What to Do When Your Moisturizer Just Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

Everyone’s skin journey looks a little different, but I’d be willing to bet my extensive skincare collection that many of our paths began at the same corner of a Gentle Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer. In fact, this dynamic duo is practically the adolescent gateway into the world of skincare—so it is no wonder some of us might feel a little betrayed when one of these tried-and-true products decides to turn its back on us.

What are we talking about, you ask? Your moisturizer.

Despite its skincare staple status, moisturizer can be a little finicky when it comes to a long-term skin care routine. If you are constantly slathering on a moisturizer, but still feel like your skin is dry and flakey, have no fear! Check out these 4 tips to help boost moisture and get one step closer to skin that is more soft and supple:

Exfoliate More (or Less)

So, what does scrubbing your skin have to do with moisture? Well, skin exfoliants work by helping to polish away dull, dry skin that sits at the surface of your complexion. Think of the day’s dirt and grime as a barrier. Using a manual scrub or chemical exfoliant helps to break this barrier down, ultimately boosting softness and skincare product absorption.

Like most things in skincare… or life in general, your exfoliating skin care routine should focus on balance. Over-exfoliating can lead to even more dryness, while under-exfoliating can sometimes prevent your moisturizer from absorbing into the skin. Just make sure to stay in tune with your complexion and keep exfoliation between 1-3 times a week.

Add Moisture-Locking Ingredients

Moisturizer is great… but pairing your daily moisturizer or night cream with a hydrating serum is a skincare must. While moisturizers are typically formulated with emollients and plant-based oils, the best skincare serum products tend to feature a concentrated blend of moisture-locking hydrators, such as Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin. Incorporating these skin-loving ingredients into a skincare routine will amp up moisture, while helping to lock in the nourishing benefits of your moisturizer.

Give It a Powdered Boost

Powered skincare has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its lengthy shelf life and sustainability. But did you know that it is also an easy way to help optimize your moisturizer? Like a serum, powdered skincare boosters are packed with key ingredients that cater to different skin concerns. Mixing your moisturizer with a booster that features nourishing properties—like Coconut and Yogurt Powder—practically gives you free reign over your hydrating skin care routine. Add as little, or as much of a boost as you choose!

Check in With the Seasons

Wouldn’t it be nice if our skin needed the same thing year-round? Unfortunately, like our wardrobe and mood, our complexion also changes with the season. If you have started to notice that your moisturizer just isn’t working like it used to, try to experiment with a different formula. Winter skin usually craves a bit more hydration, where summer skin loves a lightweight formula and Vitamin C. And if your skin still feels dry or flakey, a rich night cream is always a good idea… no matter what the season.

Backne Be Gone! Help Make Body Acne and Blemishes Disappear with These Simple Skincare Steps

Oh, Backne—the unwanted blemish (or blemishes) that pop up just in time to trample our open-back dreams. Though not as often discussed as facial blemishes, body acne is a common skin concern for many. Body blemishes aren’t confined to the back either—most of us experience these pesky pimples on our arms, chest and lower back, too.

So, what is there to do? The truth is, everything from hormones and diet—even tight-fitting clothes—can affect the clarity of your skin, so it is important to understand the cause and treatment for body blemishes. And, that’s why we’re here!

If you are on a mission to help improve the look of body blemishes, keep on scrolling to learn more:

What Is Body Acne?

Simply put, body acne is the result of congested pores that appear on… well, the body. These blemishes tend to play by the same rules as your face, meaning there are many different factors that can contribute to this type of acne (lucky us). Body acne also comes in many different forms (yes, some of us are already aware of that), with some people experiencing minor red blemishes, while others may avoid wearing a tank top at all costs. Areas like the back and chest are also personal favorites for these blemishes, thanks to the common friction and sweat that they undergo all in a day’s work.

Why Might the Pandemic Be Making It Worse?

There is a reason ‘Quaraskin’ has become an official coined term. Like we said, diet, stress and hormones all play into the clarity of the complexion—or lack of—and it’s no secret that we’re all experiencing unique ups and down in our day-to-day life. Personally, my bed has become my new best friend, and we already know that friction can boost blemishes. So basically, that extra time spent on the couch, as well as the change to our diet and workouts, can all be contributing factors to an increase in body acne.

