Cleanse once a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Over-cleansing won’t speed up the clearing process—it will only strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s enough to splash water on your face in the AM if you’re cleansing at night. TIP For a refreshing AM alternative, dip a cotton pad in rosewater or witch hazel (found at most health food stores) and swipe across your t-zone. This will tighten up pores and give you a nice glow for the day.
Exfoliate once a week with a gentle exfoliator. This is an important step in sloughing off dead skin cells that tend to accumulate around the nose in the wintertime. Remember not to over-do it, which will create redness and over-sensitivity.
Apply a serum immediately after cleansing. Since it works together with and enhances the results of your moisturizer, a serum should be the first product to come into contact with your skin and its application should be the First Step as part of your daily skincare regime.
Moisturize your face with a light, oil-free lotion. When your skin has absorbed the serum, it will better retain moisture and requires much less product—so just a dab will do. TIP Pick up a lighter moisturizer now that springtime is here. It’s good to alternate products and change the type of moisturizer you use when the weather warms.
Condition your lips. After all, they’re part of your skin too, so keep them moisturized with a good balm.
Wear sunscreen. Just because summertime hasn’t hit, doesn’t mean the harmful rays aren’t out there. Applying a day moisturizer with at least 15 SPF every day of the year is your safest bet.
Refresh your face throughout the day by spraying on a hydrating mist. This is especially important if you work in a traditional office environment where the air tends to get stale.
Apply a cleansing mask once a week. Pick up a mask with a clay base to purify the skin of pore-clogging toxins.