Breaking Down COSMEDIX Hydrating Treatments

The art of the summer skincare routine is all about light hydration—keeping your skin moisturized is a must, but the creams we used in winter can be a little heavy for the hotter months to come. Enter COSMEDIX hydrating treatments! These light, refreshing face mists and sprays deliver a burst of hydration that helps to keep skin glowing and healthy-looking on days when intense heat and environmental stressors might threaten to dull your sparkle.

Our two go-to hydrators for a quick skin reset? Meet Crystal Clear AM/PM Liquid Crystal Hydrating Mist and Mystic AM/PM Hydrating Treatment! Read on for a breakdown of these luxe, lightweight treatments and when to reach for each one, plus a few other summer skin care upgrades!

When Hydrating Treatments Shine

Think of Crystal Clear and Mystic as hydration pick-me-ups! Both are infused with skin-soothing, botanical ingredients like Witch Hazel and Kakadu Plum Extract, and both can be applied on the go whenever your skin is beginning to lose its glow. Mystic and Crystal Clear are both gentle and light: they tend not to clog pores in the summer heat or irritate skin that’s recently had peels or treatments.

Benefit Breakdown

Crystal Clear and Mystic are sisters, not twins. Here are a few key differences between these hydrating skin care superstars and their skin-quenching benefits.

When it comes to application, both these treatments are pretty travel friendly. Mystic applies directly to your face as a spray, so it’s the more “on-the-go” of these two hydration boosters. To use Crystal Clear, you’ll also need to stash some cotton balls or pads for application. Spritz Crystal Clear onto the cotton or directly onto your hands and then apply to the face for a soothing burst of hydration any time you’re feeling dry.

Both these summer superstars are lightweight, but Mystic is a tad lighter than Crystal Clear. This oil-free moisturizer is powered by ingredients like Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, a conditioning probiotic that helps support the skin’s microbiome and helps improve barrier function and strengthen skin’s natural defense.

Crystal Clear indulges the complexion with the same Liquid Crystal Technology used in bestselling Opti Crystal Eye Serum, and it’s powerful enough to use as your morning moisturizer or a daytime refresher. Crystal Clear is infused with Kakadu Plum Extract, also known as Australian Superfruit, so it helps improve the appearance of skin’s texture and tone by brightening the look of dry skin and diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

More Lightweight Upgrades for Your Summer Skincare Routine

Summer skin care calls for hydrators that help defend the skin’s barrier while keeping things light and healthy-looking. Here are some of our favorite COSMEDIX skin care products to use with Crystal Clear or Mystic Hydrating Treatment this summer!

Peptide Rich Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This lightweight moisturizer blends seamlessly with makeup to help protect your face from UV rays. Peptide Rich Defense shines in the summer months because of the high SPF, which increases the time you can spend enjoying the sunshine if applied correctly (read: evenly and generously). It’s also enriched with an age-defying peptide that deeply hydrates, soothes and conditions the complexion as it helps smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles. A favorite of one Victoria Beckham, this bestselling moisturizer is a perfect fit when the summer heat hits!

Protect UV AM/PM Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray

Some of the benefits of Mystic and Peptide Rich Defense combine in Protect UV, a gentle, multipurpose SPF 30 that applies as a spray. Perfect for on the go sun protection, this oil-free formula also boosts hydration to help improve skin barrier function and helps to sooth the skin as well. Infused with Niacinamide to help improve skin texture and tone, Protect UV has a natural finish that makes it quintessential choice for everyday use.  

Hydrate + Broad Spectrum SPF 17 Moisturizing Sunscreen

Help your skin stay dewy looking this summer with Hydrate +! Layering on this moisturizing sunscreen can help prep your skin for makeup and preserve a radiant-looking glow. Formulated with a broad spectrum SPF to help prevent sun damage, Hydrate + is non-greasy. This everyday skin care essential also promotes a healthier-looking complexion!

Exfoliation Explained

When it comes to exfoliation, less really can be more! Exfoliation—the process of removing dry skin or dead skin—should be part of your skincare routine, but over-exfoliating can cause irritation. No matter your skin care concerns, exfoliating your face, lips, neck, and decolletage just two to three times a week can help skin look brighter, healthier, and more even-toned. But the benefits of exfoliation don’t stop there! Taking a few minutes to massage in a luxe, gentle exfoliant can also help to remove impurities from clogged pores, and help your skin absorb other skin care products more effectively. COSMEDIX has a whole host of supercharged exfoliators for every skin type, so we’re rounding up some of our favorite scrubs, masks, and treatments for you in our blog post this week. Read on for more on the different types of exfoliators and a few recommendations for your specific skin concerns!

Types of Exfoliators

Physical Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators are probably what most people think of when they picture an exfoliant—remember when apricot scrub was ever-present on all our shelves? These exfoliators actually rub and scrub your skin with textured ingredients, help you slough off all that dead skin. At COSMEDIX, the key ingredients in our physical exfoliators are natural ingredients like Poppy, Jojoba, and Date Seeds or Sea Salt. Our gentle, physical exfoliators will help you reveal more rejuvenated, healthy-looking skin.