How Can I Help Reduce Body Blemishes?

Cleanse Your Body AFTER Conditioner: Conditioner is great for hydrated locks, but not so much for your chest and back. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse the skin after rinsing out your conditioner to help remove dirt, oil and other pore-clogging impurities.

Exfoliate the Skin: Dry skin is a huge culprit when it comes to body blemishes. The good news is you can easily Polish away dull skin by adding a body exfoliator to your shower ritual. A Dual- Action Body Scrub with ingredients like Lactic Acid, Jojoba Beads and Pumice can help wash away sweat and impurities while leaving the skin velvety-smooth.

Cut the Stress: We know, easier said then done. But if you can take some time for you, do it! Anything as simple as a warm bubble bath and face mask can help you reset and relax. A little “me time” is always necessary.

Moisturize! Preferably with a Vitamin A Lotion: Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, you need to moisturize! Again, dryness can play a huge factor in clogging pores, and ensuring your skin is hydrated from head-to-toe is an easy way to help improve uneven texture. If you are on the market for a new body lotion or Overnight Body Treatment, try to snag one with Vitamin A. This multi-tasking ingredient not only exfoliates the skin, but also helps improve the appearance of skin clarity and fine lines (yes, you get those on your body, too). So, lather up and stay hydrated!

3 Holygrail Products You Need to Tame Dull Skin and Get that Vday Glow

Ready, set, prep your way to Valentines Day skin that glows! Between the chocolate, candles and romance of it all, it is easy to overlook one of THE most important parts of a good Valentine prep—your skincare.

Whether you are celebrating with the girls or plan to put on a full face of glam, your skin needs to be ready. Show your skin some love the night before and achieve a smooth makeup application the next day with 3 easy skincare steps that add a little love and affection to your nightly skincare routine:

Use an Exfoliating Face Mask

Get your complexion ready for the day of L-O-V-E with an exfoliating face mask. Using a chemical exfoliant or gentle facial scrub before bed will help polish away dull, dry skin and reset the complexion for the swoon-worthy day ahead. If you struggle with blemishes, give them some extra valentine attention by applying a Detox face mask with purifying ingredients like charcoal. And if you are looking to amp up the glow, incorporate a face scrub that contains brightening ingredients like the ever-popular Vitamin C.

Indulge Your Skin to Rich Moisture

Now that the dry skin layer has been washed away, let your complexion drink up ultimate hydration. Applying an Intensely Hydrating balm or mask after you exfoliate is a simple way to help boost product absorption and quench the complexion. Look for skincare products that are rich in moisturizing  ingredients such as Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and plant-based extracts to help soften and plump the look of skin, so you can wake up to a complexion that is ready to glow for your vday fun.

Apply a Lip Treatment

We get it. Sometimes we’re so focused on that star-crossed glow that we forget our lips are actually part of our skincare. But honestly, is there anything more important on Valentines Day than a kissable pout and cupid’s bow? We think not. Prep your lips for Valentine pucker with  hydrating lip products the night before. We love to use a lip exfoliator to gently scrub away dull skin before coating the lips in a rich lip balm or Lip-Plumping Mask to help deeply condition, improve the look of fine lines and reveal a fuller-looking put in the AM.

BONUS! The Day Of:

Add a Vitamin C Boost | Don’t forget to add a dose of Vitamin C into your skincare routine on the day of love. Vitamin C Powder and serum is known to help brighten the look of skin while improving the appearance of skin texture so that you can glow, baby, glow.

Get Rolling | Are you feeling a little puffy before your Galentine’s party or Date Night in? No problem. Use a facial tool—like a Rose Quartz Facial Roller—to help roll away the look of tension and puffiness for a more radiant-looking complexion.

Amp Up Hydration | Give your skin a little pick-me-up throughout the day (or night) with a refreshing facial mist or Hydrating Face Treatment. These are a great and on-the-go way to add the lightweight hydration our skin craves throughout the day—plus they naturally add a dewy appearance to the skin for the ultimate Vday glow!

