An unexpected whopper just showed up on your face. Like a mosquito bite or scab, you want to touch it. You want to pick at it. You really, really want to pop it. But should you? While most skin care professionals would prefer you left it alone, the truth is that YES, you can – but only if your blemish is white. Here’s how: On clean skin, use two Q-tips to gently press on either side of the blemish. Dab what comes out with a tissue (if you see blood or feel pain, stop!), then use an antibiotic spot treatment. We recommend Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix, Dr. Dennis Gross Correct and Perfect Spot Treatment, and Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix. After that, hands off!
When it comes to layering your skincare products, there’s a right way and a wrong way. In fact, the order in which you apply your products is just as important as what’s inside them. You know the first step to use a cleanser, then a toner…but what comes next? Don’t fret. Learn to layer products like a pro, with our guide to skin care layering below.
Morning regimen order
1. As a general rule, apply your lightest product first. Serums, which can range in texture from liquid to gels are applied first because they deliver the highest concentrated of active ingredients most efficiently. Pick two or three serums that each treat one of your concerns. For wrinkles, we recommend formulations with added peptides, like PCA Skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum. Look for serums, like SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, that contain salicylic acid is best for oily skin types.
2. Use targeted treatments for problem areas next, like Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix on that persistent blemish, or cover your crow’s feet with your favorite eye cream. We recommend one with an SPF like DDF Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 or Dermalogica Travel Size Total Eye Care SPF 15.
3. Then, apply full-face treatments, like an antioxidant treatment or acne treatment for the entire face.
4. Moisturize to seal in your other products. Facial oils, like John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil or Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, can be applied after to any dry spots you find after moisturizing. If you’re using two or more serums under your moisturizer, skip any facial oils to avoid becoming too greasy. Remember, facial oils can penetrate moisturizers but not vice versa, so always apply your moisturizer before a facial oil. If you choose a moisturizer with an SPF, opt for one with UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with a minimum SPF of 30. We recommend a lightweight, oil-free moisturizing SPF, like Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46.
5. SPF. You’ve heard it a million times, but we’ll say it a million-and-one. Never leave home without an SPF on your face. We’ll leave it at that.
Night regimen order
1. Retinols need to be applied directly to clean skin to be most effective. However, if you have sensitive skin, applying a serum or moisturizer before hand will help the retinol to penetrate with less irritation.
2. After your first layer has absorbed, apply any targeted treatments, like a rich eye cream (we recommend Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm), or if you have any other spot specific treatments, like NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel for dark spots and discoloration, now is the time to apply.
3. Finish with a moisturizer. Apply a heavier night cream, like SkinCeuticals Emollience, for drier skin types. If you have oily skin, opt for a lotion, instead of a cream as they are less hydrating. Many are specifically for problem or acne-prone skin. We like Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion.
Morning or evening, remember to wait for a few minutes between for each layer to allow for the product to absorb. This way each product is able to penetrate and deliver its specific benefits without interfering with the function of the next product layer.
It’s that time of the year again and if you’re the type to put off holiday shopping until the last minute, not to worry—there are plenty of speedy ways to ship your items nationwide and ensure that they’ll arrive before Dec. 25.
To receive your order before Christmas on December 25th, please follow these suggested (not guaranteed) cutoff shipping days to allow enough time for processing and delivery.
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Orders placed after the above cutoff dates will be delivered after Christmas.
Alaska and Hawaii deliveries: Please add 3 additional days for standard shipping. For Express Shipping to Hawaii, add 1 additional day.
DISCLAIMER: The United States Postal Service cannot and will not guarantee delivery before Christmas even if you follow these suggested cutoff dates. This is merely a guideline. Please plan ahead.
Glycolic acid is one of the most effective exfoliators and is great for normal skin types. It can also be slightly irritating, so moisturize after to prevent inflammation. Look for moisturizers for sensitive skin with ceramides or green tea. Start off with a cleanser like Neostrata Foaming Glycolic Wash or Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash, and follow up with a soothing moisturizer, like Celfix DNA Ceramide Renewal Nourishing Cream and Topix Replenix Green Tea Cream. A sonic skin brush, like Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System White can also be used weekly in conjunction with your facial cleanser.
Oily or Combination Skin
A scrub with microbeads or sugar once a week and a salicylic acid-infused cleanser every day sounds like sloughing overload, but scrubs, like SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub and Vivite Exfoliating Facial Cleanser sweeps away dead cells so the salicylic acid can penetrate and clean clogged pores. For your “every day cleanser”, we recommend Obagi CLENZIderm MD Daily Care Foaming Cleanser and Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser.
Dry, Sensitive, or Very Fair Skin
Try products that contain lactic acid, like Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser and PCA Skin Body Therapy. Lactic acid is a relatively large molecule that can’t penetrate the skin as deeply as the other alpha hydroxy acods, which means its not as abrasive. Unfortunately, anything else may make your skin drier, redder, and more sensitive.
What is your favorite exfoliator?