Enzyme Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators are tried-and-true, but enzymes can help take natural exfoliating ingredients to the next level! Enzymes are a hyper-gentle exfoliating ingredient that help loosen the bonds between dead skin cells so that they can be removed more easily. Enzyme exfoliators are less likely to irritate skin than harsher exfoliators, and the products that use enzymes as exfoliants likely have a smoother, more lotion-like texture.

Chemical Exfoliators

Ingredients like Salicylic, Alpha Hydroxy, and Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acids as well as products with Retinol can all help exfoliate skin. If these chemical ingredients sound a bit intense, not to worry! At COSMEDIX, our chemical exfoliators also include hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera that help skin maintain moisture levels. Like physical and enzyme exfoliators, chemical exfoliators only need to be added to your skincare routine two to three times a week. However, unlike physical and enzyme exfoliators, chemical exfoliators are only recommended as part of an evening skincare routine.

COSMEDIX Exfoliators by Skincare Concern

For Acne: Purity Detox Scrub Multi-Layer Detoxification System with Salicylic Acid AM/PM

This ultimate exfoliating cocktail combines gentle physical exfoliants like Poppy, Jojoba, and Date Seeds with Salicylic Acid to help polish away the look of skin imperfections and leave you with a clearer-looking, more even complexion. This exfoliator is gentle enough for a morning or evening skincare routine and can be used on the body as well as the face for all over exfoliation.

For Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Defy Triple Hydroxy Acid Age-Defying Treatment PM

This multi-tasking Age-Defying Treatment is formulated with a powerhouse blend of plant based ingredients and Alpha Hydroxy Acids. The key to Defy’s exfoliating power? Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acid, L-Malic Acid, and L Tartaric Acid that gently exfoliates to help reduce the appearance of fine lines for a smoother, softer appearance. Defy is also formulated with Aloe Vera and Olive Oil to help hydrate and soothe the complexion.

For Brightening: PHA Hydration Peel AM/PM Refining Exfoliator

Formulated with an age-defying cocktail of gentle skincare superstars like PHA, Lactobioinic Acid and Phytic Acid, this skin-soothing peel treatment helps illuminate the appearance of your complexion. The Lactobionic Acid is a naturally derived polyhydroxy acid from sugar that provides gentle exfoliation while Phytic Acid derived from cereal seeds helps provide support for the skin and increase moisturization. In a 4 week COSMEDIX study, 61% of participants noted that their skin appeared visibly brighter after four treatments with the PHA Hydration Peel.

For Protection Against Environmental Stressors: Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask PM

This gentle enzyme mask boasts an antioxidant-rich formula that helps protect skin from environmental stressors as it helps to boost hydration. A combination of L-Lactic Acid and  Cranberry Enzymes exfoliate away dull, dead skin and pore-clogging impurities for a more radiant-looking complexion. Pure Enzymes is recommended for your nighttime skincare routine—apply it one to two times weekly and leave on for 3-10 minutes. Be sure to follow with your regular serums and moisturizer—exfoliation can help your skin absorb them better!

For Multi-tasking: Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser AM/PM

Formulated with natural botanicals like Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil, this combination cleanser and gentle exfoliate helps to balance, clarify, and refresh the look of skin for a softer, more radiant-looking complexion. Without stripping the skin of essential moisture, the Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells for a rejuvenating pick-me-up in your morning or nighttime skincare routine.

Introducing Revert Boosting Brightening Serum!

Supercharge your COSMEDIX skincare routine with Revert Boosting Brightening Serum. This Vitamin C-infused serum helps to reduce the appearance of age spots induced by environmental stressors. With a botanical-infused formula that’s gentle for all skin types, Revert helps to awaken the look of dull, tired skin by improving the appearance of an uneven skin tone for a more radiant-looking complexion. This brightening serum can be used to boost your day or nighttime skincare routine and applied to cleansed and toned skin in combination with your preferred daily moisturizer and sunscreen.

Why Revert Works

Revert Boosting Brightening Serum is powered by a form of Vitamin C called Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate that helps brighten the skin’s appearance and visibly improve skin tone. Natural botanicals like Apple and Pineapple Extracts help to brighten the look of skin while the Kakadu Fruit Extract and L-Arbutin-rich Daisy Flower Extract help to improve the look of uneven skin. This blend of natural, food-based extracts helps protect skin from environmental stressors that can cause signs of aging, while Lemon and Cucumber Extracts help balance excess oil to reduce the look of shine.

Where Revert Fits into Your Routine

For skin concerns related to sun and age spots, Revert Boosting Brightening Serum can work as part of a skincare routine that focuses on evening and rejuvenating the look of skin. Let COSMEDIX give your routine a boost with skin-loving products from conditioning cleansers to intensely-hydrating, botanical-infused skin care face masks!

            Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

Formulated with Tea Tree and Peppermint Oils, Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser gently lifts away dirt and oil as it helps balance and clarify the look of skin for a softer complexion. This refreshing cleanser is perfect for early mornings or late nights as it uses Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities to minimize excess shine and improve the look of uneven texture and discoloration.