Time to Think Beyond Basics: A Next-Level Way to Help Transform the Look of Blah, Winter Skin

Parched winter skin got you down?

Winter is truly a lively time for our complexion, with dry and flakey skin making the comeback we never asked for. Not to mention, the cold weather trifecta of heated rooms, frigid temps and dry air can breed a less than ideal environment for skin—especially for those with sensitive or dehydrated skin types. No, thanks.

So, how do we combat these winter skin woes? With hydrating skincare products, of course! Just like you would bundle up in your favorite winter coat to help cut the chill, you need to bundle up your skin, too. And incorporating hydrating skincare ingredients that actually lock-in moisture (not just sit on top of the skin) is the perfect place to start.

Liquid Crystals are one of the hottest hydrators to pop up on the skincare market, and if you are looking for a wintertime (or any time) boost, adding these skin-quenching ingredients to your skincare routine is a must. Not only do these eye-catching crystals make for an aesthetically pleasing Instagram pic, but they also boast a plethora of hydrating skincare benefits that cater to all skin types. 

Keep on scrolling to learn more about these dazzling, skin-quenching crystals and why Liquid Crystal Technology needs to be your next skincare investment:

1. Liquid Crystals are Super Hydrating

In a nutshell, Liquid Crystal Technology is designed to work below the skin to help restore hydration and quench the complexion with essential moisture. Liquid Crystals work by nourishing the component of the skin that encourages a healthier-looking skin barrier, ultimately helping to lock in moisture and help ensure that the complexion remains hydrated and plumper-looking. The good news is, adding these moisturizing benefits to your skincare routine is as easy as incorporating a liquid crystal-based serum or moisturizer.

Try: Emulsion | With Liquid Crystals, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, this Intense Hydrator is a moisturizing face cream helps restore moisture and renew the look of dry skin for a face that is softer and smoother-looking.

2. Liquid Crystals Help Improve the Look of Dark Circles

Thanks to their uber-hydrating properties and iridescent shine, Liquid Crystals are also excellent for helping improve the look of undereye circles. Dark circles can be the “lucky” outcome of anything from genes or sun exposure to lack of shut eye (guilty). So, if you are looking for an uber-nourishing skincare ingredient to help your tired eyes appear more rested and awake looking, choose a skincare product that is infused with Liquid Crystal Technology. 

Try: Opti Crystal | This Liquid Crystal Sye serum isspecially formulated with powerhouse ingredients to radically reduce the look of dark circles and improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around the eyes.

3. Liquid Crystals Help Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines

Fine lines and wrinkles are often at the top of the list for skincare concerns. If you (like many) are invested in helping prevent fine lines and wrinkles, why not incorporate Liquid Crystal Technology into your skincare routine. The hydrating properties of Liquid Crystal Technology not only nourishes a complexion in need of a moisturizing pick-me-up, but it also helps to plump the look of skin for a smoother appearance. This also makes this skincare ingredient a must-have for often overlooked and delicate areas of the complexion, like the lips.

Try: Lumi Crystal | Coat your lips in an iridescent shine that helps protect your pout from environmental stressors while helping to plump the look of lips and improve the appearance of fine lines.

Skincare Calendar: The Best Daily, Weekly and Monthly Skincare Calendar You Need

Juggling multiple calendars and chaotic schedules is truly a rite of passage into adulthood—so much so, we’ve even made a competition out of comparing them with our friends. But, between all those business meetings, kids’ playdates and happy hours, there is one very important calendar that often slips through the cracks: your skincare calendar.

After all, our face is the one thing we have our entire life, so it only makes sense that it would require the same loving attention that we give to our Outlook calendar.

If you are new to making a skincare schedule or just want to see what it is all about, keep on scrolling for the what to, when to and how to’s of a scheduled skincare routine with our customized COSMEDIX Skincare Calendar:

Do It on the Daily

Cleanser: First thing’s first. Wash away dirt, oil and grime twice a day—morning and night. No matter if you slept on a clean pillowcase or went makeup free for the day, cleansing your skin is a two-time daily must. If you struggle with an acne-prone or oily skin type, try to incorporate a foaming cleanser or gel cleanser into your skincare routine to help draw out pore-clogging impurities and remove excess oil. And if dry skin is your skincare woe, reach for a nourishing cream or oil cleanser.

