Believe it or not, skincare doesn’t have to be a full-time job. The beauty industry has sold you an endless stream of superficial and unnecessary products. But we’re not in the beauty industry—we’re in the business of helping you discover your best skin ever, forever. But, there are some fundamental and dermatologist recommendations that only take a few minutes if you want clearer, younger looking skin. These four simple tips can make sure you (or your man) maintain a complexion that is clear, smooth, and healthy.
- Cleanse twice daily. We accumulate dirt, bacteria, sweat, dead skin, and grime from the air during the day and night. Cleansing in the morning and before bed will help prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and make sure you get the most out of what you put on your skin next. Is Your Pillow Damaging Your Skin? Don’t overlook washing your bedding regularly to get rid of acne-causing bacteria.
- Moisturize after cleansing. Applying your moisturizer, whether it’s a cream, lotion, or serum, while your skin is still damp, will help seal in the moisture. A moisturizer can make a huge difference in your everyday look. To help you pick a product and keep it simple, consider this:
- For dry to extra dry skin we recommend using both the RESCUE Serum Concentrate and the Ultra Moisturizer.
- For combination skin we recommend starting with the serum. If you find your skin requires additional emollients, add the moisturizer.
- For oily or acne-prone skin use just the Serum Concentrate. If you are under the age of 25, we recommend you start with the Serum Concentrate as your skin most likely doesn’t require additional moisture.
- Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Exfoliation should be routine in your regimen, gently removing dead skin cells and promoting new cells to turnover revealing clearer fresher skin. Skin cells in the epidermis have an average turnover cycle of 28 days. Accumulation of dead cells at the surface can cause the appearance dry patches and dullness, and trap dirt and bacteria in pores causing breakouts. Exfoliating before shaving will also help prep you skin for a smooth and easy shave.
- Always use SPF. Sun damage is responsible for about 80% of premature facial skin aging. Though that seems astonishing, exposure to UV rays lead to sun spots, wrinkles, sun burns, dry patches, moles, and even cancer. Prevention is key. Daily application of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to areas vulnerable to photoaging will help prevent those conditions and protect healthy skin. A recent annual report tested over 600 sunscreens available in the US. See how yours ranked.
Food for thought (or is it the other way around?): Skin care is not just what you put on your skin, it’s also what you consume. There’s a growing body of research showing just how diet affects your complexion. Read more on The Best Foods for Healthy Skin.
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