            Peptide Rich Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This lightweight, uber-hydrating broad spectrum SPF 50 Moisturizer recently received praise in W Magazine from none other than Victoria Beckham, who said that she uses Peptide-Rich Defense as a daily SPF because it blends well with her makeup. Formulated with powerhouse Peptides, Trehalose, Amino acids, Natural Botanical Extracts and Vitamin E, this bestselling moisturizer helps smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and helps protect skin from environmental stressors.

            Resync PM Revitalizing Night Cream

A radiance-restoring night cream packed with antioxidant-rich extracts, Resync is the first overnight hydrator to join the COSMEDIX line. This nighttime pick-me-up is formulated with Snow Mushroom Extract to help improve skin softness and reduce the look of fine lines by delivering unprecedented moisture to dry skin and Australian Kakadu Plum to help decrease the appearance of redness and promote a brighter-looking complexion.

            Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask

Powered with refreshing Cranberry Enzymes and moisture-boosting ingredients, this hydrating, exfoliating mask fits into your skincare routine as a once-a-week skin reset. The mask uses L-Lactic Acid and Cranberry Enzymes to polish away dull, dead skin to help skin appear smoother and plumper-looking as it locks in long-lasting hydration.

The Ultimate COSMEDIX Mother’s Day Gift Guide

At COSMEDIX, we don’t think there’s any gift better than hydrated, healthier-looking skin for Mom this Mother’s Day! Whether you treat her to a day at a local spa (use our Spa Finder to learn which locations carry COSMEDIX Elite products) or surprise her with everything she needs for an at-home facial, the most important woman in your life will love being pampered with clean, clinical, luxurious COSMEDIX skincare. We know you won’t be able to choose just one COSMEDIX product for that elegant mom of yours, so here are our best bundles to jump-start her skincare routine.

  • Brightening Bundle: BrillianCy and Affirm

Want to brighten your mom’s day? The skin care products in our Brightening Bundle are infused with Vitamin C, a highly acidic, natural antioxidant that will help give her the gift of brighter-looking skin with a more even-looking tone.

Deeply moisturizing BrillianCy Vitamin C Brightening Face Oil AM/PM is formulated with the powerful Vitamin C derivative Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate as well as Humulus Lupulus Extract to help improve the appearance of an uneven complexion and Sclareolide to help brighten the look of skin.  

Bestselling Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum AM/PM, a “multivitamin in a bottle” according to our Global Education Director, also helps protect against environmental stressors as it brightens and firms the look of skin. This hydrating, antioxidant-rich serum is powered with Age-Defying Biopeptides to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for softer, smoother-looking skin.

  • Deep Clean Bundle: Purity Balance and Clear Mask

Gift your mom a cleaning product she’ll love using this Mother’s Day. Filled with skin care products formulated with Salicylic and Lactic Acids, this deep clean bundle will help your mama promote a clearer complexion and restore balance to the skin.

Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep Toner AM/PM helps your mom set the tone for a radiant, clearer-looking complexion by gently exfoliating the skin and helping to absorb excess oil. Purity Balance is formulated with Salicylic Acid to help draw out pore-clogging impurities and Tea Tree Oil to help balance and clarify the appearance of skin for a clearer-looking complexion. Your mama can use this toner morning or night for a shine-free finish that doesn’t feel dry or tight.

For an extra boost of clarifying power, mom can use Clear Deep Cleansing Mask PM two to three times a week in the evening. This top-rated Kaolin Clay mask helps draw out impurities and absorb excess oil while Sulfur and Tea Tree Oil help to purify and hydrate skin for a smoother-looking complexion.

  • Hydrating Bundle: Crystal Cleanse, Skin Thirst, and Mystic

Help mom say “Hi!” to hydration this Mother’s Day with the Hydrating Bundle! These ultra-hydrating products work together as a must-have skincare routine, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with Liquid Crystal Technology and Hyaluronic Acid to for softer-looking skin. 

With its creamy, gentle formula, Crystal Cleanse AM/PM Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream is a skin-pampering cleanser that delivers unprecedented hydration using the same Liquid Crystal Technology found in bestselling Opti Crystal and Lumi Crystal. Crystal Cleanse cleanser is formulated with Prickly Pear Extract to help hydrate skin and Coconut Oil to help soothe dry skin.

Lightweight Mystic AM/PM Hydrating Treatment not only boosts hydration for a shine-free dewy looking complexion, this bestselling face mist also helps protect the skin from environmental stressors. Mystic brings your on-the-go mom soothing hydration anytime with Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera to help condition the skin by preventing moisture loss—it’s so refreshing, especially on sensitive skin.

Complete this ultra-hydrating routine with Skin Thirst Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream moisturizer. With a lush, gel-to-velvet formula that quickly absorbs into skin, Skin Thirst moisturizer quickly absorbs into skin and sooths on contact for a truly dreamy feel. Our moisturizing hero ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate Acid helps hydrate and plump the look of skin while Lecithin deeply conditions and helps restore hydration.

  • Defense Bundle: Harmonize and Cell ID

The defense bundle helps mom focus on her skin’s microbiome, the layer of tiny organisms that help protect skin from the outside world. With powerful, Age-Defying Peptides and Bisabolol, these skin care products help hydrate the skin and strengthen its natural defense for a softer, more supple-looking complexion.

