Amazing skin is not necessarily limited to those of us with superior genes. The face you see each morning in the mirror is often the result of solid, daily habits. But depending on who you consult, what products you read about, and what your doctor recommends, you'll surely encounter an exhausting array of opinions on what exactly to do and how exactly to do it.
Ultimately, caring for your skin is a personal endeavor, and by following a few simple steps and using the right products, you can achieve healthy, radiant skin that feels great every day.
In this post, we'll share some tips and helpful info on how to get the most out of our skin care routines so that we can enjoy beautiful, healthy skin for years to come.
Three Main Steps
It's easier to think of your skin care routine as consisting of three simple steps:
- Cleanse - washing
- Tone - balancing
- Moisturize - hydrating
Your ultimate goal should be to improve your complexion while also focusing on any trouble areas that you want to take care of. Let these three steps be your daily skin routine and the foundation of your overall health regimen.
Giving your face a good washing is the most essential, basic step you can take for your skin care routine. Each day, our skin comes in contact with dirt, oils, and even environmental pollutants that should be removed gently and on a twice-daily basis, morning and night.
To avoid clogged pores, acne, and dull skin, aim for cleansing your face at least twice a day, morning and evening. For skin types that may be prone to acne, you may want a product with salicylic acid. However, occasionally this can cause irritation or dry skin. To effectively treat acne, you may need to form a strategy with help from your doctor or dermatologist.
When searching for a product, look for a gentle cleanser. Avoid excessive exfoliating scrubs, limiting to no more than once a week, and steer clear from the ones with harmful abrasives like walnut shells (you know the one we mean, the one with apricots). Removing dead skin cells shouldn't put stress on the skin underneath, especially if you have dry and sensitive skin. Skin irritation can have negative effects on your overall complexion over time.
For everyday cleansing, look for a product based on your personal skin type. For example, for skin that is typically dry and red, you should use a cream or lotion-based cleanser. If your face is oily or you have acne-prone skin, you may want to select a foaming liquid instead. Consult with a board-certified dermatologist if you have other skin concerns or if you need further advice for your skincare routine.
Decades ago, toners were alcohol-based products designed to strip oils from your skin and remove any leftover dirt or debris post-cleansing. Thankfully they've evolved since then.
It's best to think of them as skin supplements, giving you that extra boost of nutrients and helping absorption of your other products.
While many dermatologists consider toners to be optional, they do offer the unique opportunity to add in nutrients that your other products may lack, such as hyaluronic acid, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, rose water, and vitamins C & E.
Keep in mind, toners should be used after cleansing and before you use anything else. People used to soak a whole cotton ball, but the best method is to use a small amount on your (clean) hands. This method prevents wasted product.
The basic function of moisturizing is to hydrate and soften your skin. They do this by preventing unnecessary water loss from the outermost layers of the skin.
Doctors recommend this specific product year-round, regardless of skin type, to help keep skin hydrated. It's that important. When we get older, our skin loses its natural ability to retain moisture, so we need moisturizers to help pick up the slack. For dark circles, you may also want to supplement your morning skincare routine with an eye cream. Look for one with vitamin C and Kojic acid.
Just like cleansers, the moisturizer you choose should be based on your specific skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, a gel moisturizer will be the right fit. If your skin leans to the dryer side, you should choose a cream-based moisturizer.
Pro Tip: Apply your skin care products in order of their consistency: from thinnest to thickest. This usually results in a cleanser first and a moisturizer last.
Protect Yourself With Sunscreen
Any dermatologist worth their salt will inform you that chemical sunscreens are the most important step in any skin care regimen, hands down. Year-round, daily UV protection will help to reduce aging, fine lines, and unwanted wrinkles, for both lighter and darker skin tones alike.
It also helps to even out textural imperfections and even the way your pores can appear over time, not to mention protection against skin cancer. We'd call that a win-win.
Most experts will recommend a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 30. This way, you kill two birds with one stone and won't have to remember the extra step.
What else can I do?
We're glad you asked. In recent years, CBD-based skin care products have become increasingly popular for their purported anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of more than 100 active compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won't get you high.
And while there is a lack of long-term studies on the effects of CBD on the skin, many people report feeling more relaxed and less anxious after using CBD-based products.
Our CBD Vitamin C & E Serum is perfect for turning dullness into glowing, radiant results while helping to even out your skin tone. Each bottle of our serum contains 1000mg of our proprietary blend of CBD to promote its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Fighting aging skin has never been easier. Help bring out your skin's natural glow.
Our blend of high-powered carrier oils from vegetable esters and sterols is carefully designed to deliver the powerful nutrients you need for oxygenation and cellular regeneration. Lessen the appearance of spots and wrinkles from the combination of precious oils and vitamins, resulting in an improved moisture barrier for enhanced hydration and cellular function. Help to lessen the signs of aging.
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- Olive Fruit Oil - Tightens and reduces wrinkles
- Evening Primrose Oil - Moisturizes & Supports
- Rose Hip Seed Oil - Tightening, Scar, and Wrinkle-Reducing
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate - Heals & Brightens
- Argan Oil - Softens & Restructures
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- Blackcurrant Seed Oil - Anti-Inflammatory, Nourishes
- Full Spectrum Vitamin E Oil - Heals, Softens, and Moisturizes