Basic 3-Step Skincare Regimen Step
Simple is key here. You need to
find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with
it. (I list the best cleansers for skin types in this article ). Avoid
bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. According to Rona Berg,
in her book, 'Beauty,' a French cosmetics executive once told her
'soap should only ever touch your skin from the neck down.' We agree.
According to Berg, most cleansers
contain oil, water and 'surfactants'. The oil dissolves oil on your
face, surfactants dissolve dirt and makeup and the water washes it
all away. Who knew? The secret is finding the right mix of oil. (Makes
sense to us). Too much on your skin will clog pores, while too little
will dry it out. This is why you need to know your skin type.
Be careful not to cleanse too often.
Washing at night should do you. While some skincare experts swear
you should cleanse skin with creamy cleansers that you wipe off with
a tissue, never letting water touch your skin (some hard waters are
especially hard on skin), we prefer the water method. In the morning,
a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (we find it's great for
removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing).
Never wash your face with hot or
cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Also be careful about
overcleansing skin. Here's the best way to wash your face: Use warm
water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser,
then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You'll also want to take off
your makeup with a proper makeup remover. Step
is the step most people skip in
their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly
exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference.
According to Berg, one of the reasons men's skin looks more youthful
than women's is because men tend to exfoliate daily when they shave.
There are several
Ways to Exfoliate
Microdermabrasion, chemical peels
and retinoids. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin
cells that tend to dull your complexion. We find exfoliating skin
once a week with a microdermabrasion kit keeps skin glowing year-round.
Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap
scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. My favorite microdermabrasion
kit is made by Lancome. In the hour it takes to get a chemical peel,
you can take off five years from your face.
Can't afford the pricetag for a
monthly peel? Try some over-the-counter peels that work over the course
of a month. I prefer MD Skincare's. Retinoids (such as Retin-A) also
work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating
collagen in the skin. "Collagen is the skin's structural fiber," dermatologist
Gross said in the October 2005 issue
of O Magazine. "As we get older, it breaks down, creating lines and
large pores." Skincare experts disagree on all sorts of things, but
most of them consider retinoids to be a miracle skin saver. Should
you use a toner? Some people swear by toners, but many beauty experts
do not (I once read a skincare expert claim, 'toners are only for
copy machines'). Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of
oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser should do this. I firmly
believe it's up to you. If you like the way your skin feels with a
toner. Buy it. Use it. Enjoy it.
Step 3: Moisturize
While I know of at least one famous
beauty editor who swore skin doesn't need moisturizer, basically everyone
else I've read disagrees and is an adamant believer in it.A basic
law of beauty is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturize.
Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers. (The
only exception is those with acne). Why? Moisturizers seal moisture
into skin (Berg calls this the 'Saran Wrap effect'). So how much should
you moisturize? Your skin will tell you