Serum: Need a product that packs a punch? Look no further than a facial serum. Serums have catapulted into the skincare spotlight over the past few years, thanks to their potent, concentrated ingredients. These multi-tasking skin care products also give you the unique freedom to customize and target specific skin concerns, so that you can take charge of your skincare routine. Looking for a boost of hydration? Add Hyaluronic Acid serum into your AM and PM routine. Vitamin C and Retinol (used separately!) are other great serum options for those who are after a brighter, more even-looking complexion.

Moisturizer: Another daily skincare must-have is moisturizer! Our skin needs (and craves) hydration, which is why a good moisturizer is a cornerstone for a beneficial skincare routine. For your morning skincare application, incorporate a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs into skin without leaving a greasy residue. For nighttime, don’t be afraid to get heavy with a rich cream that helps restore hydration and quench the skin with clean ingredients while you sleep!

Stick to Twice a Week:

Exfoliate: Our skin goes through it during the week! Just think of all the makeup, sunshine and city air that our complexion absorbs on a daily basis. Yikes. It’s true that our skin naturally does a lot of the dirty work for us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it a hand. Exfoliating the skin twice a week with a chemical exfoliant or face scrub not only helps alleviate dry skin, but it also encourages healthy skin renewal for a smoother, glowy-looking complexion.

Face Mask: Like serums, face masks are another great way to target specific skincare concerns with concentrated ingredients—not to mention, a face mask is a great excuse to sneak in a little “me” time. The good news is, there is no shortage of face masks on the market. You can easily choose from a wide selection of gel mask, sheet mask and clay masks to help reset the complexion and indulge in a skincare pick-me-up.

Book a Monthly Appointment:

Facial: Finding time to work in a monthly appointment with your favorite aesthetician is another great way to help keep your complexion in tip-top shape. Sure, quarantine made us all feel like our own personal facialist, but there are just some skincare issues we can’t tackle at home. Visiting your aesthetician every few weeks ensures that you have the skincare tools and products you need to help keep your skin on the right track with spa specific treatments like extractions and dermaplaning!

Want the full COSMEDIX treatment? Find a spa near you with the COSMEDIX Spa Finder!

Chemical Exfoliants 101 with Pure Enzymes

Ready to give chemical exfoliation a try?

If there was any silver lining to this past year, it was a newfound appreciation for our beauty and at-home skincare routines. And, if you haven’t ventured into the realms of chemical exfoliants, you might be missing out. While the name might sound like something you brewed up in chemistry class, it is actually a popular method of skin exfoliation that has been used in the skincare industry for years. Nothing to fear here!

So, if you are looking to up your at-home skincare routine, join us as we deep dive into everything you need to know about chemical exfoliants, including a how to with one of our favorite COSMEDIX chemical exfoliants, Pure Enzymes:

What is a Chemical Exfoliant?

Let’s start with the basics. We’ve all heard of a physical exfoliator (think sugar scrub, walnut scrub, or scrub brush), but what about its chemical alter ego? Popular among skincare professionals, a chemical exfoliant is an acid and/or enzyme that is added to a skincare product to help exfoliate dead skin. Often available in a variety of different strengthens, these exfoliants can be applied to the complexion in the form of a cleanser, toner, lotion or face mask. And, while the word “chemical” might sound a little more advanced, don’t let that make you apprehensive! A number of chemical exfoliants are actually gentler than traditional scrubs.

How Does it Work?

Rather than using gritty skincare ingredients to remove dry skin, chemical exfoliators help slough away dead skin by encouraging healthy skin renewal. Examples of chemical exfoliants include AHAs, BHA and Fruit Enzymes—all of which work at different levels to help exfoliate the complexion:

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid): Ideal for normal to sensitive skin types, AHAs work to exfoliate the outermost layer of skin to help improve the look of uneven skin tone, texture and dark spots.

BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid): Great for acne-prone or oily skin types, BHAs work deeper into the skin to help cut through pore-clogging impurities and refine the look of congested pores.

Fruit Enzymes: Unsurprisingly, Fruit Enzymes are derived from… well, fruit. Papaya, Pineapple and Cranberry are popular forms of fruit enzymes that can be applied to skincare formulations to help exfoliate away dull, dry skin. They are also a gentle alternative to AHA and BHA exfoliants.

So, What’s the Deal with Pure Enzymes

Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask combines L-Lactic Acid—an AHA—and Cranberry Enzymes to help polish away dull, dry surface skin. Powered with refreshing and moisture-boosting ingredients, this  antioxidant rich formula also helps protect the skin from environmental stressors while locking in long-lasting hydration for a softer, plumper-looking complexion.

How to Apply + How Often to Use…

The most important key to exfoliating with Pure Enzymes is knowing HOW to use it and what to expect. Pure Enzymes can be used 2-3 times a week, depending on your skin type. Because of the chemical properties in this face mask, a little redness and tingling is to be expected—so don’t panic! That’s just the exfoliating and uber-hydrating skincare ingredients doing their best work!

To apply:

Step #1: Use COSMEDIX Dual-Sided Silicone Mask Applicator to apply Pure Enzymes to the face in sections. Don’t forget your neck!

Step #2: Allow to the mask to sit on the skin from 3-10 minutes. 3 minutes is usually best for sensitive skin types, where more oily or normal skin types can benefit from a longer application.

Step #3: Use warm water to gently remove the mask with your hands or a washcloth. Pat dry and follow up with your favorite COSMEDIX serum and moisturizer.

Get on the Next Level with COSMEDIX Step Up Guide to Retinol

Retinol. An apprehensive skincare ingredient to some, but a gamechanger for your skin.

Incorporating Retinol (Vitamin A) into your skincare routine is a beneficial steppingstone in your complexion journey. But, even if you understand the importance of the ingredient, it can still be an intimidating—even daunting—addition to your skincare collection of cleanser, serum and moisturizer.  

For those on the hunt for the ideal Retinol match, just remember that the simplest and most important thing to look for is the strength. Vitamin A in skincare products comes in many different shapes and forms and, depending on the strength, can help address anything from fine lines and uneven skin tone to deep wrinkles and age spots. If you’re curious which Retinol might be right for you, or are looking to step up to the next level, keep on reading for the COSMEDIX guide to Retinol:

**To learn more about COSMEDIX unique LG-Retinex and AGP Complex, check out the COSMEDIX Skincare Dictionary**

For the Beginners

Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum: Prevention is key!  If you’ve started to notice early signs of fine lines or dark spots, it might be time to dip your toes skin into the Retinol “waters.” Serum 16 is an ideal skincare product for Retinol newbies thanks to its hydrating ingredients and powerful, yet gentle, retinol content. with 16% LG-Retinex, this Rapid Renewal Serum is packed with vitamins to help improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone and smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

BONUS: It is a brilliant skincare addition for dry, sensitive skin types that cannot tolerate traditional retinol.

For the Intermediates

Serum 24 Rapid Renewal Complex Featuring LG-Retinex: A step up from Serum 16,  this powerhouse serum contains 24% LG-Retinex to help deliver optimal results—without the common retinol irritation. Serum 24 is clinically proven to  help visibly reduce the look of medium to deep lines while encouraging a complexion that appears brighter and firmer.

Define Age-Defying Treatment with Hydroxy Acids & Retinol (2%): If you are on the hunt for a Retinol, exfoliator AND moisturizer, look no further than the Define Age-Defying Treatment. This multi-tasking cream is formulated with 2% AGP Retinol Complex and AHAs (a chemical exfoliator) to help promote healthy skin renewal, restore hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin imperfections.

For the Advanced

Refine Refinishing Treatment (4%): This clarifying serum is formulated with 4% AGP Complex, amino acids and an extra dose of hydration to help promote a softer, clearer-looking complexion. Refine Refinishing Treatment improves the look of imperfections by helping to gently reveal the next layer of skin, refine the look of pores and smooth the appearance of wrinkles.

