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

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

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

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

Do It on the Daily

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

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

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

Stick to Twice a Week:

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

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

Book a Monthly Appointment:

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

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

Chemical Exfoliants 101 with Pure Enzymes

Ready to give chemical exfoliation a try?

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

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

What is a Chemical Exfoliant?

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

How Does it Work?

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

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

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

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

So, What’s the Deal with Pure Enzymes

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

How to Apply + How Often to Use…

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

To apply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the Beginners

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

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

For the Intermediates

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

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

For the Advanced

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

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

For the Experts

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

Introducing COSMEDIX NEW Customized Bundles

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

Preventative Anti-Aging Bundle

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

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

Advanced Anti-Aging Bundle

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

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

Acne-Prone Bundle

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

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

Hyperpigmentation Bundle

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

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

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

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

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

Cleanser

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

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

Toner/ Essence

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

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

Serums

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

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

Eye Treatment

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

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

Retinol (At Night)

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

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

Moisturizer

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

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

Mask Madness: Multi-Masking for Your Skin Type

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

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

Skin Type: Normal Skin

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

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

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

Skin Type: Dry Skin

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

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

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

Skin Type: Oily Skin

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

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

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

Skin Type: Combination Skin

Multi-Mask Match: DETOX Activated Charcoal Mask and RESTORE

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

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

Skin Type: Congested Skin

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

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

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

Get to Know Your Scalp with the NEW Skincare for the Scalp (Treatment)

The game of life is all about finding a perfect balance, so it shouldn’t surprise you that your scalp is in search of the same thing! Sure, the scalp might be overshadowed by beautiful locks and flowing hair (literally), but that doesn’t make it any less important. The skin on your scalp lays the foundation for the health and strength of your strands and, if the scalp is imbalanced, it has the potential to lead to dry skin and brittle hair. No thanks.

So, how do you know if your scalp needs balance?

An imbalanced scalp isn’t as easy to spot as an imbalanced complexion. After all, nothing quite gets your attention like a giant blemish popping up right before the big holiday event or company Zoom meeting. While the scalp might be a little more subtle, it will always find a way let you know if it needs some extra love and care.

Everything from stress, to diet, to hat wear can affect the balance of your scalp. Excess oil or dry, flakey skin are the first obvious signs that the scalp isn’t happy. And, if you’re as dedicated to your dry shampoo as you are to your morning coffee, that is another obvious sign that your scalp needs a reset!

Looking for the reset button?

You’ve come to the right place! We’re taking skincare from your face to your head with our latest addition to the Body by COSMEDIX line: Fortify Cooling Enzyme Scalp Treatment. The first scalp product to join our professional skincare collection, this cooling treatment is our latest secret to a more balanced scalp and three-day hair (and, who doesn’t want that?).

Fortify Cooling Enzyme Treatment wraps the scalp in a cooling sensation that helps balance the skin and remove product buildup. Formulated with an exfoliating enzyme and rich antioxidants, this weekly scalp and hair treatment also helps lift away the dry skin that can often cause the scalp to feel itchy or flakey.  With each use, Fortify boosts the scalp with lightweight hydration as it works to help restore balance and encourage the appearance of hair that is soft, shiny and easier to manage.

It is true that healthy looking hair begins at the root, so indulge your scalp to this invigorating treatment with these skin-loving ingredients 2-3 times a week:

Pumpkin Ferment Extract (Rich in Vitamins A, C and E) | An exfoliating enzyme that helps condition dry scalp and hair

Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract | Antioxidant-rich extract that helps soothe dry skin

Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols | Helps improve hair manageability for beautiful-looking strands

Powerful blend of Biopolymers| Deeply hydrate dry skin to help relieve an itchy scalp without an oily residue

How to Apply: No scrubbing here! Unlike typical scalp treatments, Fortify contains a chemical exfoliate that helps polish away dry skin—without a gritty texture. Simply apply the Cooling Enzyme scalp treatment to dry and unwashed hair. Gently massage the product into the scalp, wait 2-3 minutes and rinse. Follow up with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.

Get Groomed: COSMEDIX Guide to an Essential Men Skincare Routine

This one’s for the boys! If you have been skipping out on a proper skincare routine, it’s time to join the big leagues. When it comes to skincare, we know how tempting it can be to just reach for the nearest bar of soap or your S.O.’s scented body wash. But the truth is, the complexion goes through a lot. Between the sweat, dirt and grime of the day, our skin acts as a barrier for the rest of our body—and for that it deserves the best attention.

