Some skincare companies just keep getting more creative. Or maybe we should say more greedy? Their latest strategy is the creation of extra “steps,” as in the number of steps it takes to execute a skincare regimen. Some require as many as 20 steps. That means, you got it, 20 products to buy.
Your skincare regimen isn’t choreography. There shouldn’t be so many steps that the very thought makes you dizzy.
Beyond the basic greed factor, and the thought of wasting your money, here’s what is wrong with using too many products, from a clinical standpoint:
- Overmoisturizing skin will actually cause more harm than good. It forces the skin cells in the dermis to stop collecting water from the food and water you drink, which stops the cells from supplying it to the surface of the skin.
- Too many products can and will induce acne, blackheads, and whiteheads, because your skin pores will become clogged.
- Using the wrong products or too many products can cause skin sensitivity.
Keep it simple.
Step 1: Cleanse. Massage for one full minute to rid the surface of the sebum that leads to blemishes.
Step 2: Activate. Slough off dead skin cells, get rid of excess sebum, and open the pores to enhance penetration of active ingredients.
Step 3. Stimulate. (Vitamin A like Retinol) Wake up dormant skin cells that lead to aging skin.
Step 4. Prevent. (Antioxidants) In English? It’s an excellent preventative measure against wrinkles as well as the photoaging caused by sun exposure.
Step 5: Calm & Nourish. (Vitamin C Lock in moisture and give skin some TLC.
Step 6: Protect. SPF is the most effective anti-aging source out there.
When you get serious about skincare, ingredients become priority number one. We often hear women say that they just don’t know which ingredients are the real deal.
Let’s start with the anti-oxidants. They protect your skin cells from UV damage, pollution, and free radicals. The most common ones (and the most important!) are Vitamins A, C, & E.
Retinol (aka Active Vitamin A): This ingredient’s main function is skin cell turnover, which produces collagen—the stuff your skin had a lot of in its prime. Younger-looking skin lies in keeping skin cells active. When they go to sleep—a result of aging—fine lines, dull skin, and wrinkles form. Retinol is like a bucket of cold water to sleepy skin cells. Continued use of it in high concentrations wakes cells up and puts them back to work.
Active Vitamin C: This is another antioxidant, but it works differently: it helps synthesize collagen. This property lends a very valuable feature to your skin in that it stabilizes free radicals, and in doing so protects healthy cells from getting damaged.
Vitamin E: It helps protect the skin from UV rays and, as an added bonus, softens and smoothes, too.
Be advised: Retinol is a pure and active derivative of Vitamin A. If you use a synthetic form of Vitamin A, or take oral supplements of these vitamins, you simply will not achieve the same results. It just doesn’t work that way. Additionally, Vitamins A and C have to be properly stabilized, packaged, and stored. They can’t be exposed to light or UV rays, as the formula might