Step 1: Know What Your Skin Type Is
Want great-looking skin? Start by knowing your skin type. Then you’ll know the BEST way to take care of it.
FYI Never use products that contain alcohol on your skin! It’s too damaging & drying… Especially on Oily or Acne Prone skin! When you have Oily or Acne prone skin, your sebaceous glands are what produces sebum which is the nature oils in our skin. When you have Oily or Acne prone skin those glands are working overtime! So what happens when you dry out your skin? Those glands sense your skin is dry & then they…Produce MORE oil! Now you have dry skin with overactive oil glands! This is what causes those wonderful pimples or cysts under your skin. You know the ones that hurt so much & hang out for about 2 months!
- Normal skin is balanced, clear, and not sensitive.
- Oily/Acne Prone skin is shiny, greasy, and may have big pores.
- Combination skin is dry in some spots (cheeks) and oily in others (forehead, nose, and chin).
- Sensitive skin may sting, burn, or itch after you use some makeup or other products.
- Dry skin is flaky, scaly, or rough.
- Mature skin can start as young as 30! Crow’s feet, laugh lines & wrinkles around your lips & forehead. If you are a Sun Goddess like me, then you need this type of treatment for sun damaged skin. Sun spots, dry surface skin (might be oily but on the surface is dry or peeling) & loss of elasticity fall into this category.
Step 2: Cleanser
Please, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ever use soap on your face! The skin on your face, especially around your eyes is very delicate. The PH in soap is not balanced for the skin on your face. Period!
So what cleanser should you use? Well it’s based on your skin type. I recommend a blend of antibacterial and cleansing ingredients including Sodium cocoyl isethionate to help gently cleanse your skin by removing hidden dirt and unclogging pores.
Normal skin to Combination skin can use the same type of cleanser, you can use a lotion or foaming .
Oily or Acne Prone skin can use the same cleansers, use an oil free cleanser. The PH balance is different for these skin types.
Dry & Mature skin can use the same cleanser it helps to use products with NaPCA & Hyluronic Acid to help your skin GENTLY exfoliate.
Sensitive skin needs to be more careful. This really depends on what your allergies are for. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself allergic to an “Hypoallergenic” type product. This just means it was tested for “common” allergies, but no one knows what those allergies are. This label pisses me off, it’s SO misleading! Unfortunately, this one is trial & error for you.
Step 3: Toner/Re-balance
I have been using toner since I started wearing make up & taking care of my skin. Today we have such amazing products & science has come a long way with skin care. A lot of people don’t understand why toner is necessary. Well for one, after we cleanse our skin the PH balance is off, a good toner helps balance that out. It prepares your skin for the next step for maximum absorption …your face cream. Toner is also used to set your make up & rehydrate your skin throughout the day. As for toners, there are many out there & once you know what your skin type is you’ll be able to choose the right one for you. I personally feel all skin types can use the same toner. I have been a cosmetologist for over 30 yrs, I specialized in skin & custom make up, so I am VERY familiar with what works & what is bull. Personally I use a food tonic for my toner!
Step 4: Treat
Depending on your skin & what needs to be treated, this is the time you put those special treatments to work. I use serums under my moisturizer.
Step 5: Moisturize
You may think you’re too young to need moisturizer — or your skin is too oily — but all skin needs moisture. Moisturizers help keep your skin from drying out. Use it every day, no matter what skin type you have. Apply it while your skin is still damp from washing or toning to help seal in moisture. If you have acne or your skin is oily, find a moisturizer that is lightweight and oil-free, so it doesn’t block your pores.
As for the Mature/Dry skin friends, well I use products with Collagen, NaPCA, Hyluronic & Vitamin C & I have seen a tremendous difference in my skin!
Now this might be the time I say to use sunscreen. But I don’t believe in putting sunscreen on your face before your makeup. Most makeup, especially mineral makeup has sunscreen in it! You don’t need to clog your pores with a sunscreen if you’re wearing makeup. Now if your face is bare…YES put it on!
Once per week I totally recommend doing a mask. This help remove impurities from the week, helps balance out your skin & helps exfoliate (depending on what mask you use).
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Vesuvio Mask, I can’t live without it!
Not sure what you need for your skin? Why not get a FREE consultation with me wherever you are? No obligations I promise!!
Want to know what my skin regime is? Just ask!
Hope this was of some value to you. let me know what your skin care regimen is.