My philosophy is the sooner you start on a skin care regimen the better! Skin produces a strong amount of sebum during these years, so addressing the breakouts is always a priority. With hormone changes, hot yoga, and oil based hair products, I see many of my clients dealing with acne they never had. Having a designated routine and sticking to it will make a huge difference in the overall look of your skin.
Using a ph-balanced gel, clay or anti-bacterial cleanser twice a day will remove excess oil, makeup and impurities from the surface. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, Dermal Clay Cleanser and Clearing Skin Wash are favorites of mine. I also recommend using the Clarisonic Brush once a day to gently vibrate and lift dead skin cells. Using an exfoliant two to three times a week will be sure to remove excess oil and debris, and create a smoother finish. Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Microfoliant do this without irritation. There are several serums and boosters that can be applied underneath a moisturizer depending on the skin’s texture. Some have Salicylic Acid others have Hyaluronic Acid, one for excess oiliness the other for dehydration. Moisturizers should always be applied whether you have oily or dry skin. Dermalogica’s Oil Control Lotion, Active Moist and Skin Smoothing Cream all have different levels of moisture to address the current skin condition. It is very important to use an eye cream since this is where you will see the first sign of fine lines developing. Be careful not to put it too close to the edge of the eyelid, since this will cause irritation and puffiness. Next, I always tell my clients that UVA and UVB protection is essential. There are oil free sun blocks as well as sensitive sun blocks available with various SPF’s. Find the one that is right for you and use it daily. Finally using a mask once or twice a week will address the changes that the skin goes through. Whether oily or dry there is a treatment mask that will clear the skin and make it glow. Dermalogica’s Refining Mask or Hydrating Mask is a great choice.
Getting a facial every 4 to 6 weeks will keep your pores clean and your skin looking healthy. I find that by doing this your skin is always in a maintenance mode and will always look it’s best.
Homecare Routine That Is Easy and Fun
Finally finding a professional to help you set up a homecare routine is always a good decision. With so many products on the market it can be confusing and expensive to try and diagnose which ones will make a difference. At my salon, I can set up a simple homecare routine for you that will be easy and fun to follow.
So be sure to start your skin care regimen early, you will be thanking yourself years later!