular favorite would be the Topix Citrix Antioxidant Cleanser. This is a mild, yet effective cleanser that contains powerful antioxidants your skin requires. One might also consider exfoliating only once or twice per week, with a gentle exfoliator. If your skin is very sensitive you will only want to exfoliate once per week. A great one to try is the PCA SKIN pHaza 4 Gentle Exfoliant. This has a light creamy texture with smooth jojoba beads to gently exfoliate your skin. Jojoba beads are spherical in shape, so they will not scratch or irritate your skin. You may also want to try a mask a few times a week to soothe and hydrate your sensitive skin. You can alternate the days you mask with the days you are exfoliating. After you exfoliate you will want to apply the mask the next day to nourish and protect your skin. We suggest the Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. This is a great skin booster containing hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5, to hydrate and improve your skin’s tissue repair function.
You also want to wear an SPF of at least 15 to condition and protect your sensitive skin. Yes, you will need to wear sunscreen even on those cloudy and dreary days. By wearing sunscreen it allows your skin time to heal and your immune system the chance to repair existing damage. For those of who think that tanning clears up your skin that is just a myth. Tanning and sun exposure can often lead to Actinic Keratosis. This is a horrifying skin condition that people with sensitive skin, and who have severe sun damage, could be more susceptible to getting. Wearing your sunscreen will also help protect your delicate skin from the possible effects of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, so please don’t forget the sunscreen!
If you haven’t already, give Colorscience brush-on sunscreen a try. They are suitable for all skin types, even on the most sensitive of skin types. The Colorscience Sunforgettable Brush in All Clear has an SPF of 30, and is completely translucent. It is also water resistant, with a non greasy feel. Lotion based or chemical sunscreens can often irritate and clog your pores if you have sensitive skin. If your skin is on the oily side you will probably prefer a light oil free sunscreen and moisturizer. A good one to try is DDF Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew with SPF15. This works well for all skin types, absorbs quickly, and is fragrance free. It contains aloe and grape seed to soothe and protect the skin.
You also want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and taking vitamin supplements such as flax seed oil to hydrate and condition your skin. Also, make sure you are getting plenty of rest! This may be the hardest tip to follow but your skin really does need time to repair itself. It will be the best gift you can give your skin this holiday season!
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A growing number of men have become aware of the benefits of a daily skin care regimen. From basic shave creams to multi-purpose products that treat and protect the skin, men have a wide variety of high quality skin care products to choose from. To help simplify and demystify men’s skin care, we felt a 5 minute skin care regimen designed just for men was long over-due!
With multi-purpose products a complete skincare regimen can be complete in as few as three steps.
Step 1: Cleansing your skin both morning and night is a critical part of your skin care regimen. After being in the elements all day, you have to rid your skin of excess oils and dirt. In addition, after sleeping you also want to remove any product residue from the night before and any oil build-up, besides…it just feels good! Using an alcohol-free, oil-free and fragrance-free cleanser is a refreshing option that will not add any unwanted scent. The aMenity Gel Face Cleanser is a great option for those who prefer a low lather cleanser or who have an oiler skin type. The Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser is a 2 in 1 cleanser toner; it’s oil-free and fragrance-free and is often preferred by those with dry to combination, and sensitive skin types who need deep cleansing.
Step 2 (only when you shave!): Use a multi-purpose shaving product. Murad Man Cleansing Shave is not only an ultra smooth shave cream, but it is also cleanses and tones the skin and provides an infusion of antioxidants to help protect the skin from free-radical damage…free radicals are unstable molecules. (There is a great article explaining more about free radicals in our very own beautyWise newsletter)
Step 3: Moisturize & Protect. In the morning, a multi-purpose moisturizing sunscreen is a great option for the busy man on the go. Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer is a great choice for those of you who get light sun exposure (to and from the office). This moisturizer protects the skin with a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) SPF20. In addition, it contains ingredients that are potent sources of anti-oxidants which are necessary for improving the appearance of your skin and for combating free-radical damage. If you work in the sun or have a high level of sun exposure a SPF30 or greater is the better way to go…Jack Black Sun Guard Oil-Free Very Water/Sweat Resistant Sunscreen is an option, don’t forget to reapply throughout the day!
In three easy steps you have a great foundation for a basic skin care regimen. If you feel that you need extra treatment around the eyes you can add the Menscience Eye Rescue Formula, it’s excellent and super hydrating! Customers love it and we love it too! The ingredient Hyaluronic Acid is ultra hydrating – the Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin A support collagen repair and cell renewal – Vitamins C, E and Green Tea fight free-radicals.
Still unsure about the best regimen for you? Give the SkinStore.com Estheticians a call, or contact the SkinStore.com customer support team! We will be more than happy to help!