A Floridian’s Guide to Summer Skincare My 4 Step Nighttime Skincare Regimen

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After much trial and error, I have found a great summer skincare routine that I perform nightly that really works for me.  I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that it may give you some ideas of things to incorporate into your routine if you are feeling that something is lacking or you want to add something different.  My routine is very basic and I believe that that is why it works for me.  I used to spend a long time in front of the mirror at night, but I’ve cut that time in half by just using four simple products.

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I.     Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash

This is one of the best face cleansers that I have ever used!  It’s designated for all skin types so it’s okay for my skin which can be more dry, especially in the winter (although Florida winters aren’t nearly as harsh).  I received a sample of this facial wash in one of my beauty boxes and fell in love.  I just had to buy the full size.  The tiny granules gently exfoliate leaving the skin feeling soft and supple.  I use this product in conjunction with my Olay Spin Brush and my face and neck feel extra clean!  Proper cleansing is the first step to a flawless complexion.

II.     L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

L"Oreal Revitalift Bright RevealThis product was a game changer for me.  I read some articles from top dermatologists who said that cleansing wasn’t enough.  These skin doctors recommended using high potency Glycolic acid pads all over the face directly after cleansing several times a week.  With my skin being a bit dry, I use them three-to-four times per week.  The results are instantaneous and brilliant!  The pads are soaked in 10% Glycolic Complex.  It removes any dead skin cells that cleansing leaves behind.  But best of all, it leaves your skin looking radiant!

III.     Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate (Face Booster)

Olay Regenerest Serum

Serums are very popular these days and for good reason.  They deliver a ton a vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other good stuff directly to the skin.  Serums or concentrates are not diluted like some lotions or creams.  They are infused with the good stuff and small quantities will do wonders.  This particular serum or concentrate really packs its power when combined with its companion (see below).  They work in tandem to instantly smooth skin’s texture.

IV.     Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

The final step in my nighttime skincare regimen after cleansing, using one Glycolic acid pad all over my face and neck, and applying the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate is applying the Olay Regenerest Micro Sculpting Cream.  This cream works with the Miracle Boost Concentrate (see above) to produce amazing results.  Just wait until you wake up the next morning and see your complexion!  I’ve always been a big proponent of Olay products because I’ve been using them since I was twelve.  I believe they are second to none.  The Olay Regenerist product line could stand side-by-side with any more expensive brand and come out on top!

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What does your nighttime skincare routine consist of?
Will you incorporate any of the products that I use into your routine?

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Perfect Skin Secrets from Celebrity Dermatologists (Guest Post) Guest Writer: Sophia Smith

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Flawless blemish-free complexion is not a myth, or an elusive unattainable dream. If you haven’t been able to achieve it yet, it’s only due to the fact that you haven’t had proper guidance. Every skin type has its unique set of rules and needs, and in order to cater to yours, who better to turn to than a renowned dermatologist?

These professionals know skin better than anyone else in the world, and celebrity dermatologists have worked with a large number of women, all with a different set of issues and needs. They’ve seen and treated it all, and now you have the opportunity to snag some of those secrets for yourself.

Better safe than sorry

Better safe than sorry

A woman who has rightfully earned the title “the red carpet dermatologist”, Dr. Ava Shamban is the first person to turn to when pursuing that perfect complexion. Her set of advice is fairly simple (and affordable), which enables every woman to have great skin even on a budget. According to her, amazing skin starts with the things we do every day. That means that taking care of your skin daily brings about more benefits than addressing a problem once it’s already occurred. She swears by the mighty four – first off is a nice and gentle cleanser. Then sunblock steps onto the stage and your perfect choice can be found in Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30. An SPF all year long is the key ingredient of healthy skin. In the words of Dr. Ava, “The way you protect your skin today will absolutely affect how it looks in the future.”

After an SPF comes the moisturizer; locking in moisture is paramount to skin elasticity, radiance and resilience. The nighttime routine definitely calls for something active. It can be an antioxidant, peptide, retinol, or a combination of all three – but at least one should become your second nature. Retinol is as close to a magic potion as us humans have been able to concoct. It helps regenerate skin and fosters collagen production while you get your quality sleep time. One thing of the utmost importance is removing makeup before going to sleep. According to Dr. Lancer, this is one of the biggest skin crimes. It’s not just a matter of skincare, it’s the foundation of hygiene.

Always be gentle

Always be gentle

Supermodel Kendall Jenner has been very candid about her skin issues. Namely, the model has been fighting acne for a very long time. Her dermatologist’s advice: never attack the skin with harsh products. Dr. Kidd emphasizes the importance of being gentle when treating acne-prone skin. She is a strong advocate against abrasive products, scrubs, rotating brushes and even washcloths. “Using anything abrasive on acne can increase inflammation of the zit, actually making it worse,” she advises.

Use gentle face washes and only your hands to wash the face, then gently dab it with a soft towel and apply moisturizer for your skin type. Wash the face three times a day, especially if you wear makeup on regular basis.

One product to rule them all

One product to rule them all

The one product that hasn’t been given sufficient attention, and which according to Dr. David Colbert is the only product you truly need is serum. This skincare product is appropriate for all ages, skin types and even genders (pass it on to the men in your life). If you’re wondering what serum is and what it does for you, Colbert explains clearly: “A serum is usually a water-based delivery system, in which potent active ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, and acids are introduced into the skin for anti-aging effects.”

As we all crave youthful-looking skin that shows little signs of aging, serum is definitely a product worth implementing in our skincare arsenal.

Go beyond skincare products

Go beyond skincare products

As you’re able to see from the skincare recommendations given by some of the best dermatologists out there, you don’t have to break the bank in order to look fantastic and there are numerous products out there that do the work and are incredibly affordable. However, no skincare regimen will give you the results you crave unless you take care of your body and skin from within. Nutrition, fitness, sleep and stress management are equally if not even more important than slathering the skin with products. Turn to dermatologists’ approved superfoods, take up a sport, make sure you get your beauty sleep and a great skincare routine is then just icing on the cake.


Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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