Are Your Beauty Products Working Overtime?
Oct 3, 2013 - 1:38:16 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Miami, FL (October 3, 2013) - Most women's bathroom counters are topped with an array of skincare products and cosmetics - moisturizers, toners, exfoliators, wrinkle creams, night creams, and serums. However, using a bunch of different products - even the pricey ones is no guarantee that your skin will look its best. The trick is to use the right ones in the right ways. "Each morning you go through your routine - wash your face, slap on some moisturizer - adding layers of product one on top of another, hoping that it all works together," says Melanie Velez, a licensed Paramedical Aesthetician and Product Development Advisor for Michael Todd True Organics. "But how you apply the products, the order you apply them - even where you store the products can have a big impact on how well your products work."
Here, Melanie reveals application tips and lifestyle habits that maximize your skincare regimen.
Working Order: Cleanser, Toner & Moisturizer
"To achieve optimum results from your skincare, you need to follow a system," says Melanie. "A cleanser washes away make up and impurities which can clog pores; a toner balances the PH of your skin after cleansing, and a moisturizer or serum replenishes the skin's moisture barrier and provides much needed nourishment."
Melanie also recommends adding a facial mask or eye serum into your beauty sequence. "An eye serum is best to apply right after toning your skin and before moisturizing or applying facial serums. The skin of the eye area is delicate, so you'll want to apply eye serums first vs. after applying facial serums to prevent blending facial serums into the eye area." She continues, "A mask is best applied in the evening after cleansing. You can use your toner after washing off the mask to balance the PH of the skin and prepare the skin to accept serums and moisturizers more effectively."
How often do you need to change your skincare routine? According to Melanie, it's beneficial to tweak your skincare routine every two to three months. For example change to a new cleanser or serum that benefits your skin type. Your skin can become resistant to your skin are routine if it has not changed for a long period of time. "As most of us exfoliate dead skin cells at least once per week, it's beneficial to alternate exfoliating products to achieve the best results also every week," advises Melanie.
According to Melanie, the biggest skincare mistake most women make is not knowing how to apply their skincare products. "As an aesthetician, we are always taught to use our finger tips and not the entire hand when applying moisturizer. Generally we are more gentle when we use our finger tips - we don't pull or tug the skin which can cause wrinkles over time." For toners? Melanie recommends a round cotton pad is generally the best. It will allow you to apply more effectively versus a tissue or cotton ball, this way you have a better visual of which areas you have treated and not over treat one specific area twice.
"It's best to store product on your bathroom counter, in your medicine cabinet or under sink," says Melanie. "However, if you are storing them on your counter, be sure your products are away from a window where they could be exposed to sunlight. When storing product in the shower, the steam and heat from the shower can affect the preservation of your products as well."
How long can you keep products before they expire or become unbeneficial? According to Melanie, this depends on the manufacturer of the products and the preservatives used in your skincare products. "Each product is formulated differently and includes a different preservative. It is best to call the manufacturer of your skincare products for the exact expiration when unopened and opened. These two dates differ. They should be able to provide you with these two different dates."
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