When it comes to caring for your skin, it always pays to first master the basics. From developing a simple yet solid skincare routine to getting into the habit of consistently following it twice a day, getting these foundations in place is vital for the long-term health of your complexion.
However, once you’ve done that, what’s next? How can you push your skincare efforts even further so that the results that you see are even more impressive?
That’s where Lavelier can help! Read on as we share some advanced skincare techniques that’ll give your routine the edge that it needs to truly transform your complexion.
The Double Cleanse
However, if you want to take your cleansing game to the next level, double cleansing is a technique that you need to try. It originated in Korea but has now become popular all over the world due to how it literally doubles up on your cleanse. This ensures that every last trace of dirt is removed from your face, something that a single cleanse can’t guarantee. The cleaner your skin, the less free radical damage you’ll experience. You’ll also be maximizing product absorption when it comes to the rest of your skincare routine.
The key to an effective double cleanse is to begin with an oil-based cleanser. This will tackle the oil-based impurities on your skin, which includes excess sebum. Once this is rinsed off, you then apply a water-based cleanser, such as the Lavelier Biology Mousse Cleanser, to clear away water-based impurities, like dirt. Since oil and water repel each other, the need for separate oil- and water-based cleansers makes total sense in theory. In practice? GIve it a try and you’ll soon see the benefits for yourself!
Most skincare newbies choose to skip the toner. After all, this isn’t an essential product in the way that a cleanser or a sunscreen is.
However, if you’re ready to move on from the basics, adding a toner to your skincare routine is a great place to start. It’s a product that may not look like much with its watery consistency but a toner is capable of providing incredible amounts of hydration.
More importantly, a toner will keep your skin’s pH feeling in balance, which is something that can often be thrown off during the cleansing process. With your skin’s pH level directly influencing how effectively your skin barrier functions, keeping this all in check will give you a much healthier complexion overall.
Want to give a toner a try? The Lavelier Marine Facial Toner is always a hit. Formulated with aloe vera leaf juice, cucumber fruit extract, coral seaweed extract, and a number of other complexion-calming botanicals, this toner will immediately have your skin glowing!
Power Up Your Exfoliator
When people first add an exfoliator to their skincare routine, they tend to go with a standard face scrub. It’s easy to apply and it also means that you don’t need to worry about using overly potent acids on your face.
However, once you’re ready to dive a little deeper into the world of exfoliation, those acids are well worth exploring. Exfoliating acids come from a variety of natural sources, including sugar cane, apples, and almonds. They work by dissolving the gluey link that keeps dead skin cells attached to the skin. This enables those cells to drop off to reveal the fresher and brighter-looking skin beneath.
Some chemical exfoliants can actually often be far gentler on the skin than face scrubs. With that said, don’t underestimate the potency of some of those acids either. If this is your first foray into chemical exfoliation, then start with a product that contains a mild acid.
Which acids are mild? Glycolic acid is known for being one of the most powerful while lactic acid and mandelic acid are revered for their gentler exfoliating effects, the latter of which you’ll find in the Lavelier Intensive Facial Peel. This exfoliator combines almond-derived mandelic acid with bamboo powder. This means that it actually provides both chemical and physical exfoliation, giving you the best of both worlds!
Separate Day and Night Routines
When you put together your very first skincare routine, chances are that this will be one routine that you follow both day and night. However, once you’ve gotten into the habit of doing so, it’s time to change things up a little.
Having separate day and night routines can be extremely beneficial. It all comes down to how the skin functions. During the day, it has to deal with so many environmental aggressors, from pollution to UV rays, so its defenses are high. Once evening rolls around, it drops its guard a little in order to focus on repair and regeneration.
Ideally, your skincare routine should give your skin the ingredients that it really needs at each time of day. For example, your day cream should be loaded with antioxidants to keep your skin feeling supported and fortified as it fights free radical damage. A day cream with SPF, such as the Divine Day Defense SPF 30, is also useful when it comes to keeping the appearance of sun damage at bay. It’s moisturizing yet lightweight enough to ensure that your skin doesn’t feel weighed down or greasy during the day.
In the evenings, your skin would benefit from a hefty dose of moisture. With skin barrier function decreasing overnight, moisture loss increases. Of course, since this is when your skin cells are working on repairing the look of damage, providing it with ingredients that can help with this will bring you results so much sooner. That’s why we formulated our Marine Evening Repair Cream to be rich enough to keep the skin quenched while also being jam-packed with vitamins and botanical extracts to ensure that skin cells feel supported while they go about their restorative tasks.
Moisturize Damp Skin
Every basic skincare routine should contain one. A moisturizer not only provides your skin with some extra moisture but also seals in any other products that you’ve applied by forming a thin layer over the surface of your skin. This also prevents moisture from evaporating away, keeping the skin feeling hydrated for longer.
Whether applied to dry or damp skin, a moisturizer is extremely beneficial. However, if you want to ramp up the effects of your moisturizer, damp skin is the way to go.
If your skin is damp, this means that there are water molecules sitting on its surface. Layer a moisturizer over the top and the seal formed by the moisturizer will trap those water molecules beneath. This pushes them into the skin rather than allowing them to evaporate. The result? Skin that feels deeply quenched.
What should you do if your skin is dry by the time you apply your moisturizer? Spritz on a hydrating toner before layering your moisturizer over the top!
Instant Solutions For Aging Skin
Skincare is a long-term game. It takes time for new products and ingredients to work, if they even do. Developing an effective routine that produces tangible results can sometimes take years of trial and error.
However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be this way…
Sure, your regular skincare products may require a certain amount of patience, but there are others out there that can bring about instant results, just like the Lavelier Marine Instant Wrinkle Corrector. If you’ve been hoping for a product that will immediately smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this is it.
Sure, its effects may be temporary but it also contains a variety of complexion-firming ingredients that will help to soften the look of creases in the long run too. While you shouldn’t use it every day (it’s designed for weekly use), it’s perfect for when you want a smoother and more youthful appearance for a special occasion.
Add a product like that to your skincare routine and not only will you be giving your skin what it needs to thrive in the future, but you’ll also be able to reap instant rewards.
Professional Treatments at Home
If you really want to take your skincare routine to the next level, consider adding in some professional treatments. These target the complexion on a deeper level, meaning that they’re able to produce deeper and longer-lasting changes.
With that said, this doesn’t mean that you need to give up a few precious hours each week to head to your dermatologist or local spa. Instead, there are now a variety of devices available to purchase that’ll allow you to carry those treatments out yourself.
Take LED light therapy as an example. It has long since been known to benefit the skin. Whether you want to tighten the look of your skin, fade the appearance of hyperpigmentation, or calm the feeling of inflammation, the broad spectrum of uses for LED light therapy makes this a treatment that just about everyone would benefit from. And, with so many at-home LED light therapy devices out there to choose from, this is now easier than ever. They may require an initial investment but, in the long run, they’re much more cost-effective than professional treatments.
The same applies to microneedling. With a derma roller, you can now treat your skin to all of the benefits of microneedling, without having to trek to a professional establishment. The needles on at-home derma rollers aren’t quite as long as professional alternatives as this keeps the product safe when used by untrained hands. However, it will still be much more beneficial than not derma rolling at all. Again, you’ll be able to tackle a variety of visible skin concerns with this treatment while also increasing product penetration when it comes to the rest of your skincare routine.
Advanced Skincare From Lavelier
At Lavelier, we’re always pushing the boundaries when it comes to the skincare products that we create. From cutting-edge ingredients to advanced delivery methods, spend some time exploring the Lavelier online store and you’ll no doubt find several products that you can turn to to take your skincare routine way beyond the basics.