Step 1: CLEANSE
Cleansing your skin is the first and most vital step to healthy skin. I say vital because cleansing the skin helps to loosen the accumulated dirt beneath the surface of the skin, thus minimizing acne, irritation, and oiliness. Equally important, clean skin is healthy skin so you want to use a cleanser designed to work with your skin type. If you have oily skin, use a cleanser that is water-soluble and preferably in gel form. If you have dry skin, a creamy or milky cleanser works best.
Begin: Gently splash face with warm water. With a quarter-size amount of cleanser on your fingertips gently massage cleanser onto face in a circular motion.
End: Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Step 2: TONE
Toning is the second of the six basic steps and should not be overlooked. Toning helps to restore the skin’s natural hydration levels and effectively removes the last traces of dirt and makeup. To pick the perfect toner, look for a toner and or mist that is free of alcohol, dyes, fragrance, menthol, witch hazel, and irritating citrus oils. Instead, seek a toner that is filled with antioxidants, skin balancing substances such as aloe, and anti-irritants such as black willow bark to calm and soothe skin. I highly recommend Celsaderm’s C-Aloe Smart Response Mist, which contains those ingredients, to tone and balance your skin.
Begin: After cleansing skin, dampen a large cotton ball or cotton pad with toner and or mist and gently stroke over the face. DO NOT RINSE OFF!
Tip: Do not confuse toners with astringents, which are liquids that usually contain alcohol, witch hazel, and or menthol. Toners are designed to supply the skin with antioxidants and other nutrients and should be free of fragrances, dyes, witch hazel, menthol, and alcohols.
Step 3: EXFOLIATE
Exfoliants, either an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA), are topical substances designed to remove (shed) the dead, thick surface cells from the top layer of the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer. Once the exfoliant does its job, healthier, happier cells move to the top of the skin giving your skin a smoother, more even appearance. Begin: Take the exfoliant of your choice and place a nickel-size amount in the palm of your hand and gently stroke onto face and neck, making sure to avoid the eye area. Tip: For those with oily and or combination skin, BHAs work best. For those with normal to dry skin, AHAs will work best for your skin type. DO NOT RINSE OFF.
Step 4: TREAT
Treating your skin can be very beneficial and for those with blemishes and acne, it is a necessary step. If blemishes are a problem, look for a well-formulated blemish-fighting product containing benzoyl peroxide, which is considered to be one of the best over-the-counter ingredients capable of killing the bacteria that causes acne. When choosing an acne medication keep these tips in mind:
- An effective treatment should contain at least a 2.5% concentration of benzoyl peroxide or a 5% concentration for resistant or stubborn acne.
- The treatment should be effective and gentle on the skin and should not contain fragrance or other irritating ingredients to cause harm to skin.
Step 5: HYDRATE
Moisturizers come in many different forms and whether you choose a lotion, cream, serum, or liquid, a moisturizer’s primary job is to supply the skin with beneficial ingredients capable of preventing dryness, improving the skin barrier, tone, and texture … and to help the skin function as healthy skin should. (Mayo Clinic, 2011) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/moisturizers/SN00042 Begin: Place a quarter-size amount of moisturizer into the palm of your hand and with your fingertips gently smooth over dry areas of the face and the eye area. Tip: Allow your moisturizer to absorb briefly before applying make-up and or other products. Skip: Keep in mind that not everyone needs a moisturizer. For example, if your skin is oily, you may want to skip this step. Likewise, if you have oily / combination skin, you should apply a light moisturizer to the dry areas of skin only.
Step 6: PROTECT
Protect skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen containing avobenzene, also called Parsol 1789, titanium dioxide, and / or zinc oxide. Use daily to help prevent topical cancers and sunburn, the two main causes of skin damage. Be sure to choose a sunscreen rated SPF 25 or higher. (Skin Cancer Foundation, 2011) http://www.skincancer.org/sunscreens-explained.html
Begin: Thirty minutes before sun exposure place a quarter-size amount into the palm of your hand and liberally apply to face, neck, and other exposed areas of the skin. Reapply every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.
The Celsaderm Skincare line was designed to uncover the innate beauty of your skin by repairing the skin cells starting at the cellular level. Healthy cells generate beautiful, healthy skin. Celsaderm implements natural elements including cellular water and my special Care7 formulation to ensure that your skin receives the vital nutrition it needs to look and feel radiant.
Cheers to healthy and happy skin!
Cheers to healthy and happy skin!
K.D. Gates \ celsaderm.com
P.S. Lotion, Cream, Gel, Serum or Liquid? Which one should you use? Find out here!