All You Need to Know About the Trendiest Skincare Ingredients for Summer 2021!

Let’s face it … there’s a lot of skincare ingredients to keep up with. In recent years, the interest in skincare has peaked which has resulted in many people seeking a professional aesthetician and/or scouring the internet for the “need to know” on all the latest skincare ingredients.

Well, COSMEDIX decided to give your web browser a break by rounding up 3 of the latest, on-the-rise skincare ingredients that you need to add to you summer skincare collection, stat:

Bakuchiol

What It Is: Dubbed THE retinol alternative, this plant-powered ingredient packs a true skincare punch. Retinol is a holy grail ingredient, no doubt, but the potent Vitamin A derivative can take time for the skin to get used to. Bakuchiol—an extract derived from the Babchi plant—is a gentle alternative that can be applied regularly while encouraging similar results to Retinol. It is also less reactive, which allows more freedom when it comes to mixing with other skincare ingredients like Vitamin C, BHA and AHAs.  

Benefits: Bakuchiol has a long list of skin care benefits that make it totally worthy of the buzz. Anti-aging properties are what it is toted for most—it is known to help improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, plus boost the appearance of skin firmness. Whoa. It is also a great starter for those who are interested in using Vitamin A, but don’t want to dive in too fast.

What It’s In: Bakuchiol Complete Plant-Based Retinol Alternative Treatment and A-Lift Overnight Vitamin A Treatment

Hyaluronic Acid

What It Is: Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar in the body, but when added to skincare, it is the ultimate hydrator! This substance can hold an impressive amount of water weight, and when applied topically to the skin, it helps lock in moisture at the surface. Like we said, yes it occurs naturally but similar to collagen , it breaks down over time. That’s why adding it into your skin care routine through a serum, moisturizer or face mask is such a must-do.

Benefits: If plumper looking skin is what you’re after, then Hyaluronic Acid is for you. Because it retains moisture, Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin “hold on” to hydration which results in a dewier, fresh looking complexion with extra “bounce.” By bringing moisture to the surface of the skin, fine lines and wrinkles appear plumper and the skin looks and feels suppler.

What It’s In: Skin Thirst Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream and Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Probiotics

What It Is: The word “probiotics” might make you think of supplements and trendy Kombucha drinks, but these little guys can have just as positive of an effect on your skin as your gut. Basically, your complexion has a whole ecosystem living on the surface (i.e. microbiome) and probiotics help ensure that those healthy organisms keep thriving.

Benefits: Many intense skincare routines for acne, aging, etc. can leave your skin feeling stripped, dry and imbalanced. Indulging your complexion to probiotics can help restore balance to the microbiome for an overall smoother, healthier-looking appearance. Probiotics also help condition and hydrate the skin while rejuvenating the look of dry, dull skin.

What It’s In: Harmonize Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer and Micro Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask

The Best Moisturizer for Every Skin Occasion

You plan your makeup, clothes and shoes around your daily agenda, so why not do the same with your moisturizer?

There seems to be a common myth among skincare users that you don’t need to apply a moisturizer unless your skin is dry and flakey. To this, we call “false”. Moisturizer is like the crème de la crème to your skincare routine, as it does everything from balance the look of your complexion, restore moisture and keep the skin looking smooth and supple.

Not only should a face cream be the finishing touch in your skincare routine, but it should also be adjusted based on skin type, time of day and the season. Lucky for you, COSMEDIX has a long line of moisturizers for you to choose from to help create a perfectly customized routine.

To learn more about picking the right moisturizer for your daytime and nighttime plans, along with our must-have COSMEDIX picks, keep on scrolling:

Morning Reset: Harmonize Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer

Kick off your morning skin care routine with the perfect line of defense! The word microbiome might sound complicated, but the science behind it is quite simple. Basically, your skin has a whole ecosystem of bacteria (the good kind) living on the surface to help protect, hydrate and balance your complexion. When the ecosystem goes wack, so does your skin, causing everything from breakouts to a poor skin defense barrier. Helping to replenish the surface with a Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer will give your complexion the tools it needs to armor up for the day. Harmonize is formulated with conditioning probiotics and age-defying fruit + plant-based extracts to help restore a healthy microbiome and quench skin with long-lasting moisture.  

