Wash your face every day and every night, maybe put on an eye cream and moisturizer and you’re good to go. But what about all these other new and mysterious skincare products? What are they and where do they fit into my regimen? It sounds like you're looking for new ways to give your skincare regimen a boost.
Lately, skincare brands have been coming up with more products that don’t necessarily fit into the basic bathroom routine. This is because of technological advancements in ingredient delivery systems! Simply put, it’s the improvement of how well a product delivers the good stuff to your skin.
Now that more advanced and medicated products are available on shelves, you can create a personalized spa facial in the comfort of your own home. But how will you know you’re using these products effectively? There’s always the back of the bottle, but sometimes labels don’t tell you when to apply. Just by knowing how the skin works, you’ll know exactly when, where, how and how long to use your luxury treatment products. Read on for some ways to give your skincare regimen a boost.
An esthetician always starts off an appointment by asking questions. What’s your skin type? Do you have any skincare goals? Are you taking any medications? These are the types of things you should ask yourself before even buying a new skincare product.
First thing’s first, you need to make sure what you’re going to be putting on your skin is going to benefit you.
If your skin is super dry you don’t want to apply a hardcore retinol formula. This type of formula, which utilizes extreme exfoliation, will strip your skin and leave an irritated red flaky complexion in its wake. Most likely, there will be specific lines of products for your exact skincare needs. Usually, anti-acne products will be blue, while anti-aging products will be red. Follow the brands map and you’ll be sure to track down what you are looking for.
Now that you’ve got the right product in your grasp it’s time to rush home and test this bad boy out! BUT WAIT, there’s more! Let’s take a good look at what you’ve purchased and figure out exactly where it belongs.
One of the best ways to give your skincare regimen a boost is to add a mask. There are hundreds of masks, such as sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating masks, anti-aging masks and many more. But they all have two things in common: How long you should leave them on, and when to apply them!
Rarely, you’ll find a mask that isn’t supposed to be left on for more than ten minutes. Masks are filled with potent ingredients, ingredients that soak deep into our skin.
So, in order to make the masks as beneficial as possible, you need to apply them to slightly damp, double cleansed and exfoliated skin. That makes your mask step number four in your nightly regimen, if you include removing your makeup.
However, masks can be expensive, and I’m sure you’re wondering how this tiny tube or jar is worth the hard-earned cash. Well, first of all, make sure that you’re not over using the product. You really only need to apply about a quarter-sized amount on your entire face, leaving a thin even layer of product.
Another way you’re throwing your money away is using your mask way too often. Like we stated earlier, masks contain super potent ingredients, and too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! You should really only be masking once a week, at the most.
Toners are something that easily can get over looked in a full beauty routine. These spray bottles are more important than you think! They can deliver balancing or calming agents and antibacterial properties that can boost your skin's reactions to your other products.
The main purpose of a toner is to bring the skin's pH balance back to normal, which is a slightly alkaline state of 5.5. When your skin is balanced and back to its normal self, it’s going to perform its bodily functions to the best of its ability! Toners are best used when applied after you double cleanse and before you exfoliate.
3. Spot Treatments
One of my favorite things to add to a regimen are spot treatments! They’re products that are specifically designed for your concerns. To me, they’re so satisfying because you put it directly on your trouble spots. Nothing makes me feel more proactive than attacking my problems head on.
ST’s contain strong, medicating ingredients and are only to be used sparingly, not all over your face. In a similar fashion to retinol, STs are potent and could cause an adverse reaction when overused.These products are going to work best after you double cleanse and exfoliate, because removing any impurities and dead skin cells will allow the super potent ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin.
Fair warning, since spot treatments are so potent, make sure to read the instructions on the appropriate time and amount to apply. Some are only to be applied at night and followed up with SPF in the morning. So, use caution when it comes to hardcore ingredients!
Three different kinds of products, three different ways to give your skincare regimen a boost. If you use these secret weapons correctly and at the optimal times, your skin will be sure to thank you! Remember to always remove your makeup before bed and wash your face day and night. Take care of yourself and show YOU some love. Let your skin and your heart soak up the good stuff!