Whether you are dealing with acne and clogged pores, or you’re just looking to find tips to get glowing skin, we’re sharing it all. From skincare routines and expert advice to tips on how to best use your cleansing brush, get ready to love your skin once and for all.
The best anti-aging skincare regimen starts with strengthening and protecting your skin to help it function at its very best regardless of your age. The following steps should form the foundation of your anti-aging skincare regimen. Use these as a starting point and then add and adjust to fit to your specific skin type and anti-aging concerns. 1. Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen With SPF 30 Or Higher Every Day Although it’s generally not the first step in an anti-aging skincare routine, wearing sunscreen every day, rain or shine, is absolutely the most important step. That’s why we’re putting it first on our list. The sun’s rays, even when you can’t see them, are the number one cause of skin aging (i.e., brown spots and discolorations, and fine lines and wrinkles). So it’s vital that your anti-aging skincare routine include daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher. Otherwise, all your other anti-aging skincare efforts will not produce the results you want. 2. Wash Your Face Twice Daily Cleanse your face twice per day with a gentle face wash formulated for your specific skin type (i.e., oily, dry, or combination). Be sure to remove your makeup before you go to bed! Leaving your makeup on overnight can clog pores leading to breakouts, blackheads, and skin inflammation. Plus, during the day, your skin is exposed to dirt, sweat, oil and environmental pollutants, all of which can cause your skin stress so wash it away before bed to give your skin rest. Bonus reason: perfectly cleansed skin will help your anti-aging treatment products absorb better. 3. Consider Using Toner With Anti-Aging Ingredients Although it’s not an imperative, you may find you want to restore balance to your skin post-cleanse with a gentle facial toner. Look for a toner that contains ingredients known to soothe skin and be beneficial for anti-aging such as antioxidants, ceramides or hyaluronic acid. The idea here is to restore and boost your skin’s natural barrier, so avoid astringent and/or alcohol based toners that can strip your skin and cause irritation. 4. Exfoliate Regularly with Either a Chemical or Physical Exfoliant Aging skin does not shed skin cells as quickly as younger skin. Regular exfoliation helps correct this process and reveals smoother, more radiant younger-looking skin. Chemical exfoliant treatments such as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA or salicylic acid) help to gently slough away rough, dead skin cells and unclog pores. Physical exfoliants, such as jojoba beads, physically clear away dead skin cells on the surface of skin. If you use a physical exfoliant, beware of harsh, abrasive face scrubs that can tear at your skin and cause damage. 5. Treat Your Skin With An Anti-Aging Serum or Moisturizer Follow the exfoliation step with a facial serum or moisturizer formulated with ingredients geared to your specific anti-aging concerns. For example, you may want to try a vitamin C serum for firmness and discolorations or a moisturizer that contains retinol for fine lines and wrinkles. If you choose a serum, be sure to follow it with a sunscreen during the day. If you are opting for a moisturizer during the day, make sure it contains SPF 30 or higher. Should You Explore Next-Level Anti-Aging Skincare Products and Cosmetic Procedures? That decision is totally up to you. Depending on the specific anti-aging concern you want to address, there are numerous anti-aging innovations, treatments, and procedures out there to explore. But whatever you choose to do, use the above steps as the basis of your best anti-aging skin-care regimen. They will go a long way to maintaining and protecting your skin, helping it to look healthy and radiant for years to come.
