Three Simple Ways to Care for Your Skin

Everyday skin care is important and can not be overlooked. The cornerstone of a comprehensive anti-aging plan, proper skin care is vital for everyone, no matter your skin type. If you live somewhere with a harsh climate (extreme sun, wind, cold or heat), it’s superimportant to take extra caution and pay close attention to your skin.

Despite taking preventative measures, we all experience some degree of environmental damage every day. It’s important to follow these three basic daily steps to restore the skin as best as possible, so that it’s ready for any assaults it comes into contact with. Caring for skin every day requires an investment in skincare products. Although there i a multitude of products on the market, which can make finding the right ones overwhelming, there are a handful of factors to always consider:

  1. Pick products that are right for your skin type
  2. Always select products with high-quality, scientifically-backed ingredients
  3. Make sure any new products you use are compatible with other products you are currently using to limit reactions and sensitivities

Your daily regimen should include three simples steps with the following products both morning and night:

Morning: Cleanser, serum and moisturizer with sun protection

Evening: Cleanser, serum and a repair cream/product

KEEP CLEAN

Daily cleansing is the starting point in obtaining healthy skin since it removes debris and deposits that can clog pores. Cleansing also provides an environment for your other skincare products to work optimally. Use cleansers that are hypoallergenic and hydrating to help maintain your skin’s pH, hydration and microbial balance while preserving your skin’s natural oils. Always use a cleanser made for the face since body washes and soaps may be strip away surface oils, and take into consideration the characteristics and condition of your skin.

Regular exfoliation is key, too, since skin cells die every day and are replaced. Mild exfoliation helps the skin shed those dead skin cells, leaving the surface of the skin clear of debris, smoother and more apt to receive other products and treatments. Exfoliating the skin also increases blood circulation, allows more oxygen and nutrients to reach the skin cells and improves skin tone, too.

REPAIR AND RENEW

You should incorporate regenerating and repairing ingredients into your skincare routine. Look for serums and creams that are lightweight yet heavy in the ingredient department with actives like vitamin C to stimulate collagen production and protect against free radicals, peptides for collagen and elastin regeneration and botanicals to maintain skin health. At the end of the day, it’s imperative to address any damage that may have taken place. Overnight repair creams that are rich in alphahydroxy acids, retinol and antioxidants are best.

STAY HYDRATED

Even the best cleansers reduce moisture levels a little, so replacing the moisture is essential. Some serums, like Image Skincare Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler, are based on hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that locks in moisture. For extra hydration, use a moisturizer before applying sunscreen, or use a combination product that contains both. You also need to hydrate your skin from the inside out, so make sure to drink sufficient amounts of water throughout the day.

SAFEGUARD YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN

Regardless if you spend time indoors or outdoors, it’s important to stick to a daily routine of protecting your skin in order to prevent damage from the sun. Sunscreen needs to be worn every single day yearround, no matter where you like. Sunscreens with strong physical blockers (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) prevent UV rays from reaching the surface of the skin. Today, many sunscreens also contain antioxidants, vitamins and effective moisturizing agents. These ingredients nourish skin, protect against free radical damage and make skin cells more resilient to UV rays.

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