*Guest Post by Pat*
Developing and following a daily skin care routine is one of the most important things you can do for your health and beauty.
Your skin serves as a flexible armour that protects sensitive inner tissues from harmful microbes, chemicals and intense light. When you keep your skin healthy, you keep this barrier strong. Healthy skin also radiates beauty and helps delay many of the signs of aging.
To help keep your skin looking its best, we recommend adding the following five products to your daily skin care routine: cleanser, toner, exfoliant, moisturizer and antioxidant serum. Let’s look at these essential products more in depth.
Find the Right Cleanser
The first product to include in your daily routine is a cleanser. Stacey Lohmar, one of our skin care experts, reminds us of the importance of cleaning your skin every night. In this video Stacey points out that makeup can act like a magnet by keeping dirt and sweat on your face.
Cleansing your face of makeup at night helps your skin repair this damage as you sleep. In addition, the right cleanser allows your skin to stay hydrated and to develop fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
Choose a cleanser that is designed for your skin type. We recommend the Sanitas line of cleansers, including the following products:
• Sanitas Beta Clarifying Cleanser for acne-prone skin
• Sanitas Hydrating Brightening Solution for a brighter look
• Sanitas Glycolic Citrus Cleanser for exfoliating
(Editor note: We love these one’s too!)
Add the Right Toner
The next product to use on a daily basis is a toner. After you have cleansed your skin, a toner works to pick up any remaining traces of makeup or dirt. Toner helps close your pores, while also moisturizing and soothing your skin.
Your skin type determines the right toner for you. Those with oily skin may need an alcohol-based astringent to tighten their pores and to remove excess oil. Those with dry skin will want to use a moisturizing toner that hydrates their skin. If you have combination skin, you can use an oil-absorbing toner on your trouble spots, such as along your nose and chin, and then use a milder toner on other areas of your face.
Depending on your preference, you can apply toner to your face with a cotton ball, spray it on your face as a mist, or gently press it into your face using the palms of your hands.
(Editor’s note: Or make your own…like this one!)
Use a Proper Exfoliant Crème
Exfoliants help remove dead skin cells, keep pores clean and stimulate blood flow to give your skin a healthy and youthful glow.
The top layer of your skin, the epidermis, is continually shedding itself of old cells. Most of these dead cells fall away without us even realizing it. However, flaky dead cells can stay on your skin giving it a dull or even a rough appearance.
Exfoliant crème removes these dead skin cells and keeps your skin looking fresh. An exfoliant crème also helps your moisturizer penetrate your skin better.
We like Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub, which gently exfoliates without causing any dryness or irritation. This product contains jojoba oil to soften the skin, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and vitamins C and E to boost your skin’s ability to defend itself from impurities in the environment.
Apply Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Now comes perhaps the most important step in the process: applying moisturizer. Our skin loses moisture as it ages, which leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An effective moisturizer is one of the best ways to fight these signs of aging.
With dozens of moisturizers on the market, you may wonder how to choose one. Fortunately, the most expensive products are not necessarily the best. The two main ingredients you should look for are a humectant (such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid or propylene glycol) to bring moisture to the skin, and an emollient (such as dimethicone, petrolatum and coconut oil) to prevent moisture loss.
We like Sanitas PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream – a rich, thick hydrating facial product that firms and fortifies your skin, increasing elasticity and brightening your complexion.
(Editor’s note: DIY it with this recipe)
Incorporate an Antioxidant Serum
Last but not least is the antioxidant serum: the final step we recommend for your daily skin care routine. An antioxidant serum protects your delicate skin from damage by neutralizing the free radicals in pollution and by shielding your skin from harmful UV rays.
The best antioxidant serums contain hydrating ingredients and vitamins that protect your skin from developing fine lines and wrinkles, which are the most common signs of premature aging.
The price tag for serums can seem hefty. However, antioxidant serums are highly concentrated, and a little goes a long way. The best serums contain the following ingredients:
• Antioxidants (such as pomegranate extract, vitamin C and grape seed extract) to help protect against sun.
• Anti-inflammatories (such as zinc, arnica, aloe vera and goldenseal) to prevent inflammatory cell damage and to neutralize any redness.
• Hydrators (such as ceramides, amino acids and essential fatty acids) to strengthen and protect the skin and to replenish naturally occurring skin lipids, which aid in moisture retention.
The right time to apply a serum depends on your skin type and the formula you choose. Some can be applied in the morning, at night or both. Try talking to a skin care consultant for more information.
We like the Sanitas Skincare VitaRich Serum, which contains Vitamins A, C, E and K in a deeply hydrating formula that firms and smooths the skin.
You may have heard the phrase, “Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.” At Grand Salon, we believe this statement is true. When you cleanse, tone, exfoliate, moisturize and use antioxidant serum on a daily basis, you both protect and nourish your skin. This attention helps prevent the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles we all want to avoid as we age.
Grand Salon is a full-service beauty salon based in Denver, Colorado. We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, and offering the most fabulous cuts, colour and style services in Denver.