Show of hands: Who is back-to-school ready? For some, the anticipated return has already begun; back to following a jam-packed schedule filled with classes, work and socializing. And for skincare lovers like us, it really is a great time to readjust your skincare regime for a fresh start. When the goal is to have glowing skin all year round, all that school-related stress can surely take a toll on your complexion (IYKYK). From new environments, friends and experiences, all that change can seriously disrupt your skin, causing dryness, irritation or worse... If you find that your skin is more prone to acne and breakouts throughout the semester, don't fret—you're definitely not alone! We've put together a simple routine to cover you from your first AM class to "just the basics" after a long night 😏
Step 1: Cleansing
Cleanse your face every morning and evening. Yes, even when you're struggling to wake up or hustling out the door. Those with acne-prone skin need to start the day fresh with a gentle but hard-working cleanser. It's a necessary step in making sure any congestion like sweat and excess oil is removed before you put on the rest of your skincare. You see, congestion can build up over time (if not taken care of) which in turn, can be the root cause of those pesky white and blackheads. We like to reach for Cleanser II (AM & PM) to cleanse the pores and minimize the appearance of oil throughout the day. With lukewarm water, apply 2 pumps of Cleanser II into your fingers and gently lather on your face and neck. You don't need long, say 1 minute, to do the job.
Step 2: Toning
Now that your skin is a blank canvas, you'll want to use a product that's going to work as hard as you will this school year. We highly recommend using Solution I for our glow getters with mild acne tendencies or Solution II for those with very acne-prone skin. This is an underrated step to fulfilling glowing skin, trust us. Apply 2-3 pumps of Solution into your palms and press it into your skin. Solution breaks apart lifeless skin cells while also regulating sebum production. It works at minimizing the appearance of unwanted sun damage and brown spots. Immediately your skin will feel tingly and refreshed, and over time you will see glowing skin with a reduction in the appearance of blemishes, and the pesky spots they leave behind. Scouts honour!
Step 3: Hydrating
Word on the street is many of our acne-prone friends avoid using a moisturizer as they think it may trigger whiteheads. This is some major fake news that could be compromising your skin and making it worse! Acne flare-ups may actually be the cause of dehydrated skin. For those of you dealing with breakouts, these are the two moisturizers we swear by:
Light Serum | AM Moisturizer
Light Serum is a fan favourite, and rightfully so: It's a great powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients. Our lightweight moisturizer is a perfect AM add-on for those on the go. It contains Peptides that are seriously essential for a well-hydrated, dewy look and won't cause breakouts.
Veil | AM/PM Moisturizer
Before you hit the pillow, we may reach for Veil in the evening. Our anti-bacterial moisturizer is curated to reduce excessive oil sebum while helping to prevent moisture loss. Its Niacinimide and Hyaluronic Acid properties are set to reduce and clarify breakouts and deeply nourish the skin. Veil is designed to help retain skin’s moisture balance resulting in naturally dewy skin. For those with very acne-prone skin, you may consider using Veil as your sole moisturizer morning and night #youdoyou
Step 4: Protecting
Arguably the most important step, your skincare regimen would be for nothing without a solid SPF 30+. Environmental damage and excessive sun exposure are the various reasons for hyperpigmentation, fast ageing, and even breakouts. We're loving our Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 and apply 2-3 finger lengths on our face, neck and décolleté every 2-3 hours. Yes, this also applies to the WFH guys and gals. PSA: You can still get sun damage indoors (they're called windows).
Hot Tip:Running late to a commitment? Keep your makeup from running with a spritz of our Rejuvenating Mist. Fun fact, President Ann-Marie designed Rejuvenating Mist to set the make-up and tackle any inflammation or flare-ups.
For a real skin game-changer, you'll want to invest in a retinol. We offer 2 strengths: Retinol 30 for first-time users or those with sensitive skin, and Retinol 60 for more experienced users or those with very acne-prone skin. Our retinol is either 0.30% and 0.60% retinyl palmitate, or a vitamin A compound, that is formulated with our very own patented encapsulation system to ensure 100% efficacy of the active ingredients. Why is this so impressive? Retinol will work deep under the various layers of your skin to encourage faster cell turnover. This is proven to slow down signs of ageing and even stop acne dead in its tracks from reaching the surface. Not to mention, you're left with a glowing, smooth complexion. A+ for vitamin A!