Refine Plus High-Potency Refinishing Treatment (8%): Take results to the next level with this High-Potency Refinishing Treatment. This age-defying formula contains twice the potency of Refine, with replenishing hydrators that help nourish the complexion. Refine Plus is the next step for anyone aiming to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and enlarged pores.

For the Experts

Refine RX Retinol Resurfacing Treatment (12%) :  With 12% AGP Retinol Complex, Refine RX features COSMEDIX most potent level of Retinol. This skin-refinishing treatment’s high concentration helps dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, improve the appearance of uneven texture and promote an overall firmer, more even-looking complexion.

Introducing COSMEDIX NEW Customized Bundles

Here at COSMEDIX, we want to make your skincare journey as streamlined and luxurious as possible. We know that a complete skincare routine can be a little daunting, especially when first starting off, which is why we hand-picked personalized bundles just for you! Whether your skincare concern is aging skin, hyperpigmentation, acne or just want to focus on prevention, COSMEDIX has a NEW skincare kit for you. Bundle up and choose from our selection of 4 personalized kits for a complete skincare routine that feels like a breeze:

Preventative Anti-Aging Bundle

Facial rollers. Face Masks. 10 glasses of water. If you’re someone who is all about prevention, then this skincare bundle is for you! COSMEDIX New Preventative Anti-Aging Bundle makes it easy to address early signs of aging, working to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and minimize the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Start your morning and evening routine with a deep cleanse using Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser. Formulated with chemical exfoliants and energizing ingredients—like Tea Tree and Peppermint—this daily cleanser helps remove pore-clogging impurities while improving texture and discoloration. At night, boost your skincare routine and help reduce the appearance of fine lines with the Serum 16 Rapid renewal Serum. Last but not least, top off your AM and PM routine with Eye Genius Brilliant Eye Complex to help improve the look of dark circles and awaken tired looking eyes.

Advanced Anti-Aging Bundle

If you’ve started to notice those fine lines have gotten a little deeper and that uneven texture has gotten a little rougher, then the Advanced Anti-Aging Bundle is for you. Together, this 3-piece system helps reverse signs of aging by minimizing the look of wrinkles, age spots and dark circles.

Kick of your AM and PM skincare routine with a gentle lather using the Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser. Next, indulge your skin to age-defying peptides that help reduce wrinkles and promote a firmer-looking complexion using the Radiance Age Restorative Serum. Formulated with rich antioxidants, Radiance helps brighten the appearance of skin while helping to protect from environmental stressors. To complete your skincare routine, dab the top-selling Opti Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum on the undereye area to hydrate the skin and reduce the look of dark circles and fine lines.

Acne-Prone Bundle

Blemish-prone skin can be frustrating, but the new COSMEDIX Acne-Prone Bundle is here to help. This limited-edition skincare routine helps refine the look of pores while deep cleaning the complexion with soothing ingredients.

Clarity Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanse was specially made for blemish-prone skin. Gently lather it onto skin to start your morning and night skincare routine, and watch as it helps wash away dirt, oil and pore-clogging impurities with is lightweight texture. If you have any spots that are especially stubborn, apply the Correct Rapid Relief Acne Treatment to help target blemishes with a concentrated blend of Salycilic Acid and soothing Aloe Vera. And, if your skin is feeling parched throughout the day, add a pick-me-up with the Mystic Hydrating Treatment to help condition the skin and boost moisture.

Hyperpigmentation Bundle

It’s the glow up you’ve been waiting for! Skin looking dull, tired and spotty? Introducing the Hyperpigmentation Bundle. This 4-piece set was specially curated with COSMEDIX fan-favorite products that help brighten the skin’s appearance and prevent skin discoloration.

Help refresh the complexion both morning and night with the Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser. The chemical exfoliants and invigorating ingredients will help lift away uneven texture while cleansing the skin of dirt and oil. To add a brightening boost, mix Simply Brilliant with the B Complex Vitamin B Boosting Powder to help clarify the look of skin and wrap the complexion in 10 brightening ingredients. And of course, the best way to help prevent future discoloration is by protecting the complexion with the Protect UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray. This on-the-go mist delivers an undetectable, sheer finish that helps shield the complexion from sunburn and future sun damage as it helps hydrate the skin .