Day in the Sun: Hydrate + Broad Spectrum SPF 17 Moisturizing Sunscreen

Sunscreen is always, always a must. If you plan to pack your day with poolside lounging, outdoors concerts or lunch on the patio, why not combine your moisturizer and sunscreen into one easy application? The COSMEDIX Hydrate + is the perfect Moisturizing Sunscreen hybrid for summer days as it helps restore daily hydration while offering broad spectrum UV protection. This will ensure that your complexion gets the hydration AND protection that it needs, without having to layer multiple products on top of each other. Formulated with Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Oil and Rosewood Oil, this lightweight 2-in-1 product helps prevent future sun damage while wrapping the complexion in a dewy-looking glow.

Nighttime Routine: Resync Revitalizing Night Cream

Give beauty sleep a total skincare upgrade with a nighttime moisturizer that hits reset. During the day, our complexion is exposed to a heap of environmental stressors, making bedtime the optimal time to help restore and rejuvenate the look of skin. A lot goes on below the surface of the skin while we sleep, so lathering on key ingredients and nutrients before your head hits the pillow is ideal. Resync Revitalizing Night Cream is powered by a potent blend of Snow Mushroom and a unique nature-inspired extract to help decrease signs of skin fatigue and indulge the complexion to a burst of hydration. Apply it to cleansed and toned skin before tucking in for bed and you’ll wake up to skin that looks and feels softer and smoother. 

Under Makeup: Skin Thirst Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream

If you’re in the game of beauty, then you know that all moisturizers are not created equal when it comes to makeup application. Before applying foundation, concealer, etc., you want to ensure that you’ve laid the base for a smooth-looking canvas that is dewy—never greasy. And despite your loyalty to translucent powder, the true secret to a flawless makeup application often lies in the hands of your moisturizer. That’s why COSMEDIX Skin Thirst is a must-have when it comes to the ideal moisturizer and makeup mix. This Moisturizer Hyaluronic Acid Cream helps quench skin while unique micro powders help blur the look of pores and fine lines. Help plump the look of skin and restore hydration with a healthy looking glow that won’t go overboard on shine.

Pro tip: Always give your skincare time to sink in! After applying Skin Thirst to the face, wait about 10-15 minutes before applying makeup to help your base last longer.

Men Care: 4 Reasons Why He (or You) Need an Upgraded Skincare Routine

Skin care has never been just a woman thing. Skin is skin, and men’s skin care is just as important.

Whether you flaunt high heels or a three-piece suit, your complexion needs love and attention—and we don’t just mean a splash of water or a bar of soap.  As the body’s largest organ, skin does a lot to keep us in check. It helps protect us from outside stressors. Acts as a shield for our body. Let’s us feel the world around us. Yep, it’s pretty complex… and amazing.

So, if you know a man who takes pride in skimping on his skin care routine—or you ARE that man—COSMEDIX is here to set the record straight. Keep in scrolling to discover 4 reasons why the boys need a skin care routine ASAP, and which products are our personal go-to recommendations:

1. Men’s Skin Is Thicker Than Women’s

Don’t get carried away with that statement—we mean it literally not figuratively. Science shows that the structure of a man’s skin is up to 25% thicker compared to a woman. So, what does that mean for him? While it might serve him well for bumps and bruises, thick skin can often lead to tougher texture, clogged pores and fine lines. Using a chemical or physical exfoliant 2-3x a week helps slough away dead skin cells while promoting a more even skin tone and texture.

Give Him: an exfoliant with Salicylic Acid

Best-selling Purity Detox Multi-Layer Detoxification System features Salicylic Acid, Jojoba and Poppy Seeds to help gently polish away oil, grime and dead skin while helping refine the look of pores for a smoother, softer appearance.

