1. Rinse face with lukewarm or cool water.
When you wash your skin in the morning you should NEVER use hot water. Hot water is drying and irritating to the skin and can actually leave your skin red and blotchy. We need to retain the natural oils and acid mantel of the skin. By using a cleanser too often, you will be stripping the skin of these natural protective barriers. This is why we just use water. A cleanser should only be used for removal of makeup or dirt and oil on the skin from a long day.
2. Tone skin with a glycolic or lactic acid based toner.
If you are targeting a more mature skin, I recommend using glycolic over the lactic. The glycolic acid better targets wrinkling and hyperpigmentation. Lactic acid, on the other hand, is very hydrating and will help to relieve dry and tired skin. Both are chemical exfoliants and will promote cell regeneration.
3. Apply serum containing vitamins A, C, and E.
Our main concern is the the health of the skin. In order for our skin to remain healthy, we have to look at it at a cellular level.
Vitamin A is essential in keeping the cells of your skin healthy. Younger skin has more available vitamin A and as we age it breaks down. By adding a viable form of vitamin A to our skin twice a day, we will improve the health and appearance of our skin.
Vitamin C and E are antioxidants which will attack free radicals. As we know, free radicals are caused by various damaging factors such as UV rays, smoking, and exposure to pollutants. Vitamin C also helps in collagen synthesis.
4. Protect with sunscreen.
It is essential that before you leave your house, rain or shine, you must apply sunscreen to your skin. This is the one thing you can do to prevent hyperpigmentation, premature aging, wrinkling, and skin cancer.
Genie recommends: Environ’s Sun Care SPF 25 high in Vitamin E.
5. All done.
Apply makeup, if that’s your thing, and don’t forget a hat if you are going to be in the sun!
1. Pre-Cleanse and remove makeup.
Use a good pre-cleanse oil, usually mineral oil based. Oil attracts dirt and will break down the makeup and any dirt or chemicals on your skin. Massage it well to thoroughly remove the makeup and dirt build up from the day. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Three times a week, I recommend mixing the pre-cleanse oil with a hydrating exfoliating mask. Massage it into your skin for 5 minutes. This will hydrate and exfoliate and start the cleansing process.
Genie recommends: Environ’s Pre-Cleanse
Use a good anti-bacterial cleanser which is not drying. Use a cleanser that contains tea tree oil, which is excellent for the treatment of acne and great for all skin types. I recommend to use your cleanser on a Clarisonic brush for the best result. I personally have replaced my brush head with a special eyelid brush which is more gentle and softer on the skin. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
Genie recommends: Environ’s Sebuwash
3. Replace lost vitamins and nutrients. (Evening Cocktail)
After a long day and exposure to the environment, your skin needs some TLC and repair. I recommend massaging your skin with vitamins A, C, and E again. If your goal is to repair fine lines and wrinkles, add peptides to make your cocktail. For hyperpigmentation, you can add not only peptides, but asiatic, lactic, and mandelic acids. These acids make the skin tighter, smoother, and more radiant.
Massaging your cocktail in, will stimulate the sebaceous glands to release your natural skin oils and will help to keep your skin properly moisturized. A gentle face and neck massage is also very relaxing and will help to promote a good night sleep.
When massaging your face, remember to use upward strokes and avoid any tugging or pulling around the delicate tissue surrounding your eyes.
4. Get 7-8 hours of good sleep.
A restful sleep is essential in looking and feeling your best and for maintaining your mental and physical health.
The next day repeat the above process and start loving your skin!
Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic) and exercise regularly.