3 skin care must-haves
Having been in the beauty industry longer than I care to mention, one phrase has always hit me weird: the skincare “regimen”. Not being hypocritical because I still use the term, but it sounds so hard-core. When I think of a regimen, I think of using 6 or 7 products morning and night, with maybe a couple extra items used a couple times a week. And that is all well and good, as long as you’re using the right products for you and your committed to that line up to see the results you are paying for.
But truth be told, I have found that good “core” system of products can completely change your skin. The core products I am talking about are: Cleanser, Moisturizer, Sunscreen. Getting these three products dialed in for your skin can completely change your complexion.
1. A cleanser that is right for your skin. I have been, and still am, on a mini crusade to instill people to wash their face. I have written blogs about the subject of washing your face, so I wont get into it here. Getting the right cleanser is so important to the core system because it really sets the stage for the rest of your products. Clients with dry skin, I find, usually get this one wrong. Cream cleansers seem so old fashion, but for a dry skin they are so wonderful. Bubbles don’t always equal clean when it comes to cleansers of the face. In fact I happen to know a great cleanser that doesn’t foam yet is a miracle worker on oily skin. So check your cleanser, is it really the best match for you, if not time to upgrade.
2. A great moisturizer. This is a product that you will generally be using a liberal amount of, so it has to be right, not fancy, but right for your skin. Are you still using mom’s moisturizer because it worked for her all those years so it must be good for you? Or have you really zeroed in on one that is right for you. Finding the right one is as simple as asking yourself one question. What time of day you get oily? 1-3 hours into the day, oil free moisture is probably right for you. You find shine starts to appear later in the day and mainly in the T-zone, a moisturizer for combo skin is the way to go. What oil? Well no surprise one that is rich in protective and nourishing lipids is your best choice.
3. A GOOD sunscreen. Surprised I said this? Sun damage is a whole other blog in and of itself. Protect your skin. There are so many sunscreens on the market, in just about as many flavors as moisturizers. I use one that I just mix into my moisturizer in the morning, but you can find all-in-ones that are premixed and suited to your skin. One word here on the premixed screen/moisturizer (which are great, and can be time savers) you will need to get a moisturizer without a sunscreen to use in the evening.
Simple right? I have seen skin improve by leaps and bounds, just by getting this “core” dialed in. If you’re still confused then, as always, I recommend seeking out a good licensed professional skin therapist to be your skin coach.
Wash your face.
Geordie MacDiarmid is a licensed skin therapist, and owner of Ego Mechanix, and Est. with over 20 years experience in the skin care industry