Remove Eye Makeup First – 2 Minutes This step will probably take you the longest, depending on how heavy your makeup is. But hang in there—you can do it in 2 minutes, probably less! For mascara and light eyeshadow and liner, you can use water and mild cleanser. No makeup remover required. First, splash your eye area with lukewarm water. Then, using pea-sized amount of cleanser, very gently massage your entire orbital eye area (eyes closed, of course) with your fingertips in a circular motion. In particular, focus on your lashes and lashline to help dissolve the mascara. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. You may have to repeat is your mascara is waterproof. For heavy eye makeup removal, we recommend using a face makeup remover. Makeup removers come in several different forms, including liquids, gels, oils and wipes. You can even use coconut oil in a pinch if you’re looking for an easy makeup remover substitute. Just be sure to use a gentle makeup remover so avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol or fragrance. Gently massage a generous amount of over the eye area giving it few moments to start to dissolve your makeup. Then, very carefully wipe it away with a soft cotton pad. Remember: no tugging, pulling or scrubbing at your very delicate eye area. You should be using enough product to allow the cotton pad to easily slide over your skin. Use a Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush: The Best Makeup Remover – 1 Minute Time to fire up your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. There are two great reasons why we feel a Clarisonic is the best makeup remover: First, it will remove makeup, oil and impurities 6 times better than your hands alone. Second, it only takes one minute! Run warm water over your device and add a dollop of cleanser to outer edge of the brush. Turn it on and spend 20 seconds on forehead, 20 seconds on nose and chin, and then 10 on each cheek. Don’t press too hard, let the brush glide over your skin for maximum effectiveness. If you have a Mia 2, Mia FIT or SMART Profile device, there’s a built-in timer that pauses briefly during the one-minute cycle when it is time to move your cleansing brush to another area of your face. When the cycle is finished, the brush automatically stops. Rinse Your Face and Pat Dry – 30 seconds Using lukewarm water, rinse away the excess cleanser and makeup residue. Pat dry with a soft towel. Give your cleansing brush a quick rinse and set it out to dry. Apply Skincare Treatments (optional) – 1 minute, 30 seconds OK, you could go right to bed now, but if you can possibly stay awake 90 seconds longer, we recommend completing at least a step or two more of your regular skincare routine. When your face is freshly cleansed and makeup-free, it’s prepped to get the most benefit from your skincare products. Nighttime is also a great time to apply special treatments because you won’t be applying makeup over the top. So throw on an AHA or BHA exfoliant product and an anti-aging moisturizer or treatment serum. It takes just a few seconds. You will be glad you did when you wake in the morning with smooth, healthy skin. That’s it. You’re done. Now, go to bed!
Start Wearing Sunscreen SPF 30 or Higher Every Day Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher every day. Even if it’s cloudy. Sun damage is the number one cause of skin aging. Telltale signs of sun damage include skin discolorations (aka dark spots), fine lines, wrinkles, and rough skin texture—all of the signs we also associate with aging skin Don’t Sleep in Your Makeup Give your skin a break by washing away your makeup and all the environmental stressors your skin has been exposed to during the day. Washing off all your makeup before bed also gives you the opportunity to apply anti-aging treatment products to perfectly cleansed skin for maximum absorption and maximum benefit. Develop a Daily Anti-Aging Skincare Routine • Research the best skincare products for aging skin to find ones that are high-quality. Also, select products that are formulated for your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, don’t choose a rich moisturizing cream. • Start simply with facial cleansing and moisturizing in the morning and evening. Make sure your daytime moisturizer contains SPF 30 or higher. • Depending on your skin’s specific needs, add in non-astringent toning, non-abrasive exfoliation and serum/treatment steps to round out your anti-aging skincare regimen. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle Finally, the best anti-aging skincare includes caring for yourself as a whole, so remember to: • Take care of your body - eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, set a regular sleep schedule, and don’t smoke. • Take care of your mind - spend time with loved ones and practice stress reduction and relaxation techniques.
Time and time again, it’s said that mother knows best and we can’t argue with that, especially when it comes to beauty tips including skin care advice. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Clarisonic team is giving credit to our leading ladies by sharing five all-too-important beauty tips passed down from Mom. Tip 1: Remove All Makeup Before Bed After a long night, sleeping is probably the only thing on your mind, but you should muster up the energy to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. Sleeping in makeup can clog pores and disrupt the skin’s natural self-repair process. “My Mom always told me to wash my face and makeup before bed if I don’t want to break out,” says Clarisonic Digital Media Manager Sara. Before crawling into bed, remove all traces of foundation, concealer, and makeup. It’ll only take a minute or two, and the payoff is well worth it. To deep clean your skin more effectively than using just your hands, reach for a Clarisonic Mia Smart and a cleansing brush head catered to your skin type and concerns. Tip 2: Invest in Your Skin Care Skin is your body’s largest organ. When it comes to caring for it, you don’t want to cut any corners. That said, Mom likely didn’t advise you to spend your entire paycheck on skin care products. To be clear, investing in your skin doesn’t mean splurging beyond your means. It simply means doing your research and using products and tools that can address your top concerns and give you the results you (and your skin) deserve. “My mom was a tomboy and barely wore makeup, but she made sure that her skin care routine is perfect,” says Clarisonic Creative Manager Stephanie. “She would say ‘find your skin care routine and do it every day – cleanser, toner, and moisturizer’.” After all, you’re going to be in this skin for your entire lifetime—don’t you want it to look its best? Tip 3: Treat Sunscreen Like Gold If you think back on your childhood and have vivid memories of Mom slathering you in a thick coat of sunscreen before every beach day or outdoor barbecue, you’re probably not alone. