"I'm no natural beauty. If I'm gonna have any looks at all, I'm gonna have to create them."-Dolly Parton
The best skincare regimen is the one that is tailored for what you need. But what exactly do we mean by a “tailored regimen”? Most people know it’s important to wash your face, but they do not realize there’s a very specific treatment plan to use in order to get the best results. And if you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on quality skincare products, you want to get the best bank for your buck. It doesn’t help that there is a lot of confusing and, in some cases, flat out wrong information out there, so we are going to clear it up for you.
Several skincare companies claim they have the “one-size-fits-all” solution. For some people, these companies may be a good fit if you don’t have any skin issues like brown spots, wrinkles, etc. But what if you don’t have perfect skin? Or what if you have more than one issue you’d like to correct on your skin? Some brands specialize in one area (i.e. acne), but if you don’t have this problem, then what are you supposed to do? Personally, we feel that a combination of a couple of different skincare lines is the best way to go. No matter which skincare products you use, it’s crucial to have these four steps as a part of your everyday skincare regimen.
Step one: Cleanser
Everyone has dead skin cells and oil on their face. It’s a fact of life. It’s important to get into a routine of washing your face every day and night in order to keep these dead skin cell from clogging up your pores. The key to picking out a good cleanser is choosing one that fits your skin type. Oily or acne-prone skin types should use a cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acids. These acids help to break up dead skin cells and pull oil off your face. On the flipside, if you have sensitive or dry skin, try a non-foaming or sulfate-free wash. These gentle cleansers will still remove oil and dead skin cells without irritating your face.
Step two: Serum
This can get confusing. Retinol, peptides, growth factors, stem cells, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid are just a few of the buzz words out there. Keep it simple. Try using serums that cater to what your skin concerns are. For example, if you have brown spots (aka sun spots), try something with arbutin in it. Another good option for this skin concern is an antioxidant-based serum that has vitamins C, E, and green tea extract. Anti-oxidants like Vitamin C help to slowdown skin damage caused by things like pollution and sun.
Step three: Moisturizer
Moisturizers are very important to use to maintain the water content of your skin. However, you want to be careful not to use the wrong kind of lotion that will clog your pores. Avoid comodogenic (pore-clogging) products and instead use lotions that have dimethicone, beeswax, or petrolatum. These substances will help keep your skin from losing water and will help maintain a radiant, healthy glow to your skin.
Step Four: Sunscreen
If you look through our website, every single one of our suggested regimens has sunscreen in it. Sunscreen is that important. Many leading dermatologists believe that the sun is responsible for upwards of 90% of our aging! That’s a lot of aging! Think of using sunscreen as an investment in your skin. Since using sunscreen will help prevent so many skincare problems that plague us as we age, the earlier we start using it, the better!
Hopefully this has cleared up some confusion out there. If you have questions or are not sure where to turn, we can help. We combine the best of many pharmaceutical grade products to ensure you get the best regimen for what you need, not a “one-size-fits-all” option that doesn’t address your specific concerns. For more information, please click here and let us create a personalized skin care system.
To the regimen that fits you,
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