Designed to help restore a healthy microbiome, Harmonize Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer AM/PM is formulated with transformative ingredients like Vitis Vinifera, Zingiber Officinale & Boswellia Serrata. This age-defying blend of fruit and plant extracts helps protect the skin from environmental stressors while helping to soothe acne-prone complexions. Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum AM/PM helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles using Age-Defying Peptides (read our feature on peptides to learn more) and Japanese Orchid Stem Cell Extract. This fan-favorite also helps improve the look of deep wrinkles and an uneven skin tone to encourage a healthier-looking complexion for mom.

Peptides and What They Can Do For Your Skin

At COSMEDIX, we know that clean ingredients can make a big difference in skincare formulas. Buzz words and end-all-be-all ingredients rise and fall, but evidence is mounting about benefits that peptides may have for skin’s tone and firmness. Over at Vogue UK, consultant dermatologist Dr. Mary Sommerlad says that “There is good evidence that signal and carrier peptides can make skin look firmer and plumper, with a smoother texture… ”

What Are Peptides?

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can help build proteins and help skin produce more collagen. Skincare professionals and dermatologists divide peptides into a few categories, but carrier and signal peptides are most commonly used in non-injectable skincare treatments. Not just any product with a peptide ingredient is going to be your best skin solution, though. Read on for tips on best peptide practices, and for some of our favorite peptide-infused COSMEDIX skincare products.

Best Practices for Peptides

The Right Routine… the one that’s right for you, of course

The placement of a peptide in your skincare routine is going to impact its effectiveness. A cleanser with peptides, which gets washed off after use, might not do as much for your skin as it could. Instead, choose a peptide-infused product that soaks into the skin over time. Opt. for an AM/PM serum that stays on your skin all day or all night—we’ll discuss several of our COSMEDIX favorites, like Peptide Rich Defense AM/PM and Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum, later on.

Peptide Ingredient Collabs

Peptides can work even more effectively to restore a plumper, firmer appearance to skin when they’re used in combination with other active ingredients. Vitamin C, Niacinamide, or Hyaluronic Acid can help peptides with less chance of irritating the skin. Carrier peptides are also quite effective when combined with a Copper Complex. Choose a serum that’s formulated with a combination of a peptide and another powerful ingredient that may address your particular skincare concerns.   

Peptide-Rich COSMEDIX Products

If you’re looking to help improve your skin’s firmness and elasticity, here are some of our favorite COSMEDIX serum and hydrator skincare products to add to your routine plus a rundown of their key ingredients.

Peptide Rich Defense AM/PM Moisturizer with Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

Lightweight and protective of the skin, this hydrating SPF 50 moisturizer is enriched with an Age-Defying Peptide, Trehalose, amino acids, and natural botanical extracts that help smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Squalane works to instantly hydrate and sooth the skin while Trehalose locks in moisture for lasting hydration. This AM/PM Moisturizer is also a Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen, so it helps to defend your skin from UV Rays as well.

Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum AM/PM

Peptides work well in combination with antioxidants, and our bestselling, supercharged Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum is packed with powerful actives like Spin Trap Resveratrol and Vitamin E. The age-defying peptides in Affirm help to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles for softer, smoother-looking skin.

Lumi Crystal Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator AM/PM

Peptides don’t just work on facial skin—they also help improve the look of lips! This opalescent Lip Hydrator is infused with Portulaca Pilosa Extract & Palmitotyl Tripeptide-38 that helps soften, plump, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the lips. A blend of advanced technology and natural botanicals, this luxe, iridescent gloss delivers its unprecedented hydration with Liquid Crystal Technology and Brassica Alba Sprout Extract.

Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum AM/PM

A powerful blend of peptides like Acetyl Tetrapeptide-22 and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 help rejuvenate, smooth, and firm the look of skin in this restorative Nutritive Defense System. Use Cell ID to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more healthy-looking complexion.

Radiance Age Restorative Serum AM/PM

Another age-defying option for your morning or evening routine, Radiance is formulated with a blend of peptides as well as Spin Trap, which helps condition and protect skin from environmental stressors, and Alpha Lipoic Acid, which helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. COSMEDIX customers love Radiance, and many say that this powerhouse serum has been part of their skincare routine for years!

Meshell W. says “Another FAVORITE that I’ve been using for several years. It makes my skin so soft and supple. Works great under make-up. I’ve received many compliments on my skin since I started using Radiance… It’s a must-have in my morning skin routine. I’m 61 years old.”

Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex PM

With Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and Aloe to help soothe sensitive skin, this luxurious, lightweight serum absorbs quickly into the skin as it assists in smoothing skin’s texture. Reboot blends power-packed probiotics with peptides to help restore a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.

Plant Power in Skin Care: Natural Botanical-Based Ingredients for Your Skin

Some of our favorite products and their botanical-based ingredients

Here at COSMEDIX, we know that nature is powerful. Plants can soothe redness and can deliver hydration, help brighten and even the look of skin tone, and encourage relaxation and stress relief. That’s why so many of our products are infused with active ingredients based on botanical heroes like Shea Butter, Turmeric, Citrus Fruits, and Aloe Vera. Even if you can’t start every day with a stroll through the botanical garden, COSMEDIX can help you introduce a little bit of nature into your skincare routine. In this post, we’re going to round up a few of our favorite natural botanical ingredients, tell you what they can do for your skin, and show you where to find them in our skin loving COSMEDIX products.

