We want to help you commit to your skin this year. That means having a regular home care routine - and sticking to it.
There are six basic skin care categories that combined, will leave your skin healthy and glowing year-round.
- Prep: Cleansers & Toners (more info below)
- Renew: Growth Factors & Peptides
- Correct: Retinoids, Lighteners & Brighteners
- Prevent: Antioxidants
- Hydrate: Moisturizers & Hydraters
- Protect: SPF
With some help from in-house expert Karen Fernandez, our Aesthetics Director at SkinSpirit, we’ll be teaching you all about your options and what’s right for you.
Let’s start with the first category: skin prep.
Step #1: Skincare Prep with Cleansers
Cleansing is the most important (and the least expensive) step to keeping your skin clean and healthy. The right cleanser will remove dirt, dust and everyday makeup that can clog pores, without over drying your skin or leaving troublesome residue behind. Having an effective cleanser can also ensure that the products you use will make your skin look its best.
Generally we find that a cream cleanser works best for dry skin and a gel cleanser for oily skin. Your cleanser choice can also vary depend on what's going on with your skin at a given time (such as whether you're breaking out or struggling with dehydrated skin in the winter). Ideally your cleanser can multi-task - cleaning your skin while also exfoliating and brightening, through use of mild alpha hydroxyls, enzymes, or probiotics.
Your aesthetician can help you choose the best cleanser for you after an evaluation, but here are some of our go-to tips:
"After a clinical treatment (think chemical peel or laser) or if you have overall sensitive skin, you will need a neutral, gentle cleanser that will not inflame or irritate the skin," advises Head of Aesthetics, Karen Fernandez.
If you're breaking out, GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Acne Cleanser is a popular and effective choice.
For a multi-tasking, anti-aging cleanser or for those with hyper pigmentation, Jan Marini BioGlycolic face cleanser is a great choice. Insider Tip: Leave it on for a few minutes to make improve efficacy and exfoliation!
For gentle but effective and daily softening of the skin, Revisions Papaya Enzyme cleanser is a great go-to.
Karen's personal favorite: GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Revitalizing cleanser! "It smells great and softens the skin, while deep cleaning," says Karen. "Plus, the probiotic aspect helps maintain healthy, balanced skin. It is safe for use on sensitive skin too!"
Toner will help pick up where the cleanser lifts off, eliminating any remaining oil or dirt while rejuvenating the skin’s natural properties. Most cleansers nowadays can cut through all of the dirt, oil and grime that accumulates but the extra oil absorbing actives that toners deliver can help to keep the skin even more clean and clear. Toner can be particularly useful when skin is extra oily (which can change with hormones) or in cases where you're in a pinch and cleansing is not an option.
"If you love the hydrated feel of a toner and use it to feel fresh, we suggest Revision's Soothing Facial Rinse," says Karen. "For acne control or prevention, you will want a toner that packs a punch and has important oil absorbing and antibacterial acids (ie, salicylic), such as ZO complexion pads. These are convenient, pre-moistened pads that are ready to take on-the-go!"
ZO Complexion Pads are available in clinic or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.