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is one of the most important skin care product for people of all ages, skin types, and skin tones. So go ahead and thank Mom the next time you see her for protecting your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays all those years you couldn’t do it yourself. “Mom always used to say sunscreen is a must, even on a cloudy day!” says Clarisonic Copywriter Tammy. “I never knew why but did it anyway.” The reason why Mom encouraged sun protection is because exposure to UV rays can cause painful sunburn and blisters, premature aging skin, and even some cancers. Now that you’re old enough to care for your own skin, make Mom proud and keep a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 on hand at all times. Apply it on all exposed areas of skin for UV protection before heading outdoors, and reapply at least every two hours. Tip 4: Pay Attention to Your Neck & Chest During daily skin care routines, facial skin tends to get all the pampering. Needless to say, the skin below the jawline, like on the neck and chest, is often left in the dust. This neglect can result in premature aging skin, which is much easier to prevent than it is to treat. Caring for the neck and décolletage from a young age can help combat signs of premature aging and keep your skin looking youthful for longer. “I have fair skin and am very susceptible to freckles and sunburns,” says Clarisonic PR Coordinator Maddie. “My mother use to tell me to not forget to apply products and especially sunscreen on my neck and chest.” Mom may have learned this the hard way, but every mistake is a learning opportunity. So heed Mom’s advice and extend your skin care routine down to your neck and chest—you won’t regret it! It can be hard to find time to care for your neck and chest, but our Firming Massage Head can make things easier. One minute per day is all it takes to target 15 signs of aging on the face, neck, and décolletage. With continued use over 12 weeks, you can help transform your skin so it feels firmer and looks more defined. Watch the video above for tips on how to massage your neck and chest with Firming Massage Head! Tip 5: Don’t Tug at Skin Around Eyes Whether you’re removing stubborn mascara or liquid liner, pulling and tugging at your eyes can do more harm than good. Over time, this rough treatment of skin around eyes can cause fine lines and wrinkles to form prematurely. “My mom gasped when she saw how I scrubbed my eyes with a cotton ball when removing my mascara,” says Clarisonic Marketing Intern Ellen. “She taught me that my waterproof mascara would come off easily if I wait about 5 seconds with my cotton pad on my eyes before I start to rub.” Since the skin around the eyes is thin and fragile, it should be treated with gentle care when removing eye makeup or applying eye cream. Let’s raise a glass to beloved Moms who—among many noteworthy achievements—have helped pave the way towards healthy skin for daughters everywhere! These beauty tips are truly ones we live by and we hope you do, too!
Pore size is a common skincare complaint—ranking up there with acne and the first signs of aging—but it’s not something you have to live with. While you can’t get rid of enlarged pores entirely, you can take steps to reduce the appearance of your pores to make them look smaller. 1. Keep your skin clean One of the easiest ways to get smaller-looking pores is keeping your skin clean. Excess oil can cause pores to look larger than they actually are, so keeping your skin free of impurities will go a long way in getting your enlarged pores to look smaller. Morning and night, wash your face with a cleanser formulated for your skin type. 2. Moisturize When your skin is dehydrated it can cause your pores to appear larger than they actually are. To combat this be sure to moisturize your skin immediately after cleansing. This step can help to plump the appearance of your skin, making pores look less noticeable. 3. Exfoliate If you don’t already, it’s time to add exfoliation to your skincare routine. Clogged pores naturally appear enlarged and exfoliation is a great way to decongest them as it helps to remove dead skin cells buildup and impurities. Try an exfoliating cleanser, formulated to help make enlarged pores appear smaller, like Clarisonic Pore and Blemish Gel Cleanser. This deep facial cleanser, formulated with 2% salicylic acid, helps to reduce the appearance of pores without over-drying the skin 4. Use a facial cleansing brush To create the illusion of smaller pores, use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush along with Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head every night . This brush head is specially designed to help flush out dirt and debris from the day to help make pores appear smaller since they are less likely to become congested and enlarged. 5. Try a toner If you have enlarged pores, toning is an essential step in your skincare routine that you may be missing. Toners follow cleansers in your regimen and help to ensure that any excess dirt, oil and leftover cleanser is removed before you move on to the next step in your routine. What’s more? Some toners can even temporarily tighten the look of pores, to truly help them appear smaller. 6. Use a weekly face mask Face masks are an excellent addition to your skincare routine if you want your pores to appear smaller. Look for clay masks formulated with charcoal which can help to attract impurities clogging your pores like a magnet. 7. Up the anti-aging ante Enlarged-looking pores can often be a side effect of getting older, so anti-aging skincare products are key if you want them to appear smaller. Products formulated with anti-aging ingredients like retinol or antioxidant vitamin C are known to help reduce the appearance of pores, leaving you with a younger-looking complexion. 8. Protect skin from the sun Another cause of enlarged-looking pores? Sun damage. Wearing broad-spectrum SPF is necessary to protect your skin from the harsh and skin-aging effects of UV rays. Daily, after cleansing, reach for a moisturizer formulated with SPF 30 or more.
