- Is Changing Up Your Skincare Routine Too Often Ruining Your Skin?
- Are you washing your face wrong?
- 6. Elta MD Foaming Cleanser
- Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
- Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
- AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder
- Switching Out Skincare: How Often Is Too Often?
- How Long Does It Take For Your Skin-Care Routine To Actually Work?
- Can your skin get tired of skin-care products?
- Check out what the experts had to say about skin-care fatigue
- Why You Should Change Your Skin Care Routine Every Season!
- Should You Rotate Your Cleanser or Other Skincare Products?
- Bottom Line
Is Changing Up Your Skincare Routine Too Often Ruining Your Skin?
At a young age, we learn the importance of taking care of our skin. So we develop a simple, 3-step system that includes a gentle cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. But over time, that routine evolves, a lot our skin.
Our skin is exposed to new environmental factors each day, which forces us to experiment with new beauty and skincare products. That’s when the finite laws of skincare become a little gray.
But, perhaps the one question we should be asking ourselves is just how often should we change up our skincare regimen. Or, more importantly, should we be changing it at all?
Dr. Patricia Wexler of Wexler Dermatology in New York City says there’s really no set rules about how often we should be changing skincare products.
“It’s never necessary to stick to a specific skincare regimen every a.m. and p.m., but you see most consistent results if you follow a regimen with products regularly,” she told StyleCaster. “The negative side effects if you change too frequently is you do not give the products a chance to give you visible results, which may take up to 30 days to see since average cell turnover is 28 days.”
Makeup artist and Beauty Blogger Michelle Phan agrees.
“Constantly shifting from one product to the next won’t directly harm your skin,” she wrote on her website. “But you should always give your body time to react to the ingredients. If it’s a basic skincare product cleanser or moisturizer, it’s often best to find a few staples and stick to ‘em the majority of the time.”
With that being said, the one time you should probably consider an alteration to your daily routine? Season change.
Phan explains that weather can certainly have effects on skin, particularly its ability to contain moisture. That basically means that if you find your skin to be drying out more than usual in the summer or winter, it could be because you’re in need of cleanser that will be a little gentler on your skin.
Julie Kim, Saison skincare founder, has also echoed this same idea that skin and weather can go hand in hand.
“The environmental conditions of where you live can impact the way your skin behaves, so paying attention to the weather will effect what types of treatments it needs,” she said in an interview with InStyle.
Kim explains that in the summer you might notice that skin is a bit more oily, while in the winter, skin tends to dry out, meaning that your summer moisturizer can’t keep up with the dropping temps and wind chill.
Additionally, Phan mentions a couple other reasons that might attribute to a need for a skincare switch-up, such as aging, as well as traveling. She explains that if you’re planning to travel to a populated city New York, there’s a chance that the city’s pollution can have an impact on skin’s appearance. As for aging, hormonal changes tend to be the ly culprit of skincare woes.
Looking for a simple fix? Wexler suggests using one skincare line to make certain the products you’re using are working together, rather than irritating skin.
“Frequently using all the products from one skincare line makes it foolproof that you will not overuse any single ingredient, and that the products are all compatible on the skin,” she said.
Are you washing your face wrong?
I don’t remember the exact moment it happened, but at some point in my adult life the once simple step in my skincare routine of washing my face became not so simple. For years, I would just throw water on it, dab it off with a hand towel and think nothing of it.
Now, in my mid-30s, washing my face is something akin to a spiritual practice. I have extremely serious opinions about how my precious countenance needs to be cleansed (micellar water, toner and foaming cleanser in the morning, then makeup remover, toner and a thicker cream cleanser with cold tap water at night).
On the occasion that my face washing regimen is thwarted, I become deeply upset.
For instance, this past weekend I realized I forgot my bursting satchel of skincare products at home while on an overnight trip and realized I would have to wash to either wash my face with just plain water (the horror!) or what’s worse, use the hotel bar hand soap (why not just scour my delicate pores with a pumice stone while you’re at it!).
I may have become high-maintenance about my skincare regimen, but that doesn’t mean I’m confident in it.
No, I often spend my anxious moments scrolling through Instagram, devouring brand-sponsored content about allegedly better ways to do just about everything beauty-related, whether it’s grooming my brows, defining my cheekbones or, yes, washing my face. At this point, I’m drowning in mixed messages.
