By now, you almost certainly already know that we consider our E-MAIL MARKETING Manager, Anne, to be our personal skincare guru. Not only will she have glowing epidermis that she will take impeccable treatment of, but she told me about retinal also, helped Kelly perfect her skincare regimen, and it is our office sounding-board for trying out new products. Because most of us rely on her behalf experience so heavily to make skincare decisions, She was asked by me to talk about her current skincare regimen with everyone.
I am kicking-off my inaugural skincare post with a summer model of my daily routine, including some of the best year-round products! This schedule is all about prepping my skin for the sun, preventing sun damage and keeping my skin hydrated underneath all that sunscreen. Really. You’ve been warned: There is a LOT of sunscreen in this program, be forewarned-I’m talking numerous, painstaking layers like a Van Gogh painting.
1. Cleanser: I love a good drugstore cleanser, one you can pick up in any CVS, Rite Aid or Shoppers Drug Mart (shoutout to my Canadians)! I love to choose a gentle, foaming facial cleanser. Because I take advantage of so many actives and strong retinol in the evening, I’d like my cleanser to eliminate all traces before I really do my daily routine.
If you have delicate skin, look for sodium coco sulfate of sodium lauryl sulfate instead, that I find to be less drying (prevents that ‘restricted’ sense after cleaning). My go-to’s are CeraVe Foaming Cleanser and (a recently available favorite), First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, or Paula’s Choice The UnScrub, which is a soft face scrub it doesn’t tear or irritate your skin.
- 1/4 c castile soap
- Makes hair super shiny
- Set your metal makeup tins containing cream basis onto the hot skillet
- Put corn starch in body creases (inside elbows, etc)
- Limit foods saturated in animal fat. Many toxins build up in animal fat
- Baby Care Tips
- Salicylic corrosive. For instance: Propa pH or Stridex
- It leaves the skin glowing and steady
2. Toner: I still like to use a toner, which is a little retro-but the ’90s are back, so listen to me out! This is not your mama’s toner (or possibly it is, please ask her for me personally). I take a look at toners like liquid moisturizers: packed with great ingredients, with the added reward of adding just a little moisture without looking too greasy. I usually turn between two Paula’s Choice toners-Skin Recovery Calming Toner, night primrose oil for hydration which includes, and Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner, with chamomile to relaxed pores and skin and niacinamide to reduce dark areas.
Just a great way of stating “I paid a lot because of this serum with essentially one ingredient, it works” better. My current gambles are niacinamide and vitamin C. Both work to reduce dark areas, brighten pores and skin and treat overlying redness. Since I have patches of plasma caused by endometriosis, this is an epidermis focus for me personally and I am revolving between both of these serums to see which I prefer! I am presently using Paula’s Choice Niacinamide serum and Mad Hippy Vitamin C serum. Note: Niacinamide does not work well with all skin types and can also cause irritation-so be sure to test out any new ingredients before committing.
4. Treatments: If ‘actives’ and ‘treatments’ sound like they will be the same thing, well-these are just terms I am creating to give my routine some pizzazz, it’s not a science. But if actives are the ingredients that concentrate on my sore spots and pack a complete lot of punch, treatments are what I take advantage of to add some healing action to my program.
I prefer to use hyaluronic acid solution (whether in a moisturizer or serum). It can replenish dampness to your skin layer with only a small amount of product and performs well with other ingredients. I love SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, which doubles as an amazing primer, but more cost-efficient options are Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster and CeraVe’s new Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum.
5. Serum or Moisturizer: If my pores and skin is looking extra parched after all those steps, then I’ll put in a light layer of old-school moisturizer to work its magic. Layering Note: I love to make sure that I am layering products to be able of the cheapest to the highest pH so that each product can work effectively-which means sometimes missing steps when actives and treatments don’t mix.
Here is a Handy guide if you want to double-check your substances and determine the best order! 6. Sunscreen(s): I love sunscreens and also have a lot that I use based about how much sun exposure I expect to get throughout the day. Biore UV Sarasara Face Milk (find my other picks in our recent post about our go-to sunscreens) or the European version of Avene Suncare SPF50 Fluid.