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4 Skincare Goals You Need To Start Right Now
When it comes to taking care of your skin, it can feel like there are a million things to focus on. But if you hone in and simplify, you can easily whittle it down to these four key skincare goals that will make a big difference in the long run: smaller pores, clearer skin, dewy-looking skin, and radiance.
These four simple steps help your skin look and feel healthier.
Lucky for us, these are pretty easy skincare habits to adopt into your skincare routine. If you’re interested in upping your skin game but aren’t sure where to start, read on for our insider tips!
Skin Goal: Smaller Looking Pores
How to achieve smaller-looking pores
Step 1: Cleanse
When pores are blocked with excess sebum, oils, makeup and debris, they can appear larger. These blockages, with the addition of bacteria can lead to a breakout. By cleansing regularly, it is less likely to have these blockages in the pores due to the removal of the debris and excess oils. Cleansing the pores will reduce their visibility.
A cleanser like AlumierMD Purifying Gel Cleanser removes impurities and breaks down oils, perfect for a thorough cleanse. While the AlumierMD Acne Clarifying Cleanser, using 2% salicylic acid, decongests the pores to allow the skin to breathe. Therefore, reducing inflammation in the pores and minimizing their visibility.
Step 2: Tone
Toners are fantastic for minimizing pore size as often they contain ingredients that are astringents. Astringents cause blood vessels and the skin to contract and tighten; thus, shrinking pore size. Toners with exfoliating ingredients, like AlumierMD Bright & Clear Solution, provide extra pore-minimizing powers. Exfoliating the face leaves the skin smoother and the pores flatter to the surface of the skin, reducing their visibility.
Step 3: Retinol
As skin ages, collagen and elastin decreases, thus losing plumpness and firmness in the skin. This loss of volume in the skin increases the visibility of pores. A serum like the Retinol Resurfacing Serum from AlumierMD can help slow down the aging process by aiding in collagen production and speeding up cell turnover to make the skin appear more youthful, radiant and pores tightened.
Step 4: Microneedling
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is amazing for reducing pore size. Microneedling stimulates collagen production, adding volume back into the skin and reducing pore visibility. Additionally, it noticeably tightens the skin, tightening the pores and reducing their size.
Skin Goal: Clear Skin
How to Achieve Clear Skin
Step 1: Cleanse
Clear skin is a result of consistent cleansing, removing impurities and debris that will block pores and lead to congestion. Cleansing twice a day, ideally with a pH-balanced gel-based cleanser, will remove impurities and bacteria and ensure the skin is ready to absorb the next steps in the routine.
Step 2: Treatment Serum/ Spot Treat
Apply a treatment serum with salicylic acid, like the Acne Balancing Serum from AlumierMD, which will help prevent and address blemishes. If the acne is occasional and not consistent, a spot treatment will suffice to decongest and reduce the appearance of the inflammation.
Step 3: Moisturize
It is key to moisturize no matter what skin type you are. For oily and acne prone types, AlumierMD has the HydraClarité, an ultra light moisturizer, that contains Oligopeptide-10, which works in synergy with Salicylic acid to enhance its decongesting effects. Moisturizing not only hydrates the surface of the skin, but it locks in any products underneath and prevents evaporation. This means, with a moisturizer, your products will be more effective and stronger as they are not being dried up or oxidized after being exposed to air.
Step 4: Salicylic Acid Chemical Peel
A Salicylic acid peel will instantly begin fighting inflammation and start congested skin and inflamed acne on a path to healing. Ideally coming in every 4-6 weeks for a salicylic-acid based peel is ideal to keeping the skin calm and preventing acne flare ups.
Skin Goal: Dewy-Looking Skin
How to Achieve Dewy-Looking Skin
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing is essential, a key step in any skincare routine. Without cleansing your skin, it could be dull, cause a flare up of breakouts, become rough and textured, just to name a few potential results. Cleansing is essential, and for dewy looking skin, we recommend the AlumierMD SensiCalm cleanser. It is pH-balanced, hydrating and soothing.
