Suffering from acne, fine lines, or dark circles? Is your skin feeling dry, drab and unfab? How about chapped lips due to the weather change? In this article I'll cover many basic skin issues that can easily be fixed with new, high quality and luxurious skincare regimes!
First off, ask yourself some basic questions to make sure whatever is bothering your skin isn't something medically serious, something environmental, or a personal habit. Sometimes fixing a habit, environmental stressor or addressing a mental complaint can improve your entire well-being and of course your skin instead of using a cosmetic fix. Sometimes cosmetics just won't do the trick, and the fix to the skin ailments may be something else.
1.) Are you stressed?
Stress can cause all kinds of nasty things to happen to the face, eyes, hair and nails. From acne to advanced aging effects, being stressed out can make you feel and look far from your best. Consult a doctor if anxiety, depression or extreme stress or emotional distraught is affecting your life, because this may be the cause of major breakouts, dark circles, fine lines or many other more serious skin and overall well-being issues. This is something unfortunately that a cosmetic regime won't cure in the long run so consult a medical specialist!
2.) Is your diet suffering lately, greasy foods, lots of sugar, soda?
Eating greasy, fattening, and sugary foods can result in major breakouts, skin dryness, flaking, redness, and even dark circles and fine lines. If you feel like your diet consists mainly of these things, if possible, try cutting back on them and replacing them with healthier foods like water or flavored water, veggies and fruits, and less sugar. You may see a major improvement with your skin and even how you feel without the need of a cosmetic fix!
3.) Have you tried new cosmetic product lately or bath product?
If you've tried a new product recently, from foundation to a shampoo you might be having an allergic reaction or a general reaction to the product. Some products are very greasy, or drying, or contain irritating chemicals. Some sensitive skin types may just react immediately to products that are not the norm. Make sure your skin issue isn't the result of a new product being too oily, drying or ebrasive for your skin type. If you suspect an allergic reaction, ask your dermatologist if the breakout/rash or skin issue appears to be just that, an allergy.
4.) Do you smoke?
Smoking of course causes fine lines, wrinkles and dryness to the area around the mouth, and eyes. If your problem is fine lines, wrinkles and dryness and you smoke your issue may be caused from the smoking. Try quitting or cutting back and monitor your skin to see how it improves.
If none of these things seem to be the direct cause of your skin problem, then check out these skincare regimes!
Your skincare regime:
1.) Always wash your skin and the morning and at night with an anti-acne purifying skin cleanser. Try Murad's Time Release Acne Cleanser ($30.00). This cleanser is gentle enough not to dry out sensitive areas to acne prone skin yet potent enough to cleanse and prevent acne pimples. Time Release Acne Cleanser’s low foaming formula delivers sustained-released acne medication and improves skin’s appearance. Encapsulated salicylic acid technology provides a long-acting acne treatment that stays active even after rinsing. Amino acids and hyaluronic acid bind moisture to skin to optimize hydration and restore suppleness while antioxidants neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance.
2.) After you cleanse the skin with a great anti acne cleanser, tone the skin with an acne
preventing toner such as Murad's Clarifying Toner ($22.00). This toner fights acne and oily prone skin, while refreshing and evening out your complexion. It's an ideal way to refresh skin mid-day or when washing with a cleanser isn’t an option. This formula features witch hazel to control oil and tighten pores, algae extract to regulate excess sebum production, and grape seed extract and vitamin E to protect skin from free radical damage.
3.) After toning, if it's your morning routine, use an acne prone moisturizer, such as Murad Oil Control Mattifier with SPF15 ($39.50). Many people might think using a moisturizer would worsen breakouts, however most acne prone skin is aching for the right kind of moisture. Even if your skin is over oily, using a mattifying moisturizer can prevent breakouts, stop shine, and protect your skin from environment pollutants that could be causing the breakouts. Oil-Control Mattifier reduces shine on contact and is clinically proven to control oil for up to eight hours while effectively reducing breakouts. It immediately mattifies, regulating oil throughout the day, and prevents sun damage by delivering powerful UVA/UVB sun protection. It is ideal for acne-prone skin. If this was your day routine, you could now put on primer and your makeup.
4.) At night, or in your free time, apply an anti-acne facial mask with purifying properties like Peter Thomas Roth Theraputic Sulfur Treatment Mask for Acne prone Skin ($40.00) This oil-absorbing, deep pore cleansing therapeutic sulfur masque contains10 percent sulfur to clear acne plus soothing aloe, purifying kaolin, and bentonite clays. Apply to the face for 10 minutes then wash away with your acne prone cleanser, then apply moisturizer.
