From Beginners to Experts, Here’s How to Incorporate Retinol Into Your Skincare Routine

From Beginners to Experts, Here’s How to Incorporate Retinol Into Your Skincare Routine

Chances are, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of using skincare products with Retinol in your skincare routine. This age-defying Vitamin A derivative is ready to join you in your skincare journey to help prevent signs of aging, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother-looking complexion. Help brighten, balance and firm the look of your skin with this night-owl antioxidant that works hard to help restore your glow while you sleep. While there’s so much buzz around this skincare superstar, how do you actually incorporate it into your weekly routine to experience the benefits for yourself? Keep reading to learn how to get started, or how to step up your Retinol skincare routine, with clean, clinical and luxurious products from COSMEDIX.

What is Retinol?

Retinol, part of the Retinoid family, is a multi-tasking Vitamin A derivative that absorbs deep into the skin to help address skin concerns and encourage healthy skin renewal for a brighter, firmer-looking complexion. Retinoids are known for having notable age-defying effects, but many forms can take skin a while to get used to; the Retinol formula is the happy medium of Retinoids, highly effective in helping address signs of aging while also suitable for routine use.

What are the benefits?

You should consider using the game-changing Vitamin A derivative if you’re interested in an ingredient that:

  • Helps minimize the appearance of common signs of aging
  • Helps brighten and balance the look of skin
  • Helps firm the appearance of skin for a youthful-looking complexion

Will it work for my skin?

While Retinol is a great option for many skin types, especially mature skin which can reap much of the age-defying, skin-firming benefits, it may be a bit much for sensitive or sun-damaged skin. Luckily, there is a gentle, plant-based alternative to Retinol called Bakuchiol that deeply conditions and hydrates the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more even skin tone and texture.

TRY: COSMEDIX Bakuchiol Complete Plant-Based Retinol Alternative Serum

Retinol for Beginners:

As with anything, less is more. Before you start using Retinol, know that it’s always a good idea to patch-test products, to start with use only a few times a week and to make sure you’re supplementing skin with a hydration-intensive SPF moisturizer in the morning, as Retinol may increase sun sensitivity.

Night Cream

We recommend beginning your Retinol journey with an indulgent, ultra-hydrating overnight cream for a gentle introduction into the purifying perks of Vitamin A.

Try: COSMEDIX Define Age-Defying Treatment

Start with the COSMEDIX Define Age-Defying Treatment, the multi-tasking, deeply conditioning overnight cream that helps promote a smoother-looking complexion while also helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other imperfections. It’s formulated with 2% AGP Retinol Complex and a skin-loving cocktail of Hydroxy Acids, which work together to gently exfoliate the skin and encourage healthy skin renewal for a smoother, brighter-looking complexion.

Apply to freshly cleansed and toned skin two times per week, working up as tolerated, as part of your nightly skincare routine. If further hydration is needed, follow with your favorite COSMEDIX moisturizer.

Next-Level Retinol:

If you’ve been using Retinol-infused night creams for a little while now and you want to up your game to even more age-defying benefits, we recommend incorporating a Retinol serum into your nighttime skincare routine.

Serum

Known for being jam-packed nutrient delivery systems, incorporating a serum into your daily skincare routine is an excellent way to provide a burst of hydration and show some love to your skin, especially when they’re formulated with Retinol.

TRY: COSMEDIX Clarity Skin-Clarifying Serum

The COSMEDIX Clarity Serum is ideal for those who want to focus on rejuvenating the look of skin, drawing out pore-clogging impurities and helping to even the appearance of skin tone for a smoother-looking complexion. With Retinol and Salicylic Acid, this powerhouse serum is especially beneficial for acne-prone skin, helping to clarify the look of pores without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. Plus, this best-selling Clarity serum is designed to soothe red, flaky skin with conditioning botanical skincare ingredients, like Willowherb, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera, making it a conditioning serum for your skincare routine.

At night, gently massage a dime-sized amount of Clarity serum into the skin after cleansing and toning. Follow with a hydrating serum like Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex or Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster.

TRY: COSMEDIX Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum

For a burst of intense hydration, our fan-favorite Serum 16 serum is formulated with a highly potent and deeply penetrating form of LG-Retinex to hydrate and lock in moisture while also helping to address signs of aging and protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier function. This skin-loving serum helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and balance and firm the look of skin.