Turmeric

Turmeric has been turning up in everything lately, from lattes and tea to your favorite skin care face mask. The turmeric plant looks a lot like a ginger root, and, like ginger, turmeric can be used as a flavorful spice. At COSMEDIX, we love turmeric because it’s a powerful antioxidant ingredient that can help even and brighten the appearance of skin. In other words, turmeric is a win-win for your skin. By the way, if you’re looking at labels, turmeric is often listed by its scientific name, Curcuma Longa.

Find Turmeric In:

Clear | Deep Cleansing Mask PM

Our Deep Cleansing Face Mask, which picked up a Dermascope Aesthetician’s Choice Award for 2022, gently exfoliates skin to draw out impurities. Turmeric, along with other natural botanicals like Eucalyptus, Aloe, Henna, and Passionflower, works to help soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness without leaving skin dry or tight-feeling. Want even more Turmeric? You can find it in our Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask—a gentle exfoliant you can incorporate into your weekly skincare routine for long-lasting hydration and a more radiant-looking complexion!

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a soothing superstar ingredient that can likely be spotted just around the corner as a common household succulent. Anyone who’s used Aloe Vera gel on a sunburn knows how its gel form can cool that burning heat, but Aloe Vera’s benefits don’t stop there. Those succulent leaves are experts at retaining water, making Aloe Vera an A+ hydrator as well as a skin-soothing botanical ingredient.

Find Aloe Vera In:  

Opti Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum AM/PM

This undereye serum isn’t just a bestseller and an Aesthetician’s Choice for 2021—it’s also infused with Aloe Vera! Opti Crystal is specially formulated with Aloe Vera and other powerhouse ingredients to radically help reduce the look of dark circles and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around the eyes. With natural botanical ingredients like Eggplant, Henna, and Coconut, Opti Crystal is our most-loved undereye skin hydrator for a more rested appearance.

You don’t need to look high and low to find this skin care hero. Aloe Vera is also part of the formulas for other high-performing COSMEDIX products like our  Mystic AM/PM Hydrating Treatment, a hydrating, toning mist, and Illuminate & Lift Neck & Décolleté Treatment, a moisturizer that can make skin look firmer and smoother.

Shea Butter

Creamy, vitamin-rich Shea Butter is another powerful hydrator that helps seal in your skin’s moisture. Made from the West African Shea tree, Shea Butter is gentle and won’t make your skin oily because of its natural, balanced combination of fatty acids. Shea Butter may work to help soothe and moisturize skin so you can find in a wide array of COSMEDIX products.

Find Shea Butter In:

Emulsion | Intense Hydrator AM/PM

This smooth, luxurious face moisturizing cream uses Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil to replenish moisture and help restore balance to dry skin. Another member of the well-loved Liquid Crystal Technology collection, Emulsion is suitable for all skin types and can be used morning and night to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. Shea Butter is also part of the plant power behind our COSMEDIX Bioshape Firming Face Mask, which helps improve hydration for smoother and plumper-looking skin and includes other natural botanicals like Oats, Honeysuckle, and Rosewood.

Citrus

Citrus fruits like Oranges, Lemons, Limes, and Grapefruits are found in so many COSMEDIX serums and cleansers because have a high concentration of Vitamin C, which can help brighten and even the appearance of skin. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that may help improve the appearance of skin tone. Citrus fruits are also a gentle, natural exfoliant that helps your skin absorb hydration.

COSMEDIX Favorites

Our COSMEDIX Global Education Director calls bestselling Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum AM/PM “a multivitamin in a bottle,” and part of that multivitamin is Grapefruit peel oil! Citrus works in Affirm as part of a vitamin-rich blend of ingredients that help improve the look of an uneven skin tone and prevent signs of aging, often caused by environmental stressors. Witch Hazel and Sandalwood are also featured in the formula for this supercharged Antioxidant Firming Serum. You can also find citrus in products like C.P.R. Skin Recovery Serum AM/PM, along with other skin-loving botanical ingredients like Watermelon and Apples.

Skinimalism for Spring

Skinimalism is trending again in 2022. This back-to-basics approach to skincare that emphasizes cleansing and hydration along with select, targeted products came into fashion in 2021 as a backlash to overblown skincare routines that sometimes left skin irritated, flaky, and overstimulated. This year, experts and industry professionals are predicting that skinimalism will continue to reign as the skincare philosophy du jour.

According to dermatologists, the key to skinimalism is beginning with a solid foundation: a quality cleanser and an SPF. From there, it’s about building your skincare routine according to your individual skin needs, not according to which “must-have” products are trending that instant. Look for active ingredients that suit your skin. If your focus in on preventing breakouts, add a targeted Salicylic Acid spot treatment to your regular cleansing and hydration. To address fine lines and wrinkles, add a retinol product to the routine. Don’t get swept up with over-layering products—a skincare routine that fits your needs and helps strengthen your skin’s microbiome will do just fine.

At COSMEDIX, we think skinimalism just sounds like good sense. Read on for products to build your skinimalist base AND target your specific skin care needs.

