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Introduction to a basic skin care regimen for beginners

You may think it makes sense to wash your face with the soap you use on your body –but do not do this! The soap you use to clean your body can mess up the pH of the skin on your face. This can cause dehydration, inflammation and even lead to acne. Use a dedicated facial cleanser to wash your face. The skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, so you have to be gentle with it. Keep your body soap away from your face! Also, Don’t use scrubs that are formulated for your body skin on your face. These scrubs are typically not as gentle and can cause irritation. When in doubt, follow the instructions as listed on the product’s packaging and the skin script I give you.


Using hot water in the shower or to wash your face might feel really nice, but it can actually be damaging to the delicate skin on your face. Thus, wash with lukewarm water. Take the time to gently massage your cleanser into your face before rinsing, this will boost circulation and create a fresher-looking complexion.


It seems like such a tiny thing, but skin is very delicate. Gently pat dry instead of harshly rubbing.


Now the fun stuff. This is where the most active topicals for your skin care routine come into play. These are your skins best friend. You want to apply them directly to clean, bare skin, from the thinnest to the thickest. This allows the products to deeply penetrate your skin, with the thickest product going on last because it has the deepest penetrating characteristics. We're all in a hurry to see results.  When you're starting a new product, give it at least 12 weeks (and up to 6 months) to see if it's really improving your skin.


AM Steps: 1.Cleanse 2. Antioxidant 3. Eye treatment 4. Moisturize 5.SPF (and no the spf in your makeup is not enough)


PM Steps: 1.Cleanse 2. Antioxidant 3. Eye Treatment 4.Retinol 5. Moisturize


FYI's

Your antioxidants such as vitamin C, (brightens skin by blocking an enzyme that produces pigment) Niacinamide (vitamin B3 which slows pigment production to lighten dark spots) and Resorcinol (breaks down pigment for a more even skin tone. This will be applied in the morning.


Skin loses collagen which is the protein responsible for keeping it looking smooth and lifted.  I recommend retinol for anti-aging to be applied two to three times a week, nightly.


Your ring finger should be the only “digit” you allow near your eye area. Your ring finger has a lighter touch than your pointer finger.  Dot it only around your orbital bone (the hard bone under your eyes) and do not smear it onto the most delicate part of your under-eye area.


Never use expired products. The danger with expired creams isn't just possible less effectiveness, but also irritation and possible bacterial infection. Ones that are in a pump are less likely to introduce bacteria, while creams in jars should be tossed after six to nine months.


It is very important to remove makeup before going to bed - it can cause extensive damage to your skin during the night. The skin renews itself while you sleep, and when you leave makeup on, you are preventing that from happening. The skin ceases to breathe and fatigue signs appear soon enough.




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