5.) Every once in a while ( every two months would be fine ) perform what is called a "peel" on your face to get a deep clean on those pores. You want to do this on a day where you won't have any big events happening the next few days afterwards, because a peel does cause skin redness for a few days. Afterwards though you are left with an amazing complexion, reduced pore size, reduced imperfections and intensive clarity. You can easily do this at home, with products like Philosophy Microdelivery Purifying Peel One Minute Enzyme Peel ($42.00). This gentle yet effective formula is designed to perfect skin texture and tone for an overall glow. This unique blend contains lactic and salicylic acids, combined with natural enzymes and a fruit acid complex, to deeply exfoliate the skin and support natural cell turnover. The result is enhanced brightness, clarity, and firmness; and reduced pores, lines, and wrinkles.
6.) For on the spot problem areas, or immediate help getting a pimple to heal use an on the spot treatment like Origins Super Spot Remover for Acne ($15.50).Heal, fight, and fade it fast. Just dab on a dot and feel blemish-busting salicylic acid instantly help speed healing while anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post pimple darkening. Skin-calming caffeine and red algae help relieve irritating redness. And to help keep skin looking spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE. This handy trick does work however toothpaste is terrible for your skin, and can leave scars!
7.) Have blemishes on your body and not just your face? Keep a clarifying soap for acne in bar form like Clinique's Acne Solutions Cleansing Face & Body Soap ($15.00) in the shower. Ideal for all skin types, this bar helps clear and prevent acne on the face and body. It gently removes dirt and excess oil while fighting acne breakouts with encapsulated salicylic acid. Skin looks and feels calmed, smooth, and comfortable.
Your skincare regime:
1.) Always wash your skin in the morning and at night with an anti aging cleanser! Sleeping in your makeup is terrible for your skin, can cause breakouts, and leaves the days pollutants resting on your skin, which leads to signs of aging. Wash it all away with a refreshing anti-aging cleanser like Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser ($39.00). Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser deeply purifies skin, removing all traces of makeup without stripping skin of its beneficial natural oils. It helps to improve skin's tone and texture, minimizing surface imperfections and combating signs of aging. Skin is left fresh, bright, and perfectly prepared for treatment.
2.) After cleansing, apply a toner in an anti-aging line such as Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Turbo 24K Gold line Smoothing Toning Lotion ($44.00). This toner is made with 18 antiaging neuropeptides and peptides to visibly improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Oil- and alcohol-free! This is a high performance indulgent toning lotion that treats and tones skin while soothing redness. Helps to visibly reduce the appearance of the six most stubborn deep wrinkles and expression lines, it removes surface impurities, treats, refreshes, softens, and preps skin for beauty treatments.
3.) For your day routine, after toning apply a moisturizer, which again, is made for anti-aging. Try Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super Complex 7 ($42.00). This daily age-defying moisturizer formulated with Fresh’s proprietary Super 7 Complex, proven to prevent the signs of aging, provide 24 hours of significant moisture, and boost radiance. Defends against wrinkles, preserves collagen, promotes the production of hyaluronic acid, seals in moisture, and softens the skin.
4.) For your night routine, after toning using an anti-aging exfoliator! Exfoliating promotes cell renewal and younger looking skin, and buffs problem areas and wrinkles. Try Dr.Brandt Skincare microdermabrasion skin exfoliant ($78.00), which is well worth the cash! This is a powerful at-home alternative to in-office skin exfoliation procedures. This formula contains pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid, and soothing botanicals to polish away dead skin cells, provide a radiant, healthy look, and smooth skin's texture. Watch as the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and skin discolorations diminish as you achieve maximum results in minimal time!
5.) After exfoliation apply a night mask for your night regime! Check out Hope in a Jar Night ($50.00), which I adore, adore, adore! The gentle formula supports nighttime renewal to retexturize skin, as it plumps the appearance of fine lines and evens skintone. Patented qusomes help deliver potent glycolic acid to the skin, while gradual-release technology minimizes the potential for irritation. With regular use, skin becomes noticeably smoother, lines are visibly softened, and your rosy glow is restored. Do not apply this around the eyes.
6.) For wrinkled areas around the eyes, try Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging eye cream ($78.00) at night. This rich eye cream addresses advanced antiaging concerns for visible results in as little as 10 days. The powerful formula combines both alguronic acid, a patented antiaging breakthrough, and microalgae oil, a plant-based collagen, to help strengthen the fragile eye area. Formulated with Persian silk tree extract to visibly firm the upper eyelid area for a 360° eye care solution, this formula visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin luminosity instantly.
7.) If you like to also use a serum in conjunction with your regime, you can definitely add one to your liquid foundation or cream foundation for the day, or just for wear around the house. I really love Perricone MD Formula 15 ($125.00). The price is steep but the results are out of this world. You can purchase cheap serums all day but do they really work? This one does! This serum is an advanced, professional-grade formulation that minimizes the length, depth, and width of wrinkles. This product has more alpha lipoic acid than any other product and is designed to minimize the length, depth, and width of a wrinkle to restore skin to its youthful suppleness and glow. It takes a revolutionary approach to reversing the appearance of wrinkles by performing three modes of action: addressing micro-scarring beneath the skin before they become surface wrinkles, smoothing visible surface wrinkles, and firming and tightening the skin surface. It also imparts unsurpassed smoothness and radiance due to the high concentration of DMAE.
