When it comes to glowing, blemish free skin, estheticians and dermatologists agree that your face and body skincare routine should include three essential steps: exfoliating, hydrating and protecting.
But, what appears to be a simple and easy path to beautiful, youthful skin can quickly become overly complicated when it comes time to find and choose skincare products that are not only high-quality and effective but also all natural and cruelty free.
To make it easier for you to follow this 1-2-3 step method, we’re organizing our favorite W!NK spa products into each of the three categories and explaining - in detail - how each product is formulated and why you can expect to see major results.
This way to gorgeous summer skin...
Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and keeps your skin tone nice and even.
Winter can be extremely depleting to the skin, leaving it dry and sensitized, so gentle, yet effective exfoliation is essential for removing that dead layer, which allows for your moisturizer to penetrate more effectively,” says Courtney P. Chiusano, a holistic facialist and owner of Courtney Chiusano Skincare in Los Angeles to Well + Good.
When transitioning out of winter into spring and summer, exfoliate your skin once a week. But, once the warmer months arrive, how often you exfoliate your skin will depend on your level of activity and how often you’re outdoors. Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York, suggests: "if you are going to be in the sun for prolonged periods, like going to the beach or playing an outdoor sport, I would suggest holding off from any exfoliation," she says in Bustle. Dr. Papantoniou adds: "regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and keeps your skin tone nice and even, allowing your creams to hydrate your skin better."
We recommend that in the summertime, you exfoliate your skin only after it’s had a chance to recover from sun exposure. If you’ve recently had a little too much fun in the sun, we suggest hydrating your skin first and getting it to calm first before exfoliating (see step two).
As we continue to age, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture. Daily activities like cleansing can further strip the surface of your skin of its natural hydrators. To further compound this, sun exposed (or even worse, burnt) skin loses moisture and essential oils.
When choosing a hydrating skincare product for the summer, look for lightweight formulas that target inflammation, are ultra-hydrating, contain a high-grade of antioxidants and fight pigmentation - all common summer skin concerns.
Dermatologists agree that sunscreen is, without a doubt, critical to your skincare routine - not only in the summer, but all year round.
“Daily and consistent sunscreen use helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, textural imperfections, and changes in the appearance of pores over time. More importantly, daily sunscreen use can help to prevent the formation of certain skin cancers.” explains Dr. Carlos Charles to the New York Times, a dermatologist in New York City.
When choosing a hydrating skincare product for the summer, look for products that target common summer skin concerns.
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