One beauty blogger says to only wash your face with cold water; another says to never even touch water from the tap but only use micellar water (both it turns out, are wrong!). I must know: Am I washing my face right? I turned to dermatologists with a slew of questions. Here’s what they told me:
“Realistically, you only need to wash your face once a day — twice at the most,” says Dr. Todd Minars, MD, a dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Miami School of Medicine.
“Most of us when we sleep have a clean face from removing the day's grime or makeup off, so I tend to think that in the mornings you don't need a thorough face washing outside of your normal showering routine.
If you experience specific issues that require attention in the morning it's fine to do it then, but I see more benefits at the end of the day when you return from work or go to bed.”
Generally, a third washing is okay, but only if you’ve “just come from a sporting event where you sweat a lot, or if you're wearing a lot of makeup [ahead of going to the gym] and would prefer not to deal with that while working out,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD, a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California.
Apparently, overwashing your face is a thing — but your skin will ly let you know if you’re doing this via breakouts, dryness or irritation.
“When washing the face too much, you lose natural oils and fats in the skin, which technically will pull the skin cells apart allowing room for debris and bacteria to enter the skin, causing infections and inflammation,” says Dr. Roberta Del Campo, MD, a Florida-based dermatologist.
The most important quality in a cleanser (if not all skincare) comes down to one word: “gentle”.
“A lot of times patients come in saying they have sensitive skin, but it's really because of all the things they're doing to it,” says Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, MD, a dermatologist, and director of aesthetic dermatology at Yale Medicine.
“You want to strip everything down and stick to a really gentle skin care regimen. Then you can add things back, but add them in slowly.
Add one thing at a time and use the product for at least two weeks before you add anything else to avoid sensitizing the skin.”
She adds that she recommends “hydrating gentle moisturizers to patients over 40; whereas patients in their 20s may require a foaming cleanser if acne prone.”
A lot of this is trial and error, and the best way to know if your face cleanser is working for you is if you don’t have any kind of irritation, redness or sense of over-drying.
Dermatologists make a lot of money (an average of $334k a year in the U.S!) so I expected them to hawk some pretty high-end face cleansers; to my surprised delight, none of them did. These are the cleansers that were most recommended to me by the doctors I consulted:
6. Elta MD Foaming Cleanser
“Warm water is always best as hot can strip the skin of its natural oils and cold does not allow the pores to open to remove dirt,” says Dr. Del Campo.
Dr. Manish Shah, MD, a plastic surgeon based in Colorado, champions “lukewarm” water as does Dr. Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, MD, a dermatologist based in Kansas City.
You know how you’re supposed to use just one scoop of detergent per laundry load, even if your clothes are super dirty? The same logic applies to cleansing your face. Don’t overdo it. The point of washing your face is to unclog your pores and “clean the canvas before you do other things,” says Dr. Pierre. That’s it!
On clean hands, apply “on the palm and work it into the lather with a little warm water,” says Dr. Tonkovic-Capin.
Rub in a circular motion “from the forehead, around eyes, down the cheek and finishing at the chin,” says Pierre, adding that he recommends going from the top of the face to the bottom simply because “it's easy to remember and a logical flow.”
Micellar water is all the rage these days, and most dermatologists think there’s a place for it — but more in a complementary sense than as a replacement for real water and cleanser. Dr. Sandra Lee, MD (aka, “Dr.
Pimple Popper” from the TLC show of the same name), tells NBC News BETTER that she uses micellar water in the morning “just for a quick cleanse,” instead of scrubbing down with a thorough face wash (she saves this for the evening).
“I find micellar water to be less harsh and less drying than regular water.”
Still, micellar water shouldn’t be the only water you use on your face. “It’s a good product with a nice, stable pH, but it’s heavily marketed it’s magic,” says Pierre. “It’s not. You should still be washing your face with water and cleanser.”
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Where micellar water can come in handy is in place of toner. If you wear a lot of makeup, “a second pass with a micellar water” is recommended, Del Campo says, adding that she actually prefers micellar water to toner.
“I am a huge fan of micellar water as it is a technology that helps to act almost as a magnet to attract makeup and debris without any irritation, so it is fantastic even on the most sensitive skin types. I shy away from toners and again prefer micellar water in place of a toner.
[In regards to] makeup remover, I also prefer gentle and simple such as mineral oil to remove eye makeup. This should be done before washing the face to remove any remaining oil on the skin.”
