How’s your skincare routine? Are you still wondering whether you should apply serum or toner first? Skincare can be confusing, but every step counts! There’s no sense in having a routine if the products don’t have the chance to penetrate your skin and work effectively. Right along with the quality of ingredients in the products you use, the order in which you layer them matters, too! Read on to clear up any confusion and learn the proper procedure for your skincare routine:
As everyone has heard lately, the most important thing you can do for your health is to wash your hands. Well, washing your face is just as important! Throughout the day, your skin builds up bacteria, oil, dirt and debris (yuck!). Washing your skin morning and night is the first step toward healthy looking skin, and preventing blocked pores and blemishes. In this step, be sure to use a face wash with quality, natural ingredients that doesn’t leave a residue or strip skin of it’s natural oils. Check out these cleansers, and try Doctor D. Schwab Herbal Foam Cleanser, a gentle, light foaming, soap-free and oil-free cleanser that balances skin’s pH and leaves it smooth.
After washing your face, refresh and hydrate your skin with an effective toner. This step is essential for stimulating and preparing skin for additional product application. Be sure to use a toner that is alcohol-free and one that is not formulated to over dry or strip skin of natural oils. If you have avoided this step in the past, the Doctor D. Schwab Herbal Toner will make you a toner convert with it’s convenience and the effectiveness of it’s unique herb and mineral rich formula. It comes in a spray bottle which makes applying it super simple. Bring it with you anywhere (check out the travel size) and either mist directly onto your face (it dries very quickly), or spray it on a cotton swab and apply in an outward motion. The blend of active botanicals including extract of Ginkgo Biloba, Acai, and White Tea, revitalize pores and maintain skin’s pH balance. Lemon Bioflavonoids help to even out skin tone and reduce the look of blotchiness, and the Vitamin E and Olive Oil Extract work together to hydrate.
Serums have a thin consistency and are a great tool for targeting specific skin conditions like brightening and anti-aging (bye, bye wrinkles!). Serums are made up of small molecules so they can deliver a powerful punch of ingredients directly to the skin versus a heavier cream. While there are enough serums on the market to make your head spin, there’s one ingredient that is uncommonly used, but works wonders in serums for anti-aging - Ginkgo Biloba. Ginkgo Biloba trees are rare, and one of the oldest species in the world. It has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Applied topically, Gingko Biloba helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and gives your skin a youthful glow because it is full of flavonoids and antioxidants such as polyphenols. The Doctor D. Schwab Ginkosome® Serum delivers a highly concentrated dose and immediately improves complexion, texture, and firmness.
Cream and Moisturizer.
Moisturizing is an essential step to keep your skin smooth and youthful looking. Lack of hydration in the skin can lead to dry patches and can speed up the aging process. Look for a lightweight moisturizer that has natural ingredients and for best results apply morning and night. For your daytime routine, try Doctor D. Schwab Cell Renewal Day Cream.
As the last step of your routine, and probably the most important, sun protection! Daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more is a vital aspect of your daily skincare routine to protect your skin from harsh UV rays. Apply a generous amount to skin and be sure to reapply if you’re out in the sun or water for an extended period of time (or every 1-2 hours).
This next step is ideal for anyone looking for an alternative to a foundation and add a dewy finish. The Flawless Skin Fluid® Tinted Moisturizer is mineral-based and provides lightweight coverage for an even, natural finish that helps to cover any redness and soften fine lines. The Flawless Skin Fluid® can be used as a highlighter and adds glow and a boost of radiance to your skin.
Masks and Exfoliating.
Using masks can firm, even out skin tone, and energize and brighten dull-looking skin. Masks can be used two to three times per week after cleansing. Use the Charcoal Mask for deep cleansing, and the Brightening Mask, to even out skin tone, tighten, and improve radiance. For overly oily skin, the mask can be left on for 20-30 minutes, and for all other skin types, 10-20 minutes. Remove with warm water and follow with serum and moisturizer.
On the days you're not using the masks (who isn’t these days?!), you can use an exfoliant to remove dead skin. It’s recommended that you exfoliate two to three times per week. Unlike the masks, exfoliating with the Bamboo Cream Peel takes much less time. After cleansing, gently massage the cream onto your face in a small circular motion avoiding the eye area, then remove with warm water and follow with toner and moisturizer. The small exfoliating Jojoba beads will wash away leaving you with smooth, polished glow.