Back to Basics: How to Apply Your Skincare Products in the Right Order

Oh the days of skincare past, where a bar of soap and a splash of water were considered adequate. Thankfully, the world has moved on and learned to embrace the importance of skincare. With new discoveries and trailblazing products popping up on the market left and right, it’s safe to say our knowledge is expanding as our bathroom cabinets are swiftly filling.

And, as liberating as it is to slather on a shiny new skincare product, knowing the correct order of application is another game in and of itself. If you have a growing skincare collection but aren’t 100% sure what to do, COSMEDIX is going back to basics for you! Keep on scrolling to dive deep into everyday skincare products and the best way to apply:

Cleanser

You know the drill. A good cleanse is the starting point for any effective skincare routine, so if you’ve been skimping on a thorough face cleanse, cut it out! Washing your face is the best way to remove pore-clogging impurities like oil, dirt and makeup—not to mention, a clean canvas helps boost product absorption for your toners, serums and more.

Try: Benefit Clean| A gentle cleanser that works with all skin types to help wash away dirt, oil and makeup—without stripping the skin of natural oils.

Toner/ Essence

The word “toner” can inspire many reactions. With a past reputation for being drying and harsh, toners have made it their mission to redefine themselves with nourishing ingredients that prep and hydrate the skin. Applying a toner after a cleanse is an excellent way to remove leftover dirt and oil while helping the complexion drink up those skin-loving ingredients that are coming its way.

Try: Benefit Balance| Help soothe and nourish the skin after a cleanse with skin-loving ingredients like Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Chamomile.

Serums

Like a shot for skin, serums add a daily dose of vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients to the complexion. The best part about these multi-tasking products is that they can be tailored to personal skin types and concerns. Mixing serums is another easy way to streamline your skincare routine by tacking multiple skincare wants in one simple application. And, if you prefer to apply them separately, use weight as your guide. Start with lightweight formulas followed by heavy or rich serums to ensure optimal absorption.

Try: Cell ID| A multi-tasking Nutritive Defense Serum that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and signs of aging.

Eye Treatment

Eye treatments are a fool-proof way to target the delicate eye area with ingredients that help minimize fine lines, dark circles and age spots. They come in many different shapes and sizes, with cooling, retinol, gel and cream formulations. Basically, if you have an eye need, you are sure to find an eye product that  can help. Because eye treatments tend to be lighter than moisturizers, they are best applied before moisturizer and after serums.

Try: Opti Crystal| A top selling eye serum infused with Liquid Crystal Technology to help hydrate the under eye and improve the look of fine lines and dark circles.

Retinol (At Night)

Retinol is hailed for its age-defying properties and is an important step in a nightly skincare routine. If you are on the hunt for a treatment that will help encourage healthy skin renewal and prevent fine lines and wrinkles , retinol is sure to be your new best friend! Just make sure that you apply your retinol separately from other serums to ensure it’s active ingredient (Vitamin A) remains effective (Marie Claire).

Try: Define| Formulated with 2% AGP Retinol Complex, this age-defying treatment gently exfoliates the skin and helps reduce the look wrinkles and imperfections.

Moisturizer

It’s time to seal in all your hard work! Remember, the secret to skincare is applying products in the order of light to heavy. This is why richer products, like moisturizers and face oils, are typically applied as the last step. Using a lightweight toner, serum or treatment before an uber-hydrating moisturizer will help ingredients absorb into the skin, allowing the moisturizer to act as a barrier that locks in your skincare routine.  

Try: Humidify| A deeply moisturizing cream that helps deliver vital hydration while boosting the skin’s barrier function.

Mask Madness: Multi-Masking for Your Skin Type

Is one mask truly enough? We don’t think so! Optimize your skin care routine with the practice of multi-masking—using multiple face masks at once! If you’ve stumbled across our blog on mask mapping, then you might already be familiar with this skin-loving skincare hack that involves applying different face mask products to different areas of the face. This extra step makes it easy to address specific skin concerns based on your personal skin type. Plus,  it’s another excuse to sit back and relax!

