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Regardless of your particular issues, skin type, or lifestyle, the following products should be staples in any skincare routine:
1. A gentle, mild-formula cleanser
It’s important to use a daily facial cleanser that’s gentle but effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Optimally, you’ll want a water-soluble formulation that rinses clean and contains little or no fragrance.
2. Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that helps increase your skin’s collagen production, reduce melanin production (dark spots), and brighten the complexion. We recommend wearing a vitamin C serum daily under your moisturizer/sunscreen to boost the effectiveness of your sun protection, reduce sun damage, and protect your skin from free-radicals. Although vitamin C works beautifully to protect and prevent skin discoloration and wrinkles, you may not see immediate results. But, trust us when we say your skin will look so much better 5 years from now because you used vitamin C religiously.
3. A Daytime Moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher
Dermatologists and beauty experts agree that consistent daily use of sunscreen is the absolute best defense in any anti-aging skincare regimen. The best daytime moisturizers are noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, and contain broad-spectrum sun protection of SPF 30 or more. Your Custom Beauty also ensures that the moisturizers we recommend work well under makeup and are packed with anti-aging ingredients. Ideally, you want a moisturizer that goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy. There are many great options available, even for oily, acne-prone skin. Yep, even if you have oily skin you will benefit from using the right moisturizers. Most acne medications can quickly take your skin from greasy to uncomfortably dry, peeling, and irritated. Using a daily moisturizer is the best defense to help avoid these side effects.
4. Retinol or its more powerful prescription-grade counterparts tretinoin and retinoic acid
The superstar of anti-aging ingredients. Retinoids are very powerful, effective agents in combating the signs of aging, but they also tend to be some of the more expensive products in any skincare arsenal. All the more reason to pick a product that packs a powerful punch! If you have skin sensitivities, you should start out with an over-the-counter retinol product, using only once or twice a week – increasing frequency of use as tolerated. If you have ultra-sensitive skin, you may want to begin by applying a retinol product after moisturizing to avoid irritation. If you’re new to retinol products, start with a well-formulated serum with a low concentration of retinol.
5. Night-time Moisturizer
Although all skin types benefit from a well-formulated moisturizer, the texture of the product will differ according to your skin type. Night-time moisturizes should not only hydrate but repair and protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier. As we age, our skin retains less moisture and begins to show the effects of any previous sun damage. Using a hydrating moisturizer in the evening helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin better tone and texture. Light-weight lotions are usually recommended for normal and combination skin, while heavier creams or emollient-rich balms are best for dry skin. Look for moisturizers that contain plenty of skin-repairing antioxidants like vitamin C, ubiquinone, and green tea extract. The most effective night moisturizers for dry skin contain a combination of non-fragrant plant oils, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or fatty acids to provide superior moisture. There are many moisturizing products that are created especially for oily skin types. These products are light, fast-absorbing, and don’t leave your skin feeling like an oil slick. Products containing humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid help your skin retain moisture and provide a protective barrier to give your skin a soft, smooth feel.
Unfortunately, there are no products that are going to give you an over-night or instant fix. However, by incorporating a consistent daily skincare routine using the above guidelines, you should begin seeing noticeable results in 4 to 6 weeks. Expect to see dramatic results within 3 to 6 months.