While men are just as prone to breakouts, oil and texture as women, their skin type also comes with its own set of needs. So ,whether you are a skincare newbie or a seasoned skincare “professional”, keep on scrolling to discover our best tips for a grown man’s skincare routine:

Wash Your Skin After You Workout

Hopefully (by now) everyone understands the importance of a good cleanse both morning and night…so let’s take it a step further. While your body might feel revitalized after hitting the gym or breaking a sweat, your skin is another story. Leaving sweat to dry on your skin is a big no-no for anyone hoping to maintain a clear and healthy-looking complexion. To help avoid congested pores, make sure to wash the skin post-work out to help remove any dirt or impurities that could potentially clog pores.

Reach For: Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser

A daily cleanser packed with Grapefruit Oil and Sandalwood Oil, Benefit Clean washes away dirt, oil and impurities while helping to soothe skin and balance it’s natural moisture levels.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate

Exfoliation is another important step in an effective men skincare routine. Whether you prefer a clean cut or full-grown beard, properly exfoliating the skin will help you achieve a smoother shave and an overall softer complexion. Because men’s skin tends to be thicker than women, it can usually tolerate a physical exfoliant/scrub 2-3 times a week. Adding this step into your skincare routine is an effortless way to help lift away dry skin and prevent stubborn texture.

Reach For: Purity Detox Scrub

This multi-layer detoxification system combines chemical exfoliants with jojoba, poppy and date seeds to help polish away dead skin from head-to-toe.

Treat with a Serum

No man’s skin is made the same. Adding a serum into your daily routine is a fool-proof way to target specific skincare concerns with one easy application. Whether you’re trying to improve the look of dull skin, blemishes, texture or wrinkles (yes, we know men worry about them too), you can bet that there is a serum for that!

Reach For: Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum or Serum 16 Rapid Renewal

If you are a serum newbie, Cell ID and Serum 16 is the perfect place to start! Both of these multi-tasking serums are formulated to help improve the look of uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Cell ID contains a blend of age-defying properties that help refine pores and improve the look of pigmentation, while Serum 16 is a retinol-based hydrator that helps encourage healthy skin renewal

Hydration is Key

Normal, oily, sensitive or dry—every skin type needs a good moisturizer in their daily skincare routine. You’ve probably noticed by now that a smooth shave starts with the condition of your complexion. The less texture and the more moisture, the easier your razor will glide across your skin and the more supple your skin will feel. Help quench the complexion by incorporating a moisturizer into your morning and night skincare routine. Even better, aim for multi-tasking formulas that hydrate and help protect with SPF!

Reach For: Hydrate + Broad Spectrum SPF 17 Moisturizing Sunscreen

This 2-in-1 moisturizer deeply quenches all skin types with vital hydration while arming the complexion in UVA/UVB protection to help prevent redness or future sun damage.

Its Black Friday! Shop Skincare for Every Skin Type

It’s that time of year again! Stock up on clean, clinical and luxurious skincare for the holiday season with the COSMEDIX Black Friday sale. Shop online November 27th to receive 30% off Sitewide!

Buying gifts for friends and family can be a bit of a daunting task, but COSMEDIX has you covered. Take the guess work out of holiday gift-giving with our simple guide to skin. Just match the skin type to a loved one in mind and you can shop our hand-picked recommendations. After all, who doesn’t want  healthier, smoother-looking skin this holiday season?

Dry Skin

If you have a family member or friend that seems to always have moisturizer on hand, then they most likely fall into this category. A dry skin type is just what is sounds like—a dry complexion that is begging for a dose of all-day hydration. Often accompanied by redness, dullness or flakey skin, people with this skin type are just waiting for someone (i.e. you) to give them the gift of a softer, suppler-looking complexion with these bestselling COSMEDIX skin care products:

Purity Solution | Formulated with a nutrient-rich blend of botanical oils, this Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil gently washes away dirt and oil and conditions the skin with radiance boosting vitamins.

Surge | A hyaluronic acid booster with Kiwi Water and Niacinamide that instantly hydrates the deeper layers of skin for a complexion that is both nourished and plumper-looking.

Normal Skin

Not too dry. Not too oily. Those with a normal skin type are the lucky winners of a complexion that knows a thing or two about balance. The rare few blessed with this skin type are easy to spot, thanks to their even skin tone, smooth complexion and minimal skin imperfections. Though fairly low in maintenance, normal skin types can benefit from a multi-tasking face mask or preventative serum:

Cell ID| This Nutritive Defense Serum is a multitasking treatment that helps address fine lines, moisturizes the skin and refines the look of uneven texture.

Micro| Heklp eep skin balanced and hydrated in the cooler months with this Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask. Formulated with prebiotics and nourishing oils, this bestselling microbiome defense face mask helps replenish the skin with beneficial flora and rejuvenate the appearance of a dull complexion.