Step 2: Exfoliate
After cleansing, its the perfect time to exfoliate! Dullness can occur when dead skin cells build up. A scrub, like the AlumierMD MicroDerm Polish, invigorates the skin, stimulating blood flow, tackles skin texture and increases product absorption. Chemical exfoliation, using Alpha-Hydroxy Acids penetrate deeper than a mechanical exfoliant and help loosen the bonds between skin cells to support shedding. Therefore revealing a radiant and smooth complexion.
Step 3: Moisturize
Dewy-looking skin and hydration go hand in hand. Moisturizing after exfoliation softens the skin and prevents dryness which enhances the smooth look of the skin. Additionally, dehydration causes fine lines to appear in the skin. Moisturizers like AlumierMD’s range, have plumping ingredients that reduce the appearance of fine lines and thus not only adding a dewy-finish to the skin, but also increasing smoothness.
Step 4: Renew 30 Peel
Ready for next-level glowing skin? If you really want to rock the dewy look without any makeup. Get the Renew 30 Peel! This peel, suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, provides the most beautiful, dewy glow with no down time.
Step 5: ColoreScience Hydrating Mist
For that extra kiss of hydration, use a facial mist! The ColoreScience Hydrating Mist soothes skin, locks in makeup and revitalizes the complexion leaving a dewy finish and hydration support, which reduces the appearance of fine lines caused by dehydration.
Skin Goal: Radiant, Youthful-Looking Skin
How to Achieve Youthful-Looking Skin
Step 1: Cleanse
Start your anti-aging skincare routine with a gentle cleanser, ensuring the removal of makeup, excess oils and debris. We love AlumierMD’s SensiCalm for its beautifully aromatic lavender scent, its soothing abilities and for the way it cleanses without over-drying. When double cleansing at the end of the day, pair it with the Purifying Gel Cleanser. The Purifying Gel Cleanser leaves the skin exceptionally clean, removes even the most stubborn makeup and clears excess oils from the skin without stripping it.
Step 2: Chemical Exfoliation
In terms of exfoliation efficacy, there’s no better option than chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliants, like lactic acid, glycolic or salicylic acid penetrate deeper into the skin than a mechanical exfoliant, and reveal radiant, youthful skin. Adding an exfoliant serum, like the AHA Renewal Serum or a toner, like the Bright & Clear Solution from AlumierMD, will bring you that glow and with consistent use, keep it glowing. Exfoliating is key to a radiant, brighter complexion.
Step 3: Moisturize
Follow up your exfoliation with a moisturizer. While exfoliation won’t completely strip your skin of all its oil, it will remove most of it, leaving the surface dry. Moisturizing is key to ensure your skin stays radiant and resilient after a thorough exfoliation, providing the oils the skin needs to form a protective barrier.
Step: 4 Sunscreen
Sun exposure causes 80-90% of the visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration. The first step to youthful, radiant skin is to stop sun damage in its tracks! Apply daily, rain or shine (UV rays can penetrate through windows, clouds, snow) to prevent further damage.
Step 5: Retinol
Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is an antioxidant that has a plethora of benefits. Retinol stimulates collagen production, increases cell turnover and is great for pushing pigment in the skin, like sun spots or melasma to the surface where it can be treated with Chemical Peels, Microneedling or PicoWay Laser Skincare treatments.
Step 6: Microneedling and/or PicoWay Resolve Laser Treatments
Microneedling and Laser Rejuvenation treatments are incredibly effective at anti-aging. Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, stimulates collagen production in the skin using sterile micro-needles in a controlled, uniform manner. This triggers wound healing, which results in tighter skin, a more even skin tone, heals scarring and reduces the depth of fine lines and wrinkles significantly.
Laser rejuvenation, using the PicoWay laser, stimulates collagen in the skin by creating little pockets in the skin. These pockets are where new collagen is synthesized, adds volume to the skin and thus lessens the depth of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring.