1. CLEANING your skin will slough off dead cells and enable moisturizing products and treatments to penetrate better. It also promotes cell renewal, softens the skin, and restores the face’s radiance. For normal or combination skin types, exfoliating once or twice a week is recommended; once every two weeks if your skin is dry. Use a gentle exfoliating product with fine, non-abrasive particles. These particles, usually referred to as granules, must be small enough to enter the pores and rid them of impurities. Make small circular motions with your fingertips, working from the center of the face outwards, then from top to bottom. Avoid the eye area, where skin is especially delicate.
Exfoliating your skin at night is best since this is when greater cell regeneration occurs and because you can avoid exposure to sunlight for several hours afterwards. Don’t forget to exfoliate the neck area, too.
CAUTION While numerous benefits are derived from exfoliation, it should still be performed in moderation to protect the epidermis. Exfoliation is not advisable for people with acne, rosacea, or hypersensitive skin.
2.REVITALIZING your skin with the help of a mask is a great idea after exfoliation. The mask’s active ingredients—designed to moisturize, purify, detoxify, or smooth—work better on exfoliated skin. Following the manufacturer’s directions, apply the mask once or twice a week, avoiding the eye and lip areas.
3. ENHANCE THE DESIRED EFFECTS by using a serum or concentrate— high-potency products formulated with maximum concentrations of very specialized ingredients. Use them to moisturize, firm, regenerate, brighten, and oxygenate the skin, or to soothe sensitive skin. Because they’re loaded with active ingredients, they can produce quick results and compensate for certain deficiencies. Daily application of serums or concentrates is recommended, under your day or night cream, as per the manufacturer’s directions.