Retinol for Seasoned Pros:

If you’ve found Retinol to be your skincare savior and are looking to indulge in high-potency, clinical-grade products, COSMEDIX has just the line for you! The Spa-Exclusive COSMEDIX Elite Collection offers a variety of high-grade Retinol products that you should definitely pick up post-facial the next time you’re at the spa. Take a look at our Spa Finder to find the closest COSMEDIX Elite products to you.

Concentration Increase

TRY: COSMEDIX Elite* Refine RX Retinol Resurfacing Treatment

Help dramatically renew the look of skin with this unique and highly potent form of 1.5% pure Retinol, designed to help firm the appearance of skin and plump the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful-looking complexion. Refine RX also features the highest concentration of our exclusive AGP Retinol Complex (12%). This is perfect for those who have used Retinol for a long time and are looking for an even more potent Retinol-infused skincare product.

Since this is a mega-concentrated formula, only use after your skin has become accustomed to Refine Plus for 60-90 days. Apply a small amount to freshly cleansed and toned skin as tolerated every 1-3 nights, working up to nightly use. Follow with recommended moisturizer if needed. Protect your results by wearing sunscreen daily.’

Targeted Treatment

TRY: COSMEDIX Elite Eye Doctor High-Potency Eye Treatment

The thin skin around the eyes is the most delicate on your face, making it easily susceptible to skin concerns like dark circles, crow’s feet and other imperfections. Eye Doctor is an age-defying, liquid crystal eye serum that’s formulated with Retinol, Spin Trap & Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Coconut Extract to help replenish the sensitive, tired eye skin with much-needed moisture for a revitalized, firmed-up look.

To apply, gently pat a pin-sized drop around the eye area during your nighttime routine.

*Discover COSMEDIX Elite, a spa and doctor’s office exclusive line of enhanced, anti-aging skincare. Sold at luxe spas around the world. Take a look at our Spa Finder to find the closest COSMEDIX Elite products to you.

Peel Season is Coming. Are You Ready?

Honoring our roots as a brand built by and for aestheticians, COSMEDIX is thrilled to announce that we’re visiting our partner spa and skincare professionals this peel season to collaborate with skincare pros on how to prepare and care for your skin before and after peel treatments with our indulgent COSMEDIX Elite lineup. This spa-exclusive collection of clinical-grade products delivers a luxurious, pampering experience for visibly noticeable results with less harsh side effects. Visit our online Spa Finder to see where you can stock up on COSMEDIX Elite products near you.

WHAT IS A PEEL TREATMENT?

A peel treatment generally involves removing the outermost layer of skin through deep exfoliation, helping to address various skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other common signs of aging. As the outer layer of skin is sloughed away, the new, more regenerated skin is usually smoother and healthier-looking.

COSMEDIX peel treatments use clean botanical ingredients to gently help clarify the appearance of skin. By lifting away pore-clogging impurities and encouraging healthy skin renewal, a COSMEDIX peel is perfect for those who hope to achieve a softer, more vibrant-looking complexion. And, you can gently ease your way up. COSMEDIX peel treatments work with your skin at two levels of exfoliation:

Level 1: This beginner-friendly peel uses natural, chirally correct forms of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) to exfoliate away dead skin cells, helping to reveal the next layer of skin.

Level 2: The most powerful treatments COSMEDIX offers, Level 2 provides medium-depth resurfacing to make the skin appear dramatically tighter and smoother. A 10 day pre-treatment prep is required for these peels.

BENEFITS OF A PEEL TREATMENT

Whether you’re treating yourself to a one-session peel treatment or opting for a peel treatment series, indulging in a peel from your favorite COSMEDIX aesthetician or spa can make a big difference in your complexion. Some of the age-defying skincare benefits include:

  • Helps address visible signs of aging and skin concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, acne and age spots
  • Improves the look of skin tone, texture and clarity
  • Helps reveal brighter, smoother-looking skin

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR PEEL TREATMENT

As with anything, proper preparation is the first key to a successful chemical peel! Be sure to consult your skincare professional for tips tailored to your specific skin health history. In general, there are skin prep guidelines that everyone considering a chemical peel should incorporate into their skincare routine prior to their treatment.