So, in the case of micellar water, toner and makeup remover: all are fine, but none of them should replace washing your face once a day the regular way.
Another trendy product on the market these days are face wipes, which as Dr. Minars says “are great in a pinch,” but shouldn’t be regularly used in lieu of washing your face with cleanser and water.
“I do not recommend them often due to excess trash for the environment; however, [face wipes are] convenient for many,” says Del Campo.
“I recommend specifically the Neutrogena wipes, which I carry in my office, for someone who has sensitive skin and wants to remove their makeup prior to us pre-treating the area for procedures.
Further, this can be convenient post-workout or after times with significant sweating for a quick cleansing of the face.”
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I see a lot of face washes that also promise to exfoliate. The problem with these is that they tend to keep that promise of exfoliation, which doesn't make them an ideal product for daily use.
“It's a good idea to exfoliate two to three times a week at most,” says Dr. Salma Pothiawala, MD, a dermatologist at Bethany Medical Clinic of New York, noting that exfoliating too much can dry out or irritate your skin. “For a lot of people, the Clarisonic is too harsh, but if you can tolerate it, it's an option. I personally AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder.”
AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder
If you’re washing your face in a way that doesn’t match up to these experts’ advice, but you feel good and aren’t experiencing any skin problems (and wearing sunscreen, which is non-negotiable to dermatologists), you’re doing just fine. Don’t feel pressured to change anything.
“Maybe you want there to be ten steps in your face-cleansing routine, which is fine if you have the time; or maybe you just want to wash your face in the shower,” says Dr. Lee. “Listen to your skin and how you feel — that’s what matters.”
Still, I can’t help but feel, as one of those multi-step-face-washing-routine people, that I have been washing my face wrong in recent years. Why? Because I’ve been fretting over (and spending on) it for absolutely no reason. What a waste of time and money! Finally, I can turn my mind and finances to more important matters, moisturizing.
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Switching Out Skincare: How Often Is Too Often?
Every skincare routine is a journey. LOL, JK—products are products, marketed for our consumption by skincare “need” and we absolutely buy into them.
A dozen moisturizers, 14 serums, and five ceramide balms later, we're wondering how we got here. Or where it ends.
When does the search for the One Great Product end and a civilized and consistent skincare routine begin? Glossier's UX Designer John Kim has been thinking about this lately, and he's got a name for it: Beauty Product FOMO.
I am a beauty product polygamist. In addition to a Top Shelf, I have a bottom drawer and shower caddy full of half-filled jars, each promising my best skin and not delivering. The last things I bought, in no particular order, were:
This is because I follow hundreds of beauty blogs, Instagrams, and rs, and I have a designated list for “Products to try” in my iPhone notes app. For the life of me, I can't stick to one daily routine and be happy with it, no matter how many new products I buy.
I'm living in a constant state of Beauty Product Fear Of Missing Out—or consumer FOMO, as I'm calling it. Not a clinical disease, but problematic nonetheless.
I'm in my mid-20s—a working professional in New York City!—but if Kylie Jenner tells me that Nivea Mens Sensitive Post Shave Balm is my new favorite product, God dammit, it is. And the cycle continues until I'm broke.
So during a facial last month, I asked my aesthetician Stephanie Lauren Brown what new products I should be using if I were to stick to just a handful. She asked me what I wanted to improve, which should have been easy to answer. I’m relatively young and healthy, and I'm grateful to have never had intense acne. I couldn’t think of a single thing—I just wanted to gleam.
She mentioned that I was changing my routine more than I should. “We [want] things to work immediately, but our skin needs time to regenerate,” she told me. Skin has its own exfoliation process that happens generally every 30 days, and as we age, that process slows down. Stephanie advises consistency to get the most a product.
“On average, you won't see results until six weeks.”
OK, fine. Heeding her advice, I stuck to one routine for the whole summer (RIP). the five cleansers, seven serums, eight creams, 20 face masks, and countless unopened samples, I narrowed it down to a solid group to target my acne-prone summer skin. To cleanse, I used Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser followed by Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 to tone and exfoliate.
My serum of choice was Image Skincare Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Acid, which is super hydrating, sealed with Glossier Priming Moisturizer. For eye cream, I used RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream—I'm told I need retinol, so it's a safe bet. That's it.
