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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Steps on a good skincare regimen

The first step to a good skincare regimen is to find out your skin type. For example: Dry, Combination Dry, Normal, Combination oily, or Oily. The next step is regarding your skin conditions. Do you have sensitive skin? Acne prone skin? Possibly dehydration? You want to come up with a skincare routine that takes a factor into all of that.

1. At night take your makeup off before your cleanser. A great makeup remover that is inexpensive is Olive oil. This is beneficial because it not only take off the makeup, but it has a moisturizing effect on the skin. As well as supplemented it with good fats. Even if your skin is oily you can use olive oil. It wont clog pores like most people would assume.

2. Find a good cleanser. The purpose of a cleanser is to remove a bulk of the dirt, oil, and residue from your makeup remover.
-A good cleanser with someone who has oily skin is clean and clear daily pore cleanser, it is oil free. You should avoid oil in your products. If its a natural oil like olive oil its fine. Clean and clear has another moisturizer that is good for someone with oily skin but its sensitive. Its called Essentials Foaming facial cleanser. These are both a little under 6 dollars each.
- A good cleanser for someone with dry skin is Cerave's Hydrating cleanser. I use it everyday unless I want to try out a new one for a review. This cleanser is around 12 dollars. If you have sensitive skin, try olay's 4in1 daily facial cloths for sensitive skin. These are very nice and they are only 7 dollars for a pack of 33.
-If you have combination oily, try Biore's Combination Balancing cleanser. Its around $8 from most stores. If you have sensitive skin try foaming face wash for sensitive skin by olay. This is around $6.
- If you have combination dry, a great cleanser for you is the gentle hydrating cleanser from eucerin, Its about $6. If you have sensitive skin try, Say yes to Cucumbers gentle milk cleanser. This is around $10.
- If you have normal try: Alpha Hydrox foaming face wash. This is found at Ulta and is around $8. If you have sensitive skin try: The body shops Aloe calming facial cleanser for sensitive skin. This is around $15

3. Next is toner. There are a lot of bad toners out there some good ones are:
Soothing Toner with anti aging pycnogenol. This is around $16 and it can be used for all skin types. This is a great choice for people with sensitive skin

4. If you want to get rid of aging or prevent aging, this is the time for serum. A good one is Olay Regenerist Microsculpting. This is good for all skin types. It is around $28 dollars. If you want to add in some vitamin c, a good one is Philosophy's turbo c powder. All you have to is take a pinch of this powder and add it into the serum. It works well with age spots, and helps boost your collagen production. It costs $36. You can purchase this at sephora, philosophy.com, or Ulta.

5. Exfoliate. This is beneficial for keeping skin clear. It helps with preventing the aging process and It also helps all of the other products to be absorbed better.
- some good manual exfoliants are Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle smoothing scrub. This is about $6. This is meant for people who dont have acne.
- A good chemical exfoliant is Alpha Hydrox 10% Glycolic Acid lotion. I use this and its great. Its around $12. A salicylic acid treatment would be Advantage Oil Absorbing Treatment Oil free from the brand Clean & Clear. It is $6.

6. Moisturizer is the next step. This is very important for all skin types, moisturizer is why your skin stays hydrated. Even oily skinned people need a moisturizer.
- A good one for oily skin is Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging lotion. This is more on the expensive side but it is worth it. This costs $75. If you have sensitive skin a good one to try is Moisture Defense Antioxidant hydrating gel. This costs $45.
- If you have combination oily, you can try the moisturizers above as well.
- If you have dry skin try MaryKay's Timewise Night Restore and recover complex. This can be used for combination dry and normal skin. This is around $40. If you have sensitive skin try Boscias Restorative Night moisture cream. This costs around $48.
-If you have combination dry, try the products mentioned in the dry skin section.
-If you have normal skin try Cerave's facial moisturizing lotion PM. I use this moisturizer and its very good. It costs $12. One for sensitive skin would be MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel. This costs $45.

7. If its daytime, you will need an SPF.This is essential in protecting the skin from getting age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and more important skin cancer. If you want to use retinol, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids you need to use a SPF in the morning.
-Some good ones for all skin types include Kiss my face Face + Neck Face Factor 30 Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It costs round $15. Another one is Clinique's Sun SPF 30 face cream. It costs $21.

8. If you want to get rid of age spots and fine lines and wrinkles or acne, you should use these products at night. Some of my favorite Antiaging products are:
-Alpha Hydrox's Spotlight skin lightener treatment. This is a 2% hydroquinone and 10% glycolic acid lightener. Use this product after your moisturizer. It costs $10.
-Another good product from Alpha Hydrox is there 10% Glycolic Acid lotion. I use this before my retinol and moisturizer. It costs around $13.
-A good Retinol is Peter Thomas Roths Retinol Fusion PM serum. This is used after the glyclolic acid and before the moisturizer. This costs $65. Another good retinol product is the Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting serum. You use this just like I mentioned before. This costs around $98.
-Some good products for people with acneic skin are : Clear Days Ahead oil-free salicylic acne treatment and moisturizer.This product is around $40, This can be substitute the other moisturizers, those are good if your skin is feeling sensitive to these treatments. A good spot treatment is clearasils Daily clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream. This costs $6.99.

9. Something that you should do 2 times a week is a mask. Masks help replace hydration, take out impurities, or help absorb oil.
- A good face mask for someone with dry skin or sensitive dry skin is the First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. I use this mask and love it. Its great for moisturizing the skin. This is $22.
- A good face mask for people with oily skin or normal skin are clinique Acne Solutions Oil-control cleansing mask. This helps absorb oil and remove impurities from the surface. This is $22.
- If you have sensitive oily skin a good choice is the miracle skin transformers miracle revival mud skin restoring treatment mask. This is $38.

The steps to a good skincare regimen are remove makeup, cleanse, use exfoliant, toner,  use serum, Retinol, moisturizer, skin lightener. Some steps you wont use but if you do use all of these like I do. This is the order.