As important as skincare is for the overall look and the way we feel about our appearance, there are many, many misconceptions out there about daily skincare that could be stopping you from reaching glowing, crystal-clear, and radiant skin.
Eager to dispel common myths and finally get some clarity, we sat down with Lilly Molina, licensed esthetician at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy and skincare expert extraordinaire to give us the lowdown on what we really need in our arsenal. In the quest for a radiant complexion, knowledge and the right products are imperative.
Read on for Molina’s expert advice on creating the perfect anti-aging, skin-brightening, and radiance-making skin-care routine, as well as what 3 products she can’t live without.
What are the three most important things people need to know about their skin?
- “People forget to exfoliate. If you don’t exfoliate as part of your daily skincare routine, you’re putting products on top of dry skin, which is really dead skin. Your product won’t sink in, so you end up wasting your product.” Lilly recommends cleansing your face every morning and night, and exfoliating twice a week. You can also use an exfoliating cleanser like Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser, which is gentle enough to use every day.
- “Eye cream is great for de-puffing and reducing dark circles around the eyes. Keep it in the refrigerator, because the cold temperature increases circulation and the effectiveness of the products.” Lilly suggests using eye cream every morning right after cleansing for optimal absorption.
- “When people ask me for products that really produce results, I point them to a serum or oil. They’re easily absorbed and do wonders for skin’s tone and texture.” A high-quality oil can replace your typical moisturizer. Use oil as the last step in your skin care.
There’s a lot of skincare myths out there, what are the most common myths you want to shine some light on?
MYTH: Using an oil on my face will break me out.
“A lot of customers with oily skin or acne don’t want to use a moisturizer or facial oil because they think it’s going to cause breakouts. But if your skin is dry, your body is going to produce more oil, especially if you’re using drying products to clear acne. A high-quality facial oil will help balance skin.”
MYTH: Only topical products affect my skin.
“Drinking water is key for great skin. I recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day. It flushes your system of toxins and hydrates your skin so it’s plump.”
MYTH: All skincare products are the same, so I choose the cheapest product on the shelf
“What you put on your skin really absorbs into your body, so it’s important to know the ingredients in your skin care products. Inexpensive products on drugstore shelves often contain chemicals that can do more harm than good. ”
What are the 3 product you would bring if you were stuck on a desert island?
Exfoliating Cleanser: Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser
Juice Beauty’s Exfoliating Cleanser is a natural and soap-free formula that gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The blend of certified organic, antioxidant-rich white grape and pineapple juices provides rejuvenating effects to leave skin healthy and bright. Soothing aloe vera moisturizes and protects skin, while dissolving jojoba beads give skin a brighter, more refined complexion.
What makes it amazing? “This formula is soap-free, and the jojoba beads dissolve quickly so it’s gentle enough to use every day.”
Eye Cream: SkinOwl Eye Concentrate Cream
Specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes, SkinOwl’s Eye Concentrate Cream provides hydration and nutrition to revitalize the eye zone and reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Its nutrient elements restructure the skin’s tissue, eliminate dryness and help to regain skin tone and elasticity.
What makes it amazing? “This product has hyaluronic acid, which really helps bind water to the skin. The cucumber de-puffs around the eyes. It can also be used all over the face as a primer before your makeup!”
Moisturizing Oil: evanhealy Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum
Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum is beneficial for all types of skin, bringing vitality and suppleness to dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin. It significantly regenerates and strengthens cell membranes aiding in the prevention of early signs of aging. This silky serum helps to balance excessively oily skin, minimize the appearance of large pores, and purify impure skin prone to pimples making it a critical part of your daily skincare routine.
What makes it amazing? “It smells fabulous, and has natural vitamin A”
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