We often establish systems or routines in life in order to save time and increase efficiency. This holds true for our skincare regimens just as much as it does for completing paperwork or preparing meals for the week. We all have a lot going on, so anything that can save time and/or energy is usually welcomed. Imagine if you had to re-learn your daily routines over again every morning – that would be rather frustrating and time consuming! As much as systems and routines are useful and important, we sometimes forget the reasons behind them. Want to re-enlighten yourself on the reasons you’re using that multi-step skincare system and why you’re doing it in a certain order? Keep reading!
We all have our favorite products, the ones that feel great, smell great, and make your skin look amazing. And, though we’re likely to hold these products in the highest esteem, the truth is, it’s unlikely that there’s one “silver bullet” product out there that can fill all of your skin’s needs! The skin around your eyes and lips is physiologically different from that on your forehead, cheeks, or chin. A brilliantly formulated, moisturizing cleanser is still unlikely to provide the hydrating boost that a moisturizing cream can . . . It is for these kinds of reasons that a regimen – that incorporates a carefully chosen combination of skin care products in conjunction with one another – are often the most effective way to make our skin look and feel beautiful.
Products in a basic skin care regimen should address this skin’s needs through 5 steps. It is important to do each of these steps in order so as to receive the full benefits of each product. Typically, product consistency thickens as you get further into the system. Heaver products can block lighter weight ones from penetrating the skin, which is why they usually come later in the regimen, after lighter weight products have been applied. And, depending on the skincare line, the benefits of one product may be heightened by the application of the subsequent product, so it’s always best to stick to using them in the proper order.
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin’s surface and in pores. It is the first step in improving skin appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. When choosing a cleanser, be sure that it is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. We recommend using Celloxylin® Step 1. Crème Cleanse. It is also very important to avoid over-cleansing… twice daily is enough, even if you have oily skin! Exfoliation is another essential step for most skin types, as it mechanically or chemically cleanses skin by removing dead cells from the surface. The frequency with which you exfoliate can depend on skin type and your natural ability to turn over dead skin cells, but should typically be done 1-3 times per week. Cleanse morning and night, using warm water. If your skin feels tight and dry, you have likely overdone it!
Step 2: Prepare
Prepare your clean skin to receive ingredients and benefits from subsequent products. Toners, tonics, or astringents, such as the Celloxylin® Step 2. Activating Tonic, are designed to remove the last traces of impurities and restore the naturally acidic pH level to skin. Activating Tonic is unique as it opens pores and primes the skin to efficiently uptake ingredients in the Nutrient Reservoir™. Chose a quality product that supports skin structure and function by incorporating ingredients with astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties. When searching for a toner, tonic, or astringent, be sure to avoid those that are alcohol based – these can be extremely drying. Apply to skin that is still moist, as this will help prepare skin to push ingredients from your moisturizer deeper into the skin.
Step 3: Treat
Treatment products deliver a high concentration of important ingredients to the skin; some treatment products are appropriate for daily use on all skin types, while others should be used to target specific conditions (i.e. wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, clogged pores, etc.). Daily use products include nutrient packed serums such as the Celloxylin® Step 3. Firming Complex and PSR Next [Precision Skin Rejuvenator]. Other treatment products in your skincare regimen may be formulated to target specific areas of the face such as Celloxylin® Step 4. Eye + Lip Age Eraser. These products are formulated with ingredients to provide collagen and elastin support, combat oxidative stress, promote skin hydration, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Treatment products should be applied and allowed to dry completely before moisturizing, to ensure the beneficial ingredients can fully penetrate the skin. Once dried, apply moisturizer to provide a protective, hydrating layer to lock nutrients deep into the skin, where they can provide the greatest benefits!
Step 4: Protect
The number one cause of visible aging is sun damage! Two main types of UV radiation, UVA and UVB, contribute to skin damage and accelerated skin aging. For full protection, SPF products should contain ingredients that provide broad spectrum coverage (protect the skin from both UVA and UVB radiation), like Celloxylin® Step 5. Day Defense Plus, Broad Spectrum SPF 25. While the primary focus of SPF products is to absorb, scatter, and reflect UV particles, many SPF lotions and creams are formulated with ingredients that promote healthy skin structure and function in other ways. For example, by choosing a daily moisturizer with SPF protection, you’ll cut down on the number of products you need without sacrificing the benefits! Remember, it is essential to protect skin all year long, not just during the hot and sunny months. Products with SPF value should be used last in your regimen, to ensure that active ingredients (which sit on top of the skin to protect against UV radiation) are not rubbed off. To fully protect the skin from other sources of environmental damage, also seek products with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients – oxidative stress and inflammation are also major contributors to aging!
Step 5: Moisturize
Moisturizing is an essential step – it hydrates the skin and provides nutrients necessary for skin function and repair. It is common for moisturizing products to be formulated differently for day and night use. Day moisturizers are often lighter than night time moisturizers so that they absorb quickly and can be worn under makeup. They may include SPF ingredients to ensure skin is protected from UV radiation, just as Celloxylin® Step 5. Day Defense Plus, Broad Spectrum SPF 25 does. Night time moisturizers are often thicker, as night time is when the majority of repair and regeneration in the skin takes place (to read more about this, CLICK HERE). Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Step 5. Night Repair 3Deep is a great night moisturizer packed with the super ingredients of the Nutrient Reservoir™. Moisturize twice daily, as the last step in your skin care regimen, to seal in moisture and the beneficial ingredients from all of the products you’ve used!
All in all, it’s important to stick to using products that address the skin’s basic needs outlined in the 5 steps above. If you can find a skincare regimen that works synergistically between the products in the line (such as the Celloxylin® Cellular Age Advantage System), you’ll be maximizing your time and energy in performing your routine for ultimate skin health and wellness.