  • Gently cleanse skin to exfoliate away any dead or dull skin in order to help create the smoothest surface possible for your peel treatment.
  • If you’re opting for a peel treatment due to sun damage or other discoloration skin concerns, work in a brightening treatment to help restore the look of dull, photodamaged or hyperpigmented skin.
  • Because peels work deep within the skin to exfoliate, your skincare professional may recommend a Retinol-based product to incorporate into your skincare routine, helping pre-treat and balance your skin tone for optimized nutrient uptake during the peel treatment.
  • Make sure you’re applying a daily broad spectrum sunscreen to help protect your skin during your skincare journey.

Want to work in these steps, but don’t know where to start? COSMEDIX has rounded up four of our favorite skincare superstars to help put your best skin forward on the day of your peel treatment.

SHOP THE TREATMENT PREP STARTER KIT:

COS POST-PEEL TREATMENT CARE TIPS

Caring for your skin after the peel is just as important as beforehand! Specific care instructions will be given by your skincare professional based on the type of chemical peel you received, but here are some steps to take to soothe and protect your sensitive, post-peel skin.

  • For the first 24-48 hrs. after a peel, stay away from products with Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids, Retinol, topical skin treatments, or prescriptions.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible and always apply a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen. Your post-treatment skin will probably be extra sensitive to the sun while healing.

For a look at some of COSMEDIX’s favorite skin-soothing products that help restore and hydrate your freshly exfoliated skin, shop our Post-Treatment Starter Kit!

SHOP THE POST-TREATMENT STARTER KIT:

GO ELITE: ALT-A DAILY REJUVENATING MOISTURIZER

To continue to help make brighter, firmer and more balanced-looking skin a priority in your skincare routine after your peel, try COSMEDIX’s newest addition to the Elite line: ALT-A Daily Rejuvenating Moisturizer. This lightweight daily moisturizer is powered by Bakuchiol, a gentle yet powerful plant-based alternative to Retinol that’s ideal for even the most sensitive skin. Awaken the skin through this ultra-soothing, antioxidant-packed treatment with a botanical burst of hydration and skin-loving ingredients that help rejuvenate the complexion for a more youthful-looking radiance.

Want to learn more about chemical peel treatments? Book a free 15-minute consultation with a skilled COSMEDIX licensed aesthetician here.

Which COS Cleanser Is Best For Your Skin Type?

There’s no better way to wake ourselves up or wash the day off than with a gentle, indulgent cleanser to help remove dirt, excess oil, makeup and other impurities from our skin. This vital step in your daily skincare routine helps our skin rest and breathe to prepare for the day or night ahead. Keep reading to find out about the different types of cleansers we carry and how to integrate the cleanser or cleansers of your choice into your skincare routine.

Choosing the Right Cleanser

Chances are, we don’t have to tell you twice to use a cleanser—the feeling of clean, smooth skin and the clarified appearance of your complexion speak for themselves. Plus, cleansers help address the visible—dirt, oil, sweat—and invisible skin stressors, like environmental pollutants and bacteria, for a healthier-looking glow. The next step is choosing the right cleanser for your skin type. Being aware of the advantages of each type of face cleanser and of your skin’s tendencies will allow you to incorporate the cleanser that might have the biggest impact in your daily skincare routine.

Gel Cleansers

What it is: A gel cleanser is a gentle, water-based formula designed with skin-loving, mild-yet-powerful botanicals for a refreshing, deeply cleansing experience. Gel cleansers are typically lightweight and non-foaming, making them ideal for use by even the most sensitive skin.

Benefits:

  • Helps gently lift off dirt, oil and makeup while also penetrating deep into the skin to aid in drawing out pore-clogging impurities
  • Cleanses while helping to maintain skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • Helps soothe skin for a soft and hydrated feeling

Skin Type: A gel cleanser is an all-around favorite, but it is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.

TRY: Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser

Exfoliating Cleanser

What it is: “Exfoliation” often brings to mind face scrubs, which are great (and see “Scrub Cleanser” on this list to read more about those), but this section is dedicated to the chemical exfoliant, the multi-tasking cleanser that uses a gentle exfoliating acid to wash away dead skin and help reveal a brighter-looking complexion underneath.