2. Hormones Mean More Oil Production

We might not be in the business of hormones, but we are in the business of how your body effects your skin. Hormones play an important role in many skin-related functions, specifically sebum (oil) production. And the special blend of chemicals that make the gents well … gents, are known to cause excess oil on the skin. While this can lead to visible shine, it can also result in skin care concerns within the skin like larger pores, blackheads and blemishes. Helping to balance oil production with a daily serum is a simple, yet effective, way to help improve this skin concern overtime.

Give Him: a Vitamin A Serum

Vitamin A (Retinol) is known for helping reduce the look of wrinkles, but it is also great for helping to balance oil production in the skin. Adding a Refinishing Treatment that is formulated with Retinol into a PM skin care routine can help clarify the look of pores, balance the appearance of shine and even the look of skin.

3. Two Words: Facial Hair

One of the most distinctive differences when it comes to the look of men and women’s skin is hair—specifically facial hair. A close shave is a skill that many men learn right out of the adolescent gates, though knicks and ingrown hairs can still make a regular appearance when the razor meets the skin. Of course, patience and tact play a part, but lack of moisture in the skin is another culprit when it comes to shaving hiccups. Ensuring that the complexion is hydrated and smooth with a moisturizer will help minimize razor bumps and other skin care mishaps.

Give Him: a Daily Moisturizer

Hydrate both morning and night with COSMEDIX NEW! Skin Thirst Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer as seen in Alltrue’s exclusive, socially-conscious summer box!. Made for all skin types, this ultimate, limited-edition moisturizer helps quench the skin while mattifying the complexion for a shine-free finish. Infused with moisture-locking Hyaluronic Acid and conditioning Witch Hazel, the skin instantly reaps the benefits of moisture balance as Skin Thirst helps protect skin from environmental stressors.

4. Men Have an Age-Defying Secret

Collagen. The age-defying benefit that women chase, yet men may not even know they have—usually. Men’s skin naturally produces more collagen, and while the boys may think this gives them a get-out-of-skincare free card, that’s not necessarily true. Constant exposure to environmental stressors (i.e., the sun) can cause collagen to break down at a faster pace, which is why it is so important that your man makes broad spectrum SPF his next BFF. Using proper sun protection is key to the health of skin and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and sun damage overtime.


Give Him: Multi-Tasking Sunscreen

Spray your way to protected skin with an on-the-go Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray. Powered by Niacinamide and Green Tea Extract, Protect UV sunscreen features an easy-to-blend formula that conditions the skin and help protect skin from environmental stressors.

The Ultimate Guide to a Summer Bod: Skincare Edition

Hot girl summer might be trending on Tiktok, but if we know one thing, it is that skin care is no trend.

As we all finally make our way back to beach side lounging and outdoor parties, our skin is coming out of hibernation too. If you’re anything like me, then your complexion probably spent most of its quarantine days hiding under fluffy robes and co-ord sets… but not anymore! Now that the sun is shining and the social scene is calling our name, it’s time to break out those shorts and let skin breathe.

If you are looking to get your body-ody ready for days spent in the sun, look no further than the ultimate summer body skincare guide. With 4 tips to help promote healthier-looking skin from head-to-toe, these tricks will keep you glowing for summer, no matter where you go!

Exfoliate with a Body Scrub

No one wants dry skin by the poolside. And while summer weather might translate to tanned skin, dipping your body into pool water or the salty sea can cause your complexion to appear dull and flakey. That’s why exfoliation is key. Just like you exfoliate your face to slough away dry skin, you need to do the same for your body 1-2x a week. Using a body scrub that is powered by plant-based seeds and hydrating ingredients will ensure that you receive a gentle exfoliation, without sacrificing moisture. You can also look for juicy summer-inspired ingredients like Grapefruit or Eucalyptus to add an uplifting scent, just like the COSMEDIX Polish Dual-Action Body Scrub.

