I get it – skin care can be overwhelming. There are so many different options, brands, products, and fads that it can be tough to cut through the nonsense and find what works for you. I am hopefully going to make that a bit easier for you today. First we will start with the basics, and then in Part 2 we will review the extra stuff that might be something to consider adding to your routine down the line.
What is included in a basic skin care routine?
Step 1 – Cleanse
A common benefit of facial cleansing is the removal of dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. Throughout the day the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells. Daily facial washing removes these impurities to give the skin a fresh look. Without washing, your skin would be covered with a thick layer of dirt and grime which make it difficult for other products to penetrate the skin properly.
Regular facial cleansing (along with the use of a good moisturizer) is also an important factor in helping the skin maintain a proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough, wrinkled and aged. Cleansing helps manage PH levels of the skin; enabling sufficient water and product retention.
Tiny glands under the skin produce oil called sebum to protect the skin from the dangers of the outside world. These glands use hair follicles within the skin as a pathway, allowing the oil to reach the skins surface (outer layer) to form a barrier that prevents the penetration of bacteria or other harmful agents.
Excessive dirt build up on the surface can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skins surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. The final result is acne.
Proper skin cleansing clears pores of debris to prevent dirt buildup, allowing the sebum oil to reach the skin surface unimpeded; decreasing the chances of a breakout.
Other benefits? Cleansing helps anti-aging products and treatments work properly. Cleansing helps maintain proper pore size. Cleansing encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils. Moral of the story – CLEANSE!
How often should you be cleansing? That is individual preference, and should be figured out by trial and error. Those with oily skin will need to cleanse more often than those with dry skin, who might only need to cleanse 2-3 times a week. Play around with it until you find what works for you.
Shop Cleansers HERE. Senegence makes a bomb cleanser that cleanses, tones, and exfoliates all in one. It comes in 3 formulas – normal-dry, dry, and normal-oily.
Step 2 – Moisturize
The human skin is the body’s largest organ and requires regular attention. That means in addition to keeping it clean with cleansing, you should also be moisturizing it. Moisturizing reduces the chances of skin problems. Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up.
Moisturizing can reduce the appearance of other blemishes. Freshly moisturized skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes. Some moisturizers have some tint or self-tanner that can work with any skin tone.
Moisturizing helps your skin stay young. The most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest – replace themselves more often than any other area on your skin. This daily loss of skin cells leaves these areas vulnerable to the dryness and the elements – in fact, they are highest-risk areas for skin cancer. Moisturizing can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.
Moisturizing fights wrinkles. That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn’t an illusion. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with properly moisturized skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.
When should you moisturize? Again – individual preference. It is important to be protecting your skin from the sun, so make sure your moisturizing during the day with a cream that has a minimum SPF 15, like the SeneGence Daytime Moisturizer.
Did you know that when you sleep your actually causing wrinkles because of your pillow? Another step that you can take to prevent earlier than necessary skin aging is using a hydrating evening moisturizer. The SeneGence Evening Moisturizer has vitamins and botanicals that work while you sleep to re-moisturize and regenerate skin. It also helps in repair cells that were damaged during the day from exposure to weather, dirt, sun, smog, smoke, and other conditions that can harm the skin.
Step 3 – Eye Cream
Whether you don’t own an eye cream or you simply forget to apply it (no judgement here!), the reality is that we just aren’t as good at looking after the skin around our eyes as we are at caring for our complexion in general. The truth is, the eye area needs extra attention. The skin around your eyes is 40% thinner and it’s also the least elastic part of your face. That means it doesn’t have the bounce back that your cheeks might have, even though we tend to focus mostly on the complexion at – large–big mistake. Your eyes also age the most between the ages of 20 to 50 so there’s no time like the present to start looking after them.
The skin around the eye loses moisture around 50% faster than the rest of your face, so it’s actually the driest area of your face. However, the skin is so delicate it doesn’t show patchy dryness on the surface, like the rest of our face, even though it’s the most vulnerable area.
The goal here is to increase lubricity at each one of these layers so that cells can move easily because they are lubricated (like constantly adding oil to a machine so that it does not wear out). In order to deliver a lubricant to one layer and then another layer beneath, the lubricant’s molecules must be different sizes to travel down to the lower layers; its sizes have to be relative
ly small. SeneDerm EyeCrème has an array of different types and molecular sizes of lubricants to reach the different layers. SeneDerm EyeCrème is not just for smoothness; it’s to improve the condition of skin around the eye because that’s where skin first becomes wrinkled due to the constant movement.
SeneGence makes eye cream in 2 formats – on its own, or mixed with our Pearlizer Highlight Foundation to make a highlighting/eye brightening product called EyeLuminator. Both formulas have 10 different sized molecules – which means it will absorb deep into the layers of the skin, while also sitting on top of the skin to fill in any unevenness and hydrate the eye skin at all levels.
Your skin is important. And if you played with Pogs as a child your old enough to start taking care of it properly. SeneGence makes 3 systems that you can mix and match – Normal to Dry, Dry, and Normal to Oily. Play around with it, figure out a combo that works best for you (or ask my opinion!), and then have confidence that you have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for up to a year with no auto-ships to be pushing back or cancelling. Praise be.