Navigating all the specialty products marketed to every skin type and condition can even make basic skin care confusing. From serums to peels to creams, your skin care product options may seem endless. However, the important parts of a skin care routine are actually straightforward.
The only three essential steps are:
Once you’ve got those basics covered, you can begin to focus on products to treat your more advanced skin concerns. Read on to learn more about these essential steps and advanced products for advanced care.
The first step in any skin care routine is cleansing both morning and night. This step removes the daily buildup of dirt, oil, and makeup. Although clean skin is necessary, washing too frequently or using an unnecessarily harsh cleanser tends to cause dryness, even for oily skin. Scrubbing until your skin is dry or rough does more harm than good. Picking a gentle, yet effective cleanser like the Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash is the key.
Once your skin is clean, apply a moisturizer to smooth and protect skin while adding a healthy dose of hydration. Whether you have dry, oily, or normal skin, daily moisturizer helps stop dryness and flaking. Moisturizers smooth rough spots and help give an even-looking complexion. Many advanced moisturizers do more than just hydrate your skin. Some provide sun protection, vitamins and antioxidants, or ingredients that reduce appearance of wrinkles.
Even though all skin needs moisture, not every skin type needs the same amount of hydration. While Dr. Perricone’s Face Finishing Moisturizer is a great product for normal skin, the Skin Clear Hydrator is a better choice for treating adult acne or oily skin. Both contain DMAE which works as a conformer to fight fine lines and lift, tone, and tighten the skin. The phospholipids in the Intensive Moisture Therapy provide the additional richness dry, fragile skin needs.
If your moisturizer does not include UV protection, you should use a separate sunscreen. Sunscreen is necessary for reducing the sun damage that is a major cause of lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Make sure the product you choose is at least SPF 15 and provides both UVA and UVB protection.
When you’re sure your routine is keeping your skin clean, moisturized, and protected, you can begin to choose products that treat your specific skin care concerns. Lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, lack of firmness and elasticity, and uneven pigmentation are all conditions that advanced skin care science can treat.
Dr. Perricone’s line of cosmeceutical skin care includes ingredients to treat all these conditions. Among them is alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant that promotes healthy cell function to refine skin texture and pores. Pycnogenol, another potent antioxidant, firms skin and fights the appearance of wrinkles. Highly advanced conformer treatments with neuropeptides activate surface renewal to improve the look of even deep lines.
Following these simple skin care steps, your skin will be clean, healthy, and protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. After the basics are met, more advanced skin care products can help reduce the signs of wrinkles, lines, and uneven pigmentation.