Skin care can be confusing! Here are four simple steps that everyone should follow to obtain youthful skin:
1. Apply sunscreen every morning.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage and age our skin more than any other external factor. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation penetrates the clouds. For this reason, applying sunscreen every morning is a must. We recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, like our Reflect from CosMedix, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s damaging rays. This is also the recommendation of the American Academy of Dermatology.
2. Apply an antioxidant serum every morning.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage the collagen and elastin in our skin. Free radicals are created by normal body processes but can also attack our skin via pollution, UV radiation, and even eating processed foods. Applying an antioxidant serum every morning is a key step in fighting off free radicals.
The most popular antioxidant is vitamin C. We highly recommend Pure C from CosMedix, which is so easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Mix the Pure C crystals (a few shakes) with any of your favorite CosMedix products and apply to your face. When CosMedix Pure C crystals are mixed with our professional custom mask or one of our serums, the crystals dissolve and then deliver 100% active, un-oxidized vitamin C to the skin.
3. Exfoliate your skin two to three times per week.
When we’re young our skin turns over every six to eight weeks. This rapid turnover of skin cells causes our skin to look vibrant, smooth, and wrinkle-free. As we get older, this process slows down. The old, dead skin cells clump and accumulate on the surface, causing our skin to look drier, feel rougher, and have more wrinkles.
Exfoliating our skin removes this upper layer of dead skin cells, causing our skin to look more vibrant, often immediately. In addition, exfoliating sends a chemical signal to the deeper layer of skin cells to turn over more quickly, getting our skin closer to that six- to eight-week turnover process that we desire. You don’t need to exfoliate every day; two to three times per week will do. If you have sensitive skin, just once a week is sufficient.
We love CosMedix Purity Detox Scrub, A gentle physical exfoliator combined with Salicylic Acid that removes built-up dead skin cells and dissolves impurities for visible clarity and brilliance. It also acts as a detoxification system for cellular debris and residue, which will reveals smoother, brighter-looking skin while reducing the appearance of visible pores and imperfections.
- Apply an anti-aging cream at night.
This is the key step to reversing the aging of our skin. Like the rest of our body, our skin rejuvenates itself at night. This is the time when anti-aging creams can have an uninterrupted six to eight hours to do their thing.
We recommend booking a complimentary consultation with one of our Esthetician’s to determine which Serum is best for your skin.
Skin care can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these four simple steps, you can’t go wrong. If you want to kick up your regimen come see one of our talented Esthetician’s to create a customized skincare plan!