Oily Skin

Often armed with a translucent powder, the tell-tale sign of oily skin is a bright or shiny appearance. Due to an overproduction of sebum in the skin, this complexion type usually struggles with congested pores or blackheads. Indulge your bestie, mom or husband with the gift of better-looking skin this holiday with COSMEDIX picks for an oily complexion:

Clarify | Formulated with Salicylic Acid, this foaming cleanser is ideal for oily skin types and those with blemish prone skin that need a boost of pore-refining ingredients. This lightweight cleanser helps lift away pore-clogging impurities while deep cleaning the skin and helping to soothe a sensitive complexion.

Shineless| This Oil-Free Moisturizer quenches the skin with balanced hydration. Packed with Liliac Stem Cells and Niacinamide, Shineless helps control the appearance of oil while helping restore the look of brightness and hydration to the skin.

Combination Skin

A combination skin type typically includes a mix of both dry and oily skin. The T-zone area often struggles with excess oil, while the other parts of the face are more dry or normal. Have a friend or loved one with combo skin? Make their holiday season merry and bright with COSMEDIX skin care products that helps restore balance, hydrate the skin and refine the look of the complexion:

Clear| Featuring Kaolin Clay and Tea Tree Oil, this clarifying mask traps excess oil and impurities as soothing botanical oils help hydrate the skin for a clearer, more vibrant-looking complexion.

Mystic| This Hydrating Treatment is a skin care routine must for a skin-pampering refreshment of instant hydration. Ideal for use post facial treatments, like a peel, or as an everyday skin care boost of hydration, Mystic also doubles as a primer and setting spray to help moisturize the skin and keep your makeup in place.

There’s A New Mask in Town: Everything You Need to Know About the Gel Mask Hype

Bubble, cream, sheet and mud—it is true that face masks come in many different forms. As a product that was once all about a moment of at-home indulgence, face masks have now become a key step in many weekly skin care routines. Trendy for a good reason, these luxe facial treatments are praised for their personalized take on skincare:

“When it comes to finding the right formula, your options are, quite literally, endless. No matter whether your complexion concern is spots, sagging, dehydration, dullness (you get the picture), there’s a mask for that.” -Byrdie

The most recent face mask to experience a surge in popularity is the luxe and lightweight Gel Mask. Designed to hydrate and nourish the skin, this skin-loving formula is the talk-of-the-town for those who struggle with ‘winter skin’.  So, if you’ve been on the lookout for something to help tame cool weather dryness, listen up! COSMEDIX is about to dive deep into the all you need to know about gel masks, plus a sneak peek into our latest Elite launch!

So, What Are the Benefits of a Gel Mask?

Gel masks are the lighter alternative to mud masks and sheet masks. Usually made with a fun, jelly-like texture, these bouncy facial treatments wrap the skin in an invigorating and cooling sensation. Gel masks are typically formulated with a special focus on hydration, which makes them a match made in heaven for sensitive and dry skin types. They also tend to have a soothing effect on the skin, which is why the gel formula made its first appearance in the form of an under-eye treatment. Basically, you can think of them as a tall glass of water for a parched or lackluster complexion.

Any Special Ingredients I Can Expect?

Of course! Because gel masks tote moisture-rich benefits, they often contain skincare ingredients that help quench the skin and lock in hydration. Fruit extracts and marine complex are common in gel masks, as they help protect, calm and nourish the complexion. These lightweight masks also contain chemical exfoliants to help gently lift away dry surface skin for a complexion that feels softer and smoother.

Does COSMEDIX have a Gel Mask?

We do now! COSMEDIX just launched the first gel mask to join the Elite collection: Awaken Replenishing Gel Mask.

What Sets Awaken Apart from the Rest?

Maybe we are biased, but the Awaken Replenishing Gel Mask is something truly special! First, this cooling mask is part of COSMEDIX Elite collection—a spa exclusive line that features clinical level ingredients with potent, yet gentle formulas. No prescription needed here! Awaken is also the first gel mask to join the line and was made with our clean, clinical and luxurious skincare standards.

This cooling gel mask is packed with a superfruit extract, Marine Algae Complex, and Polyhydroxy Acids to help gently exfoliate the skin while adding a dose of deep hydration that lasts. Awaken is also formulated with a unique blend of powerful prebiotics that restore beneficial flora to the skin for a more balanced and protected complexion.

Where Can I Experience All this Gel Goodness?

COSMEDIX Elite collection is exclusively available with our spa partners. To learn more about the Awakening Replenishing Gel Mask go to COSMEDIX.COM and find the spa nearest you to purchase. Check out our Spa Locator.