beauty, Celebrities, Uncategorized

And the Award Goes To…

8 Beauty winners that will keep you looking flawless on—and off—the red carpet! And the award goes to…

bestbreakoutA star is born—the spinning disc on the PMD Pro is coated with the same Aluminum Oxide crystals that are used by professionals. As the disc spins, vacuum suction removes dull, dead cells, leaving skin clear and vibrant. With the dead cells removed, skin is able to absorb products much more effectively.
PMD Personal Microderm Pro, $158.00

bestpictureThe ultimate makeup tool: created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. These elliptical shaped sponges make application foolproof. Its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make-up dazzling and undetectable.
Beautyblender Sponge Applicator
, $18.00

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The original tube-technology mascara. Formulated to form tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes for maximum amplification and hold, rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Won’t run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.
blinc Mascara – Black, $22.00

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The ultimate tool to enhance the positive effects of your favorite topical skin care products. Rollers are proven to increase the absorption of the active ingredients in creams, lotions, and serums by up to 1000% by creating thousands of micro-channels in the skin that allow nutrients to absorb; the channels close after several minutes, locking in the anti-aging nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Micro Needle Roller 0.5mm, $28.00

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A favorite among award-winning celebrities, SK-II;s luxe, pitera-packed antiaging mask leaves skin hydrated and glowing.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – One Treatment, $18.00
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – 10 pack, $118.00

bestdressedAn ultra-rich facial cream that is specifically formulated to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and replenishes skin to give a healthy and youthful appearance. It contains high levels of hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and tighten the skin, as well as antioxidants C, E, and A to help repair and prevent environmental damage; think of it as a multivitamin for the skin. Perfect for those who want to feel instant hydration—and its beautiful jewel-like jar, makes this product a great gift!
SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream, $98.00

bestkissThis glamorous red liquid lipstain and gloss combo in Passion smooths, hydrates while giving you buildable, non-drying coverage that lasts for hours—from the opening monologue to the last after-party—and flatters every skintone.
Jane Iredale Lip Fixation – Passion, $30.00

bestcostumeIt’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level in limited-edition Black Cheetah!. Unlike spinning devices, Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.
Clarisonic Pro Face and Body Spot Therapy Kit with Extension Handle – Black Cheetah, $220

Which SkinMedix products got your vote?

The SkinMedix Team

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Self-Tanners

Have a Tan Christmas

It gets dark at 4pm and even those days where the sun does come out, it’s not as though the rays are letting off much heat. It’s official – Winter is here.

Ever since a bronzed Coco Chanel came back from a Mediterranean vacation in the 1920s and made the tan the hottest fashion accessory, women have been going ga-ga over golden skin. So, what can a girl do to get some color in the midst of all of this grey?

Well, a vacation to a tropical destination is the best remedy. Combining R&R with sun, swim, and sand will infuse that golden hue back into your skin in no time. But remember to use your SPF – although the sun feels and looks great, skin cancer is not so cute. You can find list of sun protection products available on SkinMedix.com here.

There’s always tanning beds, but those have been raised to carcinogen status so I’d recommend that you stay far, far away from burning your body to a crisp in a human oven.

Spray tans can be amazing, if you have the time, money, and a machine that doesn’t malfunction. I’ve heard more than a few spray-tan horror stories – like when my friend came out looking like the old lady from There’s Something About Mary. You’re going for gold, not orange, so be cautious.

In my opinion, the best way to fake a tan is with at-home self-tanners. Self-tanning is a huge business and many major brands are jumping on the bandwagon. They’ve come a long way since the days of streaks, orange palms, and smelly formulas. Here are 3 of my favorite self-tanners that will give you that coveted healthy glow even during these bleak winter months:

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads - Exfoliating self-tanning pads that also halt the aging process while giving skin a boost of Vitamin D. Free of all toxic chemicals including parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals.
  • Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer - This hydrating, streak-resistant formula gives you complete control and customization over your tan, so you can achieve your best shade of bronze. Tested for sensitivity, it is gentle enough to use on your face and the fresh citrus fragrance leaves an energizing scent behind.
  • DermaQuest DermaGlow Self Tanner – Body - Provide your skin with a temporary and healthy tan that compliments your own natural skin tone. Due to this formula’s gradual and even tanning process, it reduces undesired streaks.