Your skincare regime:
1.) Exfoliate your lips with a nourishing lip exfoliant such as Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50) This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. It nourishes the lips with the oils of meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture.
2.) Next, for your day routine, apply a protective, moisturative lip treatment like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF15 ($22.00)! This hydrating treatment nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips. This treatment blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. It provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays. You can apply your favorite lipstick over this, or get it in one of 12 shades, including clear!
3.) For your night routine, after exfoliation apply a luxurious lip mask like Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask ($26.00). Yes, you can use a mask on your lips just like you would on your face! This innovative, natural formula smooths, nourishes, and moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine. Sleep in this, or leave on 10 minutes then apply a serum! Your choice.
4.) If you decide to use a serum, after you've washed off your lip mask apply a lip serum like Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy ($35.00). This step is like an extra oompf in your lip routine, really moisturizing and repairing the lips. This serum helps to nourish and improve the definition on and around the lips while visibly smoothing fine lines for fuller, younger-looking lips. Composed of sugar derivative, spilanthes acmella flower, skin-firming amino acids, and adenosine, Sugar A3 Complex is the ultimate age-delay protection to help regenerate youthful lips. It helps to target the loss of skin firmness and the appearance of deep wrinkles while protecting collagen and elastin.
Your skincare regime:
1.) Cleanse the eye area carefully with an awakening cleanser made with caffeine, morning and night such a Ole Henrikson African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser ($30.00). Caffeine helps dark circles dramatically by invigorating the sensitive tissue under the eyes naturally. This creamy cleanser in particular is foaming, antioxidant-rich and gently cleanses, nourishes, and hydrates. It deeply purifies and pampers skin, infusing delicate nourishment with African red tea, a youth-restoring antioxidant to strengthen skin, vitamin C to brighten and firm, and borage seed oil to soothe and nourish.
2.) For your day routine, or as needed, apply an eye cream with caffeine as well. Try Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($30.00). Dab a few dots of this around the eye area. This clinically-proven eye cream instantly de-puffs and reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. And Origins' proprietary complex of caffeine from coffee bean, Panax ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes, and restores radiance to tired eyes. Great for all skin types.
3.) For your night regime, after cleansing apply an eye mask like Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 pure Retinol Express Soothing Eye Mask ($17.50). Yes, once again there are specific masks for the eye area just like the face! These eye masks work to dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the eye area in as little as 15 minutes. While brightening and minimizing dark circles, they plump the skin with hydration and refine texture for softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin. Leave on 15 minutes then peel off.
4.) After your eye mask at night, apply an anti dark circle serum such as Philosophy Eye Hope Multitaking Eye Cream for Eye Puffiness and Dark Circles ( $50.00). This serum provides moisture and protection for the delicate eye area. It is designed to diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A dose of antioxidants fortifies skin against future damage.
Your skincare regime:
1.) Cleanse the face morning and night with a product that won't strip off your skins natural oils, and will replenish them too. Try Argan Cleansing Oil by Josie Maran ($32.00). This effective, multitasking cleanser removes makeup and skin impurities while providing deep hydration. Almond, safflower seed, and grape seed oils cleanse the skin's surface and renew the complexion, leaving it healthy-looking and refreshed. Ideal for all skin types, the non-greasy texture leaves skin feeling moisturized—never tight or dry.
2.) After cleansing, apply a creamy mositurizer that is matte, and fit for day wear with spf such as Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF47 ($32.00). This all-natural, chemical-free, lightweight sunscreen moisturizes the skin with a non-greasy texture. It features skin-loving ingredients such as green tea, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and innovative SunBoost ATB, resulting in powerful sun protection. This product includes all the benefits you'd expect from an Argan Oil-infused daily moisturizer: skin-nourishing, texture-smoothing, and radiance-boosting. Ultimate protection plus beautifying benefits—true bliss.
3.) At night, after cleansing again, apply a moisturizing mask. Try Fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask ($130.00). Steep price, but amazing results. This product is a one-of-a-kind hydrating treatment made with pure honey for a unique texture that instantly melts into the skin, delivering up to six hours of supreme nourishment while improving elasticity. Revered for generations for its ability to absorb and retain moisture, honey is rich in natural sugars that help to create a moisture-preserving veil over the face. The formula is further enriched with Echinacea, an ultrapowerful antioxidant. Known for its ability to improve the skin’s resilience to environmental stress, it has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions. Leave on 15-30 min then wash off.
4.) After your mask, apply a night serum like Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil. This is an innovative, 99 percent natural creamy oil with an infinite number of uses such as hydrating skin, conditioning lips, and illuminating complexion. This makeup artist must-have delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, non-greasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation. Use it to hydrate and gently soothe undereyes, smooth flyaways, keep eyebrows in place, and condition lips. Mix it with powder blush or eye shadow to instantly transform it into a cream.