Keep it Clean
Wash your face twice a day, morning and night to remove oil, dirt and
makeup with a gentle, deep-pore cleanser appropriate for your
A great cleanser for any skin type is Glyco Creamy Cleanser 15% by
DermaQuest. Use a separate eye-makeup remover for the delicate eye
area. Our favorite is a gel remover by Lancome.
Dry is for Martinis
Hydrate the skin by applying a moisturizer appropriate for your skin
type every day. Also, drink plenty of water, at least eight 8
per day. For an extra hydrating boost of moisture, try Hydra-Cool
Don't forget to hydrate
your body, too. Moisture is just as important to it as it is to
face. Try Body Complex by is Clinical. For very dry skin, Lac-Hydrin is a
Don't get Burned
Use sunscreen every day, year-round to protect your skin against damaging
UVA and UVB rays. Even on cloudy days. Look for a sunscreen with
of SPF 20 and broad-spectrum protection. We strongly recommend SPF
25 Treatment Sunscreen by Innovative Skincare or ZinClear SPF 30 by DermaQuest.
Out with the Old,
in with the New
Exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth, supple and youthful, and to allow
for better penetration by moisturizers and other treatment products.
Depending on the skin's tolerance, choose glycolic acid, retinol or
Retin-A based products for best results. Exfoliating products are best
applied in the evening. Do not use too many exfoliating products at
the same time; this may strip the skin.
for combination to oily skin, try Glyco Lotion 12% by DermaQuest; for normal to dry skin, Glycolic
Acid 10% Exfoliating Moisturizer by DDF is an excellent choice.
Used two or three times
a week, a gentle scrub can be helpful in removing additional dead, flaky
Scrub, by Karin
Herzog, uses tiny, non-abrasive marble granules to polish your face
to a satiny luster. Avoid using scrubs containing apricot-kernel granules
or polyethylene on the face. They are too harsh and damaging.
Once again, don't neglect
the rest of your body. Used 2 to 3 times a week, a body scrub, such
Body Scrub by Ole Henriksen, will keep your body smooth as alabaster. For
best results, use it with an exfoliating mitt or loofah.
Viva la Vitamin!
Use an antioxidant product containing Vitamin A, C or E in your daily
routine. This will protect against the sun's harmful effects and help
reverse existing sun damage. Additionally, antioxidants, particularly
those containing Vitamins A and C, have been shown to diminish fine
lines by stimulating collagen production. Vitamin C also decreases redness
and inflammation and is effective in wound healing.
Choose from Intensive MagC Gel by
Agera (great for beginners), or Super Serum
Antioxidant products are best applied in the morning.
Eyes, Eyes Baby
Use a separate product for the eye area. The skin around the eyes is
more delicate and sensitive than the rest of the face, and usually
more moisture . Make eye cream part of your daily routine when you
are in your twenties, and reap the rewards for years to come. Remember,
it is much easier to prevent the formation of lines, than it is to
eliminate them. Eye
Cream by Karin Herzog is a great nourishing cream for the eye area.
You can combine it with additional eye products, such as Eye
iS Clinical, to diminish fine lines.
No Smoking Permitted
This one's a no-brainer. Smoking, along with sun exposure, is one of
the most damaging things you can do to your skin. Smoking reduces the
skin's elasticity, contributing to more wrinkles, especially around
the mouth area. A sallow or dull complexion, irregular pigmentation,
broken capillaries and even adult acne have been attributed to smoking.
When you consider the host of other ways in which smoking can compromise
your health, quitting, or abstaining, makes even more sense.