Do you have a favorite self-tanner?

Talk soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

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MUST HAVE: Micro Needle Derma Roller

Micro Needle Roller
I will never use another product without rolling my Micro Needle Roller first! The products I loved so much to start, like my iS Clinical Active Serum, take on a whole new life with this amazing little rolling pin. I mean I can actually FEEL my serum seep in. The serum by itself already gives a slight tingling feeling. But when combined with the roller, the tingle is intensified and I can feel it penetrating deep into my pores. I was going to wait until I had worked my way up to the 1.5 mm before I even considered this a “must have”, but I am so thrilled with 0.5mm I couldn’t wait to share!

Micro Needle Roller HeadWhat is a Micro Needle Derma Roller? Well, it’s this amazing little device that rolls around 192 fine needles to penetrate the skin sufficiently enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production that results in the improvement of the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks. In addition to triggered collagen synthesis, needle rollers also help you benefit more from your skin care products. The small micro-channels that the needle roller creates during use are proven to help increase the absorption of the active ingredients in creams, lotions, and serums by up to 1000% —and the higher the absorption rate, the higher the overall efficiency of your already favorite products! The channels close after several minutes, locking in the anti-aging nutrients and anti-oxidants.

I have three pronounced chicken pox scars from my childhood that I assumed I would just have for life. My derm always told me I couldn’t do anything for them except maybe try to fill them with Restalyn or some other filler. I could spend thousands of dollars, but it would never be a permanent fix. In just two months of use, I can already see them fainter and less pronounced. I can also see a difference in pore size, and my skin texture is much smoother. It really is quite remarkable!

I’ve also just started using my roller on a terrible scar I have across my chest from a recent ORIF surgery to repair a shattered collar bone. It’s still too soon but I’ll be sure to post before and after pics and keep you posted on my progress there. Like I said, I wasn’t considering sharing this product until later but I just couldn’t wait!

Learn what size is best for your skin care concerns in the chart below. Then check out a clip from The Doctors show as they discuss the Micro Needle Roller and its benefits!

Talk soon! XO
Gina@SkinMedix
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MUST HAVE: iS Clinical Active Serum

Must Have: iS Clinical Active Serum

Happy Thanksgiving, SkinMedix Fans! This year I’m thankful for SkinMedix.com and my new favorite must-have serum, iS Clinical Active Serum!

iS Clinical Active Serum is a potent formula designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and control acne. It contains an impressive array of active anti-aging ingredients which includes glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, arbutin and kojic acid which all work together to smooth texture and decrease pigmentation.

What do I LOVE about Active Serum? Everything! This is a fabulous one-stop shop serum that instantly transforms my skin both in the moment and over time. I love the light menthol scent and the slight tingly feeling I get when I apply this serum that makes me feel like it’s working. My skin feels soft and supple after use and over time it has transformed the look of my skin. This has been my go-to serum when my skin is acting up, breaking out, and needs triage. I apply and wake up the next morning with almost perfect skin.

iS Clincal Active Serum is available in 4 convenient sizes: 0.5 oz, 1.0 oz, 2.0 oz Pro-size, and Travel Sample 5 Packs!

Wishing you a blessed holiday with family and friends!

Talk soon! XO
Gina@SkinMedix

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Can Positive Thinking Lead to Better Skin?

An interesting concept, isn’t it? I recently came across an interesting forum discussing an article in Elle Magazine asking this very question.

The feature focused on a rare idea in the product-based beauty industry – that emotional well-being can have an equally, if not more, transformative effect on the skin.

In the article, Lucy Walker writes about a sensation that many of us know all too well – that of your skin giving away your emotions via acne breakouts and urticaria flares. Rather than seeking help from a dermatologist, Lucy consulted “skin psychologist” Dr. Ted Grossbart, a pioneering practitioner using hypnosis and meditation to treat the skin from within. I’ve often read about the effects of stress on the skin, but Grosshart believes grief, a lack of self-confidence, anger, and fear can all play their part too. By creating a timeline of her life, Lucy was able to see fluctuations in her skin and pin point the events that triggered her rebellious skin.

Part of Grosshart’s approach is in self-regulating the behavior that triggers breakouts, so you can better control your stress levels and your skin in the future.

