So you want great skin, but you're unsure where to begin? No need to worry. We've figured it out for you. Simply follow the easy steps below. Under each skin type, we will specify the types of products each skin type requires. Soon, you'll be on your way to healthy, glowing skin.
Daily Skin Care Regimen
- Cleanse (AM and PM)
- Tone (optional, depending on skin condition)
- Treat (AM and PM, different products for AM and PM)
- Moisturize (AM; PM may be optional depending on Step 3)
- Protect/Sunscreen (AM; may be combined with Step 4)
Weekly Skin Care Regimen
- Exfoliator (if your Daily Regimen is not exfoliating)
- Mask (no need for Exfoliator if mask is exfoliating)
Product Tips for each Skin Type
Normal Skin: Skin with a clear, supple surface that is neither dry nor oily.
Use products that don't strip your skin of moisture. Mild cleansers and light moisturizers with sunscreen work best. Toner isn't required. Treatment creams can vary with normal skin types depending on how aggressive you would like to be. Adding a retinol into the daily routine will help with cellular turnover, fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Start at a low concentration and then work your way up as your skin adjusts. SkinMedica Retinol Complex .25 is the perfect place to start till you get to the 1.0.
Oily Skin: Skin with overactive sebaceous glands; often with enlarged pores.
The key to achieving balanced skin is using the right products to help your skin maintain the ideal amount of oil in the skin. Toners often help to remove more oil that cleansers alone remove. Look for light, oil-free moisturizers with sunscreen, or try a powdered sunscreen. The challenge with oily skin is to find a SPF that doesn't feel heavy on the skin and create more oil. Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 combines your moisturizer and SPF into one, making it easy to protect your skin and not feel oily all day.
Dry Skin: Skin that produces a low level of sebum and struggles to retain moisture.
By using the right moisturizing products, you can trap water in the skin and even repair the damaged lipid barrier. Stick with gentle, creamy cleansers and look for moisturizers with vitamin E or natural oils. In the evening you can use a heavier cream to help boost the moisture in the skin. Neocutis BioCream Riche not only hydrates the skin but it help to transform the skin.
Combination Skin: Skin that needs both moisture and oil to reach a healthy balance.
Combination skin often experiences oiliness in what is called the T-zone area. This can include the forehead, nose, and chin. The cheeks are often dry or very dry. The right products are essential to achieve balance without over-drying or over-moisturizing the skin. Gentle foaming cleansers work best. Moisturizers vary, depending on which side of the combo side you lean to, oily or dry. For the cleanser try SkinCeuticals Simply Clean. This cleanser will help balance the skin while keeping it clean without stripping the skin of all its moisture.
Sensitive Skin: Skin that is thin or fine-textured and is prone to irritation and/or allergic reactions.
Sensitive skin may be easily irritated for a variety of reasons. Being aware of how your skin reacts to specific products and making sure you limit those reactions will keep your skin happy. Look for products that specifically say, "safe for sensitive skin." Chemical-free products also tend to cause fewer reactions. mybody Calm It Down Kit is perfect for those that don't know where to being. This kit gives you all the essential to start and then you can add in the treatment creams after you get on a routine.