For three months, every night, I'd apply the same five products in a row while I watched Gilmore Girls.
And you know what? It sucked. While there was comfort in sticking to something, I was missing the experimental part—opening up my medicine cabinet and asking myself, ‘So, how is my skin feeling today?' I missed diagnosing my skin and finding solutions to my problems.
Playing chemist on myself, I realized, was what I really enjoyed about beauty—not the results. I'll probably never stop asking friends for recommendations, reading magazine reviews, or swatching new creams. I have to learn to enjoy it and stop beating myself up when every pore is not perfectly tight.
Beauty is a hobby. Happy is better than perfect, right?
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How Long Does It Take For Your Skin-Care Routine To Actually Work?
There’s something to be said for the instant gratification of makeup. When Leonard Lauder coined the term “lipstick index” in the early 2000s, it was because he’d noticed that, even in the depths of a recession, sales of cosmetics lipstick actually increased, rather than falling off a cliff.
Why? Because putting on lipstick — especially when it comes in a luxe gilded case so weighty the tube clicks shut the door of a very expensive sports car — is transformative. It instantly lifts your mood and look. Can you imagine the studied stoicism of a multi-step skin-care routine having such a positive pull in an uncertain time? I can’t.
When the chips are down, I at least want to look polished as I fall ever deeper into credit-card debt.
That’s probably why we all turn to makeup in times of need — and to be fair, when you notice a massive new zit as you head into your big job interview, concealer is always going to be your first port of call, rather than salicylic acid.
Inversely, when it comes to your skin, sometimes you have to play the long game to get results. “As a rule of thumb, the more work that needs to be done on a cellular level, the longer it’ll take to see the difference,” says cosmetic doctor David Jack.
“If it needs to actually change the cells’ behavior, you can’t expect results within less than a few weeks.”
Some things should work quickly: Moisturizer, especially a serum or cream with hyaluronic acid, should smooth the skin pretty much instantly. Something meant to treat acne or pigmentation, however, is going to take a little longer.
“If you’re using something vitamin C or retinol, that means a change on a cellular level, so expect to wait at least three months to see a benefit,” Dr. Jack says.
wise, cleanser (especially if you’re using it specifically for breakout-fighting purposes) needs to shift your skin’s pH a little, which can take a couple of weeks.
Then there are all the masks and creams that guarantee to instantly brighten/lift/tone/give you the complexion of a beaming baby angel or Victoria's Secret model. “If it promises an instant effect, it may well deliver that,” Dr. Jack explains, “but the effect will be superficial.
” Any kind of peel-off mask that “removes blackheads” does so by removing sebaceous filaments, which your skin will simply replenish within a few days, and takes a layer of peach fuzz off with it. Anything that “imparts an instant glow” might brighten your skin, but only through slight surface exfoliation or light-reflecting particles.
As for anything that claims to “lift” — well, remember your old friend Isaac Newton and his apple, and put that one back on the shelf.
That’s not to say that instant means bad, or ineffective — it’s just that any product that promises an instant improvement should be the cherry on top of your skin-care routine, not the cornerstone.
And as for your skin “getting used to” something, I personally don’t buy it: If it works, why wouldn’t you stick with it? “It’s true that there is probably an optimal state that a product can get your skin to in terms of bacterial flora and pH, but by stopping, all you’re doing is taking yourself back to square one,” Dr. Jack explains. “When you add that hero product back in again, it will work again, but only up to that previous point. It’s purely psychological to think it looks better after a break.” It’s far better to keep using a product you know works for your skin, rather than swapping a handful of similar ones in and out for the sake of variety.
And if a product makes you break out, should that be considered a “purge” that we should ride out in pursuit of better skin, or is a breakout a breakout? “The jury’s out,” Dr. Jack says. Damn.
“It’s true that rebalancing the flora of your skin can cause purging, but everyone’s different. It might clear up, it might not — it happens to some people with retinols or some cleansers and masks.
” Basically, if you can grin and bear it for a few weeks, it may very well go away, but if the product in question is causing you real grief, go back to your tried-and-tested.
If your complexion is generally clear, but you’re looking to even out your skin tone a little, make your complexion more radiant, and keep it soft, you should stick with anything new for at least a few weeks.
Be scientific about it, and operate a one-in, one-out policy on new products so you can tell what works and what doesn’t. If it’s long-term acne, fine lines, or pigmentation that has you beat, prepare to enter into an LTR with your new clinical actives.
