The Basic Four

"The skin holds no secrets. If you take care of your skin, it will respond with gratitude!" It's the first thing people notice about you. The good news is that the minute you begin to care for your skin - cleanse twice a day, nourish and protect, it will start looking better. The real secret to radiant skin is good, gentle and consistent care. It only takes about 2 minutes a day, twice a day! 

Step 1 Cleanse: 

The first and most important step. Choosing the right cleanser is important. If your skin is normal or dry, you need a milky or creamy cleanser. If your skin is oilier, get a foaming cleanser that dissolves the dirt to normalize your oiliness. Don't be lazy about washing your skin at night; your pores will clog. You'll want to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, using a face scrub. I can't emphasize enough how important this is and what an amazing difference it will make. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, makes it easier for the skin to absorb moisture and makes the skin smoother. TIP: When skin begins looking dull and lifeless, I often recommend to my clients to first exfoliate their skin by squeezing a few drops of fresh lemon into their regular scrub. Then follow with a drop of honey in a hydrating mask. Rise with cold water. Your skin will look red carpet ready! WHAT TO AVOID: Face washes with sulfates. If the ingredient on the label ends with 'sulfates' it's time to throw it away... your skin and your body will thank you. Bar soaps and acne washes are too drying for the skin and don't stay on long enough to make any difference. 

Step 2 Moisturize: 

Everyone needs to moisturize, even if they have oilier skin. Pay attention to your skin. People often think they have dry skin, when in fact they're simply dehydrated (lack of water). There are different types of moisturizers; creams, oils, lotions and gels, however the goal is the same; to keep the skin balanced and protect it from dryness. My preference is a light face oil. Creams and lotions tend to be filled with thickeners and emulsifiers to get that creamy look and feel, but are what clog the skin the most. The finest face oils penetrate the skin impeccably, plump it up and leaving it looking amazingly radiant. If you have oily or acne prone skin, use gels such as pure aloe vera gel mixed with a drop of Youth Glow Omega Face Serum a.m. or p.m. WHAT TO AVOID: creams that contain mineral oils, petroleum and parabens. They clog your pores and have absolutely no purpose. 

Step 3 Repair: 

With the constant exposure to pollutants, stress, environmental and hormonal changes, we will all experience aggravated, tired and dull skin. Not to worry, there's a simple way to bring back the vibrant, glowing, healthy you! In the evening, first exfoliate, rinse thoroughly and apply a hydrating mask. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse with very cold water. Follow with Youth Glow Omega Face Serum. Your skin will look amazing in the morning! I would recommend doing this once a week. If you'd like to make your own hydrating mask, here's one of my favorite: You'll need a half a ripened and peeled banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk, few drops of vitamin E and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional). Mix everything together. If the mask is too thick, add a little water. To use, apply on clean face and neck, rest for 10 minutes or more and rinse. Use the mask within a few hours of making. It will leave your skin refreshed and pampered. 

Step 4 Protect with SPF: 

It is absolutely vital to wear sunscreen and should be included in your morning regimen. Look for sun protection that has UVA and UVB (broad or full-spectrum) and must have one of three ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or Parsol 1789. You can also look for a tinted moisturizer that has SPF in it. There are many mineral based powders that have sun protection too. Look at their ingredients and try to find one with the least ingredients on them. Remember it's never too late to start wearing sunscreen, so you can prevent further damage to your skin. Also if you supplement your at-home skincare regimen with your regular visits to a Facialist, you'll be doing all you can to make your skin as radiant as it can be. Just ask your friends for a recommendation! It's my promise!

Maki