Help protect with SPF

Summer skin (or any skin for that matter) isn’t complete without a lightweight SPF. Sunscreen is a non-negotiable year-round, but warm weather and bright days call for an added dose of protection. A moisturizing spray sunscreen is a great way to streamline your skin routine while helping to protect that beach bod from UVA and UVB rays. Look for an oil-free formula, just like Protect UV Mini Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray that won’t clog pores and features multi-tasking ingredients, like Niacinamide, to help maintain moisture and smooth skin texture. Then simply spritz from head-to-toe and don’t forget to reapply!

Extend Serums to Your Body

Did you know that COSMEDIX serum can be used on the body? That’s right. No need to worry about back acne or dark spots below the neck because these serums are specially formulated for the skin—and that means all skin. If you’re feeling shy about slipping into that tank top or bikini (don’t be, you’re beautiful!) just apply your favorite serum to the affected area. Ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil and Willowherb are great for body acne as they help refine pores and reduce the appearance of redness (we love Clarity). You can also help brighten the look dark spots or uneven skin tone with a Vitamin C serum, like Simply Brilliant.

Reset Overnight with a Body Treatment

The ultimate summer bod doesn’t just lie in your daytime products but your nighttime treatments too! Using an overnight body treatment lets you do the most while you slumber by boosting hydration and brightening the look of skin. Better yet, try a lotion that is formulated with Vitamin A. Lathering your skin in a retinol body lotion will help revive the look of your complexion and address dark spots and wrinkles. Our COSMEDIX A-Lift Overnight Vitamin A Body Treatment is also formulated with Caffeine in Safflower Oil to help promote elasticity and firmness for smoother, softer-looking summer skin.

Ingredient 101: Understanding Skincare Ingredient Lists and How to Read Them

So, you come across a sleek, nicely packaged skincare box that promises clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin. You pick it up and turn it over, only to be met with a long list of unidentified words typed across the back. Ah, the ingredient list.

Ingredients can feel a little overwhelming at first, but with a good search engine or—even better—a great aesthetician, you too can make sense of all the technical jargon. Of course, investing in a skincare brand that is clean, cruelty-free and free of additives (hi, we’re COSMEDIX), is a great place to start. And while is it easy to get caught up on all the things to “avoid” on an ingredient list, is also important that you understand what to look for.

To help you discover the ingredients that are right for your skin type, COSMEDIX has put together a quick list of 5 common ingredients you should add to your skincare routine, plus how you can spot them on the back of the box:

Oily Skin Look For: Beta Hydroxy Acid

Don’t let the word “acid” scare you away. A BHA is a chemical exfoliant that is ideal for oily, combination and acne prone skin types. This is because BHAs are oil soluble, meaning they can dive deep into the pore to help refine the look of congested skin, improve the look of enlarged pores and reduce oil production. Beta Hydroxy Acids are also gentle enough for everyday use and are often found in both a cleanser and toner that are specially formulated for blemish-prone skin.

What it Looks Like on an Ingredient List: Salicylic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, or Salix Alba

Dry Skin Look For: Ceramides

If you find yourself constantly slathering on moisturizer yet still have dry skin and rough patches, Ceramides are about to become your new best friend. Ceramides appear by many different names on an ingredient list, but all you need to understand is their hydrating and moisturizing skincare goodness. While Ceramides occur naturally in the skin, they tend to deplete over time, which is why it is so important to use them in a skincare routine. Applying a moisturizer 1-2x a day that is formulated with Ceramides will help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier, lock in hydration and soothe the look of skin.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NG, Phytosphingosine or Sphingosine

All Skin Look For: Niacinamide

We’ve highlighted Niacinamide in the past and we are here to do it again! This holy grail ingredient has quickly risen to the top of trending skincare thanks to its diverse list of skin-loving benefits. Perfect for all skin types, Niacinamide helps maintain oil production in oily skin types, hydrate dry skin types and boost Ceramides (reference last paragraph) for mature skin types. Not to mention it is super easy to spot on an ingredient list since it appears under one name and one name only: Niacinamide.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Niacinamide