What do you think? Can you pair your skin fluctuations with periods of heightened emotion in your life? Or do you think it’s more about general health?

Talk soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

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Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes

Beautiful Skin in 5 MinutesFor most of us, the day begins with a flurry of activity that starts long before we make it to the office, to school, or wherever our day takes us. No matter how pressed for time we are, great skin care shouldn’t be something that’s neglected, even when each minute counts. Believe it or not, even if you have less than five minutes, beautiful skin is completely possible by following these simple steps.

Be Prepared

Have all your skin-care items close by in a neat tray, including cotton pads and Q-tips. Just in case, leave a lip balm, like Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex, and a heel exfoliant/balm, like Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream, on your bedside table so you can apply them before you fall asleep.

Know Your Routine

Even though the clock is ticking, it doesn’t mean you should skip taking care of every part of yourself. Knowing exactly what you should do and why you should do it will help with the flow of your skin-care steps.

Multi-Tasking Products Save Time

  • Use a moisturizer during the day that contains sunscreen so you don’t have to use a separate product. Try Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45. You can also use the same moisturizer you use at night if your foundation and pressed powder contain sunscreen. We recommend Jane Iredale PurePressed Base. This 4-in-1 concealer, powder, foundation and sunscreen that diminishes the look of pores and fine lines to give skin a healthy, flawless-looking finish in seconds!
  • A beautifully-formulated lip balm can also be used on elbows and heels.
  • Use a gentle water soluble cleanser, like Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser. Pair it with a well-formulated toner, like Obagi Nu-Derm Toner, that can remove last traces of makeup on your face, while giving your skin much-needed antioxidants and barrier repair ingredients.
  • If your face moisturizer is brilliantly formulated it can be the best “eye cream” you can use. We recommend Neocutis Bio Cream Bio Restorative Skin Cream because it is formulated with the same PSP and Human Growth Factors as their very popular Lumiere Bio Restorative Eye Cream.
  • The exact same exfoliant for your face can be applied on your elbows and chest to make those areas look smooth and younger. Try SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub. This mild exfoliating gel (safe for face and body) combines natural microbeads with gentle cleansing and hydrating agents to thoroughly cleanse pores and promote healthy cell renewal without damaging or drying skin.

Don’t Wipe Off Your Makeup

Using a water soluble cleanser first all over your face with a gentle wash cloth should get off all your makeup. Any leftover makeup can quickly be removed with a small amount of makeup remover. We love Jane Iredale Dot the I Makeup Removal Swabs. Aside from saving time, these pre-measured makeup remover swabs to not pull at your skin. Pulling and wiping at your skin tears your skin’s elastin fibers and can cause sagging. Think about women who wear heavy earrings and how their ear lobes become distended. That’s from the constant weight stretching out the skin’s elasticity.

Only Do the Essentials

Depending on your skin type, the products you need will vary. While you don’t want to skip the essential products, facial masks are optional (and time-consuming) and aren’t necessary to take great daily care of your skin.

Of Course, Products Do Matter!

Whatever brand you choose to build your routine around, the key to seeing results is making sure the products you use are brilliantly formulated without irritating ingredients and are the right texture for your skin type.

Click here to view the extensive list of medical grade skin care lines available at SkinMedix.com. We feature only the most sought-after, popular, and effective cosmeceuticals on the market today. Join the hundreds of thousands of people who have discovered the value and convenience of SkinMedix.com today!

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Knowing Your Skin Undertone

Knowing Your Skin UndertoneWhether you swirl and tap Priori Perfecting Minerals, or you prefer to pump and buff Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals and Pressed Powder, to create that perfect makeup look, you first need to be an expert in…. your own skin!

There are three main types of undertones: warm, cool and neutral. It is important to remember: skin undertone is not the same as your skin tone. Undertone is the color of the shadow that is being cast underneath your skin tone. Your skin will change from time to time depending on your exposure to the sun, but the undertone of your skin stays pretty much the same throughout your life. Determining your undertone is a tricky business. But fret not as there are a few basic ways to finding out what is yours. Bear in mind that these methods are neither foolproof nor scientifically proven, but this is a great first step in helping you to get to know your skin better so that you can guarantee a near perfection finish every time you get made up.

