Your lineup varies between morning and night. In the morning, the ideal basics of skin care are “a gentle wash, an antioxidant serum, hydrating moisturizer, and sunscreen,
While there’s no hard and fast rule on how frequently you need to exfoliate — as it depends on the exfoliant, how powerful it is, and what else you’re using —A general rule of thumb, I would advise one to two times per week
There are a few important tweaks for your evening routine. At night, “cleanser may need to include a makeup remover in it,” says Greenfield. “And moisturizers should be thicker and more hydrating at night.” Once a week, you should also use a face mask at night
Short answer? Sort of. “It does not in the sense that most people talk about it — for example, chocolate doesn’t cause acne,” says Robinson. “However, foods with a high glycemic index, such as refined sugar, can increase hormone levels in the body, leading to inflammation, and exacerbate acne.” So if you break out after eating a late-night plate of fries, it’s not because of the grease. It may be because potatoes are high on the glycemic index scale.
The best time to start addressing wrinkles is once you see them in the mirror. “Usually, this is noticeable in your late 20s,” says Greenfield. But you can take preventive measures, like diligent sunscreen use, way before that — like now. It’s the most effective and affordable anti-aging product out there.
So you’ve got your skin care routine down to an art — for your face. But you should pay just as much attention to your hands, neck and chest, where the signs of aging are also visible. Apply sunscreen in the morning, extend your treatments and moisturizer down to your chest, and rub excess product onto the backs of your hands. Really, sunscreen should go everywhere. “The back of the legs is the most common place for melanoma on a woman’s body, so it’s important to use care with SPF coverage here,” says Robinson.
Most frequent questions and answers
There are a few different skin types—normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Knowing what skin type you have is important, as you can then choose the best products and treatments to maintain healthy, glowing skin. To determine the exact type of skin you have, we run a skin analysis using our high tech machines.
Breakouts are caused by one thing and one thing only: A combination of oil and dead skin cells that block bacteria and clog hair follicles.
The best defense against pimples? Find a cleansing routine that works for you and stick with it. Also remember to remove your makeup every night and don’t over exfoliate — twice a week is fine. And use an oil-free moisturizer with added SPF.
Stylist and hair pros agree: The longer you can go between washes, the better. Even if you have thinner hair, you should try to wait at least every other day before your next shampoo. Waiting a few days lets your natural oils do their work for healthier, bouncier hair.
Try a cold compress first thing in the morning. Clean potato or cucumber slices that have been refrigerated will also work. Another option? After your morning cup of tea, place cold tea bags under your eyes for a few minutes for the same effect.
Try using a cream or gel with retinol nightly. And in the morning, apply a moisturizer with added SPF to prevent sum damage. A few days a week you should also exfoliate to remove dead skin and deep clean your pores.