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March 27, 2019

How to Build a Skincare Routine

Remember when skin care was as simple as “cleanse, tone, moisturize”? Now, there are seemingly endless products to navigate in the hunt for a clearer, brighter, tighter skin. Knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them is incredibly important – not to mention taking your lifestyle and daily environment into consideration.

Why do I need a skincare routine you might ask? Because a good skincare routine promotes skin health and achieving your best skin will take some action on your part. The building blocks to feeling confident from the inside out start with the choices you make daily. And we are here to help guide you through this journey. Whether you use our Ultimate Skin Spa system, and/or our Beauty Refiners, or custom-select products based on what works best for you and your specific skin concerns, this step-by-step guide will set you on the path to the best skin, and your best Self.  

Your Essentials:


Cleanser:
At the bare minimum, daily cleansing will remove the buildup of oil, dirt, and pollution that accumulates on your face that can lead to clogged pores and dull skin. Starting with a clean face allows the products that follow work even better. It truly is an essential part of having good skin.

Toner: Toning the skin is an extra cleansing step to remove dirt and impurities from makeup and environmental pollution. They also help remove any excess oil, which is what clogs pores and causes blackheads in the first place, and, help restore pH balance to the skin.

Exfoliant: Environmental damage and other factors cause the surface of the skin to become dull, rough and uneven. Exfoliating is vital in eliminating this buildup, which otherwise will cause clogged pores and uneven skin tone and worsen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Acne Treatment (if needed): Research shows that topical treatments such as tea tree, AHA’s and glycolic acids are an essential step for preventing new acne or clearing out current acne.

Serums: Serums filled with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients help defend your skin from environmental stressors helping soften the visible signs of aging for healthier, younger looking skin.

Moisturizer: Good quality moisturizers contain skin-restoring ingredients that instantly hydrate and lock in moisture while delivering unique benefits based on your skin concerns.

SPF: This essential morning step keeps your skin protected from the short, and long-term visible effects of sun damage which leads to wrinkles, uneven skin tone, loss of firmness, and many other signs of aging.

Essential Routine Steps

The following covers the basic types of products everyone should use, and the order in which to use them, day and night. These types apply to most skin types.

Essential Routine: MORNING 

Step 1: Cleanse & Exfoliate | For early risers kicking off the day right, morning brush use is key. Starting with the Ultimate Skin Spa attaching your brush head of choice and a nickel size of Main Squeeze cleanser to create a clean, smooth canvas for what is to follow. 

Step 2: Moisturize & Protect | When using the right universal moisturizer like Renew made for all skin types, dry, dull, sensitive, inflamed skin will be visibility smoother, younger and replenished. Sunscreen acts as a shield defense - keeping the bad stuff out, and the good stuff in.

Essential Routine: EVENING

Step 1: Cleanse & Exfoliate | Take the day off with a super-powered, make-up removing cleanser. Removing all traces of make-up to avoid build-up in the pores is key. Starting with the Ultimate Skin Spa, attach your brush head of choice and a nickel size of Main Squeeze cleanser or your cleanser of choice, to create a clean, smooth canvas for your evening cream to follow. 

Note: If you prefer to use an acid or textured exfoliant, we suggest excluding the USS from your evening routine and using the active exfoliant 2-3 times a week. Stay tuned for our Face & Body Polish coming soon.

Step 2: Moisturize | Use Renew to help Renew your skin while you sleep.

Advanced Routine Steps

Adding luxurious and super ingredient-based serums will take your skin to the next level. If you’re concerned with breakouts, signs of aging, large pores, uneven skin tone, or sensitive skin, an Advanced Routine is your new best friend. It includes targeted solutions and boosters that build on the foundation of the Essential Routine to address your personal skincare concerns while being compatible with the needs of your skin type.

Knowing you are using a system that was created specifically for your individual needs, makes it all the better. Free of parabens, fillers, toxins, and synthetics, incorporating our serums and lotions into your routine, provide the nutrients and hydration your skin craves, whilst combating free radicals in the air, which lead to inflammation, aging skin, clogged pores and so much more you want to avoid.

Advanced Routine: MORNING

Step 1: Cleanse & Exfoliate | For early risers kicking off the day right, morning brush use is key. Starting with the Ultimate Skin Spa, attach your brush head of choice and a nickel size of Main Squeeze cleanser to create a clean, smooth canvas for what is to follow. 

Step 2: Tone | Clear out any traces of make-up or build up left behind with your toner of choice. Pour a quarter size into a cotton pad and wipe away any impurities. Let us let you in on a little secret, we have a brightening toner coming soon.

Step 3: Serum | Freshly prepped skin absorbs key ingredients like Vitamin C, E, in Reveal and powerful antioxidants in Defend for defense against free radicals which leads to inflammation and aged skin. For those suffering from inflammation and breakouts, then Clear is for you. If you’re also looking for extra hydration, Hydrate works wonders in infusing your skin with extra hydration. And for those looking to tighten up sagging skin, watch Firm tighten your skin in weeks.

Step 4: Moisturize | When using the right universal moisturizer like Renew made for all skin types, dry, dull, sensitive, inflamed skin will be visibility smoother, younger and replenished.

Step 5: Protect | Sunscreen acts as a shield defense - keeping the bad stuff out, and the good stuff in.

Note: Apply in order of thinnest to thickest texture – always before sunscreen

Advanced Routine: EVENING

Step 1: Cleanse & Exfoliate | Take the day off with a super-powered, make-up removing cleanser. Removing all traces of make-up to avoid build-up in the pores is key. Starting with the Ultimate Skin Spa, attach your brush head of choice and a nickel size of Main Squeeze cleanser or your cleanser of choice, to create a clean, smooth canvas for your evening cream to follow.

Note: If you prefer to use an acid or textured exfoliant, we suggest excluding the Ultimate Skin Spa from your evening routine and using the active exfoliant 2-3 times a week. Stay tuned for our Face & Body Polish coming soon.

Step 2: Tone | Clear out any traces of make-up or build up left behind with your toner of choice. Pour a quarter size into a cotton pad and wipe away any impurities. Let us let you in on a little secret, we have a brightening toner coming soon.

Step 3: Serums | Age fighting super boosters are vital in your routine in order to reap the benefits while you sleep. We highly recommend Firm to reverse the signs of aging. And if you’re also looking for extra hydration, Hydrate works wonders in infusing your skin with extra hydration before applying your creams.

Step 4: Moisturize/Repair | Retinols are highly recommended as a final step in your routine for those looking to take their anti-aging routine to the next level. Don’t let the word scare you, our retinol, Reverse, can be used daily since it has ingredients to protect against irritation and sensitivity. Oils also can be your best friend – especially for those looking to add extra hydration to the skin, check out Infuse.  

What about Eye Creams? Your daytime moisturizers, such as Hydrate, Defend, Firm, and Renew, can be absolutely applied around your eyes, including our super friendly retinol, Reverse. However, if you wish to use a separate eye product, choose it based on how dry the skin around your eyes is and consider other concerns you might have, such as crow’s feet, dark circles, puffiness. And make sure to apply before your sunscreen if using during the day.

Building a skin regimen rich in key ingredient products, with targeted formulas, will pay you back over time. No one cares as much about you, as you! Take it upon yourself, affirming that you are worthy of, the-best-of-the-best. You live in one body during your lifetime. Give it purity! 

At VP we want to give you a similar experience, with your skincare, to have just the BEST of what science and nature combined has to offer! Find it all at Vanity Planet, here to make you the best version of you! 

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