This step addresses specific concerns you may have or want to prevent such as sun damage, dark spots, lines/wrinkles, acne, etc. Generally you apply a targeted treatment before your moisturizer, but make sure to follow the directions listed on the product.
Every morning use an antioxidant serum under your moisturizer to help prevent free radical damage from occurring on the skin. Free radical damage comes from a number of factors such as UV exposure, pollution, smoking, not eating a perfect diet and even disease or illnesses. It can cause the skin to look prematurely aged.
Combination to oily skin is prone to congestion and acne. When treating acne, be sure to use products that are targeted for acne but don’t strip the skin. If you are using a spot treatment that dries your skin too much, such as benzoyl peroxide or sulfur, you can apply the spot treatment over your moisturizer, but under your SPF.
There are many treatments designed to prevent and repair aging skin. Exfoliation will help, but it’s wise to also use products containing repairing ingredients such as peptides and retinol to minimize lines and wrinkles and help with loss of elasticity. These are best used at night, which is when your skin goes through its reparative cycle. Note, that sunscreen must be worn daily when using a retinol based product.
Hyperpigmentation or dark spots can be hormonal, from past acne, or from sun damage. This can be treated with a product that is specifically labeled for lightening the skin. It’s important to note that if you use a product with hydroquinone, you must take a break from using the product after 3 months.
Masks are a great supplement for achieving specific skincare goals. They address anything from dull and dehydrated skin to brightening and anti-aging concerns. Some can even help heal acne and can be used as a spot treatment overnight. These targeted treatments are generally used 1–4 times a week, depending on the type of mask you choose.
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