We all know radiant, gorgeous skin is one the best beauty assets. We also know that true beauty shines from the inside out. So how do we get that coveted gorgeous, glowing skin? Well, it truly does start from the inside...meaning how we nourish our bodies impacts the way we feel and how our skin looks.
Keeping your skin hydrated from the inside by drinking plenty of water is a great start to achieving gorgeous, glowing skin and you can take it further with a simple skincare routine. My go-to 3 step daily routine involves a great cleanser, toner and moisturizer. How do you find these great basics?
The best way to find a product that works well with your skin is to be consistent and observe how your skin looks and feels immediately after use. Try to introduce one new product into your daily routine at a time to test its compatibility and performance. After a week, its ok to begin using another new product. Confused by mixed messages from salespeople who advise results after weeks or months of use? While its true that the best results are measured after continuous use, its also true that the products you use should feel comfortable on your skin from day 1. The right cleanser should feel refreshing, thorough and balanced. Avoid cleansers that feel dry or tight after washing, even if you have oily or combination skin. Over cleansing (stripping the skin of a healthy level of oil) the skin triggers your sebaceous glands to produce extra oil to compensate for the imbalance.
My favorite facial cleanser is an old-school classic: Lanolin-Agg-Tvaal Swedish Eggwhite Soap. Best used daily for combination/oily skin types. Dry skin types may want to use this soap sparingly. For a real treat, try working up a good lather and letting it sit on the skin for a few minutes and rinse with cold water. Glow skin, glow!
If you have sensitive, dry skin or live in cold, arid climates a soothing balm cleanser can do wonders. Try Bobbi Brown's Extra Balm Rinse. Liberally rub a small amount in the palms of your hands to warm the balm and apply to a damp face. Use warm water to lather and rinse. Repeat rinse with cold water.
If you want to splurge, the ultra luxe face cleansing experience has to include the incredible Clarisonic Face Cleansing Brush! The electronic spinning facial brush gives you a deep, thorough and gentle cleanse that feels like a facial massage and clears impurities from the skin quickly.
Most cleansers today provide a balanced PH to the skin, so traditional toners are no longer essential. However, Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Face Tonic with Chamomile, Lavender and Vitamin B5 leaves my skin so soft and prepped for moisture, I can't resist including it in my daily routine!
Last, but not least: Moisturizer!!! With science and technology rapidly expanding our selection of high-to-low end products, finding the best moisturizer can be a daunting and sometimes irritating experience. Most reputable companies want their clients to feel free to try their products commitment free to build trust in their brand and often supply a sample of the moisturizer you consider trying.
I prefer to keep my skincare simple and effective and stick to formulas that are relatively straightforward. My favorite mid-range moisturizer for oily, combination, or normal skin for years has been Bobbi Brown's Protective Face Lotion and I still love it. It hydrates without leaving the skin greasy, sticky or heavy. As an added bonus, it even provides a light primer for smooth foundation application.
To pamper the skin, try adding Darphin's Aromatic Care just before moisturizing. Press a small drop of the aromatic care oil into freshly cleansed skin and inhale its healing properties deeply. Follow with your normal moisturizer.
Dry skin types will appreciate the rich, hydrating cremes like La Mer or Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm Spf 25.
I hope these simple suggestions help your skin feel more radiant than ever! Questions and comments are always welcome!