1. The Vein Method
The easiest and fastest method of them all: just go under natural light (day light is the most natural) and have a look at the colour of the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they appear greenish, you have warm undertone. If your skin undertone is cool, they should either be blue-ish or have a purple tint to them. Having blue-green hued veins (think turquoise or aqua) means your undertone is neutral.

2. The Jewelery Test
Try on a piece of yellow gold and white gold or silver accessory for this test. They can be earrings or necklaces. Decide which colour brings out your features more. If the yellow gold accessory makes you look more radiant, this indicates a warm undertone. People with this undertone usually have ivory, peachy, golden brown or golden beige skin colour. If your skin looks instantly brightened in white gold or silver, your undertone is cool. Your skin tone is either rosy pink, rosy beige, dark brown or dark olive. If you can pull off both colours equally as good, then you might just be the lucky one with the neutral undertone!

3. The Pony Tail Test
This test is called the “Pony Tail” test because it requires to pull all your hair to the back, so the easiest way to do so is by tying your hair into a – you guess it – ponytail. But doing it up in a bun or pulling your hair behind your ears with a headband does the trick too, just as long as your hair is no longer framing your face. Then with a thoroughly cleansed face and under as natural light as possible, place a white towel, paper or cloth around your neck and shoulders. The whiteness of the item you’re using will help reflect the hue of your undertone. If you have warm undertone, you face will appear yellowish next to the white. If you find your face looks blue-ish, then your undertone is cool.

4. White or Ivory?
Also known as ‘The Wedding Dress Test’, this requires you to look at different photos of yourself wearing those two colors. Do you find you look tired-looking in cream tops but fabulous in pure white? Then you are most probably cool toned. If you have warm undertone, colors in the ivory family will flatter you more than when you are in white. A neutral undertone is a lucky great thing to have, as you don’t have to worry about looking washed out in your wedding photos; all colors work on you!

You can do either test but it best to do all four. People confuse skin tone and skin undertone all the time which is not surprising. Think of your skin tone as the ‘overtone’ which lies on top of the ‘undertone’. Just like the yellow overtoned people, those with pink overtone always assume they have a cool undertone, which is not always correct, but you can be assured that even professionals get it wrong with their clients all the time.

Another option is to understand which color suit which undertone better. If you always look better and get more compliments when you use warm colours, then it’s safe to say you have a warm undertone. If you find yourself constantly reaching for the cool colors when you’re putting makeup on, then you probably have a cool undertone.

So that brings us to another dilemma: what colors are warm and which are cool? Contrary to some people’s belief, one color isn’t just cool or warm. Generally speaking, all colors have warm hues and cool hues. Red lipsticks are a good example: red lipsticks with blue tints in them are cooler so they would suit those who have a cool undertone. Warm hued reds have an orange tint and look better on the warm undertoned.

Cool

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  • People with cool skin tones like Scarlett Johanson usually have eyes that are blue, gray, greenish-blue with gray flecks, or a deep brown that borders on black.
  • Your skin looks healthiest in pure white shirts.
  • Pink or blue-based red lipsticks are more flattering than corals, terracotta reds, and chocolate browns.
  • The veins on your wrist have a blue tint.
  • Silver jewelry looks best on you.
  • Other celebrities with a cool undertone: Alek Wek, Michelle Trachtenberg, Keira Knightley

Warm

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  • Warm skin tones like Leona Lewis‘s are usually accompanied by green, hazel, amber, or warm brown eyes.
  • Your skin looks healthiest in off-white or beige shirts.
  • Coral, terracotta red, and chocolate brown lipsticks are more flattering than pinks or blue-based reds.
  • The veins on your wrist have a greenish tint.
  • Gold jewelry looks best on you.
  • Other celebrities with a warm undertone are: Nicole Kidman, Chelsea Clinton, Gillian Anderson, Leona Lewis

Neutral

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  • This is where it gets a bit complicated! If you are a neutral this means you either have a mix of cool and warm undertones or no distinguishable undertones at all, like Victoria Beckham.
  • Neutral tones are rare, and the lucky people who have them look good wearing all colors.
  • The veins on your wrist wil appear green and blue.
  • Other celebrities with a neutral undertone: Dita Von Teese, Alyssa Milano, Kelly Clarkson

So to summarize, if you have a cool undertone you should go for a pink based foundation. If you have a warm undertone you would choose a more yellow based foundation. Neutral people are the luckiest and could opt for either a cool or warm foundation and pair it with the opposing powder or you could go for a foundation that has more balanced undertones.

