At Home Skin Care Regimen

The trick with your at home skin care routine is-- commitment + consistency! This list may seem daunting and like wayyyy too much time + money. If you're like most you're probably struggling with the first step-- just cleansing your face daily. We recommend taking one or two suggestions on the list at a time and adding them to your daily routine so they can become lifetime habits! The skin is thee largest organ of the body + requires lots of TLC to keep it healthy + functioning properly! 

MAVEN TIP : DON'T FORGET YOUR NECK, CHEST, + BACK OF THE HANDS -- these areas along with your face are going to age the fastest.

Along with an at home regimen we encourage everyone to invest in a professional facial once a month-- or as frequently as possible. 

CLEANSERS

This is one of the most important ways to protect your skin both morning + evening. It should be your first step in your skincare routine. Soap is not recommended as a cleanser -- it can leave a film on the skin and doesn't leave the skin pH-balanced (like a good cleanser will) which leads to dryness and other problems.

When you don't wash your face properly dirt and debris sits on the skin overnight and clogs your pores-- leading to breakouts + enlarged pores. We especially recommend cleansing your face in the evening -- to take off your make up + all the buildup from the day. (find a product that works as a facial cleanser + makeup remover) 

Cleansing benefits:

--dissolve makeup + dirt: keeps pores clean + prepares the skin for makeup.

--help balance pH levels of the skin + boosts hydration

--may have emollients that soften dry skin

--may contain ingredients that counter a variety of skin problems

--additional ingredients can help certain skin conditions : sensitivity, dehydration, or capillary problems.

MAVEN TIP : for acne prone skin we recommend looking for a cleanser with antimicrobial agents to kill bacteria. 

TONERS

Toners are a watery-liquid that should be used after cleansing the skin. They can be applied to the skin with a cotton round, or sprayed directly to the face. 

Toning benefits:

--removes residue left behind by cleansers or other products 

--restores the skins natural pH balance

--hydrate the skin 

--has temporary tightening effects for the skin, pores, + cell gaps 

--creates a barrier + adds a layer of protection 

EXFOLIANTS  

Removing + sloughing off the dead skin cells can be done mechanically or chemically. Mechanical exfoliation is a method where you physically rub the dead cells off the skin. We recommend adding mechanical exfoliating to your skin care routine 1-2 times a week using a granular scrub. Chemical exfoliation works by dissolving the dead skin cells and intercellular matrix (the glue that holds them together) with chemical agents.

Exfoliating benefits:

--improve skin texture (smoother and softer) 

--cleanses pores 

--makes deep pore cleansing + extractions easier 

--cell turnover rate is increased (brings new cells to the surface) 

--improve the skins ability to retain moisture 

--improve product penetration 

--stimulate blood flow + circulation 

--improve makeup application + wear 

Exfoliating is especially beneficial for

-oily skin with clogged pores; blackheads, whiteheads or acne breakouts. 

-dry/dehydrated skin with flaking or a tight dry surface. 

-dull, lifeless looking skin. 

FACE MASQUES

A good masque can do wonders for the skin! Face masques come in all different forms and with many different ingredients. We recommend using a face mask once a week. The two main types of masques are non-setting + setting.

Non-setting masques are going to stay moist and will not dry on the skin -- these types of masques nourish + treat the skin rather than giving it a deep cleanse. Non-setting masques are especially good if you're looking to moisturize + hydrate the skin.

Setting masques will harden and dry on the skin -- it will draw impurities + deep clean the pores as it hardens. These types of masques can also stimulate circulation and temporarily close up pores. 

Masking benefits: 

--tighten + tone the skin 

--draw impurities out of the skin 

--clear up blemishes 

--hydrate + nourish the skin 

--calm + soothe the skin 

--brighten the complexion 

--rejuvenate the skin 

SERUMS

Serums contain concentrated and specialized ingredients that penetrate effectively into the skin. They are made up of highly concentrated performance ingredients -- vitamins, lipids, + antioxidants. These products are designed to be applied under a moisturizer or masque. 

Serum benefits: 

--penetrate deeper into the skin 

--target specific skin conditions 

--hydrates the skin 

--promotes collagen + elastin production 

MOISTURIZERS  

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that these products are designed to add moisture to the skin. Moisturizers should be used twice daily after cleansing to protect and nourish the skin. 

Moisturizing benefits: 

--protecting the skin from pollutants + harmful elements 

--nourish the skin 

--balance the water-oil content of the skin 

--treats various skin conditions (redness, dryness, aging, etc.) 

MAVEN TIP: Invest in a moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher for your morning routine. 

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