Step 5: Apply sunscreen
Most experts agree that applying sunscreen is the most important step of your skincare regimen. Sun damage is the number one cause of fine lines, wrinkles and all age-related facial skin problems. Of greater concern is the risk of skin cancer. You need to use sunscreen every day. The sooner you add this into your regimen, the better. Use it all year round, regardless of the weather. You can incorporate sunscreen into your regimen two ways.
The first option is purchasing two moisturizers: one for daytime use with sunscreen in it and one for the night without sunscreen. It is best not to use sunscreen at night.
The second option is to buy a Premium moisturizer, such as Refreshen and use a separate sunscreen during the day.
Basic Anti-Aging Skin Care Regimen
Somewhere between college, graduation, work, family, and endless responsibilities, you’ve gotten far along in years without even realizing it – and your skin is beginning to reflect that. From prepubescent acne, you’ve made the journey to discolorations, age spots, fine lines, and even some wrinkles.
Now that you are concerned with your face care maintenance, you can’t decide where to begin. Especially because there are an infinite number of skincare products and with all the options, it’s difficult, or rather nearly impossible to decide where to begin.
Unbeknownst to the majority it’s a combination of the right skin care routine, with the right products that does the trick. Here, today, we’ve put together a simple anti-aging skin care regimen for you to follow that is completely do-able, affordable, and very effective.
The Morning Routine
Wash and Cleanse
Every good skincare regimen begins early in the morning with a gentle washing with warm water. Follow this by using a non-soap specifically made facial cleanser to remove the dirt, oils and dead skin cells that collect on your skin during the night. Pump a dollop of facial cleanser and gently massage it onto your face, going in circular motions to properly clean your skin.
A cleanser, created particularly for your type of skin will prevent your skin from drying, or breaking out. What’s more, it will keep your pores unclogged and prepare the canvas of your skin for the subsequent products that you apply like moisturizers, and of course, makeup.
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your face, it’s time to treat any of the specific trouble spots that you may have. Usually the most problematic is the area around your eyes where the skin is more thin and delicate as compared to the rest of your face, and as such, is more susceptible to damage. So, whether you have puffy, dark circles, wrinkles or dehydrated under-eye bags, choose light treatment serums that can be applied to the eyelid and the under-eye area. Be sure to only use the lightest of pressures while applying the cream/serum to the area though. Harsh movements can easily damage the fine capillaries and blood vessels that are just underneath the thin layers of skin.
Moisturize and Protect
Regardless of skin-type, it’s essential for all of us to moisturize and protect our skin before we apply our makeup. That’s because every time we wash and cleanse our skin, we’re removing the natural oils and moisture, making it more susceptible to dehydration and skin damage. It’s recommended that you choose a moisturizer based on your specific skin type and apply it not just on your face but also on your neck and chest. If you are likely to be stepping out in the sun first thing in the morning, be sure to use a moisturizer that contains SPF. If not, then follow it up with a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with at least SPF 30. A non-comedogenic, skin specific moisturizer is what is recommended such as Refreshen brand.
The Night-Time Regime
Wash and Exfoliate
Much like your morning routine, the nighttime skincare regime also begins with a gentle wash and cleanse. However, this time around you have to follow that up with a regular daily exfoliation. This step is crucial for keeping your skin radiant, smooth, and healthy. While the cleansing helps remove ambient oils and the dirt, daily exfoliation goes deeper and removes the layer of dead skin cells, pollen as well as the residual makeup that has settled in your pores.
Regular daily exfoliation allows your skin to receive your moisturizer and any other treatments far better as it reduces part of the skin’s natural barrier. Furthermore, it helps treat a variety of skin problems such as acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, sun damage, crow’s feet and other fine lines.
One of the best ways to exfoliate your skin is to do at-home microdermabrasion using the Refreshen Microdermabrasion Creams. Inexpensive and effective, they not only thoroughly cleanse your skin, but they do so without causing soreness or stinging.
There is some debate over whether or not the use of toners is necessary as part of an anti-aging skincare routine. The fact is, it all depends on the products you use and the skincare regimen you adopt.
The purpose of a toner is to remove any residual dirt or oil left behind after cleansing your face. If you use a particularly gentle cleanser, and are a heavy user of makeup and other facial products it’s best that you do use a toner – especially in the morning when you are not exfoliating with microdermabrasion cream. However, when you do exfoliate, there is no need for a toner.
If you are unsure how clean your face is after your treatment, it is advisable to rinse your face approximately 5-6 times with warm water. This practice also eliminates the need for a toner. After you are done, be sure to rinse your face with cool water one final time to close your open pores and prevent white and blackheads from forming.
Treat and Moisturize
Following your exfoliation, re-treat your skin with the same serums or gels you use in the morning, especially those for your eyes and under-eyes. Be sure to follow that up with a good moisturizer to replenish any lost moisture, preventing your skin from drying out.
A moisturizer used at night need not contain SPF, nor should it contain any heavy or inexpensive oils. A non-comedogenic, skin specific moisturizer is what is recommended such as Refreshen brand either Dark Skin Formula or Light Skin Formula super premium moisturizers are available.