…and a couple more tips for choosing the right shade:

  • Match foundation to the color of your neck to avoid a makeup line at the jaw line
  • If you have some redness on your face, it can appear as if you have a pink undertone. Pink will only accentuate the redness while yellow can actually help to neutralize it.

Visit SkinMedix.com and look for our detailed descriptions to help you find your best shade! If you still aren’t sure what your skin undertone is or if you have questions about colors from any of our makeup lines, email me at Gina@SkinMedix.com!

Talk soon! XO,

Gina@SkinMedix

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FEATURE FRIDAY: Alchimie Forever Kantic Lights Off Calming Evening Cream

Alchimie Forever Kanitic Lights Out Calming Night Cream available at SkinMedix.comInvesting in a good night cream is the best way to truly get your beauty sleep, and I’m hooked on this paraben- and dye-free option from Alchimie Forever! Kantic Lights Out Calming Night Cream is made from a potent blend of natural botanicals and ingredients to enhance hydration and cell renewal as you get your rest. This moisturizing night cream is one of those gems that you only find once, maybe twice, in a lifetime. This rich, decadent, delicious cream is so full of goodness for the skin, you’ll want to stay up all night just to marvel in it!

The epitome of understated luxury, this mid-weight night cream’s highly potent botanicals work together to leave your complexion velvety smooth. Some of the star ingredients include glycerin to increase skin’s moisture intake, grape seed extract to boost skin suppleness, and blueberries and jojoba seed oil to reverse the signs of aging. This renewing night cream for sensitive, mature skin, increases the beneficial effects of beauty as it nourishes, lifts, and brightens the skin, leaving it soft and silky the next morning.

Alchimie Forever Calming Evening CreamWhen I use a moisturizer or more specifically a night cream I like to use something that absorbs into the skin almost instantly so I don’t have to worry about product transferring onto pillows, clothing, etc and that’s one thing that I truly love about this product. It provides moisture almost instantly and absorbs into the skin as quick as you can say night cream. It doesn’t leave any residue, and unlike other moisturizers I’ve tried, it doesn’t spread unevenly.

The scent of this is lovely and subtle. Too often I’ve tried a moisturizer only to find that it’s so over powering that it causes me to get up and remove the product with a facial wipe because it’s to distracting to sleep with. This product however is subtle, nice on the nose, and isn’t too over the top like the fragrance section of a department store.

I might not be a morning person, but I’ll be the first to tell you that looking a little bit more beautiful when you wake up than you did the night before is just about the best way to start the day! I have been using this cream ever night for several months now and it has made wonders to my skin. I wake up every morning with soft and silky skin and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

To use, smooth a thin layer onto your face, neck, and décolleté before bed. The cream will replenish your skin overnight.

Discover all the Alchimie Forever products available at SkinMedix.com! In the mean time, check out the video below, as Alchimie Forever CEO & Founder, Ada Polla showcases three Alchimie Forever creams including my new favorite Kantic Lights Out Night Cream!

Talk soon! XO

Gina@SkinMedix

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More Magazine’s Fall Beauty Shopping List

More Magazine's Fall Beauty Shopping ListFor the fourth year in a row, More Magazine asked More’s Opinionista Reader Panel to become grooming guinea pigs, testing falls’s new fragrances, cosmetics, and hair and skin products. To our excitement, Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 made it to #3 on this year’s Fall Beauty Shopping List! Keep reading to learn what these testers had to say about one SkinMedix’s favorite new products!

If reviews written in all caps are any indication of how beloved a product is, then testers were mad for this primer! “SO LOVED THIS PRODUCT,” said one. “I ADORED it,” said a second. “LOVED this product,” raved a third. An all-in-one sunscreen, makeup primer and skin treatment (the formula contains free-radical-fighting antioxidants and collagen stimulating peptides), it can be worn alone, as testers seemed to prefer, or under makeup to extend its longevity. “Great creamy texture and invisible coverage,” explained one tester. Another, who did top the primer with foundation, reported, “It was amazing how well it made my makeup stay on. O work outside in the sun, so for my makeup to still look good at the end of the day is a miracle.”