(I to take process pics with new products to reassure myself that they’re actually helping, by the way.) Good things come to those who wait — and also to those who do their homework.
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Can your skin get tired of skin-care products?
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Let’s say that after a lifetime of searching, you finally found the holy-grail serum that gives you a natural, Fenty Beauty–level glow. But, the product seems to be losing its glowy effects now that you’re through bottle number three at the end of month six.
Is this phenomenon in your head, or could the same principle behind why you should diversify your workouts (your body gets used to them) also apply to skin care? And if it’s possible that your face actually gets used to products—rendering them ineffective after a certain period of time—what can you (and I) do about it?
Check out what the experts had to say about skin-care fatigue
Charlotte Cho, co-founder and curator of Korean beauty mecca Soko Glam says that it is possible for the ingredients in your skin-care products to become weaker over time through tachyphylaxis, which is when a product loses its efficacy over time as your skin adjusts to it.
Though tachyphylaxis usually refers to concentrated active ingredients (elements that have been scientifically studied and proven to yield results, such as retinol and salicylic acid), the term can also be applied to creams and other products to which your skin stops responding over time.
Maryam Zamani, MD, and founder of MZ Skin, adds that it’s possible to assume a product isn’t working when you stop seeing changes from it, when in reality, this just means that it’s working really well.
“Your skin can become less sensitive to certain products with continued use, so side effects become less problematic with time,” she says. So let’s say, for example, you’re using a retinol product.
Since your skin might build up a tolerance to the retinol, the absence of certain side effects could blind you to how well the product actually is working—think of this state as maintenance or upkeep.
However, if you stop using a product for a period of time and then return to it, you might see it begin “work” again, Dr. Zamani says, which might be due to original issues resurfacing that the product can then re-treat.
Generally, experts say if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it: If your serum still gives you glowing skin and your moisturizer still keeps your skin supple, then you have no reason to swap them out.
However, you should consider a change when your products no longer seem to work as well as they once did, or if after about a month of using a product, it hasn’t upheld its promises of banished breakouts, cleaner pores, or better hydrated skin, says Gunna Covert, co-owner and head trainer at skin-care haven Daphne Studio.
As a general rule, you should change your moisturizer and sunscreen (which you should be using year round) twice a year: once from winter to spring, and once from summer to fall, since these are the times of year when your hydration levels and sun exposure will change, Cho says. “Just how we change our wardrobe seasonally, our skin-care products should do the same.”
“Just how we change our wardrobe seasonally, our skin-care products should do the same” —Charlotte Cho, co-founder and curator of Soko Glam
Along these seasonal guidelines, you might change the active ingredients you’re using to target specific issues at specific times of year to get ahead of skin-care fatigue. , consider chemical exfoliants: In the winter, you might use a glycolic acid exfoliator while in the summer, you switch to a salicylic acid exfoliator to achieve similar pore penetration and oil-curbing results.
But, don’t overhaul your regimen at once: Dr. Zamani instructs to only change “one product at a time to be able to assess skin changes and to stick to those changes for at least four to six weeks to see the most benefit.” If you change all of your products simultaneously, it’ll be impossible to tell what is or isn’t working.
Since your absolute favorite skin-saving elixirs might not work forever, it’s important to do whatever is in your power to extend the lifespan of their effectiveness.
For example, “the bathroom isn’t the best place to store your skin-care products” Cho says, adding that “the heat and humidity from hot showers can make some products less effective, especially ones with active ingredients, pure vitamin C.
” Instead, store your products somewhere they aren’t exposed to direct sunlight or heat.
Another simple change that can help your products work better? Washing your face.
“You can have top-of-the-line products in your arsenal, but it won’t matter if you’re applying them to skin that is not properly cleansed,” Covert says.
In addition to cleansing properly, she says you need exfoliate semi-regularly to slough away the dead skin cells so your products can be efficiently absorbed.
Last, Covert says that to maximize the effectiveness of your products, you should make sure you’re applying them in the correct order, which is (drumroll, please): cleanser, toner, treatment products, serum, moisturizer, and then sunscreen.
And then, of course, there’s patience: Pristine skin wasn’t built in a day, after all.
According to French girls, micellar water is the ingredient you’re missing, and according to dermatologists, you need more silk in your life.
