This is an email I recently sent to one of my newest clients. She's suffering from acne. She's gone back to school so her time is limited. So this routine only requires 3 quick steps morning and night to make a huge difference in her skin.
I recommend a 4 step - Cleanse, Correct, Hydrate and Protect routine. That is how I've written your recommendations. To keep it simple and effective for you I've also combined some of those into a single step. Please look this over and let me know if you have any questions. Michelle
Morning Routine: Cleanse - Use a mild cleanser for sensitive or combination skin. I recommend either our Cleansing Milk for sensitive skin or Soothing AntiOxidant cleanser for UV exposed skin. How to use:
Apply cleanser to dry skin and spread it over your face, neck, decollette (upper chest).
Add water to your skin and emulsify your cleanser.
Dampen your facial sponge, or soft washcloth, with water. Rub the sponge with gentle circular motions over the cleanser. This gets your cleanser deeper into your pores for a better cleansing. Don't rub hard, keep it light.
Rinse well. Wash out your sponge and allow it to dry.
ICE your face for a minute or two. Use our Arctic Ice Roller. Or freeze water-filled balloons for this purpose. Icing will reduce swelling, redness and make it easier to for blackheads to come out of the skin. Then wash your Arctic Ice Roller with soap and water, or wipe with alcohol. Put it in the freezer for next time.
You can also spot treat a big breakout if needed with Benz Acne Treatment Gel. Remember to always wash it off, never leave it on all day. But it's better to use spot treatments at night.
Hydrate- Option 1: Use a light moisturizer, aloe vera or silicone-based are better for acne-prone skin. Skip any oil based moisturizers as they tend to create more clogs and blackheads.
I recommend either our Sheer Oil-Free Moisturizer with Aloe Vera base or the Arctic Antioxidant Hydrogel with cloudberry and snow algae to calm and soothe. Hydrate and Protect:
Option 2: Or you can skip this moisturizer and use a sunscreen with moisturizing properties. Sheer Perfection BB cream SPF 50 is a combination of sunscreen, moisturizer and "makeup". Plus it has a matte finish. Your skin will be shine-free without visible redness.
If you want better hydration with your sun protection use the Anti-Photoaging SPF 50+ Sunscreen with Green Tea. It combines antioxidant hydration with powerful sunscreen protection and gives the skin a light glow. Also works well as a makeup primer.
Apply your sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Your breakouts already cause trauma to the skin that leave pigmentation and scars. You don't need to add more trauma from UV exposure
Evening Routine tip: Follow your routine as soon as is convenient because if you wait til bedtime you may be too tired to do it. Cleanse - Optional. If you're wearing heavy makeup, do a first cleanse using the same face wash and cleansing routine. And remove mascara and eye make up. If you're not wearing heavy makeup go straight to Correct.
Correct (option 1): Spot treat with Benz Acne Treatment Gel. Using a cotton swab, apply the acne gel to the larger, red breakouts. Especially if it has a white head. Leave on for 30 minutes. Then CLEANSE your face, neck and decollette (upper chest) with your gentle cleanser.