Skin Care 101
Step 1: Cleanse your skin with an oil-dissolving cleanser (try Decongestant Cleanser)
Step 2: Apply a lightweight sunscreen (try Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15)
Step 3: Gently blot with a tissue
Want to learn even more about oily and combination skin? Check out the SkinReading Blog here.
There is very little fat on the backs of our hands. That’s why it’s so noticeable when collagen or elastin begins to break down there. Normal aging will thin the skin – and sun exposure will also have a great impact over time – resulting in spots, rough texture and loss of volume.
Fight age signs on the hands with an overnight treatment creme. Sleepwear for Hands will smooth and plump, brighten spots, soften and replenish with a “dream team” formula of calcium, alpha arbutin, protein peptides, and cranberry seed oil.
Pro tip: Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to the hands during the day.
As you gently work in your cleanser, it immediately goes to work to get rid of dirt, oils and pore-clogging dead cells.Your blood supply to your skin increases, which oxygenates your skin cells and helps remove toxins. Washing your face even exfoliates your skin, so it increases cell-turnover and leaves it clean and soft.The cleansing process 'preps' the skin to better absorb every product you apply to your skin afterwards.In short, cleansers are designed to exercise your skin, helping it to stay in shape, which will lead to younger-looking (and feeling) skin.
Okay, so how often do you need to wash your face? Every night and every morning. The last thing you want to do is go to sleep without first removing the dirt, debris and makeup that has been on your face all day. This will help keep your pores from clogging, and also help your skin regenerate and repair the day's damage. Cleansing twice a day will make a big difference in the appearance and overall health of your skin.
AM: Your skin cells are on the defense, protecting against damaging environmental aggressors and free radicals, as well as those harmful UV rays. Oil production peaks during the daytime hours, so make sure you use a moisturizer that's designed for your skin's own production level.
PM: You may be at rest overnight, but your skin stays hard at work. It uses this time to repair itself from the day's damage, and prepare for the damage it will face the next day. Make sure you end the day with a deep cleansing, and replenish hydration – as your skin naturally loses more water at night.
Get your skin care working around the clock
Not sure what products to choose? No problem. We've taken the guesswork out with Bioelements Great Skin in a Box. These kits contain products designed to work together, day and night, to get your skin in shape. So, how do you know which box is right for you?
If Your Skin:
- Rarely experience t-zone oil
- Sometimes (or always) feels "tight"
- Shows fine lines and wrinkles
- Has few (if any) visible pores
Then Use: Great Skin in a Box for DRY SKIN
If Your Skin:
- Gets moderately oily a few hours after you cleanse
- Feels dehydrated at times
- Has visible pores on your t-zone
- Experiences occasional breakouts
Then Use: Great Skin in a Box for COMBINATION SKIN
If Your Skin:
- Gets oily shortly after cleansing, and appears shiny
- Has large, visible pores
- Never feels dry or tight
- Experiences frequent breakouts
Then Use: Great Skin in a Box for OILY SKIN
DID YOU KNOW?
Skin responds best to cosmeceutical treatments when it's prepped with the right daily products (cleanser, toner, moisturizer). By using Great Skin in a Box, you'll get your skin in optimum condition – so it can respond to high-powered night cremes, serums and exfoliants.
Dry skin is a skin type. Dehydrated skin is a skin concern caused by a lack of moisture – which can be remedied quite easily. Dry skin will always be dry, but can be kept in balance with the right skin care.
The Problem: Dry Skin
The Culprit: Lack of Lipids
The Signs: Tight feeling, flakiness
Trivia: Skin can be both dry and dehydrated at the same time
The Dream: Recovery Serum
The Problem: Dehydrated Skin
The Culprit: Lack of water
The Signs: Premature aging lines, thin texture
Trivia: Even oily skin can be dehydrated
The Remedy: H20-based serum to infuse skin with hydration
The Dream: Moisture x10
A: Both give the skin a dose of soothing hydration – but they deliver it in different ways.
Mask: A mask is designed to deliver a quick shot of hydration with a higher concentration of active ingredients –to surge moisture into the skin, plump up cells and fill in fine lines.
Moisturizer: A moisturizer is designed with active ingredients that deliver hydration throughout the day, to keep skin fresh and smooth.
Our suggestion: Use your moisturizer daily, and give your skin extra doses with a hydrating mask once a week. There's no better way to keep thirsty skin completely quenched.