Why You Should Change Your Skin Care Routine Every Season!
Yes! It’s time to pack up your sandals and sundress and dig out your sweaters and boots! And just as you need to change your wardrobe you need to switch up your skin care routine to protect and moisturize against the environmental changes which impact the way our skin behaves.
In the fall/winter season, the air turns drier and this affects our skin. We are prone to more dryness and flakiness so you need to start using richer, high-performance moisturizers that provide deep hydration and long-lasting moisture.
We all have our basic 3-step skin care system but that might not be enough with the changing season. Using products from one skincare line helps ensure that you don’t overuse specific ingredients and they make your skin happier!
Makeup artist and Beauty Blogger Michelle Phan explains that weather can certainly have effects on skin, particularly its ability to contain moisture. That basically means that if you find your skin to be drying out more than usual in the summer or winter, it could be because you’re in need of cleanser that will be a little gentler on your skin.
Additionally, Phan mentions a couple other reasons that might attribute to a need for a skincare switch-up, such as aging, as well as traveling. She explains that if you’re planning to travel to a populated city, New York, there’s a chance that the city’s pollution can have an impact on skin’s appearance. As for aging, hormonal changes tend to be the ly culprit of skincare woes.
Here are the best tips for your fall/winter skincare routine.
Step 1 – Cleanse/Detox
Using a sulfate-free soap or cleanser is very important as the temperature lowers and there is less humidity in the air and it can make your skin dry out more quickly. Try the Wild Superfood Multi-Tasking Cleanser or Toning Beauty Bar for gentle cleansing, protection, and hydration.
Crafted with with a wildly potent blend of of Açaí, Buriti, Cupuaçu. These superfruits are rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants, vitamins and oleic and fatty-acids to provide intense moisture and softness while cleaning and revitalizing your skin. Buriti is an amazingly powerful ingredient.
It contains the highest concentration of natural vitamin A among fruits and vegetables. It is also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and antioxidants and has been used for generations as a natural UV ray protectant. It’s amazing anti-inflammatory properties also help to promote skin healing.
Twice a week use a mask to detox your skin, remove dead skin, minimize ingrowns, tone and brighten your skin. Check out our Raw Brazilian Kaolin Clay Masks which can be customized to address your skin concerns (mature, sensitive or blemish prone).
You can also add a gentle exfoliator to your mask, such as Açaí pulp powder, which provides micro bead free, gentle exfoliation and antioxidant protection to leave your skin brighter, healthier and incredibly smooth. Perfect for sensitive skin.
Step 2 – Serum
Adding serum to your skincare routine provides deeper hydration which is what you need in the colder seasons, but all year long is even better! The high-performance combination of natural, organic and exotic oils from the Amazon Rainforest in the Wild Superfood Multi-Tasking Oil restores and relaxes the skin, so it feels toned and smooth. It provides intense moisture, for long term prevention of flakiness and younger-looking, more supple skin. It protects your skin against free radical damage, provides deep hydration, firms, smooths and repairs elasticity for radiant, healthier, smoother, younger-looking skin. Use it at night as an under-eye serum, and as a makeup primer in the morning for glowing skin all day long. It’s a multi-tasking oil and you can use it as make-up remover as well if you don’t water on your face! Great as a hair treatment put a few drops on the end of your hair before washing for a soft, silky texture. It is formulated with Argan Plant Stem Cells to help rejuvenate your skin's middle layer, where wrinkles start. It is known to protect dermal stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten and tone skin tissue and increases skin firmness and density.
Step 3 – Moisturize
It goes without saying that we need more moisture in the colder seasons and using a richer, thicker cream will help keep your skin hydrated longer.
The Wild Superfood Beauty Butter is especially formulated for face and body and an excellent day and night cream with natural anti-aging properties from superfruits and Argan plant stem cells.
Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and keeps skin smooth with long-lasting moisture and hydration reviving your natural skin glow. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids and helps improve elasticity and firmness. Nourishes extremely dry, flaky or cracked skin.
Our proprietary blend is formulated with 11 amazing superfruit oils, butters and extracts: Açaí, Andiroba, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Buriti, Guaraná, Murumuru, and Cupuaçu – which clinical studies show to be two times more moisturizing than Shea Butter.
