At-home skincare routine
Some general advise for everyone
A good at home skincare routine is important because it gives you the foundation to maintain and improve your skin.
Everyone’s journey with that is specific and unique to them, but consistency is key! It also allows you to have a few minutes with yourself everyday and stay connected to your skin, body and mind.
Allow yourself to notice changes or differences in your skin, as these can be telling signs of other things happening in your body.
I will usually change out a few of my products seasonally depending on what my skin is needing at the time.
We often remind our clients that it doesn't have to be overcomplicated and if you have the right person guiding you it can actually be quite simple.
Breakdown of a basic skincare routine and a more advanced skincare routine
Feel free to check in with your aesthetician if you have questions or feel like adding another step could be helpful for you. Each person's skin is different so make sure you are getting things that make sense for you! We are always happy to help you navigate the skincare world.
First off, you should make it a point to really cleanse your skin. Even for the most basic skincare routines it's essential. Ideally we have most clients cleanse both AM and PM but at the very least, if it's only going to happen once, make it happen at night. That's when it counts the most. It's important want to remove makeup, sunscreen and the pollution from the day so your skin can breathe while it works to repair itself while you sleep.
Cleansing in the morning is sometimes a case by case basis. At the very least we ask that those clients rinse their skin with some warm water to remove the dead skin cells that have shed during the night. However, doing an AM cleanse can be a great way to start your morning skincare routine. The goal is to prep your skin for the day ahead. So something that's gentle but. I personally like having alternates in this step so I can adjust what I am using depending on how my skin is feeling. You want to make sure you are able to remove all your makeup + sunscreen so a little experimenting might be in order to figuring out what works best for you.
How to get the best results with your cleanse
The next essential piece would be a good moisturizer (or hydrating oil). The right moisturizer is going to help nourish and create a barrier for your skin to help protect it. It is crucial to protect your skin’s lipid barrier! If your skin’s barrier becomes compromised, all bets are off on how your skin will react to the environment, foods you eat and products you use. The first step in working with most of our clients is to repair the barrier before treating for better long term results.
Finding the right moisturizer option is important and this is different for everyone. You could also opt to have a hydrating oil instead of a moisturizer. However, I find this tends to work best if there are other elements of water based hydration happening, in an additional mist or serum. Feel free to check in with your esthetician to see if this could be a good option for you.
How to apply your moisturizer
Even on a cloudy day the UVA rays that affect your skin in a negative way and speed up the aging process still get through. So it's important that if you are going out into the day to always wear your sunscreen. When finding a sunscreen I also think it's essential to find something mineral based. Chemical sunscreen requires a chemical reaction to take place on your skin in order for it to offer you sun protection. This reaction can create more redness+sensitivity over time. Also, a lot of chemical SPFs are known endocrine system disruptors.
How to be sure your protected
Toners are not an essential piece of a skincare routine but they can be valuable, especially if you are using a serum or an oil. They allow for more even product absorption and can add an extra layer of hydration or a soothing factor under your serum or moisturizer. You could also opt for something that is going to be more exfoliating in a toner. Again depending on your skin type.
How toning fits into your routine
You want to encourage healthy cell turnover in the skin. As we age our skin's ability to naturally turn skin cells over slows down. So for each person that can look a little different, depending on your specific skin type. I am a huge fan of exfoliating serums (chemical exfoliants) but you can of course get exfoliation in other ways with other enzymatic exfoliants, manual exfoliation (like a with a scrub or a towel) or even other forms of chemical exfoliants you find in cleansers, toners or masks (etc.)
If you really want to create change within the skin, invest in a good serum. A serum is going to have a smaller molecular size so the product will go deeper into your skin. There are all sorts of serums out there that can treat a multitude of different skincare concerns but it's important to find the right one for your skin. We prefer using antioxidant serums in the day and using something more rejuvenating (peptides, stem cells) or exfoliating in the evening.
How you would use a serum
Eye cream is a step that depending on your age is more/less important. Certain people are more susceptible to milia (little pearly bumps around that can happen around the eyes). If you are using something too heavy around the eyes it can cause this to happen. Eye cream (or an eye serum) is a fantastic way to help improve under eye dark circles, lines/wrinkles or even puffiness by strengthening the skin but it is best at prevention so start at the first signs of fine lines.
How to use your eye treatment
Like serums, face masks can target a lot of different concerns and create really positive change within your skin quickly. We find this to be a great ‘reset’ for peoples skin and it feels like it gives the skin a fresh start. You can find masks that do a number of different things whether it's something for hydration, exfoliation, brightening, plumping, clarifying, the list goes on. Ask your aesthetician for recommendations.
How and when to mask
So there you have it. A little run down of how to keep your skin looking fabulous at home.
We are always here if you have any questions!