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Essential Steps for a Daily Skin Care Routine


Your skin is your largest body organ and is essential for general overall health. The skin’s primary functions are eliminating toxins, regulating body temperature, repairing wounds, and protecting against the elements. Every day it is exposed to harmful chemical and environmental toxins that create a hostile environment and barrier to maintaining healthy skin. Having a consistent skincare routine and using the best natural ingredients is vital to removing these environmental stressors and having healthy, radiant skin. Have you ever heard, “prevention is better than cure”? Well, it is not debatable because no question preventing the problem is always better than fixing the problem. The point is if you take care of your skin, it will take care of you. The good news is we have already done the hard part and created products using the best naturally sourced ingredients from around the globe to nourish your skin. But it is not enough to have good skincare products. For your products to be most effective, you also need to apply them in the correct order. Your personal routine will depend on your skin type, ingredients in your products, and the time of day, but there are some simple steps to follow that will help you reach the perfect skin you desire. After all, your skin works hard for you, so isn’t it worth a little extra special attention?

Here are some simple basic steps for any good routine…

STEP 1 Cleanse Your Face

Morning and night, you want to cleanse your face. Cleansing is the first step of any good skin care regimen. It is used to remove grime and residue built up throughout the day or overnight. If not cleaned properly, dirt and pollution accumulate at the surface of your skin and could potentially contribute to dehydration, acne breakout, and premature aging. If you wear makeup, you may need to cleanse twice at night. First, remove your makeup with a cleansing oil, then follow up with a full-face gentle cleanser.

STEP 2   Exfoliate

Our skin repairs itself at night. Therefore, morning is the best time to scrub away all those dead cells. Every day we lose millions of dead skin cells.  Sometimes dead skin cells do not shed completely, resulting in dry, flaky patches and clogged pores. Exfoliation is an important step in getting rid of the dead cells left behind and unclogging your pores. Many people ask, “How often should I exfoliate?” In a nutshell, the number of times you exfoliate depends on the sensitivity of your skin and the product you are using.  One rule of thumb is three times a week. However, depending on your skin type, you may not be able to tolerate or even need to exfoliate that often.  Therefore, start with once a week and build yourself up to 2 or even 3 times a week if your skin can tolerate or need it.

STEP 3   Apply Toner

Facial toner is a secret skincare weapon. It is designed to pick up all the dirt, grime, and impurities left behind after you have cleansed your face. Apply it morning and night. It will help to temporarily minimize your pores, restore the pH balance, and create a smoother-looking appearance. Choosing the right toner for your face does not have to be complicated. The best choice is to choose a natural product and avoid certain ingredients that can irritate your skin or cause flare-ups of existing skin conditions.

STEP 4   Apply Serum

Facial serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin. Serums are made of small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply. This makes them a great tool formulated for targeting specific skincare concerns. They are designed to nourish, protect, and hydrate your skin. Serums can be applied in the morning, night, or both depending on the active ingredient and the purpose of the serum. Morning is the best time to use a serum with antioxidants because they protect your skin from the free radicals you will be exposed to throughout the day. Nighttime is a great time to use a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid, which keeps your skin from drying out at night.

STEP 5   Apply Eye Cream  

The skin around the eye area is gentle, delicate, and thin. Therefore it is prone to revealing signs of dehydration and aging quicker than other areas of your body. Eye creams are formulated to target conditions like fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. You can start using an eye cream as early as age 20. Do not wait until you see the first signs of aging. Remember, the best results come from prevention.

STEP 6   Use Spot Treatment

There are occasions when your skin may suffer from breakouts or have specific areas that need to be treated. Ideally, you would apply these spot treatments at night when your body is working the hardest to repair itself. However, if you have already used an acne-fighting toner, try spot treating in the morning. Regardless of when you apply the treatment, make sure you apply it before you moisturize your skin so it does not have to penetrate another layer. Allow the area to dry for a full minute before applying your moisturizer. Next, apply your moisturizer around the spot areas, so the treatment does not get wiped around your face. After you have covered your face, you can tap a layer of moisturizer over the areas you spot treated to be sealed without spreading it around.

STEP 7   Moisturize

Many people leave moisturizing out of their skincare routine. However, this should not be an optional step. Moisturizing keeps your skin hydrated and helps strengthen your skin barrier. It also improves elasticity by promoting collagen production. Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing is a critical step. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need to use a moisturizer. You should apply your moisturizer in the morning and at nighttime.

STEP 8   Apply Face Oil

Facial oils serve as an extra level of protection for your skin. They soften, nourish, and balance your skin. Your skin and its functions start to deteriorate as you get older, impacting hydration and oil. Thus, we need water and oil to combat the aging process because they do different things. When you apply facial oil, it seals in the hydration from your moisturizer and provides nourishment to your skin. You can apply your favorite face in the morning, night, or both.

STEP 9   Apply Sunscreen

The sun is the number one reason why your skin will age prematurely. Therefore, applying sunscreen is fundamental to any skincare regimen. Even if you are indoors during most days, you should apply sunscreen because UV rays still come in through the windows. Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging.

Remember, take a moment for self today!

Dr. Emmons

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