Benefits:

  • Exfoliates congested skin for a smoother-looking complexion
  • Helps restore and balance skin by removing excess oil and shine
  • Skin is left feeling rejuvenated and refreshed

Skin Type: Exfoliating cleansers can be a helpful addition to many skincare routines, but is especially beneficial for those with oily skin.

TRY: Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

Cream Cleanser

What it is: A cream-based cleanser is often geared towards hydrating and conditioning the skin, containing emollients and antioxidants that help remove impurities from the skin while providing a moisture boost to help create a more refined-looking complexion.

Benefits:

  • Rich lather cleanses away makeup and other pore-clogging impurities
  • Boosts skin hydration to dry skin for a softer, fresher-looking complexion
  • Creamy formula helps deliver moisture deep within the skin

Skin Type: While gentle enough for use by all skin types, a cream cleanser is an ideal choice for those with mature skin, as they help boost hydration to deeply condition the skin.

TRY: Crystal Cleanse Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream

Foaming Cleanser

What it is: Our skin feels so renewed after washing with the air-light, frothy lather of a foaming cleanser. Usually formulated with skincare superstars like Salicylic Acid to help those with acne-prone skin, foaming cleansers help remove makeup, excess oil, sweat and other daily impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture barrier.

Benefits:

  • Foamy lather helps gently lift off daily impurities for a clearer-looking complexion
  • Ingredients like Salicylic Acid exfoliate the skin for smoother-looking skin
  • Helps soothe and comfort skin

Skin Type: A foaming cleanser is a great choice for those with acne-prone skin, teenagers or those with oily skin.

TRY: Clarify Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanser

Oil Cleanser

What it is: It might seem counterintuitive to cleanse your face with oil, but an oil cleanser and its unique composition can actually help purify the skin and balance out oil production. Sometimes, when skin gets moisture-deprived, it tricks itself into thinking it’s not producing enough oil, so it produces even more. An oil cleanser is designed to use good-for-your-skin, conditioning oils as a method of removing daily pore-clogging impurities for a smoother-looking complexion.

Benefits:

  • Helps remove makeup and other impurities while helping maintain the skin’s natural moisture levels
  • Helps purify the appearance of skin for a clearer-looking complexion
  • Conditioning oils help provide the skin with radiance-boosting ingredients

Skin Type: An oil cleanser can be especially beneficial for those with dry skin.

TRY: Purity Solution Deep Cleansing Oil

Want to double up? Try Clean & Condition, our 2-Step Double Cleanse Duo that features our top-rated Gentle Cleanser Benefit Clean along with hydrating Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil for cleaner skin that’s also deeply conditioned.

Powdered Exfoliating Cleanser

What it is: An alternative to chemical exfoliation, a scrub cleanser utilizes physical exfoliation to gently polish away dead skin, makeup and other buildup for a smoother-looking complexion. Whether you opt for a liquid scrub cleanser or a loose scrub that you combine with water or another cleanser, this face cleanser category helps restore a natural-looking glow to the skin.

Benefits:

  • Deeply cleanses skin to aid in removal of makeup, dead skin and other daily impurities for a brighter-looking complexion
  • Helps reduce the appearance of skin concerns like dark spots
  • Helps smooth and even the appearance of skin tone and texture

Skin Type: The scrub cleanser is a renewing must for your skincare routine, and is ideal for those with normal, combination and oily skin types.

TRY: Purity Detox Scrub

Try This At-Home Facial Massage For a Brighter-Looking Glow

At COSMEDIX, we believe that you can bring the indulgent luxury and serenity of the spa home with you for a clean daily skincare routine with clinical level results. This has rung especially true throughout the pandemic—it’s been essential to find a sense of ‘skinimalism’ to help keep facial muscles activated and refreshed from home. And, luckily, Tik Tok has kept up with our craving for new ways to care for our skin right from where we are. Whether it’s Gua Sha facial massage or Tik Tok-inspired Face Yoga, show your skin some love and rescue it from its stressors with our new BrillianCy AM/PM Brightening Face Oil, the skin-loving serum that utilizes a unique blend of Vitamin C, Elderberry Fruit Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil to help firm the appearance of skin and lock in moisture for a more radiant-looking complexion. Keep reading for the at-home facial skincare massage technique that helps refresh and soothe your skin.

