A Step-By-Step Guide to Maintaining Healthy Skin at Home
Our wellness experts at Elements want to help you maximize your skincare routine. While we are all spending more time at home, now is the perfect opportunity to refine a regime that will enhance the health of your skin.
How to Get Healthier Skin at Home
The best way to healthier-looking skin is through a regular day and nighttime skincare routines. This step-by-step guide will help you establish a routine that will promote optimal skin health.
Every good skincare routine begins with washing your hands. Touching your face with unwashed hands can expose you to harmful germs and pathogens, so get in the habit of not touching your face and washing your hands regularly. This will help alleviate certain skin conditions, and will also reduce the spread of germs.
What Is The Best Daytime Skincare Routine?
Your morning routine should be centered around protecting your skin and preparing it for the day ahead. Save deep cleansing and other facial treatments for the evening, and focus on starting your day with a refreshing face cleanse.
Step 1: Refreshing Cleanse and Toner
Start your morning routine with a refreshing cleanse using warm water and a gentle face wash that is designed for your skin type. For optimal results, massage your cleanser into your skin for a full minute.
While all the cleansers we retail here at Elements are Ph balanced (making traditional toners unnecessary), if you’re like us, then you love Sorella’s Watermelon Toner.
Spritz your skin after cleansing and again periodically throughout the day for extra hydration and a nice little pick-me-up. It also works perfectly to set your makeup!
Step 2: Serum
Apply your face serums next, layering them from the lightest consistency to the heaviest if you are using more than one. Note: We recommend you save resurfacing serums, such as Image’s Ageless Anti-Aging Serum, and retinols for night time use.
Step 3: Eye Creams
Next, apply a small amount of eye cream to the tip of your ring fingers and gently apply to the under-eye area and just below your eyebrows being careful to not get the product on your eyelid. This will help smooth fine lines and ease dryness so your foundation goes on smoothly.
Step 4: Moisturize
Finding an everyday face moisturizer suited for your skin type is essential to maintaining healthy skin. If you struggle with oily skin, you can benefit from using a light-weight, oil-free daily moisturizer.
People with sensitive skin tend to get the best results from our Image Vital C line that helps reduces redness and strengthen the skin. Itchy skin, tightness, or cracking are all signs of dry skin and can be addressed with heavier creams to moisturize.
Step 5: Sunscreen
The final step of your morning routine will be applying sun protection. Maintaining a healthy barrier and protecting your skin against sun damage and harmful UV light will keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated. Even if the sun isn’t shining brightly, there are still harmful UV rays that can cause skin damage, so apply SPF daily – regardless of the weather conditions.
Note: Image’s Daily Prevention + SPF products contain moisturizers. If your skin is dry to very dry, consider adding a more concentrated moisturizer underneath for even more hydration.
What is the Best Nighttime Skincare Routine?
Wash away the oils and make-up from the day and prepare your skin for a night of beauty rest with targeted products to address your main skin concerns. Your skin will naturally repair and revitalize while you sleep, so save special treatments and deep cleanses for before bed.
Step 1: Cleansing & Exfoliation
It is good practice to get in the habit of doing a double cleanse at night to remove makeup, excess oil and pollutants from the day. You can use a combination of makeup remover or an Image’s Facial Wipes followed by your cleanser. Or cleanse twice with your regular cleanser to ensure that you remove all the dirt and grime that accumulates during the day. Once you have a clean canvas, you can treat your skin to address its specific needs.
Step 2: Treatments
Depending on the condition of your skin, this step is to be completed as needed. If you are struggling with a break-out, or need deep hydration from a masque, it is best to perform these treatments at night. You can maximize the benefits of acne treatments, skin peels, face masks, and other regimes by doing them before bed.
This is a great time to use products such as Image’s AGELESS Total Overnight Retinol Masque to boost collagen and resurface your skin, or the VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque to hydrate your skin and leave it glowing.
Step 3: All Over Facial Moisturizer and Eye Creams
Use eye creams to help reduce dark circles under eyes, or minimize the appearance of fine lines. Apply a small amount of the appropriate eye cream to the tip of your ring fingers and gently apply to the under-eye area and just below your eyebrows being careful to not get the product on your eyelid.
The final step in every good nightly skincare routine is applying an all-over facial moisturizer. It is important to remember that moisturizers can interrupt the effects of some acne treatments, so it is best practice to avoid any treated spots and moisturize them in the morning.
Note: if you are using an overnight masque, skip this step so you don’t interfere with the masque or dilute its potential.
What is the Best Weekly Skincare Routine?
It’s important to regularly slough off dead skin cells that can trap toxins and debris inside your pores. We recommend you give your skin a good exfoliation once or twice a week followed with a targeted masque treatment to address your skin’s unique needs. Masques contain high concentrations of active ingredients and will give your skin a nice pick-me-up!
Order From Elements on The Plaza And Get Skincare Products Delivered To Your Door
All of the products available at Elements on The Plaza are formulated to enhance vitality and maximize the long-term health of your skin. We are now shipping your favorite skincare products directly to your doorstep with free shipping on every order over $50 during the mandatory shelter in place order.
Not sure what to use?
Email us at info@ElementsOnThePlaza.com and we will suggest a custom skincare routine to address your skin’s unique needs!
Our team at Elements on The Plaza can’t wait to welcome you back to our relaxing day spa in Healdsburg. But until then we want to help you keep calm and glow on with an at-home skincare routine! Get more wellness tips and stay up-to-date on the latest spa news by liking us on Facebook!