Your Best Skincare Routine – Step 2: Toner

Toner can be a controversial topic. Some will say it’s useless, others say it is only needed for those with oily skin and there are those who swear it works miracles.

My opinion? If I had to choose between retinol and toner, I’d certainly pick

Hello again!

I’m excited to have you back for toner talk this week! If you missed out on last week’s post about cleansing and want to catch up, you can find it here.

Toner can be a controversial topic. Some will say it’s useless, others say it is only needed for those with oily skin and there are those who swear it works miracles.

My opinion? If I had to choose between retinol and toner, I’d certainly pick the retinol. However, toner is part of my daily skincare routine and here’s why:

  • Toner removes any leftover residue on your face such as sweat, oil or traces of cleanser.
  • Toner balances your skin’s pH. Our skin is naturally acidic– soap is basic. Using toner balances your skin back to its natural pH after cleansing.
  • Toner may treat your skin. Depending on the type of toner you select, you can moisturize, firm, lighten, decrease oiliness or help to reduce fine lines on your skin.
  • Toner helps other products to work better. The light layer of moisture left on your skin by the toner draws the ingredients of your face creams deeper into the skin. Almost every skin product works just a little better when you have that freshly-toned barely damp skin. (Note: this is not true for retinol. Always apply retinol to DRY skin.)
  • Toner refreshes you. I am of the opinion that a skincare routine should not only be effective, but also enjoyable. Personally, I love how my skin feels clean, fresh and renewed after I tone. Skincare is part of my self-care ritual. Just like my daily yoga, I focus on enjoying the process to care for my mind and emotional well-being in addition to my body.

If you’re looking to get on the toner train, I recommend using it twice each day. Us it in the evening after cleansing and in the morning before applying any moisturizers or creams.

Stay tuned for step three next week!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Candyce

Your Best Skincare Routine – Step 1: Cleansing

We all want to learn more about the wrinkle creams, eye treatments, antioxidants and other active ingredients that will make us look young and beautiful. However, if we aren’t cleansing correctly, those products will not work as well as they should.

Hello again!

I’m excited to kick off an overview of the six-step skincare routine. A full textbook could be written on each and every skincare step so I am going to stick with what you need to know to get your routine going.

Our first step is cleansing which doesn’t get near the attention it should. We all want to learn more about the wrinkle creams, eye treatments, antioxidants and other active ingredients that will make us look young and beautiful. However, if we aren’t cleansing correctly, those products will not work as well as they should.

I recommend cleansing in the evening before bed and simply rinsing your face with warm water in the morning. Be sure to cleanse after working out as well. And yes, the cleansing routine really is that simple.

Here are some Dos and Dont’s for smart cleansing:

Do treat your skin gently— Use lukewarm water, rub gently in an upward circular motion with your fingertips or if your a Clarisonic girl, that works well too. Remember we want to cleanse our skin– not rip it apart! You cannot scrub out a wrinkle, pimple or dark spot. Gentle cleansing prevents your skin from becoming irritated.

Don’t go to bed with your makeup on! Seriously. Yes, I know you might have been really tired last Saturday night but if you had time for that final martini, you had time to cleanse. Sleeping in our makeup lets the residue, dirt and oil remain on our skin expanding pores and creating perfect conditions for a breakout. Your skin uses the time you are asleep to restore itself. That process works better if your face is clean.

Don’t cleanse too much. Cleansing too frequently, too vigorously or with too harsh of a product will cause irritation. Your skin can become dry and red. Those of you with oily skin may welcome a little dryness– but not so fast! Cleansing too much will cause your oily skin to think it is not producing enough oil and your skin will compensate by producing even more oil. Before bed and after workouts really is enough cleansing.

Do use the right product for your skin. This is much like finding the perfect partner– what works for your best friend may not be the best match for you. Use a cleanser appropriate for your skin type and use it 2-4 weeks before you make a decision on whether it works for you. I personally have become a fan of oil cleansing. It’s gentle, moisturizing, cleans pores effectively and removes every last speck of make-up.

Stay tuned each week for the next skincare step! If you make it to week six, I’ll have the printable below updated as a handy reference.

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Have a wonderful weekend my lovely friend!

Candyce