It takes more than good DNA to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin. Great genetics certainly help, but taking care of your skin should be an everyday part of your whole-body health. Just like sound nutritional habits, regular exercise, and prioritizing sleep, a daily go-to skincare routine is the best way to create long-lasting results.
With countless products on the market, it can be overwhelming for a skincare novice to know where to start"there's natural skincare, targeted ageing products, solutions for dry skin, oily complexion blends, brightening, lightening, softening, and everything in between. But regardless of your age, skin type, or climate, creating a routine with these five essential steps will begin to reveal your brightest complexion.
Think of your core skincare system as consisting of three steps:
1. Cleanse"remove existing dirt and grime
2. Tone"purify and balance
3. Moisturise"hydrate and soften
Now, let's break it down.
A No-Nonsense Cleanse
There's no need to pay a pretty penny for a cleanser that promises you the world. Cleansing is the first step of a solid skincare routine, but it only sticks around for about 60 seconds before it's washed away. Every skin type will benefit from a simple formula, so shop1 for the one that works for you. Pick one that goes for the grime without leaving your skin dry. This bedrock of effective skincare should remove makeup and impurities without stripping your skin. Sounds easy enough, right?
Tune Up with Toner
If you haven't used toner lately, stinging astringents may come to mind. Alcohol-based oil annihilators have evolved into an essential skincare step. They remove anything your cleanser has left behind, balance your skin's pH level, purify your complexion without leaving a residue, and even restore moisture, rather than sucking your skin dry. Plus, they prepare your skin for serums and treatments to follow. So, avoid any temptation to skip out on this activating step.
You may already be versed in the language of moisturising. But it doesn't hurt to have a refresher. Adding a dependable moisturiser into your natural skincare2 routine is non-negotiable. Yes, this even goes for those prone to breakouts. As you age, your skin retains less moisture. Moisturising not only hydrates, it repairs and protects your natural skin barrier.
Your daytime moisturiser should be light, comfortable, and noncomedogenic (it won't clog your pores). Look for a moisturiser with SPF to keep your skin protected. At night, try a heavier textured product that will melt into your skin to deliver a buttery soft complexion by morning. Or use a middle-of-the-road product to cover your bases. Wherever you land on the skincare spectrum, find a moisturiser that works and use it daily.
From Good to Glowing
Boost your complexion with additional steps to take your beauty basics to a new level of radiance. Once you master the basics, exfoliating and masking one to three times weekly is a great way to enhance your glow without disrupting a balanced skincare routine.
Using a physical or chemical exfoliator once or twice a week will help replenish and renew your skin. Exfoliation after cleansing can refine pores and polish your complexion"a must for uneven skin. If you're considering a multi-use product that's gentle and safe for every skin type, we recommend the USANA Celavive Exfoliating Scrub + Mask.
Masking is an easy step to fit into your regimen throughout the week. Whether you find yourself with some self-care time on the weekends or even overnight3, masking is a great way to branch out your skincare regimen. Look for a face mask formulated to target skin concerns"intense hydration, clarifying, and brightening masks are among the most popular to deliver highly concentrated ingredients to the skin.
A Note on Consistency
It takes time to see radiant results. So be consistent with your new skincare routine"it doesn't get much more complicated than that. Create an easy, daily routine and experiment with additional self-care steps here and there to bring your best skin forward.
It bears repeating, a solid skincare routine doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. Start with the basic essentials and build from there. To really push your natural glow, expand to more targeted treatments, serums, and essences as your interest in skincare grows. But we'll save that for next time. For now, go enjoy your glow up.