Whether you’re seeing your first fine lines or dealing with forehead wrinkles, the signs of aging are frustrating to say the least. Starting an anti-aging skin care regimen to address these newfound concerns can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and get younger-looking skin, consider expanding your skincare routine to include these anti-wrinkle skincare treatments, products, and tricks. Swap Your Facial Cleanser What worked in your teens and early twenties to keep your face clean, may not be the best option as you get older. As we age, our skin naturally loses moisture, which can make any fine lines and wrinkles appear more pronounced and your complexion look dull and lackluster. Step up your anti-aging skincare by swapping out your cleanser for something that is formulated to help restore that youthful radiance. Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser helps you to get that natural glow back by waking up dull-looking skin and restoring radiance. It’s formulated with skin brightening botanicals and helps to create a smooth, even complexion. Give Your Skin a Revitalizing Cleanse Since cleansing is the foundation of every skincare routine, if you’re hoping to address the first signs of aging, you’ll want to make sure your foundation is strong. Instead of using your hands, use something that will cleanse your skin six times more effectively—a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. When paired with an anti-aging cleanser and Clarisonic Revitalizing Cleanse Brush Head, you can help to reduce the appearance of some common signs of aging skin— fine dry lines, enlarged pores—and help your anti-aging products absorb better after cleansing. Try a Daily Anti-Aging Treatment Cleansing and anti-aging products aren’t enough to truly tackle the signs of aging—especially when it comes to sagging skin. For that, you’ll want to incorporate an anti-aging treatment into your routine. After you finish cleansing, apply your favorite anti-aging products and swap out the Clarisonic Revitalizing Cleanse Brush Head with the Smart Profile Uplift Firming Massage Head. The firming massage head helps to target 15 signs of aging on the face, neck and décolleté* – including sagging skin, fine lines, forehead wrinkles, neck sagging and facial radiance. Simply move the massage head in upward motions over the face and neck for a few minutes once a day for 12 weeks and watch as your skin begins to firm, lift, and tighten. Start Using an Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream Crow’s feet—those fine lines that appear at the corner of your eyes—are often the first signs of skin aging. To help diminish their appearance, use an anti-wrinkle eye cream. Reach for moisturizing formulas that include caffeine which can also help to brighten the look of the under eye area as they help to fade fine lines. Never Skip Serum Serum is the MVP of any anti-aging skincare routine. Opting for a product that tackles multiple signs of skin aging should be your goal. Look for formulas that contain antioxidants like vitamin C which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also brightening the look of dull skin. You Must Moisturize Since skin loses moisture as it ages, keeping your complexion hydrated can help you keep your skin looking younger, longer. When skin is supple and hydrated, it appears smoother, firmer and all around healthier. For the best results, choose a moisturizing product that works for your skin type. For dry skin, reach for hydrating creams and for acne-prone or oily skin, opt for oil-free moisturizers—apply morning and night. The Ultimate Anti-Aging Must-Have If there’s one skincare product you need if you want to banish fine lines, forehead wrinkles, dark spots, and more, it’s broad-spectrum SPF. Wearing sunscreen daily helps to prevent the signs of aging and can help to reinforce all of the other steps you’re taking in your routine. Try opting for sunscreens that contain an SPF of 30 and make sure to apply—and reapply—to any areas of exposed skin.