I may have a mild obsession with skincare. I take that back; I totally geek out when it comes to taking care of my skin. It truly is the one thing you will/can do every day for the rest of your life to keep you looking & feeling your best! For me personally, having good skin is just as important as wearing a flattering outfit. And I have a strong hunch that you, too, feel the same way.
As a Style Coach, I find it important to help my clients achieve their best overall look. Often times when meeting my Style Coaching clients for the first time, I see that there are three steps missing in their skincare routine. I help them to incorporate these steps as I personally see amazing results from them. Below are the steps, in no particular order, that I personally do weekly/daily and recommend YOU incorporate into your skincare routine too.
- Apply an under eye cream morning and night as the last step of your skincare regimen. The skin around your eyes is more delicate than the rest of your face, so you have to pay special attention to it in order to hydrate and care for it. You can never start too early when it comes to care for your under eyes. It’s great for all ages as it’s preventative and corrective. Apply with your ring finger as it has less muscle tension and is less likely to pull the delicate skin around your eyes. When selecting an under eye cream, find one that meets your needs–dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, etc. The one I personally use is by Skinceuticals, and it’s their A.G.E. Eye Complex. You can purchase it locally in Birmingham at Village Dermatology or by clicking the image below: 2. Exfoliate both your face and entire body — Exfoliation is physically or chemically removing dead and dulling skin cells. According to Murad.com, “Skin is constantly turning over, generating new cells at the lower level (the dermis) and sending them up to replace dead skin cells on the upper layer (epidermis). As we age, the cell turnover process slows down. Cells begin to gather unevenly on the skin’s surface which can lead to dry patches and a lack‐luster appearance. Through exfoliating, we can help remove the dead skin cells, revealing the fresher, younger cells below and restoring skin’s natural clarity and brightness.” This is a step that is often overlooked by my clients, but can make a huge difference when incorporating it weekly into your routine.
There are two types of exfoliation which are manual and chemical, and both of which can be done at home.
- Skin brushing is a great way to exfoliate your entire body. Use it weekly before showering. It removes dead skin, as well as helps the lymphatic system work properly. It even helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and discoloration of your skin. My fav skin brush is by ZEN ME.. Check out my style tip video on how to properly use a skin brush HERE.
- For at‐home chemical exfoliation, I use Retinol. This is something I use a few times a week at night before bed as a way to exfoliate between dermaplanes, one of my favorite monthly treats at Village Dermatology. It helps with smoothing the texture of your skin, as well as removing fine lines and discoloration. This is the one I personally use that I purchased from Village Dermatology (click image to shop).Another at‐home product that I use for exfoliation once a month is a Glyco Peel. Below is my favorite product (click image to shop). It’s pricey but one bottle lasts a long time as a little bit goes a long way. My skin looks like I just had an hour long facial after just one use!
- Dermaplaning is my favorite monthly treat at Village Dermatology. It is best done by a professional esthetician that knows how to use the straight edge razor to remove the dead skin cells and fine baby hair on your face and neck. It removes these particles that are literally blocking your skincare products from being absorbed into your skin and really working. Without exfoliating your face, you are wasting money on your skincare products as they are not able to really penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. See my style tip video HERE where Village Dermatology explains and shows the process!
3. Apply SPF every single day! SPF is not for only when you are in the sun, it’s for every single day; even days when it’s raining or overcast. I use a tinted moisturizer on my face and neck daily. This is especially important if you are using retinol. This is the one I personally use and love by Guerlain (click image to shop):
- I also use a body moisturizer with SPF in it as your face isn’t the only part of your body getting sun exposure. This is the one I personally use by Alba Botanica (click image to shop):
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