Tuesday, 21 January 2014

How to Put Together a Skin-Care Routine

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Knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them is incredibly important when selecting the best skin-care system for you. The information below will help you do just that. It's a great guideline you can follow to select a Paula's Choice Essential or Advanced skin-care routine or to custom-select products based on what works best for you and your specific skin concerns, step by step!Read More Below

The Products You Need (and Why)

The following table provides key details about how each type of product works, in what order it should be applied, and what results you can expect. Keep in mind that if you have multiple skin-care concerns, you may need to add more than one treatment or targeted treatment product to your Advanced Skin-Care Routine. You may be able to just add one targeted treatment product to your routine, or you might need to alternate its use with the other products.
For complete details, please visit the skin-care product pages using the links below.
Skin-Care ProductWhat is this for?Why do I need this?What results will I see?
CleanserA gentle, water-soluble cleanser removes debris, oil, and makeup.Rinsing with water is not enough to clean your face. When your face is clean, it allows the other products you use to work even better, morning and evening.With a Paula's Choice cleanser, your skin will look and act healthier, feel smoother, and be ready to receive maximum benefits from your other products.
TonerOur well-formulated toners smooth, soften, and calm skin, while removing the last traces of makeup. They also add vital skin-repairing ingredients after cleansing.Toners with skin-repairing ingredients hydrate and replenish the skin's surface immediately after cleansing. They also help reduce redness and dry patches.With a Paula's Choice toner, your skin will feel softer and look smoother, and redness will be reduced. Those with oily skin will see smaller pores.

Daily use will give your skin what it needs to function in a younger, healthier way.
ExfoliantOur exfoliants gently remove built-up dead skin cells, revealing new skin.

AHAs exfoliate the surface of skin; BHA exfoliates the surface of skin and inside the pores.
Sun damage causes the surface of the skin to become abnormally thick. Acne and oily skin complicate this further. Exfoliating eliminates this build up, which otherwise would cause clogged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness, and deeper wrinkles.Overnight your skin will look radiant, smoother, and younger (really)!

Daily exfoliation with a Paula's Choice AHA or BHA exfoliant will unclog pores, reduce redness, blackheads,* and breakouts, diminish wrinkles, build collagen, and improve uneven skin tone.
*BHA is best for blackheads.
Acne TreatmentAfter exfoliating with an AHA or BHA exfoliant, an acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and helps reduce redness.When acne is your concern, research shows that topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide is an essential step for achieving clear skin.With consistent use of Paula's Choice acne treatments, you will see fewer breakouts and a reduction in large, red, swollen blemishes. Your acne will be reduced, and possibly eliminated.
Skin Lightening TreatmentUsed at least once daily, skin lighteners gradually reduce, and in some cases eliminate, brown spots and discolorations.Using a skin-lightening product reduces the over-production of melanin, the skin pigment that causes brown spots and discolorations.After 8–12 weeks of daily use, you will see discolorations fade or even disappear completely. Your skin tone will be more even and radiant. Ongoing use is needed to maintain results.
Anti-Aging/Antiwrinkle TreatmentApplied morning and evening, serums filled with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients protect your skin from environmental damage, including sun damage* and pollution.
*When used with a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater. 
Paula's Choice treatment serums with antioxidants improve your skin in numerous ways, from reducing redness to stimulating healthy collagen production and improving the appearance of wrinkles.Immediately, your skin will feel smoother and look radiant. With twice-daily use, signs of damage will fade and your skin will look and behave healthier and younger.
Anti-Aging/Antiwrinkle Moisturizer with SunscreenThis essential morning step keeps your skin shielded from sun damage. It must have an SPF 15 or higher rating, and offer broad-spectrum protection.
Our sunscreens with antioxidants are essential to protect your skin from sun exposure, which is the No. 1 cause of wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging.Protecting your skin from further sun damage allows it to generate younger, healthier skin cells. This is the critical step to having radiant skin. You will see fewer signs of aging!
Anti-Aging/Antiwrinkle MoisturizerAll skin types will benefit from our moisturizers because they contain the types of ingredients research has shown help your skin look healthier and younger.Used daily, moisturizers (cream, lotion, gel, or liquid texture) improve your skin's healthy functioning and keep it feeling smooth and soft. You can (and should) use them around the eye area.When you use the right Paula's Choice moisturizer for your skin type, you will see smoother, radiant skin that's hydrated and healthier. Dry, dull, or flaky skin will be replaced by skin that looks and acts younger!
Targeted TreatmentsThese products are optional extras you can add, depending on your personal skin-care concerns. Examples include products such as facial masks, oil-blotting papers, and lip care.These products may be needed as an extra step to hydrate skin, absorb excess oil, calm skin, or treat a special need or occasional skin concern.Results depend on the targeted product you choose. For example, our Shine Stopper will leave your skin shine-free and help large pores look smaller.

Your Essential Routine

This simple, step-by-step routine covers the basic types of products everyone should use and the order in which to use them every day. These steps apply regardless of your skin type (oily, dry, normal, or combination).

Essential Routine: MORNING

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Exfoliant
  4. Moisturizer w/ sunscreen

Essential Routine: EVENING

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Exfoliant
  4. Moisturizer

Your Advanced Routine

The Advanced Routine includes targeted treatments you can add to your Essential Routine to treat your personal skin-care concerns, such as acne, red marks, wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, or rosacea.
For example, if your sole concern is dry skin, you'll do fine by following the Essential Routine. But if you have dry skin and wrinkles or oily skin and wrinkles and breakouts you will want to follow the Advanced Routine for best results.

Advanced Routine: MORNING

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Exfoliant
  4. Treatment
  5. Moisturizer w/ sunscreen
  6. Optional: Targeted treatment (applied as needed before sunscreen)

Advanced Routine: EVENING

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Exfoliant
  4. Treatment
  5. Moisturizer
  6. Optional: Targeted treatment, as needed, applied before or after your treatment product.