By Pamela Vendetti, Lead Esthetician, Lead Educator – NeoGenesis
One of the easiest and most enjoyable new year’s resolutions is to update your skin care regimen. Skin changes over time and with new seasons come new challenges. Let’s get started on that healthy, radiant skin care goal now!
Update Your Home Care
We’re in the peak of winter weather with cold, dry air and heated environments. Water consumption slows down. We just came through the busy holiday season that usually has us eating too much sugar, participating in less exercise, and far less sleep than normal. Sound familiar? Time to get back to pampering that skin of yours from head to toe.
A gentle cleanser, used twice daily, is your first step towards glowing skin. NeoGenesis Cleanser begins your morning and evening routine. Your skin works hard all night to repair and restore so morning cleansing will brighten your skin and prepare it for the day ahead. At night, your cleanser works to completely but gently clean your skin of any makeup, dirt or oil that has accumulated. Don’t be afraid to use a washcloth or sponges to remove any last traces of makeup from the day. Today’s makeup is made to stay on the skin so at night, a little extra effort is needed to remove everything.
Because winter is so drying, the next step is NeoGenesis Moisturizing Mist. This light, refreshing and hydrating mist keeps the skin from becoming surface dry after cleansing and before serums. When your skin is surface dry, it just doesn’t function properly. Use Moisturizing Mist throughout the day, over makeup, anytime you need a bit of hydration.
The most important step of any skincare regimen is the serums. NeoGenesis serums include Recovery, Booster, and Skin Serum. Use one of them or all of them, depending upon your needs to do the real work of bringing the skin to a complete state of health. Use your serums morning and evening, after cleansing the skin and applying the moisturizing mist. Your skin will thank you.
To seal all of the serum goodness in and to keep the skin feeling supple and hydrated, you must use a moisturizer. NeoGenesis Intensive Moisturizer is the perfect choice for winter weather. With drier air in winter, your skin may feel quite dry, even if you’re typically oily. Don’t be afraid to apply the Intensive Moisturizer as needed throughout the day. This is a temporary situation that calls for some new habits in winter weather.
Always, always, always apply a chemical free sunscreen. All day, every day. Non-negotiable.
Remember we said head to toe? Long hot showers and baths rob the skin on your body of the natural oils and proper pH we need to feel silky smooth. Reduce your time in water and use a lower temperature. The NeoGenesis Cleanser makes a perfect shower gel, then gently pat dry. Immediately while skin is still a bit damp, apply NeoGenesis Body Cream all over for a fabulous treat for your skin. This is face quality cream for the body. It absorbs completely and leaves your skin hydrated all day long.
Lifestyle Changes for the Inner You
The outside of you, your beautiful skin, is now taken care of in the best way possible. Equally as important are the changes you make on the inside to support your skin health. These are familiar health changes you will want to take a look at and see if you can improve in any of these areas.
Use your Products and be Consistent
Nothing works sitting on your shelf! A twice per day commitment is an investment in the health of your skin. No going to bed without cleansing your skin. Is it worth it? You bet. You’re welcome.
Water, Water, Water (on the inside)
Most don’t feel like drinking water in the winter and yet it is just as important this time of year. Set a water goal for each day and do your best to stick to it. We are 60% to 70% water so this is a must. The benefits to this are endless. Not only will your skin glow but you’ll have more energy, you will feel more alert, and your muscles and joints will feel much suppler. This is a total win-win all the way around. For a treat, flavor your water with some fruit or veggies. It adds nutrients and is delicious. Cucumber and strawberry water are my favorites. Play around with it and find what works for you.
Sleep glorious sleep! Sleep is your body’s chance to repair itself. Good quality sleep is necessary for us to function at a high level. Even one night of poor sleep can make for difficult days as our alertness and response time decline rapidly. One way to track your sleep is through sleep apps. There are a number of them on the market and they can tell you the amount of time you slept, your quality of sleep, your deep (REM) sleep, etc. It is a great way to know and track how you’re sleeping and changes you can make to improve your sleep score.
Get up and Move
Every little bit counts! My watch will tell me to stand when I’ve been sitting at my computer too long. Moving improves circulation, reduces stress, improves the quality of sleep, and boosts your metabolism, all are important for skin health. Regular exercise is vital to our well-being. Find something that works for you and keep going.
Congratulations! Reward your commitment to skin care with regular, professional facials. A monthly facial, combined with the proper home care, is the best investment you can make for gorgeous skin that glows.