4 Steps, 5 Minutes

Many people complain that using a skin care regimen just takes too long. Caring for your skin doesn’t have to take up your whole evening. All you need are 4 simple steps to get you on your way to better skin, but first pick the right regimen for your skin type.

Step 1: Cleansing

You should wash your face twice a day but especially at night. Start with a gentle but effective cleansing product. During the cleansing phase you’re washing away makeup, dirt from day and your morning sunscreen all of which can clog your pores. Never use hot water as that can age and damage your skin.

Step 2: Toner

This is one step that isn’t understood and normally skipped. Take the extra 60 seconds to add this step to your routine. Toning removes the makeup, dirt and oil missed by every cleansing product. Toner also prepares your skin to absorb moisturizers.

Step 3: Moisturize

After you’ve washed and toned your face you should always apply moisturizer because the cleansing process strips away your vital oils. Using a moisturizer with SPF is highly recommended for your day time routine. You can use a night renewing cream in the evening to achieve the same effect without the SPF.

Step 4: Exfoliating

This is the easiest step because you only need to do it once a week. Pick a day where you might have an extra minute or so and stick to it. You can refer back to my earlier post that highlights the importance of exfoliating.

All of the steps above don’t need to take more than 5 minutes combined unless, you really want to pamper yourself and have time to enjoy the process.

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I’ll have lemon water, please

About a year ago I decided to give up sugary drinks. For one, because I knew I needed to start drinking more water and two because I would rather eat my calories than drink them. I love lemons and I knew they were good for you so I started drinking lemon water.

This morning when I was making my lemon water I realized that lemons weren’t just a great way to detox your body or help curb your appetite but they are also great for your skin. You may or may not have heard that lemon juice mixed with sugar makes a good face scrub. It’s refreshing, I’ve tried it but it’s not the best route and can be harsh on your skin. Anyway, the real benefit of drinking lemon water is getting an extra daily boost of vitamin C. We all want to protect our skin from aging and vitamin C delivers antioxidants that help with collagen production and skin cell repair. A great reason to drink more water.

 

Getting My Glow On

How often do you exfoliate? Oh, never? When I first learned more about exfoliating it was like an ahh-ha moment, it made perfect sense. Your skin cells are constantly dying. As you age the dead skin cells don’t slough off as naturally as they did when you were younger. Over time your skin begins to look dull from the build up. I know, it sounds kind of gross to think of all those layers of dead skin just building up on your face. Hence, no more young beautiful glow. Exfoliating is the solution to removing those dead cells.

You’ll want to find an exfoliating product rich in skin healing nutrients with the right mixture of granulation. Always start with freshly washed skin then gently begin scrubbing in a circular motion to rub away the dead skin cells. When you rinse away the exfoliator you’ll notice fresh, glowing skin.

You don’t want to exfoliate too frequently because it can leave your skin feeling sensitive or even raw if you over do it. Using your scrub once a week will do the trick. Exfoliation will remove all those nasty dead skin cells but it also strips away your natural oil. Now that you have that fresh skin exposed you’ll want to immediately apply hydration and moisturizer. Oh, and never forget sunscreen.

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I’m too tired to wash my face.

I can’t tell you how many times I hear “I’m too tired to wash my face at night.” I cringe internally but smile outwardly because I have a helpful solution. I get it, washing your face is the last thing you want to do when you’ve falling asleep on the couch, wake up and then drag yourself to your bed.

Did you know that you control 80% of your skins aging process? Makeup and environmental grime contributes heavily to the aging process. Good news, both are within your control to remove.

Here are two simple tips to help you keep your healthy glow. Hint – Tip #2 is my go to!

Tip #1

I don’t know about you but the first thing I do when I get home in the evening is change into something comfortable. Take 5 more minutes to wash your face and apply your skin care routine. You’ll feel clean and refreshed for the rest of your nightly activities and your skin will thank you.

Tip #2

You can use makeup removal cloths NOT just any cloths but Peptide rich makeup removal cloths to clean and freshen your face. Add a little eye cream to the mix and you have the perfect sleepy-girl, wrinkle fighting routine.

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What does Stress have to do with Skin Care?

Feeling Stressed? We all know stress is bad for your health but did you know it’s bad for your skin? Stress can spike hormone levels and bring on acne and aggravate skin conditions like psoriasis.

Turning the stress off isn’t as easy as we’d all like it to be. Remember, don’t just calm your nerves calm your skin too. Use a product with a deep refreshing mask that soothes and heals your skin. Apply your mask and lay down for 10 to 15 minutes with your eyes closed, listen to some relaxing music or nothing at all.

Hopefully after your relaxing rest the stress will have melted away and your face will have rejuvenated.

What’s the Purpose of Toner?

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Have you ever wondered why all the skin care product lines come with toner? It seems like such a waste of money, can’t you just skip that step? Well you could skip the step but you wouldn’t be receiving all the benefits of the steps to follow.

Toner balances your skins PH levels. It also prepares your skin to receive your hydrating and moisturizing products better because it removes excess make up, dirt and oil left behind by cleansers. You could make a meatloaf without eggs but then what would hold all the meat together?

You’ll get lasting benefits out of your product line if you don’t skip the toner.

Active Hydration

Is your skin looking dull or maybe even flakey? Did you know that dry skin acts like old skin no matter your age? Think of what happens to grapes when they start to dry out, their skin becomes shriveled and wrinkly.

Good news, 80% of your skins aging process is within your control. It’s important not only to hydrate your skin from within by drinking plenty of water but also to hydrate your skins surface.

When it comes to surface hydration its always best to start with a clean slate. Exfoliating is more important than you think! Getting rid of all those dead skin cells will automatically help to brighten your skin. At this point it’s really important to hydrate those new fresh cells.

Be careful though some products claim to hydrate but can actually clog pores creating more problems.

Looking for a great product?

Rodan and Fields Active Hydration Serum has proprietary 3D3P technology – maximized 30% Glycerin and cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid. This technology is one of a kind. It add Hydration back into the skin to provide instant and long term benefits.

You’ll notice glowing, beautiful skin on day one.