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How to Layer Your Skin Care Products

layeringblogimageWhen 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 nextlike 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.

The SkinMedix Team

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SkinMedix Power Couples

Sales pressure and misleading information have likely made you believe that you must use products from the same brand to see results. This is 110% FALSE. Not only is it perfectly OK to mix and match products from different brands, but sometimes doing so is essential if you want to get the best results possible! But you don’t need a chemistry degree to master your skincare equations because we’re revealing some of our favorite high-powered pairs! Choose your skincare concern and see your solution below.

De-Aging
de-agingLook younger, longer. This powerhouse duo helps skin make skin look smooth, soft, more youthful.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50

Blotchy or Uneven Skin Tone
evenskintoneThese two work together to help create skin that looks more even-toned and younger.
Murad Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum
Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45 Original

Unslightly Pores
poresCreate a virtually poreless complexion instantly and over time.
Clarisonic Replacement Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head
PCA Skin Total Strength Serum

Acne
acneMeet the blemish busters. Look fresh, natural while fighting blemishes all day.
Obagi CLENZIderm MD Daily Care Foaming Cleanser
Murad Acne Treatment Concealer

Redness
rosaceaWelcome to the redness-free zone. Help visibly calm skin for instant redness relief.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex

Hydration
hydrationNever be thirsty again. Replenish dry skin instantly with this moisture-rich team.
Revaleskin Intense Recovery Treatment
Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm

Do you mix and match your skincare brands? Let us know in the comments below!

The SkinMedix Team

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The Best Exfoliators for Your Skin Type

face_scrub_3Exfoliating regularly leaves your skin with a smooth, healthy finish. Here are some tips for choosing the best exfoliator for your skin type.

Normal Skin

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?

The SkinMedix Team

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October’s New Arrivals

newarrivalsoctSkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector — Formulated with an exclusive breakthrough cocktail, SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector features high potency ingredients formulated to help fade stubborn discoloration while enhancing resistance to new unwanted pigmentation. In addition to its efficacy on the appearance of skin discolorations and dark spots, Advanced Pigment Corrector improves skin luminosity and boosts radiance.

Tricomin Revitalizing Shampoo — Developed for men and women with thinning hair, Tricomin Revitalizing Shampoo combines a unique cleansing and body building formulation to bathe your scalp with essential amino acids and minerals. Stimulates and restores health, structure, and vitality to thinning, fine, or damaged hair.

PCA Skin Perfecting Neck and Decollete — Specifically formulated for the delicate skin on the neck and chest, the combination of key ingredients boosts protein and collagen level to improve firmness of the neck area, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Perfecting Neck and Decollete also helps to even out skin tone, minimize hyperpigmentation, and reduce redness.

Sothys Replenishing Anti-Ageing Serum – Grade 4 — A nutri-ceutical flax complex and rice peptides help the skin regain the essence of youth. Skin is smoothed with increased fullness and improved texture. Rye seed extract helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in a fully rejuvenated skin.

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8 Tips for Better Looking Skin

1b622915bd2503f5_woman-drinking-water1. Sweat everyday. Unfortunately, sweating has gotten a bad reputation. Sweating does not cause acne. In fact, sweating is actually your body’s way of helping to keep your skin clean. Breaking a sweat once a day will make your skin glow, as exercise improves your circulation and oxygen levels and will result in a gorgeous complexion.

2. Disinfect your cellphone.  According to recent studies, that smartphone you can’t keep your hands off of can have 18 times more harmful bacteria, including Staph, E.Coli and Salmonella, than a public toilet handle. All those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away, causing pimples and irritation. To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, Continue reading

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See Spot Run

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.

dermdyn2 A.M. serum:
to brighten and protect
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30
neobioA.M. serum: 
to reduce redness or sallow skin 
NeoStrata Bionic Face Serum
sothfirstA.M. serum: 
to smooth and hydrate 
Sothys First Wrinkles Revitalizing Serum
janemarA.M. spot corrector: 
to erase dark sunspots
Jan Marini Age Intervention Enlighten Plus
bbcrmA.M. moisturizer: 
to enhance glow and protect
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
covertintA.M. blender:
to cover and correct blotchiness 
Dermalogica Cover Tint SPF 20
neovscP.M. serum:
to tackle dark age spots
Neova Serious Clarity 4X
dermonrP.M. serum:
to illuminate overnight
Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum
exoptlightP.M. serum:
to improve overall texture
Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector
postacneP.M. spot fixer:
to erase lingering blemish marks
Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel
repbiolight P.M. mask:
to add radiance 
Repechage Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask
viviteP.M. cream:
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.

The SkinMedix Team

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Be Your Own Breast Friend

breast-friendsThe skin on the chest is thinner than on the face, and the cells don’t turn over as quickly. Start treating the girls with some respect and TLC.

Morning: Smooth on a cream high in antioxidants and peptides, like Pro+Therapy MD Advanced Ultra Rich Day Repair. The sun is 95% of the aging process. In fact, the sun breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin of your breats, making them sag faster, so don’t forget to follow up with a sunscreen!

Night: Exfoliate with a Clarisonic brush or a mild scrub, like PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant. Then spread on a mix that’s one part retinol cream and one part moisturizer (we like DDF Pro-Retinol Energizing Moisturizer). Before you hit the sheets, rememeber—the chest get wrinkles, too. The way sleeping on your side can encourage wrinkles on the face, it can also cause those fine lines between your breasts. Your best bet? Sleep on your back.

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