Building a COSMEDIX Skinimalist Routine

Purity Solution & Purity Clean

Getting clean without depleting your skin’s moisture is the foundation of your skinimalist routine. Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil AM/PM, recently revealed to be part of Victoria Beckham’s skincare routine, is formulated with a nutrient-rich blend of Olive, Moringa, Kukui, Safflower, Sesame and Argan Oils that works to gently break down dirt, excess oil, long-wear makeup and sunscreen, rinsing completely clean with water and leaving skin feeling hydrated and healthy-looking—never tight or greasy. Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is another option for your morning and evening cleanse. Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil combine with L Lactic Acid in this refreshing Exfoliating Cleanser to draw out pore-clogging impurities and help improve the look of uneven skin. This bestselling cleanser lets you start the day—and your skinimalist routine—feeling rejuvenated, balanced, and glowing.  

Protect UV AM/PM

It’s not exactly news that abroad-spectrum SPF is a must-have for healthy looking skin, but the skinimalism trend is emphasizing this tried-and-true method all over again. Protect UV is a moisturizing spray with SPF 30 that is gentle enough for all skin types. Its oil-free formula won’t clog pores, and it blends into your skin effortlessly without leaving a white cast. Protect UV AM/PM Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray helps shield the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, which can damage the complexion and lead to early signs of aging.

Skin Thirst Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream

A solid skinimalist routine includes a moisturizer for your everyday hydration needs. Skin Thirst, recently featured in Alltrue’s exclusive, socially-conscious summer box, includes skin-quenching ingredients like Lecithin and Witch Hazel to lock in long-lasting moisture and help balance oil production. Skin Thirst works as a morning or night addition to your skin care routine, and wearing this lush, gel-to-velvet formula under your makeup can help promote longer wear.   

Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum PM

After you’ve built your skinimalist foundation, it’s all about your specific skincare concerns. If you want to address fine lines wrinkles, Serum 16 uses a powerful combination of Retinol and Vitamin A to address signs of aging. In a six-week clinical study, 88% of Serum 16 users reported noticeably firmer skin and 75% reported less apparent wrinkles. But Serum 16 is also a multitasker: it also contains Salicylic Acid and AGP Complex to help renew the look of skin and curb breakouts.

Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster AM/PM

If skin dryness is the issue you want your routine to target, Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster deeply moisturizes dehydrated skin with a specialized blend of three forms of Hyaluronic Acid (1.5%), Niacinamide and Kiwi Fruit Water. Skinimalism focuses on ingredients that strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, and Surge uses Niacinamide to help improve barrier function and Hyaluronic Acid to form an invisible shield that locks in moisture. Including Surge in your AM/PM skincare routine can give your skin that ultra-dewy look that skinimalism is all about.

Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum AM/PM

If firm skin is your skinimalist goal, Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum provides potent, powerful antioxidant protection with Spin Trap, Resveratrol, and Vitamin E. This “multivitamin in a bottle” uses Age-Defying Biopeptides to promote a firmer, healthier-looking complexion while helping to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Opti Crystal + Lumi Crystal

Skinimalism is about tuning out incessant trends and tuning in to expert advice, and our bestselling Opti Crystal Eye Serum is the winner of a 2021 Dermascope Aesthetician’s Choice Award as well as praise from skincare professionals, beauty editors, and influencers. This award-winning eye serum is specially formulated with Liquid Crystal Technology for the delicate skin under the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Copper Complex encourages the appearance of younger-looking skin, while antioxidants like Spin Trap and Alpha Lipoic Acidin help protect skin from environmental stressors. Want more Liquid Crystal Technology in your routine? Lumi Crystal is an iridescent, Insta-worthy Lip Hydrator that replenishes your lips and helps protect them from environmental stressors that can accelerate signs of aging. Wear it alone for a daily dose of lip hydration or over your favorite lipstick for a barely-there, light-reflecting finish.

PHA Hydration Peel

About once a week, introduce PHA Hydration Peel into your skinimalist routine to gently exfoliate away dull, dead skin and help illuminate the appearance of your complexion. 100% of participants–yes, that’s everyone—in our clinical study said that their skin became softer after four treatments. That’s because the powerful PHA Hydration Peel is formulated with gentle skincare superstars like PHA, Lactobionic Acid, and Phytic Acid to help condition skin with rich antioxidants that help reduce that appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus? The PHA Hydration Peel builds ten minutes of relaxation into your routine as you allow the product to do its work.

Introducing Crystal Clear—Our Latest Addition to the Liquid Crystal Collection!

Meet Crystal Clear

Give your skin a boost of hydration with Crystal Clear. This Liquid Crystal Hydrating Mist AM/PM     veils the complexion with lightweight, long-lasting moisture to help balance the skin’s microbiome. A luxe upgrade to any skincare routine, Crystal Clear is infused with fan-favorite soothing liquid crystal technology—the same technology found in bestselling Opti Crystal and Lumi Crystal—to deliver unprecedented hydration. Indulge in a spritz of Crystal Clear for added moisture that helps protect skin from environmental stressors, like pollution and visible high energy blue light. Made with Kakadu Plum (Australian Superfruit) Extract and Ectoin (Amino Acid Derivative), Crystal Clear also helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and delivers much-needed moisture to parched, dry skin. Our Liquid Crystal Hydrating Mist can supply your skin with fresh hydration whenever you need it the most. Simply spritz onto hands or a cotton ball for a skin-quenching refresher.

