The Science Behind Your Skin Care Regimen

Our mission at skinBeautica is to help you achieve healthy, young looking skin. We accomplish this by developing truly effective products, such as Peptide-9™, as well as providing you valuable information on how to care for your skin. It's not enough to just follow some "one size fits all" skin care steps. By understanding the reasoning behind each step you can experiment and tailor a regimen that works best for you given your unique factors of age, race, gender, and skin chemistry.

Daily skin care regimen

 

1 - Maintaining your natural skin health by cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting

 

Cleanse - The outer layer of your skin is composed primarily of proteins, lipids, and water. Each day this layer is bombarded with airborne dirt, irritants, and bacteria. The purpose of cleansing is to remove these substances from the skin's thin, oily surface without damaging your skin's protective barrier layer. Since water is repelled by oil and has a limited ability to dissolve and remove oils, using water alone is not enough. And since cleansers can't distinguish between these impurities and the skin's natural moisturizing factors (NMF), over-cleansing can also be harmful.

 

Moisturize - From the scientific perspective, the basic purpose of moisturizers is to increase the water content in the outer layer of your skin. This allows for the skin's natural ability to block unwanted substances from penetrating the skin. It also allows for the skin's natural reparative processes. From our perspective, the purpose of moisturizers is to give our skin a soft, supple, glowing, healthy look.

 

Protect -  Exposure to solar UV light causes both acute effects such as sunburn as well as chronic effects such as prematurely aging skin. One of the main damaging effects is the destruction of elastin and collagen fibers which gives your skin its strength and elasticity. This is one reason it is believed that UV exposure accounts for up to 80% of facial aging. Since no product can adequately protect your skin from all forms of UV radiation, the best protection is to avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible. Applying a sunscreen will help protect your face from those times when you are out in the sun.

 

2 - Boosting your natural regenerative process by stimulating collagen production

 

Stimulate - Our skin is composed primarily (70-80% dry weight) of collagen, which along with other proteins, provides the basic structure of our skin. When we are young, our bodies produce enough collagen for our skin to look firm and smooth; then, by the age of 40, the production of collagen has dropped off more than 50%. This, in turn, leads to decreased elasticity and resiliency, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Stimulating your skin to produce more collagen reverses this loss of productivity. 

Daily Skin Care Regimen

Our skin care regimen will enable you to maximize your skin's ability to give you clear, smooth skin - those features that we normally associate with a vibrant, youthful look:

 

Morning

Morning Regimen

 

Step 1 - Cleanser: Each morning make sure to start with cleansing your face. There's no need for an expensive cleanser. Just a simple, mild cleanser is best. This should be a gentle, quick cleanse as your skin should be fairly clean since cleansing it the night before. Some opt to just use water so as to leave the natural oils on the skin thus reducing the need for applying a moisturizer.

 

Note: Be careful to not use a cleanser that is too harsh (including soap) which will strip away the natural protective biofilm. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate, is an ingredient in many cleansers, and should be avoided.

 

 

Step 2 - Toner: You should never need a toner unless you have very oily skin and feel that cleansing is not enough. In that case, make sure to use a toner without alcohol as it tends to strip the necessary layer of oil in the outer layer of your skin.

 

Note: Toners used to be touted as restoring the pH balance of skin after using highly alkaline cleansers. Today's facial cleansers are generally milder and better pH balanced thus precluding the need for a toner. Some toners claim to shrink the size of your pores which is really only a temporary effect based on the swelling of the skin surrounding the pores and the removal of dirt from the pores.

 

 

Step 3 - Face Serum: After cleansing, gently pat dry your face with a clean facial cloth. Hand towels can contain harmful bacteria. Then dab on a small amount of Peptide-9™ around your eye area, crow's feet, and wrinkles.

 

Note: One of the additional benefits of Peptide-9 is that it also acts as a moisturizer in the areas applied.

 

 

Step 4 - Moisturizer: Lightly apply a small amount of moisturizer on the areas not covered with Peptide-9™.

 

Note: One approach is to not apply a moisturizer in the morning. If you were good at not over-cleansing your face in the morning and still have your natural moisturizing factors (NMF) intact, an additional coat of moisturizer should not be necessary. Try a month without moisturizing in the morning to see whether or not this approach works for your skin.

 

 

 

Nightly Regimen

Night Regimen

 

Step 1 - Makeup Remover: Use a cleansing oil or cold cream to remove your makeup. These oil-based products are best at dissolving the cosmetic ingredients. Use a tissue to wipe off the excess residue. Don't over scrub as this can damage your skin. Residual makeup or cold cream can be removed during cleansing.

 

 

Step 2 - Cleanser: This should be a more rigorous cleansing than in the morning as you have been out in the elements all day and likely also have makeup residue to remove.  Use lukewarm water and your fingertips to rub upward and outward. Also gently rub perpendicular to the direction of your wrinkles.

 

 

Step 3 - Toner: Same as morning regimen.

 

 

Step 4 - Face Serum: Same as morning regimen.

 

 

Step 5 - Moisturizer: Same as morning regimen.

 

Note: One approach is to not moisturize at night as the skin naturally produces oils throughout the night to keep your skin moist. This is the time we are also less exposed to outside elements. The thinking is that if you did apply a moisturizer, your skin would be signaled that it can cut down on producing its own oils. This would have the effect of making your skin more dependent on moisturizers than on its natural moisturizing abilities. Try not moisturizing at night for a month and see how your skin reacts best!

 

 

 

Weekly Regimen

Weekly Regimen

 

Exfoliate: Be careful to use an exfoliant with a small abrasive so as to not tear the skin. The purpose is to remove the outer layer of old, dead skin cells. This assists your skin in its natural turnover from old to new skin cells.

 

Note: It's easy to over-exfoliate so best to do no more than once weekly.

 

 

Being diligent with a morning and nighttime skin care routine and avoiding dangers from sun exposure, smoking, etc. will provide you with the best possible skin. Try Peptide-9™ for 90 days risk free and start working on returning your skin to a healthy, glowing look!

 

 
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