Many people are under the impression that a 'toner' is nothing more than an alcohol-based astringent that people with acne use to dry up their breakouts. Not true! A 'toner' or 'tonic' is an important part of an essential twice daily agenda for healthy skin. Not only does it help hydrate the skin after cleansing, it also helps to 'prep' the skin for the application of your next targeted skin care treatment. Skipping the toner will your skin less able to absorb product, and will it more susceptible to dehydration and other problems.
A facial tonic can help revitalize and renew skin post-cleansing, tone skin and boost moisture. For example, Power Peptide is formulated with nutrient-rich protein peptides that signal skin to increase moisture and absorb key anti-aging ingredients.
Some products make the claim, but the truth is, you can't shrink the actual size of your pores. The good news? You can minimize their appearance. All it takes is three easy steps:
2. Exfoliate: Although your skin naturally sheds the dead cells that clog pores, this process can slow with age. A good exfoliator will encourage this natural process to uncover a more radiant, clearer complexion. Try: Quick Reﬁner, 2-3 times a week
Each moisturizer was designed to meet the particular needs of every skin type.
If you have Very Dry skin, you need Really Rich Moisture - an ultra-rich creme that is extremely rich, yet non-greasy formula that helps replenish rundown moisture reserves and repairs surface micro-cracks that cause flakiness and drynyess.
If you have Sensitive skin, you need Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer - created for intolerant complexions and helps strengthen the skin's protective barrier, while addressing the root cause of visible redness and irritation.
And if you spend most your time indoors, Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme is for you. This anti-oxidant moisturizer contains golden-yellow lutein to filter out the potentially skin-aging effects of blue rays emitted from artificial lighting.
Using the right moisturizer is not only a part of your essential twice daily skin care - doing so will keep your skin breeze through the day feeling smooth, hydrated and lubricated. And, it helps to protect the skin damaging environmental stress that can accelerate the aging process.
There are many benefits to monthly facials:
- clearer skin is a result of professional extraction
- smoother skin is a result of professional exfoliation
- glowing skin is a result of professional massage
And that's just for starters.
Regularly scheduled treatments also help your skin adjust to environmental stressors, keep it functioning properly and strengthen its important barrier layer. Plus your esthetician will learn the cyclical changes that occur with your skin and adjust your at-home agenda accordingly. So get one now so we can say 'I told you so.'
Depending on your skin and what it needs, whether it be hydration, help with fighting acne bacteria or softening rough texture, you may find it necessary to mask 2 - 3 times a week. It's a special delivery of advanced ingredients, and will make a major difference in your skin. Find out which mask is best for you.
Your skin: Any skin type, dehydrated skin, flakiness
Your mask: Gel Therapy
Your skin: Any skin type, clogged pores, flakiness, dull tone
Your mask: Kerafole
Serums are usually lightweight formulations and are intended to deliver a high dosage of skin-repairing ingredients or antioxidants. They’re really not intended to provide adequate hydration so you should layer a serum underneath your moisturizer for an anti-aging boost.
Try: Oxygen Cocktail
Think of how your skin is exposed 24/7 to harsh environments, pollutants, free radicals and UV damage - they're all stealing hydration from your skin.
Illness, hormones, medications and your daily habits can also rob skin's surface of the moisture it needs. For this reason, you need to apply products that contain moisturizing and hydrating ingredients.
Although the more water you drink, the healthier your body will be in general, the benefits your body receives from drinking water will be more internal than external. Adequate water-intake helps with digestion, flushing your body of toxins and improve your overall health, but on its own it's not enough to prevent skin dehydration.
For example, our Toners and Tonics contain ingredients designed specifically to rebalance and rehydrate skin. Plus our Moisture x10 is a super-hydrating serum that binds moisture to surface skin layers, counteracting the effects of dry indoor heat, low humidity or chronically dry skin.
In addition to water, you can also keep your skin cells healthy and hydrated with the energizing and moisturizing properties of vitamins. Foods with vitamin B (oats, barley, wheat bran, avocado, salmon) will keep skin smooth and hydrated. Vitamin E (found in olive oil, eggs, almonds, and apples) will help skin retain major moisture, and vitamin C (in red bell pepper, papaya, oranges, or broccoli) will fight the damaging, drying effects of the world around you.