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How to get better skin: The great skin guide

How to get better skin: The great skin guide

If you want better skin or even great skin, you first need to understand your skin type. Take our skin type quiz or read the descriptions below. Once you know your type, you can start the right daily routine and be well on your way to better skin: with a complexion that's clear, calm and youthful.


Skin type – Daily essentials

"You need to know what your genetic skin type is, so that you can find the correct skin essentials to incorporate into your routine. Regardless of skin type you will need to cleanse, tone and moisturize twice daily and exfoliate and/or mask 1-3 times per week." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

See which daily products are best for your skin type:

1) Your skin is dry if: 

  • You rarely experience any t-zone
  • Your skin feels tight and you see few or no pores on the nose
  • Your skin tends to be thin skinned or fragile
  • You have some fine lines and wrinkles

Daily essentials for dry skin: 

Starter Kit for Dry Skin includes Moisture Positive Cleanser, Equalizer, Measured Micrograins + and Crucial Moisture.


2) Your skin is combination if: 

  • Your t-zone gets moderately oily a few hours after cleansing
  • Your skin feels dehydrated at times
  • You have visible pores in the t-zone and experience some clogging (blackheads)
  • Occasional breakouts are somewhat common

Daily essentials for combination skin: 

Starter Kit for Combination Skin includes Flash Foam Cleanser, Equalizer, Measured Micrograins + and Absolute Moisture.


No matter what skin type you have, you also need to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every single day to prevent premature aging and skin cancer.



3) Your skin is oily if: 

  • Your skin gets oily within a few hours after cleansing
  • You see visible or large pores on the t-zone and cheeks
  • Breakouts are common and you have many clogged pores (blackheads)
  • Your skin appears shiny all over, with an oily t-zone

Daily essentials for oily skin: 

Starter Kit for Oily Skin includes Decongestant Cleanser, Equalizer, Measured Micrograins + and Beyond Hydration.


4) Your skin is sensitive if: 

  • Ordinary skin care products cause stinging, itching or a burning sensation
  • You easily flush
  • Your skin appears flaky and dry
  • You experience random red blotches on the neck and/or face

Daily essentials for sensitive skin: 

Starter Set for Sensitive Skin includes Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil, Soothing Reset Mist, Sensitive Eye Smoother and Barrier Fix Daily Hydrator.



How fast you'll see results

Once you start using the correct daily products for your skin, you should see immediate improvements.

"Although every skin is different, it's safe to say that within a very short time (within 24-48 hours) your skin should already show improvement, since the essentials (your cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and mask/exfoliant) are designed to work with the specific needs of your skin type. Your skin will begin to behave the way it's supposed to – feeling more balanced, hydrated and comfortable. Your wrinkles will appear less noticeable since your skin is properly hydrated, oil-to-water ratios in the skin will balance out and improve clogged pores, and your overall skin tone will become brighter, with a smoother skin texture." –Teresa Stenzel

Within a week or two, your skin should now be functioning like a well-oiled machine. Since skin is more balanced, it is now more receptive to targeted serums and treatments you can use to address remaining skin concerns.

Once you've started your daily routine and noticed an improvement in your skin, the next step to better skin is to focus on what top skin concerns you still have.


Skin concerns + solutions

Many people don't pay attention to the signals your skin gives you that lets you know what it wants and needs. Do you have dark spots even with the right daily routine? You probably aren't protecting your skin well enough from the sun. Noticing dry and flaky skin? You might need to add a hydrating serum to your routine.

There are so many different skin concerns that our targeted treatments (along with good education) can help. Just see our list:

Click on each of the links above for detailed information on why you have that skin concern and how to tackle it best. It's important to educate yourself on your specific skin concerns and to use the right treatment products alongside your daily essentials.


Skin concerns with the fastest fix

Better skin in a week? In a day? Achieving your ideal skin takes time, but certain skin concerns are much easier to address than others. The quickest skin concerns to fix are the ones that originate at or near the skin's surface. For example:

Dehydration: Since dehydration or TEWL (trans epidermal water loss) occurs in the upper layers of the skin, this skin concern can be easily fixed by just properly using your toner morning and night and following it with a high quality moisturizer.  Once the skin is properly hydrated, tiny surface lines and wrinkles magically disappear.

Remineralist Daily Moisture is a pollution-neutralizing, hydrating lightweight lotion that delivers serious moisture to solve dehydration fast. In fact, in a two week clinical perception study* shows that Remineralist Daily Moisture increases skin's moisture content up to 70% in just 15 minutes.

The mineral malachite in this formula contains "a high copper content that stimulates collagen production, which improves skin elasticity and combats wrinkles" and has been called the "Botox of crystals" due to these properties (Well and Good).

Wondering how to get better skin overnight? Sleepwear and Sleepwear for Eyes both provide short and long term benefits so that you get better skin overnight and see improvements over time as well. With Sleepwear's trusted "dream team" formula, skin awakens replenished and energized. Collagen and elastin are rewarded. Firmness is reclaimed. Skin is more youthful, more rested and ready to face the day.

The skin concerns that take the longest to address are the ones that originate in the dermal skin layers, or are genetic and hormonal in nature. For example:

Loss of Firmness, hyperpigmentation, acne papules/pustules: Any skin concern that originates from a genetic predisposition or hormonal changes in the body will take longer to treat (such as hormonally induced hyperpigmentation or chronological aging).

While these changes don't happen overnight, you can see major improvements in just two weeks with the correct products. For stubborn dark spots, LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector starts obliterating dark spots quickly**:

For overall discoloration, LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener provides similar benefits within two weeks:

Skin concerns that occur due to a skin disorder, such as (acne, eczema or rosacea) will also take longer to address and will probably result in a lifetime of symptom management to keep the skin concerns under control.


If you have any questions about how to improve skin, sign up for our email newsletter or comment below!

* Scientifically tested results of 69.87% based on a 15-woman biophysical measurement study

**Scientifically tested results based on a 100-woman consumer perception study


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