This is the only skin you will ever have… taking care of it can be fun AND rewarding! Use these steps as a guide. If you are new, begin with Cleansing, Exfoliating and Moisturizing. Then add steps to your routine as you go!
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]The key to a healthy looking complexion (no matter what skin type) is clean skin! Far too often, we tend to overlook this critical step. In fact, the typical consumer spends less than 20 seconds cleansing their skin.
Throughout the day, the skin accumulates environmental debris(pollutants, dirt, etc.). Combine that with make-up, sunscreens, and oil production, and we have a dirty layer of debris blocking us from clean skin!
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The cleansing step is so important in overall body health, not to mention the immediate skin care benefits. Look for cleansers that are soap-free. This may sound strange, but is actually an important key to their effectiveness.[sws_pullquote_left]“…exfoliate when your skin feels dull. Avoid exfoliating on days where your skin feels irritated.” [/sws_pullquote_left]
Our skin is naturally acidic (between 4.5 – 5.5 on the pH scale). Soaps are alkaline, which means they strip and dry the skin by nature. It is best to use a cleanser that has a pH balanced for the skin, which means they have the same pH as our skin.
The result is a deeper cleanse that will actually leave the skin feeling hydrated and calm (rather than dry and itchy, a common complaint with most cleansers!).
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]We recommend exfoliating after the cleansing step. Exfoliating can ease a number of skin care concerns. It leaves the skin looking smooth and polished, helps prevent breakouts, and allows maximum absorption of all products applied in the following steps.
Exfoliation can be performed in a variety of ways. (Please read our article on Exfoliation for more information). We recommend exfoliating 2-3 times per week, depending on your skin type. Once you begin adding this important step into your regimen, you will immediately notice a difference in your skin.
As with all products, listen to your skin, and exfoliate when your skin feels dull. Avoid exfoliating on days where your skin feels irritated.
[dropcap]4[/dropcap]Use toner after exfoliating to help hydrate the skin and bring it back to its normal pH. Spray toner directly on the face (avoid spreading with cotton, as this merely removes the product from the face and does not allow maximum absorption).
Toners can also be used as a freshener throughout the day!
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]We recommend using masques 1 or 2 times per week, around 10-15 minutes per treatment. Masks contain powerful ingredients. [sws_pullquote_right]“Boosters are great because they target very specific problems. This means you can use different Boosters for different concerns!”[/sws_pullquote_right]Find the mask that targets your individual needs and watch the dramatic effect it will have on your skin. Remove with water (and sponge cloth, if available). Spritzing with toner can help complete masque removal.
[dropcap]6[/dropcap]Now that you have cleansed and exfoliated the skin, it is ready for the highly-active ingredients in your Booster. Dermalogica’s Boosters are serum-like substances that target specific problems. Because the ingredients are so concentrated, they penetrate into the skin quickly and effectively. Exfoliated skin will accept Boosters even better, as there are no barrier layers between the Booster and your skin.
Apply a strip of the product to your finger, then immediately massage over the area you are targeting. Boosters are NOT washed off. They remain on the skin to perform their function.
[dropcap]7[/dropcap]All too often, we hear people with oily skin say they can’t use a moisturizer… not true! The key is finding the moisturizer appropriate for your skin. [sws_pullquote_left]“It is recommended to use an SPF 30 for daily, incidental sun exposure… however, do NOT apply a Moisturizer with an SPF at night time. Applying SPF at night can clog pores and cause the skin to develop sensitivities.”[/sws_pullquote_left]Moisturizers work as a shield to protect your skin against the harsh effects of the environment, AND control moisture loss (which becomes more and more important as we age).
If you don’t use a moisturizer, your skin is vulnerable to the many elements it comes in contact with each day! Choose the moisturizer that fits your skin concerns. Some people find it necessary to use a lighter moisturizer in the summer, and a slightly richer one in winter. You may also choose to use a lighter moisturizer in the morning, and a slightly richer one at night…
Listen to Your Skin! It is recommended to use an SPF 30 for daily, incidental sun exposure… however, do NOT apply a Moisturizer with an SPF at night time. Applying SPF at night can clog pores and cause the skin to develop sensitivities… SPF needs to react with some form of light (even if it is just indoor light).