While many of us are constantly on the go and do not have time for a lengthy skin care routine, properly caring for your skin is important. This basic 6-Step at home skincare regimen, which I outline, will keep your face looking as youthful as possible in between getting facial services. Proper at home maintenance is crucial to help achieve your skin care goals.
Step 1: Cleanse Be sure to find the right cleanser for your skin type. If you have dry skin, generally a creamy cleanser will produce the best results. Oily skin types may prefer a gel cleanser. Cleanse gently. I personally, love using my Clarisonic brush to help deep cleanse pores without abrasion. Wet face and then scrub cleanser in circular motions for one minute, and rinse.
Step 2: Exfoliate Exfoliation is often a step that many people skin on their daily skin care routine. However, it is an essential step on the road to healthier skin. Using a gently scrub a couple times a week helps remove dead skin cells and clears pores of dirt and oil that cream cleanser can miss. Be sure the grains of the scrub are not too large because it could do more harm than good.
Step 3: Tone/Prepare Toners are formulated to saturate the tissues with hydration, allowing your moisturizer and/or treatment product be be absorbed deeper in to the pores and be more effective. Our toners at GallaherSpa contain corrective nutrients. They are alcohol free, which can dry the surface and is a skin irritant. Spray toner directly onto skin or apply with a cotton pad.
Step 4: Treat/Repair Your skin is now ready to absorb high-performance treatment products. Antioxidant-rich serums, firming complexes, and corrective treatments are formulated for specific needs. As appropriate, apply treatment product in small amounts to affected areas, or apply smoothly over your entire face and decollete according to the directions.
Step 5: Moisturize All skin types need hydration for optimal health. Adequate hydration helps protect the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, keeping the skin soft and smooth. Our medical grade moisturizers are loaded with active ingredients that hold water in the tissues and increase flexibility. Apply to face and neck before applying sunscreen.
Step 6: Protect Protecting your skin from the sun and harsh elements may be the most important, yet most often skipped in a skin care regimen. Protecting your skin from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun can vastly improve both the short and long term appearance of your skin. The #1 cause of wrinkles is overexposure to the sun. Apply a sun block with at least a SPF of 30 everyday. Our medical grade SPF products aren’t heavy or greasy, therefore, will not clog the pores. A small amount goes a long way.
Step 1: Cleanse To remove makeup at the end of the day apply cleanser with warm water to open pores and use firm circular motions for one minute to work it into the skin. If you wear heavy makeup, follow with one more cleanse to remove any remaining residue. Rinse with cool water.
Step 2: Tone/Prepare Spray directly onto skin or apply with cotton pad. Use the same toner as you do during the day unless your skin requires a different formula in the evening.
Step 3: Treat/Repair A different serum or even a retinol may be used in the evening depending on the condition of the skin and the desired results. Always hydrate he delicate eye area in the evening.
Step 4: Moisturize Finally, because so much repair work is done while we sleep, be sure to apply the moisturizer that best meets your needs for hydration and revitalization.
The type of medical grade products you use to care for your skin is dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun damaged. Our experienced medical aestheticians will be happy to guide you in finding the products that best suit your specific skin care needs. Call today to schedule your complimentary skin car consults. ~Sarah D., LE