Use Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 to smooth away fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin and to prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Neutral tint helps balance tone and enhance luminosity and radiance. Peptides and AGE Smart actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Wear alone over your moisturizer for visible smoothness and luminosity, or after moisturizer application and before foundation to help fill fine lines for a lasting make-up finish!

Visit SkinMedix.com for all your favorite Dermalogica products at amazing prices!

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5 Surprising Face Washing Facts

5 Suprising Face Washing FactsWashing your face is a no-brainer, right? Well, not exactly. A recent study by Olay found that only 50% of women wash their face regularly. And even if you are among the half that does, most are not using the correct product rinsing properly, or treating their skin with the TLC it deserves. Read on and discover the secrets to proper face cleansing and watch your skin glow!

1. Treat Your Eyes With Care
Before you can start washing, you need to remove makeup — or else the cleanser can’t really reach your skin. If you’re left with raccoon eyes after washing, you need to take the extra step of dissolving mascara and other eye makeup. To remove eye makeup use a vegetable oil-based cleanser, such as Dermalogica PreCleanse, or an eye makeup remover. These oil-based products liquefy stubborn liner and makeup without rubbing or tugging on the delicate eye skin. And with your mascara down the drain, your cleanser can really do its job on the rest of your face.

King offers up her technique for gently wiping away eye makeup: put cleanser on a damp cotton pad, lightly press it on the eye area and wait a few seconds, and then sweep the cotton pad down over the eyelid and eyelashes (this is also the best way to prevent makeup from getting into the eye). Repeat as needed, circling in towards nose but always sweeping down over the lashes. Open the eye, fold the cotton pad, and gently swipe under the eye. Rinse off the makeup remover to get rid of residue.

2. Choose Your Cleanser Wisely
The first step to achieving clean, dewy skin is finding the right cleanser (and yes, you do need to use something besides just water). Your cleanser doesn’t need to be expensive, but it does need to be gentle and preferably non-foaming. “The majority of body soaps and liquid soaps are very drying on the skin. The face needs something that’s less drying and more gentle,” King says. The type of cleanser that is best for you depends on your skin type. “Oily skin tends to do better with a gel wash, which helps dissolve oil, makeup, and sunscreen,” says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles. We recommend Glytone Acne Gel. If you have normal skin, use a foaming lotion cleanser, like Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser. If your skin is dry or sensitive try a gentle creamy cleanser - PCA Skin Creamy Cleanser is our favorite!

3. Rub Your Skin the Right Way
For a gentle but thorough cleansing, your best tools are at your fingertips — in fact, they are your fingertips. “Your fingers do a terrific job and can actually provide a light massage during your cleanse that can stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage,” says Jill Bucy, owner of Jill Bucy Skincare in Seattle. While over-washing and over-scrubbing can irritate sensitive skin, make redness and rosacea worse, and aggravate breakouts, some facialists do use facial sponges to help cleanse more thoroughly without the abrasiveness of a scrub or washcloth. This is especially helpful for acne-prone skin, which tends to get clogged, says Dr. Wu.

The SkinMedix Team are fans of the Clarisonic Skincare Brush. It cleans with sonic waves to gently exfoliate and it beeps at intervals to ensure you spend enough time washing each section of your face. (Click here to learn about the new Clarisonic Aria!) If you don’t invest in a brush, Dr. Scola recommends singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while applying cleanser, which should roughly come out at 30 seconds.

4. Keep Things Lukewarm
When you are done cleansing, rinse thoroughly and repeatedly to remove cleanser, using your hands to cup water and bring it to your face. Experts recommend using tepid or lukewarm water to remove your cleanser. Water that’s too hot or too cold will only irritate skin and could cause broken capillaries.

5. Don’t Stop at the Sink
Cleaning involves more than just cleanser! Wash your hands thoroughly before you begin washing your face. And resist the urge to dry your face with the family hand towel that’s been hanging over the rack for several days. Bacteria can breed on the towel and be transferred to your clean, dewy face. When drying your face, Bucy urges you to be gentle and pat your face dry, as opposed to rubbing it with a towel. Use a soft, clean cloth that you only use on your face.

Washing your face is a part of your daily routine, but are you doing it the right way?

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