Look in the mirror. What do you see? Dullness, redness, dark spots? Patience is a virtue with these customer-favorite products—but give them time, keep applying, and see your spots fade while the rest of your skin get more luminous! Pick two or three from the list below to use together.
| A.M. serum:
to brighten and protect
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30
to reduce redness or sallow skin
NeoStrata Bionic Face Serum
to smooth and hydrate
Sothys First Wrinkles Revitalizing Serum
|A.M. spot corrector:
to erase dark sunspots
Jan Marini Age Intervention Enlighten Plus
to enhance glow and protect
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
to cover and correct blotchiness
Dermalogica Cover Tint SPF 20
to tackle dark age spots
Neova Serious Clarity 4X
to illuminate overnight
Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum
to improve overall texture
Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector
|P.M. spot fixer:
to erase lingering blemish marks
Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel
| P.M. mask:
to add radiance
Repechage Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask
to nix dullness
Vivite Night Renewal Facial Cream
And don’t forget, no matter what your skin looks like — sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Treating your spots without properly protecting yourself is just a waste of time.
Due to outdated information and misperceptions, toners have become a confusing category of skin-care products that many fashion magazines and cosmetic salespeople advise against using, or simply dismiss toners as an optional step. However, a well-formulated toner can provide truly amazing benefits for your skin.
Toners are meant to be used after cleansing. They once were recommended as a way to restore skin’s pH balance after using a bar soap or bar cleanser because those types of cleansers raise the skin’s natural pH to a level that isn’t good for your skin. However, with today’s gentle, water-soluble cleansers, the skin’s pH doesn’t change appreciably, and the fact that skin’s pH recovers just fine on its own made the need for toners to adjust skin’s pH fade away.
What we now know is that after cleansing, what your skin needs is a range of ingredients that restore and repair its surface. Skin can never get too much of these important ingredients, which include antioxidants and skin-repairing substances such as glycerin, fatty acids, and ceramides. The right toner can give your skin a healthy dose of what it needs to look younger, fresher, and smoother, right after cleansing and throughout the day.
If the toner is well formulated, we recommend that you make toner an essential part of your cleansing routine because the benefits can be felt and seen almost instantly. Below is a list of some of our favorite toners for various skin types available at SkinMedix!
Toners for Oily or Blemish-Prone Skin:
- SkinMedica Purifying Toner
- Dermalogica Clean Start All Over Clear
- Murad Clarifying Toner
- Glytone Acne Cleansing Toner
Toners for Dry or Sensitive Skin:
- Wilma Schumann Soothing Toner
- Dermalogica Multi Active Toner
- Obagi Nu-Derm Toner
- DDF Aloe Toning Complex
Toners for Combination Skin:
- SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner
- Neova Balancing Toner
- Exuviance Moisture Balance Toner
- PCA Skin Nutrient Toner
If the toner you’re considering is filled with great ingredients (like those in the list above), then skipping this step is cheating your skin of more of the beneficial ingredients it needs to become healthier and act younger. A toner that contains state-of-the-art ingredients proven to smooth, soften, calm, and repair skin is a wonderful addition to anyone’s skin-care routine!
Do you use a toner as part of your skin care regimen?
If your skin is looking a bit dull, try swapping your usual moisturizers for a plant-based oil. These 5 wonder skin care oils are some of the most popular, and they come highly recommended by skin care experts. Beyond their hydrating abilities, each of the standout oils in our list also targets specific skin care concerns. Read on to find out which one you should try.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Best for Acne
Tea tree oil is an excellent treatment for acne. Studies have found that 5 percent tea tree oil is as effective at treating acne as 5 percent benzoyl peroxide. It’s recommended by skin experts as a gentle, natural alternative to harsher acne treatments.
2. Grapeseed Oil
Best for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, you’re probably reluctant to even utter the words “oil” and “face” in the same sentence. But Grapeseed oil can actually help regulate your natural oil production. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants, including skin-brightening vitamin C. Regular application of grapeseed oil will basically deliver a good amount of astringent which is useful for skin toning and tightening. For this reason, people with oily skin will take the most of grapeseed oil’s advantages.
3. Argan Oil
Best for Anti-aging
The oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids, and it’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants — so it’s perfect to wear during the day. A little goes a long way so you only need a tiny amount for it to be effective.
4. Rose Hip Oil
Best for Scars and Discoloration
It is effective on scars caused by acne, surgery, burns, chicken pox, injuries and cuts. Rose Hip Oil’s potent cell regenerating and wound-healing properties help to replace ugly scar tissue with healthy, normal skin. It not only remodels damaged skin structure, it also improves skin color and elasticity.It’s ideal for protecting your skin as well as increasing cell turnover. Use it as a boost for your moisturizer — just mix in a few drops before you apply. If you’re skeptical about putting oil directly onto your face, this is a great option.
5. Olive Oil
Best for Dry skin
Not only is it super moisturizing, olive oil is also rich in compounds like polyphenols, squalene, and fatty acids — all of which are nourishing and help fight aging and damage from overexposure to sun, air pollution, and other modern-day environmental hazards.
Which oil is best for your skin care concerns?