Why Crystal Clear Works

The Kakadu Plumis packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Copper. No wonder Kakadu Plum Extract, also known as Australian Superfruit, helps improve the look of skin texture and tone by brightening the look of dry skin and helping diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Crystal Clear also uses Ectoin (Amino Acid Derivative) to hydrate and replenish skin with essential moisture while helping to protect skin from environmental stressors. Our fan-favorite Liquid Crystal Technology provides deep, lasting hydration that mimics your natural skin barrier, helping to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles for healthy, hydrated-looking skin.

Where Crystal Clear Fits Into Your Routine

Crystal Clear is a luxurious, multi-tasking hydrator designed for lightweight moisture that goes with you wherever you go. The hydration doesn’t have to stop there, though! Our entire Liquid Crystal collection harnesses the opalescent power of Liquid Crystal Technology for an uber-hydrated, radiant-looking complexion! Read on to find out about more ways to include Crystal Clear into your skincare routine.

  1. Crystal Cleanse | Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream

Before you mist and moisturize, cleanse away the day with COSMEDIX Crystal Cleanse. Our luxe Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream helps add a dose of all-day moisture to the skin…even after rinse off! This skin-pampering, deep-cleansing Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream cleanser is infused with fan-favorite soothing Liquid Crystal Technology, delivering unprecedented hydration as it removes daily impurities. Prickly Pear Extract and Coconut Oil help soften the look of skin to help reveal a more refined-looking complexion, and the creamy formula is gentle enough for all skin types.

With praise from skincare professionals, influencers, and beauty editors AND a 2021 Dermascope Aesthetician’s Choice Award, Opti Crystal is a serious crowd-pleaser. Our best-selling undereye serum is specially formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Like all our COSMEDIX products, Opti Crystal includes plant-based ingredients and natural actives. Copper Complex encourages the appearance of healthier-looking skin, while antioxidants like Spin Trap and Alpha Lipoic Acidin help protect skin from environmental stressors.

Lips feeling left out of your routine? Use our iridescent, Insta-worthy Lumi Crystal to hydrate and replenish your lips and help protect them from those environmental stressors, which can accelerate signs of aging. Wear it alone for a daily dose of lip hydration or over your favorite lipstick for a barely-there, light-reflecting finish.

This perfectly pink massage tool helps revitalize the look of skin to help increase absorption of skincare products, reduce the appearance of puffiness and improve the look of skin texture for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion that glows. Add a final touch of luxury to your skincare routine by cooling your Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller in the fridge before use—so refreshing!

Active Ingredient Breakdown: How Do Your Favorite Skincare Ingredients Actually Work?

We feel you… COSMEDIX has so many clean, clinical and luxurious skincare ingredients in our formulas that it can be hard to keep track! Today, we’re taking an insider’s look at some of your favorite age-defying skincare ingredients—what they are, their benefits and how they actually work on the skin—so that as you start to see results, you’ll understand not only the “what” behind your skincare products, but the “how.”

1. Retinoids

Overview: A true favorite of anyone after an age-defying complexion, Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that help address skin concerns and encourage healthy skin renewal for a brighter, firmer-looking complexion. They vary in potency, from widely lauded Retinol, which is on the gentler side, to spa-exclusive, clinical-strength Retinoids that are designed to target more specific skin concerns.

Retinoids Help:

  • Minimize the appearance of common signs of aging
  • Brighten and balance the look of skin
  • Firm the appearance of skin for a youthful-looking complexion

How Retinoids Work: Retinoids absorb deep into the skin, helping to encourage healthy skin renewal. Retinoids help give skin a “plumping effect” for a reduced look of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. This skin-boosting ingredient can help support the complexion for an overall healthier, firmer, more radiant appearance.

Find Retinoids in COSMEDIX products like Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum, Refine Refinishing Treatment and our spa-exclusive COSMEDIX Elite line. Visit our Spa Finder to discover Elite at a spa near you!

2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Overview: Often seen on an ingredient label as Lactic Acid or Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a group of naturally occuring acids derived from fruit or plants that help exfoliate dead, dull skin for a smoother-looking complexion.

AHAs Help:

  • Exfoliate dull, dry skin to help visibly improve the look of skin tone and texture
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots
  • Draw out pore-clogging impurities

How AHAs work: These skin-loving exfoliators make it easier to buff away dull, dead skin and polish up the look of your complexion for a healthier, smoother appearance.

Find AHAs in COSMEDIX products like Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser, Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask and Defy Triple Hydroxy Acid Age-Defying Treatment.

3. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

Overview: Helpful in exfoliating the skin’s surface and removing deep pore-clogging impurities, Beta Hydroxy Acids, commonly seen on labels as Salicylic Acid, help reduce the appearance of blemishes for a clearer-looking complexion.

