Perfect Your Skin Care Routine

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Perfect Your Skin Care Routine
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With the proper cleansing and maintenance routine, you can keep your skin looking fresh and radiant from head to toe.

The 2-in-1 Myth
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The 2-in-1 Myth

Sorry, ladies. There is not one magical product that does everything. For the perfect skin care regimen you need the proper products. “Cleansers that have particles or scrubs in them are not preferred because typically these types of washes contain rough particles that just scratch the top of the skin and don’t let oil escape properly,” said Nerida Joy, skin care expert. “The gentler the cleanser, the better for your skin.”

Bye, Bye Grime & Dirt
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Bye, Bye Grime & Dirt

Cleansing your skin in the morning is important, but washing your face every night is crucial. “When you’re not washing your face, pollutants such as sunblock, make-up and grime contribute to larger pores,” said Joy, who has collaborated with Jessica Simpson to create BeautyMint, a personalized skin care Web site. She suggests a two-step cleansing process. Start with a warm, wet washcloth and cleanser for your first wash (the washcloth acts like a mild exfoliant). Follow up with a second cleanse of just luke warm water. Your face will feel oh, so refreshed.

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub
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Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

Exfoliating too often can irritate skin. Women with combination, oily skin should exfoliate every three to four days. Limit exfoliation to every seven to ten days if you have drier skin. “Some of my favorite ingredients in exfoliants include papaya enzyme, pineapple enzyme or alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic and glycolic acid,” said Joy.

Toners
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Toners

Toners are a great vehicle to get radiance-boosting ingredients delivered to your skin. Look for a toner with anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C, for brightening benefits. “If you have oily skin, some toners which contain alcohol can stimulate sebaceous activity,” said Joy. “Be sure to rinse with cool water applying so it doesn’t activate the glands throughout the day.”

Super Serum
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Super Serum

It’s not just an extra step, it’s the skin-savvy gal’s secret step. Serums offer targeted results, deep within the skin to address your specific complexion needs. “Serums deliver great results to different levels of skin,” said Joy. “The more liquid something is, the more easily it penetrates deeper layers of skin, layers your regular moisturizer can’t get to.”

A Tale of Two Moisturizers
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A Tale of Two Moisturizers

Your moisturizing routine should include an AM and PM moisturizer. “At night, when you’re resting, your skin takes in a lot more ingredients than in the daytime,” said Joy. “Some active ingredients, like retinol, make your skin photosensitive so you want to only use these at night. In the daytime, definitely use an SPF.”

Your Facialist, Your Complexion's Best Friend
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Your Facialist, Your Complexion's Best Friend

Buy a few less venti Lattes a month and save up for a trip to your facialist. For quick results or if you are just learning the best skin care routine for your complexion concerns, facialists are a great resource. If you have oily skin or are prone to break-outs, Joy recommends getting your skin professionally cleaned. Plus an hour of pampering isn’t half bad, right?

Shower Power
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Shower Power

It’s not just about being squeaky clean. “Body wash needs to have nourishing components as well as cleansing components,” said Joy. “I don’t recommend using something that is too foaming or drying.” She recommends body washes that contain alpha hydroxy acids, which can help to exfoliate, hydrate and clean the skin every time you lather up.

Nix the Daily Shave
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Nix the Daily Shave

Smooth, silky legs are wonderful, until you shave everyday. “Shaving is essentially a form of exfoliation,” said Joy. “When you over-exfoliate, you can cause hardening and drying of the skin. Try not to shave everyday and look for a shaving cream that is more of a creamy texture than a foaming, drying type.”

Smooth Criminal
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Smooth Criminal

Moisturizing after a shower helps prevent dry skin and can even improve its tone and texture. “Tea tree, lemon grass, jojoba oil and shea butter are all key ingredients that can help skin look pretty,” said Joy. “Stay away from body lotions that contain a lot of perfumes because they attract the sun and can make your skin blotchy.”

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