Skin Care Choices

One of the most common questions I get asked, is how to care for your skin.

The short answer is: develop a routine and do it religiously. The long answer is: Know what products work well for you.

Make sure there are not a lot of chemical additives or fragrance additives. I prefer vegan natural products for the skin. The products you use on your skin, you should be able to pronounce and distinguish where it came from.

You need a line of products. This astounded me. I was always using only a light moisturizer so that my skin wouldn’t break out, but then I realized it takes layers of products to preserve the skin integrity. You apply your products (after cleanser) in order of thickness. For example, when starting a skincare routine, you will repeat it morning and evening.

Start with your cleanser. Rub it in with light pressure or a soft cloth. Rinse with warm water. If you are using a toner, spritz it on a cotton swab and rub lightly over the face. Add your serums: If you are using a vitamin C serum to lighten dark pigmentation it will go first. You will allow this to penetrate the skin for several moments. Then apply your next serum. I recommend a niacinamide serum (B3 vitamins- excellent for managing acne, rosacea, pigmentation, and wrinkles) or a Hyaluronic acid serum (HA- used to build collagen in the skin).

Niacinamide is a form of niacin or B vitamins, and it helps to repair damage skin and help it to regain strength and protection by eliminating free radicals. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is found naturally in our bodies that can hold 1000x its weight in water. It is really good for hydration.

Apply your neck and eye creams. With the eye creams you will gently pat the cream into the eye using a non-dominant finger. Most typically I tell people to put the cream or serum on their ring finger and gently move from the outside of the eye towards the inside and up and around in a circular fashion. The skin around the eye is very thin, so be gentle. Then you want to apply your creams or moisturizers. These will help to seal in the moisture and provide a protection barrier to the skin. A good moisturizer will have a smoothing type property that leaves the skin smooth and soft.

It is recommended that your moisturizer has SPF in it. The sun rids our bodies of hyaluronic acid, which will deplete our collagen production. Which products to choose? There are so many on the market… I know. We offer a vegan skincare line that is all natural and organic. We have different types of moisturizers and cleansers to choose from and we can help to personally customize a routine that works for you. We also partner with MDPen who has a skincare serum line which has great HA serums, Vitamin C serums and Copper Peptide Mists (great for antibacterial, soothing, hydrating, calming and setting makeup).

At the retail store you can go from affordable to luxury skin care in a flash. For affordable I recommend Cetaphil cleansers, Loreal HA serums and moisturizers, and cerave moisturizers. For the luxury end, I am an Elemis lover. If you ever have any questions, schedule a free consultation with a skincare specialist at Empowering Health.

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