- “Rinse your face with warm water to moisten the skin. If you’re using
an oil, shake your bottle, apply one pump into your palms and rub hands
together. The liquid will start to emulsify.
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- Massage the cleanser into your skin and slowly add more warm water to
create a lather. (Insider Tip: add tiny handfuls of water from the
faucet, keeping your face low in the basin.) I like to use the first
three fingers of each hand and work them together, in symmetry. Think
about massaging the muscles under the skin rather than the skin — you
don’t want to be so gentle you can’t really feel anything, but you don’t
want to pull on the skin either. It may take a few times to really
figure out the right pressure and rhythm.
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- Work the cleanser all over the face; begin with the nose and
cheekbones, moving outward. Try rubbing back and forth over the bridge
of the nose, and down and around the nostrils. Then draw circles around
the eyes, work up and outward on the forehead, around the ears, down the
sides of your face, jawline/chin, and do small circles up the neck. I
like to apply a little pressure and work the circles on my lymph nodes
under my jaw and top of neck for a while (about two minutes).
Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — your daily habits, in fact,
have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. But depending on which
product reviews you read or doctors you consult, there is a dizzying
number of opinions on everything from how to moisturize to how to
protect yourself from UV rays. Ultimately, caring for your skin is
simply personal. Here’s what you should keep in mind to sort through all
One easy change people can make is investing in silk pillowcase instead
of cotton as the material often results in people waking up with creases
on their face.
- Rinse your hands in running water and follow the same pattern with
water, slowly removing the cleanser; this can be repeated multiple
- If you’re wearing heavy makeup, soak a warm muslin cloth in water and
gently swipe across face, removing any residue and drying the skin. Or
some people opt to just rinse off their oil cleansers with water.
Skin Care Tips Before You Start
‘Many people sleep on their face, which can cause sleep lines or
wrinkles. I love silk pillowcases – they can help with this,’
dermatologist Marie Jhin said.
- After the face is thoroughly cleansed and rinsed, pat dry with a soft
towel. You can also moisten a cotton pad with a hydrating facial mist
and swipe across face as a quick alternative to the double cleansing
THREE MAIN STEPS
Think of your skin-care routine as consisting of three main steps:
The added benefit of buying a silk pillowcase is that it helps stop hair
breakage as well.
Cleansing — Washing your face.
Toning — Balancing the skin.
Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin.
The goal of any skin-care routine is to tune up your complexion so it’s
functioning at its best, and also troubleshoot or target any areas you
want to work on. “Beauty routines are an opportunity to notice changes
within yourself,” says the San Francisco skin-care specialist Kristina
Holey. As your skin needs shifts with age, so will your products. Still,
she adds, “it’s not about creating perfection.” Allow these three steps
to become your daily ritual that fortifies your skin and grounds your
With people having increasingly busy schedules sometimes multitasking
can’t be avoided, but it isn’t beneficial to your health.
GIVE IT TIME
The science behind skin-care products has come a long way but there’s
still no such thing as an instant fix — you need time to reap the
benefits, says Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a Manhattan dermatologist at
Schweiger Dermatology Group. “Results are only seen through consistent
use,” she explains. Generally, aim to use a product over at least six
weeks, once or twice daily, to notice a difference.
When people multitask, their body experiences higher amounts of stress,
which is causing people to age faster.
Tip: With any skin-care product, apply in order of consistency — from
thinnest to thickest. For example, cleanser, toner (if you use it),
serum, and then moisturizer.
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‘Stress can lead to an increase in inflammation in the skin. This
inflammation releases mediators, which can destroy collagen and
connective tissue, possibly affecting epidermal maturation,’
Dermatologist William Kwan said.
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Suddenly, just like during the 19th and 20th centuries, beauty products
aim to cleanse not just our bodies, but our souls as well.
Stop overusing central air and heating systems
Washing your face is the most basic and essential step of any routine,
says the New York City dermatologist Dr. Carlos Charles. “Our skin comes
in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each
day that should be gently removed.” Wash twice a day, morning and night,
to avoid clogged pores, dullness and acne.
Overusing these systems can unfortunately dry out people’s skin, which
can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
FIND YOUR FACIAL CLEANSER
The right formula cleanses your skin without stripping essential,
healthy oils. Take it easy with exfoliating scrubs (use once a week) and
avoid those with crushed walnut shells or abrasive ingredients.
Dry skin can also lead to inflammation. As people age they lose collagen
and elastin in their skin and inflammation unfortunately accelerates
WHAT DOES NON-COMEDOGENIC MEAN EXACTLY?
If people find they need to use their air conditioner or heating system
it is best that they prepare their skin with a hydrating night cream.
This term frequently appears on product labels and is used by skin-care
experts but not always defined in simple, clear language. Here’s a quick
explanation: If a product claims to be non-comedogenic it means that it
shouldn’t clog pores or trigger acne — either by occluding the skin,
blocking glands or irritating the hair follicle. The claim is not
regulated by the F.D.A., however, and many companies do their own
internal tests to determine whether a product should be considered
comedogenic or not. (Some common known comedogenic ingredients are
coconut oil and cocoa butter.) Typically, the fewer ingredients a
product has, the easier it is to determine if it will cause any
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Don’t cut out fats from your diet
Did you know there’s a best way to wash your face? Here’s how skin-care
specialist Kristina Holey does it.
Although people should limit how often they pick up a packet of chips
there is no need to avoid monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats,
which are ‘healthy’.
HOW TO USE TONER
‘Fats have been demonized but we actually need them – they’re building
blocks for hormones and are responsible for cell membrane integrity, and
getting enough good fats can result in healthy, glowing skin,’ Deepa
Verma, M.D. said.
For many, the word “toner” brings to mind stinging astringents from the
’80s. “The original was an alcohol-based product that was used to dry up
oily skin and remove any leftover dirt following cleansing,” Dr.
Nazarian says. Today’s formulas, however, have evolved. Think of them as
supplements — these thin liquids deliver an extra shot of nutrients,
helping the other products in your regimen absorb better, while still
balancing your complexion. Most experts, the New York City aesthetician
Jordana Mattioli says, consider toner to be optional: “It can be a good
way to add in specific ingredients that you may not have in your other
products or add another layer of skin-replenishment.” If you have the
time and inclination, here are some hero ingredients to look for:
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids to gently remove dead skin cells that can
clog pores, improve sun-damaged skin and minimize dullness.
People should make sure their diet is rich in foods like avocado as its
high levels of vitamin E provides skin with increased collagen synthesis
Hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, seal in dewiness and plump skin to
subtly treat fine lines.
Rose water and green tea to calm irritation and reduce redness with an
Sunflower seeds are another great food to consume as they are a rich
source of selenium and copper, which help maintain radiant skin.
Vitamin E and C to fight daily exposure to free radicals that can age
WHAT IS TONER?
Avoid sipping your drink through a straw
“Toners should be done after cleansing and before putting on anything
else,” Mattioli says. The traditional application method is to saturate
a cotton pad and pass it over your face. But, as Mattioli points out,
“You end up losing a lot of product.”
Tip: “Applying toner with clean hands is the most efficient. Just pour a
few drops in your palm, then swipe it on.” Or if you prefer, you can
pull apart a cotton pad “so it’s not so thick before putting toner on
it,” Mattioli advises. Most formulas can be used morning and night, but
you might want to use those with exfoliating acids only at night or
every other day.
Repeated facial expressions and movements, like squinting, will break
down collagen and elastin fibres in the face.
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