Skincare Skinny: An Honest Guide

Less is more. While great skin is in part, a function of dumb genetic luck, mostly it’s the result of diligence, good habits and quality products. But what and how much product? THAT is the question. 

Lean in for a secret ... it’s not nearly as much as the beauty industry would like us to believe. 

Don’t tell them we told you, but great skincare comes down to a few important elements and a simple routine. Ultimately, caring for your skin is personal, but there are some things to keep in mind to help you sort through all the noise. 

Here’s what most people need: a thorough but gentle cleanser; a targeted serum; a great moisturizer; and sunscreen, always. While the products in your skincare  should incorporate hydrating ingredients, vitamins and antioxidants (and retinol for some), that does not have to mean a mind-boggling routine. With the right multi-tasking products, your daily regimen will be streamlined into a few manageable steps so you can get out the door faster and into your day. 

  1. Cleansing is vital for healthy skin. 

Nighttime cleansing removes make-up, impurities, dead skin cells and excess oil. Morning cleansing removes any toxins that build up while you sleep and preps skin for serums and fresh make-up application. It’s important to use a cleanser that is both gentle and effective. A tight, parched feeling after cleansing does not mean your face is cleaner; it just means your cleanser is too harsh.

Dual Charcoal Detox uses two kinds of charcoal to deep clean your pores - removing oil, make-up and impurities - while simultaneously leaving behind a light touch of Jojoba to nourish your skin. Soothing Herbal Face Wash is gentle enough to use day and night; we especially recommend it in the morning because it features calming ingredients like cucumber, lavender, aloe and vitamin E for a nourishing clean and a balanced, fresh base for your serum, moisturizer and makeup.

  1. Serums are like a multi-vitamin for your skin.

Filled with concentrated doses of active ingredients, these elixirs can mitigate a number of issues, from dark spots to wrinkles. Even if you don’t have any specific problem areas, everyone can use an antioxidant serum in the morning to combat free radicals (a major contributor to aging skin) and protect from daily aggressors.

Nourishing Youth Serum uses Hexapeptide-11, vitamins C & E and targeted botanicals to help protect against free radicals and to rebalance and soothe skin. 

  1. Moisturizers seal the deal, locking in serum and hydrating skin. 

This is especially important as we age because our skin starts to lose the ability to retain moisture on its own.

Gel creams can be used alone for lightweight moisturizing and Jasmine Vital Cream is a concentrated serum-like treatment with added conditioning to stand alone as a light (summer) moisturizer. For skin that needs a little more - or for seasons outside of summer - our signature product, Smoothing Marine Cream, hydrates and gently exfoliates and acts as a third line of defense in fighting free radicals. And for the harsh winter months (or for people with very dry skin), Deep Moisture Mask is a penetrating, hydration treatment.

The creams you use at night should be focused on repairing your skin while you sleep, which is when this restorative process is most effective. This is a great time for retinol, which speeds cellular turnover and corrects dark spots. Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream uses both conventional retinols and a time-release retinol, as well as colloidal oatmeal, to allow for gradual absorption and to counter the irritation normally associated with retinols. 

Even if you have no under-eye issues (darkness, puffiness, wrinkles), the skin around everyone’s eyes is thinner, more fragile and more sensitive to irritating ingredients than other parts of your face. Anti-Puff Eye Cream uses a cocktail of vitamins plus Hyaluronic Acid to replenish moisture, Hexapeptide-11 to soften lines, and caffeine to reduce inflammation.

  1. Sunscreen is your final step and vital to protecting your investment. 

There’s no better way to fight the aging process than to get ahead of it. Wear it in all types of weather, throughout the year. You’ll never regret it.

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