Updated: Jan 15
It goes without saying that your skin is one of the first things people see. And because of this, we all want to look our best. I've found that everything I put into my body and onto my body can have a lasting effect on my skin. Ever just spent the day basking in the sun only to retire for the evening feeling chilly and ill? That's your skin trying to recover from too much UV. It can take days to recover from a bad burn but the effects will last for years; most not even showing until you pass into your 40's and 50's.
Now, more than ever, it is important to care for your largest organ: you skin. You've taken the first step and that's to educate yourself on what you can do. More than eating right and staying out of the sun, we need to care for our skin daily. Even at night when we sleep, our skin is working and repairing and growing.
Your face tells you often how it feels. Are you a good listener? Redness, blotchiness, acne, psoriasis, bumps, lumps and peeling; all signs that your skin needs a boost to continue to work for you. Treat it well with good quality products that soothe and calm. You'll feel better every time you use them and love how they make you feel.
Here are some of our favorite products to use on your skin, especially your face:
Start your skin care routine each day with a cleanse. This is a simple process and seems obvious enough but even after you get up in the morning, your skin has collected free radicals all night long. A proper cleansing is the perfect start to the day as well as the end of the day.
Dermalogica's PreCleanse is an oil-busting emulsifier.
Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin. As the first step in your Double Cleanse regimen, PreCleanse thoroughly melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, pollutants and products that build up on skin, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.
The next step is the most important and it's a second cleanse. I know, I know! "A second cleanse? What for? I just did that!" This step really aides in the removal of oils (known as sebum) on the skin and those extra impurities that got missed the first cleanse. It's a refreshing step that really sets the skin to receive hydration and nutrients to come.
Dermalogica's Ultracalming Cleanser is a very gentle cleansing cream.
This extremely gentle, pH-balanced gel / cream glides easily over face to cleanse without stripping the skin’s protective barrier. Your skin will feel clean without any residue.
Now here is where it gets fun!
This next step is the key to keeping your skin healthy and happy. Yup, you guessed it; an exfoliation. I know! This is such a great moment for your skin. It's like that moment when the thick, gooey mac & cheese finishes cooking in the over and you pull the dish from the heat. All your senses collide! Exfoliation is the mac & cheese for your skin! Every poor is cleaned and cleared when we exfoliate giving the skin that moment to breath. "Ahhh!"
Our favorite product for exfoliation is
Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant with it's gentle, brightening polisher.
This unique Rice-based enzyme powder with a botanical brightening complex microfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves skin noticeably smoother and brighter. Can be used daily.
Now that we're all breathing....
A wonderful step and one of the most important is protection. Now, of course we don't often think of sunblock when we go to bed but an important step whether it be in the morning or evening is to replenish hydration and sooth our skin. A protective cream helps block those free radicals and keeps you looking and feeling healthy. Most sun blocks provide a barrier from the effects of the sun but do they do enough to protect your skin from elements other than the UV rays? That's where a barrier cream comes in.
Dermalogica's Barrier Repair is a perfectly balanced shielding and protective moisturizer.
A unique anhydrous moisturizer that melts gently into sensitized skin to soothe and reinforce the protective barrier. This product gets A+ ratings from us for it's absolute softness and shear consistency. Your skin stays soft all day (and night) without clogging or sticking. Skin is smooth and supple.
Well, our daily routine doesn't stop there.
Before you add that makeup or lay your head down to sleep, a final step that really satisfies our skin and keeps every pore smiling is a final mist spritzer to lock in moisture and all your efforts so far.
Dermalogica's Ultracalming Mist
This soothing, cooling spritzer is perfect for refreshing and setting the skin. Droplets add hydration and sooth skin. Don't worry, it won't stay wet or look greasy. This refreshing toner adds a final mist that your skin is screaming for. We especially love this for our clients with sensitive skin as this toner helps stop redness, is non-stinging and won't aggravate skin.
Now if all these steps seem too much to bare, you're not alone. Most people skip to the good stuff and run out of the house in a hurry. But it's important to remember that our skin is the barrier, the shield to our temple (our body). You wouldn't ignore your home if the paint was peeling and falling off. Eventually, the siding would decay and the environmental elements would start to come in. Your skin is your siding and it needs your attention daily.