Benefits of an At-Home Facial Massage with BrillianCy

Just how daily moisturization can show great improvements in the complexion or how frequent stretching can have a positive impact on your range of motion, regularly massaging your facial skin and muscles can help relieve tension and relax facial muscles. Gua Sha, a grounding facial massage technique involving a slowly moving a roller across the face, can help with skincare absorption and reduce the appearance of puffiness. Face Yoga, popularized through Tik Tok as a facial massage and exercise technique, can help address signs of aging and activate facial muscles. No matter which method you choose, both are rewarding choices for self-care that can fit into your daily skincare routine to promote a fresh-faced complexion.

With the use of BrillianCy AM/PM Brightening Face Oil and its star ingredient Vitamin C, the list of benefits of an at-home facial massage only grows:

  • Helps visibly brighten and tighten the complexion with Vitamin C
  • Boosts hydration
  • Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots
  • Helps protect the skin from environmental stressors

Incorporate into Your Holistic Lifestyle

So now that you know why you should cultivate an at-home facial massage routine, how do you get started? Whether you use a traditional Gua Sha massage stone, the COSMEDIX Rose Quartz Roller or just your hands for a Face Yoga glow look, follow this COSMEDIX Gua Sha-inspired guide to help improve overall skin health and give your skin a brilliant boost of hydration with the age-defying BrillianCy Brightening Face Oil, for the perfect at-home facial massage.

1. Cleanse your skin.

As always, make sure you start off on the right note with freshly cleansed and toned skin. We love the COSMEDIX Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser for this, as its notes of Australian Sandalwood and Grapefruit Oil will get the relaxation going while gently rinsing away makeup, dirt and excess oil.

For a toner, which will help maximize serum absorption during your facial massage, try the COSMEDIX Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep Toner, which helps keep skin clean with Salicylic and Lactic Acids.

2. Apply BrillianCy Brightening Face Oil.

In addition to BrillianCy’s skin-brightening benefits, it also helps your fingers glide across your skin throughout the facial massage; a thin layer should do the trick but be sure to apply enough oil so that your fingertips can move easily without pulling at your skin.

3. Massage Away.

For a facial massage that helps to lift and firm the appearance of skin, follow these area-specific steps, applying a light-to-medium amount of pressure with your Gua Sha stone, Rose Quartz Roller or fingers. COS Tip: If you use your fingers, only use the ring and middle finger for targeted treatment. Repetition is key!

Forehead:

Starting at the center of your forehead, glide the hand upwards and outwards from the brow bone to the hairline. Take your time and repeat 3-5 times.

Cheek:

Beginning at the nose, swoop in upward motions along the cheeks and cheekbones, towards the ears. To repeat, lift the tool and place back on the nose, repeating 3-5 times.

COS Tip: Because the goal is to help firm skin, always use upwards and outwards motions to promote a lifted appearance.

Under Eye Area:

For the delicate under eye area, gently glide the hand from the inner corner of the eye in spoke-like motions towards the temple to help reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness. Repeat 1-2 times.

COS Tip: Remember to add more BrillianCy oil if you ever feel your fingers dragging against the skin.

Lips:

Glide your tool over the lips, beginning from the center and sweeping outwards and upwards. Repeat 5-7 times.

Jawline and Chin:

Follow your natural jawline from the center of the chin outwards towards the ears. Repeat 2-3 times.

Neck:

Gently roll the tool from the bottom of your neck to the jawline. Repeat 1-2 times.

Application:

Feel free to repeat these micro-massages in order or go back to spend more time with areas that need extra love. The wonderful thing about this facial massage is that you can do it 7 days a week, AM/PM or just whenever you need an extra relaxing step in your skincare routine.

COS Tip: Place your Gua Sha Stone or Rose Quartz Roller in the fridge before your massage to add a soothing, cooling effect to your treatment.

4. Lock It In.

Finish with your favorite COSMEDIX moisturizer, like Harmonize Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer, or, for an SPF option, Hydrate+, to help lock in your at-home facial massage skin care benefits and take on the day (or evening) with a brilliant-looking glow.

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.