BHAs Help:

  • Clarify the appearance of skin and help prevent future breakouts
  • Remove deep pore-clogging impurities and balance oil production, helping to minimize the look of enlarged pores
  • Exfoliate the surface of skin for a brighter, more even-looking complexion
  • Provide oily, combination and blemish-prone skin types with gentle, targeted treatment

How BHAs Work: BHAs are oil-soluble, meaning they’re able to gently exfoliate and draw out pore-clogging impurities like dirt and excess oil for a more balanced appearance of skin. They also share much of the same structure as AHAs, making them a great choice for surface exfoliation.

Find BHAs in Clarify Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanser, Clarity Skin-Clarifying Serum & Correct Rapid Relief Acne Treatment.

4. Vitamin C

Overview: Vitamin C is a skincare superstar that helps visibly brighten and improve the look of skin tone and texture for a more vibrant-looking complexion.

Vitamin C Helps:

  • Visibly brighten and firm the appearance of skin
  • Even the look of skin tone and skin texture
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Protect skin from environmental stressors

How Vitamin C Works: Vitamin C plays a pivotal role in helping to protect the complexion from daily stressors and potential causes of premature aging.

Find Vitamin C in Pure C Vitamin C Mixing Crystals, Brilliancy Vitamin C Brightening Face Oil & Simply Brilliant  24/7 Brightening Serum.

Get Your Galentine’s Glow: Try This At-Home Facial Routine Next Girls’ Night In

Make this year’s Galentine’s Girls’ Night In something truly special with this luxurious COSMEDIX at-home facial routine. Whether you’re prepping for date night or just spending some quality time with your gal pals, show your skin some love this Valentine’s Day with this indulgent 8-step at-home facial skincare routine.

1. Purity Solution | Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil

Start the Galentine’s festivities off with an ultra-hydrating double cleanse. Gently massage a quarter-sized amount of Purity Solution, a Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil onto dry skin with dry hands. This two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser works to gently break down dirt, excess oil, long-wear makeup and sunscreen. As you emulsify with water and rinse clean, skin is left feeling soft and supple for a hydrated, healthy-looking glow.

2. Purity Clean | Exfoliating Cleanser

After surface impurities like makeup, excess oil and dirt are rinsed away, your second cleanser, Purity Clean, will help provide a deeper cleanse, exfoliating dead skin and pore-clogging impurities with the help of Lactic Acid. To apply, dampen your hands and face, then dispense a dime-sized amount of this Exfoliating Cleanser into hands and work into lather. Formulated with Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil, Purity Clean helps balance, clarify and refresh the look of skin for a more radiant-looking complexion.

3. PHA Hydration Peel | Refining Exfoliator

There’s nothing better than an über-gentle, rinse-off at-home peel with the girls. Now that your skin is clean, apply a thin layer of PHA Hydration Peel all over, avoiding the eyes and lips. Allow this Refining Exfoliator to rest for up to 10 minutes, then rinse. This age-defying skincare cocktail will help soften, smooth and brighten the appearance of skin for a more even-looking complexion. Formulated with super gentle exfoliants like PHA, Lactobionic Acid and Phytic Acid, PHA Hydration Peel helps exfoliate and condition skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Micro | Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask

No girls’ night is complete without a skin care face mask. And with microbiome boosting properties to help strengthen the skin’s natural defense, Micro is sure to be an ultra-hydrating hit. Leave this Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask on for 15 minutes and allow it to deeply condition the skin with Sodium Hyaluronate, Almond and Coconut Oils and a powerhouse prebiotic for a healthier, rejuvenated appearance. “The Miracle Sheet,” as some COSMEDIX users call it, this 5-piece sheet mask set helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and protect skin from environmental stressors.

5. Surge | Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Keep the hydration party going with Surge. Just a dime-sized amount of this Hyaluronic Acid Booster deeply moisturizes the complexion with Niacinamide, Kiwi Fruit Water, and a specialized blend of its namesake, Hyaluronic Acid, to deliver hydration deep into the skin. This luxe serum helps soften the look of skin, improve texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a complexion that appears hydrated, luminous and glowing.

6. Harmonize | Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer

Follow up with Harmonize Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer for lavish, lasting hydration. Formulated with an age-defying skincare blend of fruit and plant extracts, along with a skin-conditioning probiotic, Harmonize helps strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps protect the complexion from environmental stressors. The lightweight lotion texture helps leave all skin types—even blemish-prone skin, looking hydrated and more vibrantly renewed.

7. Opti Crystal | Liquid Crystal Eye Serum

Round out your age-defying at-home facial with Opti Crystal, our #1 best selling Liquid Crystal Eye Serum. Lovingly referred to as “Unicorn Tears” thanks to its iridescent rainbow color, Opti Crystal is specially formulated with powerhouse ingredients to help radically reduce the look of dark circles and improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around the eyes. A pin-sized drop is all you need!

8. Lumi Crystal | Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator

Pamper your pout just in time for Valentine’s Day with Lumi Crystal, a Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator. Powered by the same Liquid Crystal Technology as Opti Crystal, Lumi Crystal instantly transforms the look of lips and deeply conditions for a rejuvenated, softer-looking pout. Also featuring a plumping peptide, this indulgent Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator delivers a burst of hydration to dry, dull lips, sealing in long-lasting moisture with a prismatic, high-shine finish.