Many of us have acne-prone skin and are trying to find ways to maintain and treat this problem.
The morning routine is all about protection from the sun, pollution and the elements. Here are our BUZZ recommendations for a morning regimen:
STEP 1: CLEANSER
In the morning, start by washing your face with warm water. Some of our favourite cleansers include the ariSulphur Acne Treatment Soap or one that is a gentler for your skin type like the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
STEP 2: TONER
Toners are good for many reasons, including acting as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids. Use toners like Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera. It is very gentle and light on the skin.
STEP 3: ANTIOXIDANT SERUM
Antioxidant serums provide a variety of benefits, from reducing your skin’s inflammatory response to offsetting damage from UV rays and environmental air pollutants. The Vitamin C Serum produced by IrieRock is a good choice.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
It’s vital to apply an eye cream at least every night, if not twice a day; to maintain the health and thickness of the eyelid skin and reduce wrinkles around the eyes. The TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Eye Cream from Mary Kay helps to reduce the look of dark circles around your eyes and decreases puffiness and undereye bags.
STEP 5: SPOT TREATMENT
As acne spot treatments differ in active ingredients, check your product packaging or consult your dermatologist for the best way to apply it.
Remember that acne spot treatments can dry out your skin, so always apply only on spots where you need it. A personal fav is the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel that helps to unclog pores and prevent future breakouts. It contains glycerin, which helps with dryness.
STEP 6: MOISTURISER
Even though your skin has its own natural lubricating system that produces oil we still need extra hydration the to protect us from the havoc that the sun, weather and other harsh chemicals can wreak on our skin.
It is better to apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp. If you’re using an acne spot treatment, you may want to skip those areas when applying your moisturizer to make sure the ingredients in it won’t interfere with the active ingredients in your spot treatment. You can use products like Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 or Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer.
Step 7: SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skincare routine if you’re using a physical or mineral sunscreen. Always use a physical sunscreen with zinc and apply it after your moisturizer. Zinc is safer, more effective and provides the broadest protection against UVA and UVB rays. We recommend the Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 60, La Roche- Posay- Double repair face moisturizer broad spectrum, SPF 30 or the Glossier Invisible Shield daily sunscreen, SPF 35.
Now go and get your glow on!