As Christmas is fast approaching its time to get your skin ready for the party season ahead. When it comes to results its all about your core home care routine! A lot of my client’s say they don’t have enough time or they’re too “lazy” when it comes to using products at home but it doesn’t have to be hard work. Today I’m going to discuss a simple beginners ZO Skincare home routine which can be the start to healthy, glowing skin.
Step One – Cleanse… the right way!
Step away from the make up wipes, they are a curse word in my book. A lot of the make up remover wipes on the market have a high alcohol content so dry and dehydrate the skin. Also they do not thoroughly remove your make up so you need something that will fully remove unnecessary oils, make up and the build up of the day from your skin.
I recommended ZO Exfoliating Cleanser.
This cleanser includes both a physical and chemical exfoliation leaving the skin deeply cleansed. ZO’s Exfoliating Cleanser sets itself apart as it includes something called an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) – Salicylic to be exact. Without being too boring ladies and gents it will aid the removal of dead skin cells whilst purging the skin of congestion and refining pores size.
Getting excited yet? So what would you rather? A dehydrating make up wipe or a deeply cleansing bottle of fabulousness!
Top Tip – Keep in the shower for on the go cleansing morning or night!
Step Two – Ditch the toner – you’re not a printer!
A massive misconception in skin care is using a toner. Now don’t get me wrong there are slight benefits such as making sure there is no residue of make up left and they do sometimes leave the skin feeling a little fresher but if you spend that little extra time cleansing you’ve already removed all that make up and you should be feeling fresh as a daisy!
So what to using after cleansing? ZO T-E Pads of course.
Now every skin type young or old needs T-E pads in there life. Why? I hear you ask. Well imagine you have a layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin like most people do. You then apply your fab products you just purchased on top of those pesky dead cells and guess what? That product that helps with fine lines and wrinkles or the serum that will help with over production of oil won’t go anywhere near as deep because of that layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin that it has to fight with to get anywhere.
The answer to your problem is T-E Pads!
These pads help to enhance product penetration by aiding the removal of dead cells on the surface of the skin. As well as this they control oil imbalance, restore PH and soothe dry skin. Winner!
Top Tip – Keep them by the bed for quick application before hitting the sack.
Step Three – Correction
So now that you have fully prepped your skin you have a beautiful blank canvas to work on. Step forward Mr Daily Power Defence (we call him DPD for short). This is your corrective/active product and your first introduction to Retinol or Vitamin A. Every skin condition and routine needs a Retinol aspect for best results. Nearly all my clients have some sort of Retinol in there home care and here is why:
- Repairs DNA
- Stimulates Collagen and Elastin
- Softens fine line and wrinkles
- Balances Oil production
- Helps even out pigmentation
Need I go on? As well as this added antioxidants fight against free radical damage that breaks down skin natural barrier. So this serum is a all round crowd pleaser.
Step Four – Finally a moisturising SPF
Double up ! A good moisturiser should contain a SPF of 30 or above, ideally the higher the factor the longer the protection. Many people think that unless it’s sunny they don’t need to wear any sun protection… NO NO NO stop where you are and put on that sun block! Everyday UV damage is the biggest contributor to pigmentation and premature ageing. If you apply a daily SPF, you are stopping the UV rays damaging your skin thus slowing the ageing process.
As my gran said ‘prevention is better than cure’ so save yourself time and money buy protecting your skin now! ZO Smart tone SPF 50 is probably one of our biggest sellers in the clinic due to the light consistency, moisturising properties and its unique micro pigments that adapt to any skin tone giving a more even appearance.
Top Tip – Acts as a great primer before make up.
So if I’ve kept you interested and you’ve read down to the end then you’ll now be a convert to my core ZO Skincare home routine… well hopefully. If you would like myself or one of the other aestheticians to create a bespoke skincare home routine for you then contact the clinics on 0141 221 0229 (West End) or 01698 854 221 (Bothwell) and book an appointment.