SKIN CARE LAYERING OPTIONS:
Building upon a basic skin care regime
you will begin a layering
technique to take advantage of the range of anti-aging skin care
treatments available to you.
Now for the all important techniques and strategies that will really
benefits of your serious skin care regime. A
wide range of options can be easily incorporated into any serious skin
care regimen that will address a multitude of aging and problem skin issues.
After the cleansing step the next most beneficial strategy to
incorporate into your serious skin care regime is exfoliation.
choose to use a mechanical exfoliation method, which is utilizing a
scrub such as Dermal
that you gently rub into your skin and rinse off or you can choose to
use a chemical exfoliant like
Glycolic Acid Toner 10%.
The mechanical exfoliation method would be
integrated into your routine directly after the cleansing step once or
twice a week. However, if using a chemical exfoliant like an
alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acid
there are several opportunities to integrate this treatment into your
If fine lines and wrinkles are your primary focus
in your serious skin care rejuvenation plan, then consider utilizing a
chemical exfoliant separately. When incorporating an AHA or BHA product
such as Total
Skin Care's 10% Glycolic Gel as a separate step in your
routine, wait until after applying your
toning product before using the chemical exfoliating treatment.
When initially starting with an AHA or BHA product, start slowly! These
products can be irritating to the skin and you will need to gradually
develop a tolerance level. Start with a lower concentration and apply
every other day, gradually working up to a daily treatment.
After a few weeks your skin will develop enough
tolerance and any irritation will begin to diminish. By the time you
need to replenish the chemical exfoliant, your skin will be able to
adjust to a higher concentration of AHA or BHA. Remember not to exceed
the recommended concentrations for home use.
Once or twice a week, consider substituting the
chemical exfoliation with a microdermabrasion scrub after
abrasiveness of a microdermabrasion scrub is quite effective in
removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells that collect on the
surface of the skin.
Don't do both at the same time, as you can easily over exfoliate and
end up doing more harm than good. Just be patient and gradually work up
to incorporating each step into your routine.
An occasional home skin peel can also be a beneficial strategy to
substitute for an exfoliation treatment for some serious skin
care regimes and skin types. Do-it-yourself skin peels such as Reviva
Lab's Light BHA Skin Peel or EI
Solutions Facial Peeling Mask
are the same as chemical exfoliation except that a higher concentration
of an AHA or BHA solution is typically utilized.
Though, bear in mind
that over exfoliation can actually create
skin problems and/or damage,
so be very careful.
Like microdermabrasion, skin peels are another way
to more deeply achieve the removal of the older, outermost layer of
skin which stimulates new skin cell growth. The general conscientious
is that concentrations of AHA greater than 15% should not be utilized
without professional guidance. Remember, you need your skin intact and
undamaged in order to be successful in your rejuvenation efforts!
Again, sensitive skin types should approach a
face peel with caution. This is not an area in your
serious skin care strategy where you want to be overzealous. Introduce
each new technique gradually and begin the use of each new product
slowly in order to accurately gage your skin's reaction to each new
Choose a toner like Vitamin
C Toner Infused with Extracts
Perfecting CoQ-10 Toner
that has an active anti-aging ingredient such as a Vitamin C, liposome,
CoQ10, or spin trap.
As an alternative, using two different toners, one
in the AM and another type in the PM will allow you to include two
different anti-aging treatments each day during the toning step of your
serious skin care regime.
As mentioned previously, you can utilize an
AHA or BHA toner as one of your options and eliminate the
need to include a separate exfoliation step in your routine.
If you aren't utilizing a mechanical exfoliant after the cleansing step
or an exfoliating toner, now is the time to apply a chemical exfoliant.
Wait a minute to allow the toning product to dry then apply the AHA or
BHA exfoliant as an additional step in your skin care routine.
The most popular chemical exfoliant is glycolic
acid gel in an 8% to 15% concentration such as Total
Skin Care's 10% Glycolic Gel.
Apply any spot treatments for blemishes or hyperpigmentated areas,
(brown spots), after toning step. One of the best spot treatments for
age spots is a very strong retinol product such as SkinCeuticals
Retinol 1.0. If
incorporating a separate
glycolic treatment, apply these spot treatments after
the AHA or BHA
moisturize, moisturize! Use a different clinically
proven anti-aging skin
rejuvenating moisturizer for day and night, and if choosing an
intensive skin care regime add another moisturizer in the late afternoon in order
to integrate as many anti-aging ingredients as possible into your daily
There are several moisturizers that work well in
combination with each other but there are a few that should be used at
separate times of the day. For instance, if you are incorporating a Vitamin
C product and a copper peptide product use these two anti-aging
ingredients at different times because they neutralize each
other's effective qualities.
Under Eye Treatments:
Although a different product is not essential for eye care because the
composition of face creams verses eye creams are not dramatically
different, many eye creams are formulated to be less irritating to the
more sensitive eye area.
Dab a treatment around the eye area if desired.
For example, if you have dark circles under your eyes, a good choice
would be a Vitamin K
product such as Vita
K's Super Vitamin K for Blotchy Skin.
It is helpful to note that if you wish to
integrate a separate eye care treatment, the most cost efficient
strategy would be to review the percentage of the active anti-aging
ingredient in the product prior to selecting the one to purchase.
For instance, Kinerase
is rather pricey but a frequently recommended
rejuvenation treatment for around the eye area. You'll be able to
purchase the same percentage of the active ingredient in the Kinerase
facial moisturizer and get twice as much product than you
will if you purchase the Kinerase eye treatment.
Simply use the moisturizer as an eye treatment
since you will be essentially getting the same anti-aging defense for
And last, of course -BUT NOT LEAST- using a sunscreen with both UVA and
UVB protection is essential every morning and periodically
the day if the skin is exposed to the sun for extended periods of time.
Choosing a skin rejuvenation moisturizer that
includes a sunscreen component for the morning's anti-aging treatment
makes a lot of sense, especially during the summer months. The Skin
Care Product and Buyer's Guide lists quite a few that are easily found
in most major department stores such as Anthelios
SX Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen with Mexoryl, SPF 15 or Aveeno's
Skin Brightening Daily Treatment with SPF 15.
Start slow and build
upon your serious skin care regime by gradually adding
steps and different anti-aging treatments. There are quite a few options and it
can be rather confusing in figuring out how to begin.
Are you still having some
difficulty deciding which specific products to choose to begin your own
serious skin care regime?
The e-Learning Center has extensively researched and located the
products with the most effective anti-aging and skin rejuvenation
ingredients at the best possible price!
So if you want a head start in
getting the products you'll need for your own skin rejuvenation plan,
the e-Learning Center has prepared shopping lists for the basic to the
most advanced anti-aging skin care regimens to help you get started.
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