Prevention Skin Look For: Peptides

Retinol gets a lot of attention when it comes to wrinkle reduction (as it should), but if you are in the game of prevention there is one ingredient you don’t want to sleep on: peptides. Simply put, peptides act like tiny building blocks in the skin that help boost the look of elasticity while helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give skin it’s “bounce.” Peptide skincare also helps support the overall health of the skin by soothing and hydrating the complexion.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Acetyl Hexapeptide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, or Tripeptide 1

Anti-Aging Skin Look For: Alpha Hydroxy Acid

We’ll start with an acid and end with an acid. AHA’s share many similarities with BHA’s: they both help reduce the look of fine lines and improve the overall look of skin texture and tone. The key difference is that AHA’s are primarily praised for their exfoliating and anti-aging properties. For that reason, they are commonly used in a skincare routine that aims to promote healthy cell turnover while helping reduce the visible signs of dark spots and wrinkles.

What it Looks Like on Ingredient List: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, and Mandelic Acid

The Ultimate Guide to Tech Neck: How to Prevent Those Deep Lines on Your Neck

Dear screen lovers. Try to remain calm because we are about to drop a skincare bomb.

Did you know that the constant thumb scrolling and internet surfing done on your favorite devices could be contributing to early signs of aging? It’s true. With the tech industry booming and many of us sitting at a desk all day long, it’s no wonder we often find our shoulders slouching and neck creasing.

So, if you’ve started to notice two parallel lines making their way across your neck at a steady pace, you aren’t alone. These deep wrinkles, which have been fondly dubbed “tech neck”, are usually the result of sitting, lying and standing with your head tilted down. And while there might not be a magic cure, there are preventative measures you can take to help prevent these lines from running deeper:

Reset Your Posture

Incorrect posture is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to tech neck. Sitting with your shoulders hunched and your chin down can often lead to neck pain and neck wrinkles. So, to help reduce these results, check in with your posture throughout the day. Sending your shoulders back and holding your head high with help reduce creasing in the neck—not to mention it makes you look more confident. Also, when you do scroll through your phone, try to hold it up at face level rather than looking down.

Bring SPF and Vitamin C Down to the Neck

Skincare does not stop at your neck! Now that we all understand the importance of a good SPF and Vitamin C, it’s time to ensure that you are applying it below the chin. The skin on your neck is thinner than the skin on your face, which means it requires extra attention to prevent thinning. Applying Vitamin C to the neck in the morning will help protect the skin from environmental stressors while a SPF will help protect from UVA and UVB rays that could potentially cause aging.

Protect UV | Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray that adds hydration and helps prevent future sun damage.

Pure C | Vitamin C Mixing Crystals that boosts skincare while helping to brighten and protect the complexion.

Apply Retinol Every Other Night

Next to SPF, Retinol is the holy grail of skin prevention. Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol helps prevent a handful of skincare imperfections including wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Because the neck area is delicate, try incorporating Retinol into your neck-care routine 1-2x times a week. Once your skin adjusts to the new addition, feel free to bump your application up every other night. This will help prevent wrinkles and encourage healthy skin renewal.

Invest in a Neck and Décolleté Cream

While you’re stocking up on trendy blue light glasses to help protect your eyes from the screen, we suggest doing the same for your neck and décolleté area. Applying a moisturizer that is specially formulated to address the thin, delicate skin on your neck and chest is a foolproof way to help prevent the effects of tech neck. Try to stock up on a formula that features ingredients to help reduce the look of fine lines and firm the look of skin. This will help improve deep lines in the neck and chest that can form from gazing at screens or sleeping on your side.

Illuminate & Lift | Neck and Décolleté Treatment helps encourage smoother, firmer-looking skin and minimize the look of age spots and hyperpigmentation.

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.

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!

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.

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.