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Unlock Your Glow: Pro Tips for Building a Skincare Regimen

Achieving a healthy, natural-looking glow starts with taking care of your skin. This can be as simple as implementing a consistent skincare routine that caters to your specific skin type and includes the right products and ingredients.

1. Hydrate

Hydration has been the word of the day for years now, and for good reason. The skin is the largest organ in your body and requires hydration to function properly and maintain a glowing appearance. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding diuretic foods can help keep your skin healthy from the inside out. Incorporating a face oil into your routine can also help your skin retain moisture and improve the overall texture of your complexion.

When your skin is adequately hydrated, it can complete its innate function of acting as a natural barrier against environmental stressors and irritants. It is also less susceptible to dryness, which can cause the skin to overproduce oils and blotchiness. Proper hydration can also minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving your complexion that youthful glow.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to hydrate your skin is through products that contain hyaluronic acid. This natural ingredient is a powerful humectant and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid helps your skin look plump and hydrated. Look for a serum or moisturizer that contains this powerful ingredient to add a dose of hydration to your skin.

In addition to a well-formulated cleanser, serum, and moisturizer, adding a face oil and eye cream to your regimen can also boost hydration levels. You can use a natural, plant-based face oil that is formulated to work with your skin’s unique needs or opt for an ultra nourishing cream that will hydrate your complexion all day long. Eye creams are especially important because they can help reduce puffiness and dark circles, while containing ingredients like caffeine or retinol to target fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.

2. Exfoliate

The first skincare non-negotiable is cleansing. This is important for both morning and evening to remove oil, dirt, sunscreen, and dead skin cells that build up over time. Leaving these on the skin will clog pores, which can lead to breakouts. Cleansing is also the best way to prepare the skin for the next steps in a routine.

While you can wash your face with any cleanser, we recommend finding a gentle one that is formulated for the skin type you have. It should be a cleanser that contains soothing ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea polyphenols, and oats to soothe your skin and keep it healthy.

After cleansing, you can apply toner to your skin using a cotton pad and gently sweep across the face. If you use a toner that exfoliates with ingredients such as glycolic acid, make sure to only use it at night. Otherwise, you can use it twice a day to prep the skin for the rest of your routine.

Whether you choose to exfoliate with a physical or chemical exfoliator, it is an important step in any skincare routine. By removing dead skin, exfoliating unclogs the pores, improves the absorption of products, and helps your skin tone look brighter. Additionally, for those looking to enhance their skincare routine, microneedling can be considered as a complementary treatment, promoting collagen production and improving overall skin texture.

3. Exfoliate at Night

A solid bedtime routine is vital for healthy skin. And while everyone’s goes to sleep ritual is different (mine involves watching TV, brushing teeth, washing my face and applying a mask), one step that’s always essential is exfoliating.

This step helps remove excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the face, which can prevent clogged pores, acne, and dullness. But it’s also important to choose the right exfoliant for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, look for gentle exfoliating ingredients like lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. And if you’re more into mechanical exfoliation, try a scrub that will help loosen the dirt and dead skin without irritating your complexion.

Adding an exfoliant to your nighttime skincare routine can also make other products in your regimen work better. That’s because a fresh layer of skin is exposed when you exfoliate, and this allows other products to penetrate the face more effectively. From antioxidant-loaded serums to collagen-infused creams, a freshly exfoliated face is the best way to get the most out of your nighttime skincare products.

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, agrees with this approach. She recommends patients focus on preserving and protecting their skin by using products like retinoids in the evening, while they use other more aggressive treatments, such as exfoliants, in the morning.

Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s time to moisturize. Moisturizer helps create a protective barrier against the elements and prevents your skin from becoming dry, flaky, or itchy. And remember to use a moisturizer for your neck and chest, too! They’re often neglected when it comes to skincare, but they need just as much TLC as your face. Plus, applying an SPF in the morning can protect against sun damage and premature aging.

4. Skin Cycle Your AM/PM Products

The skincare world is a constant whirlwind with new products launching weekly, and it can be hard to find the right routine for your complexion. Finding a skincare routine that doesn’t over-exfoliate or cause unnecessary irritation is essential to keeping your skin looking healthy and glowing.

This less-is-more approach to your PM routine allows you to maximize the benefits of retinols and exfoliants while minimizing any irritation. The classic four-night skin cycling routine involves one night dedicated to chemical exfoliation, followed by a retinol treatment the next night and then two nights of recovery with nothing but moisturizer. However, you can adapt the routine to fit your needs.

Exfoliants remove dead skin cells, allowing other actives to penetrate the skin more effectively. This helps to increase hydration, improve skin tone and texture and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

The best way to exfoliate is with a chemical exfoliant, which provides a more controlled and safe approach than manual or physical exfoliation. However, it’s important to follow the guidelines of your chosen product. If you’re unsure which product to use or how often to exfoliate, consult your dermatologist for help.

If you’re ready to try out the skin-boosting skin cycle trend, we recommend starting with an all-in-one gel cleanse which gently removes makeup and dirt without disrupting your skin’s pH balance. Follow with your favorite serums, then a richer cream or moisturizer and a protective broad-spectrum sunscreen. Finally, finish your routine with a soothing eye cream to reduce dark circles and puffiness.

5. Eye Creams

The eyes are the window to the soul, but for some people, those pesky puffiness and fine lines can make you look a little less than glowing. Luckily, there are plenty of eye creams that can help ease these skin concerns — the trick is to find the right one for your needs. There are all sorts of formulas on the market, from those formulated for fading dark circles to ones that help smooth out wrinkles, but in order for your eye cream to work its magic, it’s important that you use it regularly, morning and night.

First things first, always use clean skin when applying your eye cream. Use your ring finger to scoop up the cream and apply it around your eyes using tiny, circular motions. Next, pat it in very gently to prevent any unnecessary irritation. Then finish off your routine with any other serums or face moisturizers you’re using.

A powerful anti-aging eye cream contains a hero ingredient that’s known for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as brightening dull skin around the eyes. Its 7.15% concentrated proxylane formula works to smooth wrinkles while inclusive optical effects and glycyrrhetinic acid brighten the complexion, while a blend of wild fruit flavanoid extracts helps protect against free radical damage.