Step 4 – Hydration Boost
OK, so this is not really a “step 4”- it is more of a “super step” that you can use on-the-go as you transition from morning to daytime and to evening. It’s a powerful moisture boost that can save your skin and give you revitalize in the dry times ahead.
The Raw Coco-Mint Tonic is crafted with Coconut Water and Water Mint, it contains amino acids, Vitamins B & C plus minerals, helping to revitalize, protect, moisturize, re-mineralize and re-energize your skin.
Water Mint It is also called green balm because it combats certain skin irritations. It contains anti-oxidant tannins, Flavonoids (vitamin P an excellent radical scavenger) and Saccharides that moisturize.
A mini facial-on-the-go, carry this in your purse or pocket to boost your skin wherever you go. Protects, refreshes and calms.
Teadora products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably and ethically harvested from the Amazon Rainforest and Made in the USA.
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Should You Rotate Your Cleanser or Other Skincare Products?
This week’s commenter question is:
“How often can you switch your cleansers out? I currently have three by my sink and two in my shower that I rotate often and wondering if that’s a bad idea?”
Here, a Soko Glam skin expert’s answer:
I relate to this so hard. As a fellow skin care lover, product hoarding is a problem I admit to having! There are absolutely a couple questions you can ask yourself to determine your perfect number of products. I’ll specifically be talking about cleansers, but the same process applies for your other skin care steps as well. Let’s get into it.
Consider Ingredients and If Their Benefits Match Your Skin Concerns
Two things to consider when deciding whether to use one cleanser consistently or to switch things up are: What star ingredients or actives do the products contain and what are your current skin concerns?
Let’s talk about acne-prone skin for example. You may own a cleanser the Dr Oracle A-Thera Cleansing Foam that has salicylic acid, a personal favorite active ingredient for fighting acne. This may be a cleanser you use only when you’re dealing with an active breakouts or when you feel some new spots under the skin brewing. In that case, on days where your face is relatively clear, you may want to use a cleanser the Cosrx Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser which has tea tree as a star ingredient that helps to keep acne at bay as well, but in a gentler way. On the other hand, there are products that are better used consistently over time due to either a star or active ingredient. Take for example, the Hanskin Cleansing Oil & Blackhead [PHA]. This is one of my holy grail products! When used consistently and twice daily, I find it’s amazing at minimizing the appearance of pores and improving the skin’s texture. If you were to switch this ten with other oil cleansers, however, you may not see the same results.
Consider Whether or Not You’re Spending Enough Time Testing a New Formula
When using multiple cleansers and switching them ten, there is one potential issue that is important to consider. If the cleanser isn’t a product that you’ve used consistently in the past, it could tricky to determine if the cleanser is actually even suited to your skin. A cleanser could be breaking you out or over-drying your skin, but if you aren’t using it very consistently you may never know that this product is the culprit! For that reason, when buying a new cleanser, we recommend patch testing it first. Even that isn’t going to catch every product that may not be suitable for you. A cleanser may seem just fine at first and then 4 weeks later you could realize that your face feels dryer than usual (learn more about why this can happen here).
This is why I recommend testing a new cleanser for a longer period of time to see if it deserves a permanent spot in your routine. Skin care is a bit trial and error so always have a test run with new products and make sure you are familiar with the return policy of the retailer you ordered from!
Consider Shelf Life
We have to remember that most skin care products have a shelf life of 6-12 months after opening. To learn the shelf life of your cleansers, check the back of either the bottle or the box or an icon that looks an open jar. Inside that jar you should see a number and a letter – usually an M or sometimes a Y.
This will let you know how many months or years this product will be good for after opening.
By keeping in mind how long your cleansers will be good for, you’ll be able to have a better idea of which cleansers to prioritize using up first and how many cleansers you’ll be able to realistically finish before the date listed.
That being said, do I personally use my cleansers past their shelf life date? Every once in a while I totally do. If the formula hasn’t changed color, smell, or texture, I might use it for a little past the recommended amount of months to finish up. I’m not going to recommend doing this too often, but use your judgment.
There’s no harm in rotating cleansers as long as they each serve a purpose when it comes to achieving your skin goals, though sometimes it might be a good idea to step back and reassess what you’re getting the formulas and if using multiple is necessary.
As with most things in skin care, the products you prefer and your ideal number steps are going to vary from person to person. That’s absolutely fine as skin care is all about curating your perfect routine and doing what works best for you.
Your Skin Expert