There comes a time when your daily facial skin care routine should go well beyond soap and water. For a gorgeous glow and timeless appearance, what you put into your skin care routine is what you get out. An effective regimen should ideally include multiple products and precise application. Furthermore, with endless options of cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens and more, it’s important to know which are the most effective and the order in which they should be applied. To shed light on how to get the most out of your routine, Director of Education at Bioelements Teresa Stenzel shares the following tips.
STEP 1: A Clean Slate
Cleansers alone don’t always unclog pores and wipe away dirt and oil, so your first task should be to remove any and all makeup. To ensure skin is rid of any bacteria, build up and pollutants, try Bioelements Makeup Dissolver Perfected ($29) to eliminate all traces of makeup and prep the skin for cleansing. Once all cosmetics are removed, use the Flash Foam Cleanser ($36) to further rinse skin and add mild exfoliation to keep skin clear.
STEP 2: Tone Up
Rehydrate and balance skin’s texture and tone with a simple swipe of toner. The saturation found in these daily essentials help the skin to absorb active ingredients in products you’ll apply next. Use morning and night, the Equalizer ($30.50) is alcohol-free, laced with chamomile and aromatic oils to strengthen and calm the surface.
STEP 3: Super Serums
Now that your skin is prepped, apply a skin serum designed to target your biggest concern. If you have more than one skin concern, you can alternate, applying one during the day, and the other at night. To conceal signs of aging, choose CreateFirm ($65) to lessen lines and wrinkles. Breakout Control ($42) is ideal for those battling acne, while Moisture x10 ($33.60) boosts hydration for a smooth finish.
STEP 4: Moisturize & Protect
Perhaps the most crucial step, hydrating skin while guarding from UV rays is imperative to a healthy appearance. Always apply a daily moisturizing sunscreen before leaving the house for optimal protection. The RayDefense ($44) is a broad spectrum SPF 30 that shields from damage brought on by sun exposure. For extra hydration, apply a moisturizer, like Really Rich Moisture ($45) first under sunscreen. It saturates skin without leaving behind a greasy film.