Want to discover the multi-mask skin care routine fit for you? Keep on scrolling to find the mask power couple that will wrap your complexion in a personalized combo made for your specific skin type and skin concern:

Skin Type: Normal Skin

Multi-Mask Match: MICRO Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask  and ENHANCE Lip-Plumping Mask

Why: Congrats on hitting the skincare lottery because normal skin is one of the easiest skin types to manage! Micro and Enhance is a bestselling mask duo that is the perfect combination for a normal complexion that is looking to maintain balance and hydration for both the face and lips. The complexion-quenching Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask  is formulated with prebiotics to help nourish the skin and encourage a healthy microbiome while the lip-plumping mask helps soften your pout with a soothing blend of oils. 

Where: After cleansing the skin, apply Micro to the entire face, smoothing it across the complexion. If you want to amp up the luxury self care experience, use the COSMEDIX Rose Quartz Facial Roller to help boost product absorption and massage the skin. Next, coat your lips in the conditioning Enhance Lip Plumping Mask, then sit back and relax while they do the work for you.

Skin Type: Dry Skin

Multi-Mask Match: RESCUE Intense Hydrating Balm and Mask and BIOSHAPE

Why: If dry, flakey skin is your skincare concern, then try your hand at this multi-masking combo.  Rescue can be used as a spot treatment or mask to help restore hydration and improve chapped skin with soothing Shea Butter and plant extracts. The Bio-Shape Firming Face Mask also contains moisturizing ingredients with a special focus on age-defying benefits that are clinically proven to help reduce the look of wrinkles and firm the appearance of skin.

Where: To help restore a more hydrated and smoother-looking complexion, start by applying Bioshape to the areas of the face that display early signs of aging (i.e. the neck and forehead). Then, wrap the rest of your skin in the uber-hydrating Rescue mask to boost hydration and lock-in moisture.

Skin Type: Oily Skin

Multi-Mask Match: GLOW Bamboo Brightening Mask and CLEAR Deep Cleansing Mask

Why: Oily skin can feel like a hassle (especially in those hot summer months). If you struggle with shiny skin and blackheads, try incorporating this multi-mask into your weekly routine. The Bamboo Brightening Mask is made with Vitamin C to help restore a radiant-looking glow—without the greasy residue—as it gently exfoliates the skin to restore tone and texture. Pair it with Clear to help deep clean the skin and draw out pore-clogging impurities with the help of Salicylic Acid and Kaolin Clay.

Where: Begin by applying Glow to the entire face, excluding the nose and chin. Next, apply Clear to the nose and chin to help balance the look of shiny skin and improve the look of congested pores along the t-zone.

Skin Type: Combination Skin

Multi-Mask Match: DETOX Activated Charcoal Mask and RESTORE

Why: A little oily and a little dry, combination skin types have a personal mix all wrapped up onto one complexion. Typically, this skin type has an oily T-zone with dry/normal skin on the cheeks, which makes multi-masking a mask made in heaven for the combination complexion. Restore Moisture-Rich Mask helps quench dry areas of the skin with botanicals and vitamins as Detox helps absorb excess oils with Charcoal, Clay and Diatomaceous Earth.

Where: Begin by applying Detox to the T-zone to help minimize the look of oil before applying Restore to the entire face to boost dry/normal skin with a rush of moisture.

Skin Type: Congested Skin

Multi-Mask Match: PURE ENZYMES Cranberry Enzyme Mask and DETOX Activated Charcoal Mask

Why: Detox Mask is also a great mask for blemish-prone skin types, especially when paired with Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask. Pure Enzymes works to gently exfoliate the complexion with fruit enzymes, while Detox helps draw out pore-clogging impurities for a more clarified and refined-looking complexion.

Where: Congested skin can benefit from a balanced combination of exfoliation and refining ingredients. Begin by applying Pure Enzymes to the entire face to help lift away dry skin. Leave on for 2 minutes before applying Detox directly over to help draw out dirt, oil and impurities that potentially clog pores.