Saturday, November 19, 2011

Basic Skincare

A skincare regime is very important for the health and appearance of your skin.  Here are the steps you should be taking to a healthy complexion morning and night.

1. Cleanse morning and night. Pick a cleanser appropriate for your skin type.  Wash your face with a Clarisonic brush or clean washcloth.  Be sure to remove all traces of makeup before going to bed.  This will prevent accumulated makeup, oil, debris and bacteria from causing breakouts.

 2. Tone.  This balances skins pH, removes cleanser residue and excess debris.  Choose a toner without alcohol, which can strip skin of its acid mantle.

3. Treat. Apply serum or corrective skincare & eye cream.  Target your areas of concern.  Apply when skin is still moist, products will penetrate better and work better.

4. Hydrate.  Moisturize your skin, even if its extremely oily.  Oily skin can will overcompensate for loss of moisture and produce even more oil.

5. Protect (day only).  Wear a minimum SPF 30 EVERYDAY.  No one is immune to skin cancer, protect yourself.  Olay Sensitive Skin SPF 30 is a great option without irritation.

Weekly Skincare
1. Exfoliate.  Exfoliation is extremely important, sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin cells.  Acne prone skin and oily skin must be exfoliated up to three times a week to clear & prevent clogged pores.  Everyone should be exfoliating at least 2x week. I do not suggest using St. Ives Apricot Scrub, it is too aggressive for facial skin, will irritate skin and create micro-tears (it's better suited for feet).  Instead try a enzyme, AHA/BHA or Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.  Exfoliate after cleansing.

2.  Mask.  A mask can treat blemishes, draw out impurities, brighten, rejuvenate, nourish, calm & soothe, tighten & tone skin, and hydrate skin.  Use a mask 1-2x a week.


  1. This was SO helpful, thank you! My new years resolution is to take better care of my skin! What products would you recommend to someone with fairly normal skin on a student budget? :)

  2. Glad you found it helpful!Normal skin lucky girl!
    * Wash your hands w/ anti-bacterial cleanser before touching your face.
    1.Cleanse w/ Olay Cleansing Brush $30 & Cerave hydrating cleanser $9 (WARM water, not hot)
    2. Exfoliate w/ 1-2x week Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
    (I mix it w/ turmeric (found in spice aisle)
    3. Tone (optional) Avalon Organics Hydrating toner $12
    4.moisturize w/ Cetaphil moisturizing lotion $10 in evening. Day use Aveeno Positvely Radiant SPF 30 $14

    email me if you have any questions
    follow me on twitter @ladyjskincare

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I've always been a bit confused when it comes to skin, so this has been really helpful :)