January is the perfect time to reset your skincare routine, taking it back to the basics and ensuring it’s serving you and your skin in the best possible way! It’s easy to want to hop on the newest, latest skincare trend, but it’s important to have a good solid foundation to your skincare routine first.
As tempting as all the products are, keep your skincare to a 4-step routine – you will be more likely to want to do your skincare routine consistently if it’s not overwhelming!
Here are a few tips and tricks from The Facial Room owner and founder, Patricia Asmar. Patricia is a C.I.D.E.S.C.O. trained and internationally certified esthetician with over 26 years of knowledge and experience in the spa industry. She is widely recognized as a specialist in her field, offering exceptional advice and care.
Skincare routine must-haves
There are a few essential products that every skincare routine must have. This 4-step process is quick and simple, will give you the most bang for your buck, and will make building your personalized skincare routine easy.
Step 1: Cleanse
Every good skincare routine starts with a cleanser. When you cleanse your skin, you also enhance the penetration of ingredients applied afterward.
It’s important to cleanse your skin once in the morning to remove any dead skin cells and to refresh and prep the skin for the next ingredient and a smooth makeup application, and once in the evening to wash away the day, removing makeup, dirt and impurities.
This milky gel lightly lathers to slough off dead skin without manual exfoliation or over-stripping. The Lactic Acid Complex and mangosteen in this cleanser work together to restore a smooth, radiant complexion.
A long-time best seller at The Facial Room, we love this gentle facial cleanser infused with oil-free extracts from the stone crop plant, making it perfect for all skin types – even the most sensitive skin! Wash away impurities and surface build-up without drying your skin to reveal a brighter, healthier-looking complexion and a reduced appearance of blemishes.
Step 2: Tone
A toner is used to balance pH levels and to prep the skin to absorb the beneficial ingredients in your serum and moisturizer. Toniques are also great to refresh your skin through the day to rehydrate and rebalance, especially if you are wearing a face covering, like a mask.
Tone your skin twice a day after cleansing.
A soothing and calming tonique to use alone or with enzyme, glycolic and lactic peels for all skin types, particularly normal to oily skin.
The perfect way to supply hydration to your skin, even on the go! This best seller boosts collagen with Eminence’s exclusive Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells. Formulated for all skin types, but recommended especially for mature skin.
Step 3: Treat
After you've prepped your skin by cleansing and toning, it's ready for any specific treatment products, like serums. Serums are skincare products that are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients. These ingredients can help clear blemishes, repair sun damage, smooth wrinkles, calm redness and hydrate. Adding a serum to your skincare routine is a great way to target specific skin concerns in a powerful way.
Apply your serum twice a day after toning.
Fast-absorbing, advanced serum for all skin types. This potent dose of non-irritating Vitamin C is stabilized by botanically-derived ferulic acid to deliver optimal antioxidant benefits and improve the appearance of skin.
Naturally derived hyaluronic acid and vitamins from juicy strawberries and rhubarb nourish your skin for a youthful glow, to make this serum a top best seller at The Facial Room. Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum makes skin appear plumped, smooth, supple and hydrated, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing minimized.
Step 4: Moisturize
Moisturizing is your final step. It adds a protective barrier to your skin to lock in moisture and the active ingredients from your serum. For your morning moisturizer, using a product with SPF will provide you some extra protection from the sun. In the evening before bed, SPF isn’t needed, so you can use a thicker overnight treatment moisturizer to target specific areas of concern.
The Facial Room’s long-time best seller, the Eminence Organics Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30, is now reformulated to offer SPF 40 protection. This product delivers rich and nourishing moisture to your skin and helps to even skin tone, while protecting against harmful UV rays with SPF 40. Dark spots and signs of aging appear diminished, thanks to Natural Hydroquinone Alternative and Gigawhite™ .
Our exclusive Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex leaves your skin looking finer, smoother and more youthful. It’s just one of the reasons the Eminence Organics Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream is one of The Facial Room’s best sellers! This overnight cream delivers deep hydration and rich nourishment to your skin as you sleep, leaving your face and neck looking firm and revitalized when you wake up! Fine lines and wrinkles look minimized, elasticity is improved and your skin feels soft and smooth.
Extras for an enhanced skincare routine
Once you’ve got your basic skincare routine sorted, it’s easy to enhance with a few extra products to target any specific skin concerns or needs you may have.
Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week will help remove dead skin cells and dirt that can dull your complexion and prevent the nutrients from your targeted treatments from penetrating the skin deeply. Exfoliating also increases cell turnover to boost radiance, evens the skin tone and improves skin texture.
Expert tip from Patricia: Try mixing a cleansing balm with a little water and a few shakes of the Stone Crop Fizzofoliant for a nourishing face scrub.
This powder-to-foam exfoliant employs microgreens, stone crop and rice flour with adzuki powder to infuse skin with a youthful looking glow. With its light fizzing action, this revitalizing formula gently invigorates the skin and removes impurities to reveal a beautiful, brighter looking complexion.
Peels contain different brightening agents that lighten brown spots and age spots. They reveal a new layer of skin that is smoother and less wrinkled.
Renew sensitive skin without irritation with lactic and mandelic acids. Chamomile refreshes, calendula moisturizes and soothes the look of redness, and the arnica flower reduces the appearance of inflammation. Reveal a calm, balanced and more luminous complexion with this peel solution that is mild enough to use on sensitive skin two to three times a week.
Accelerate the exfoliation process with this enzyme peel that removes dead skin cells, reduces the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and sun damage. This delicious purée of yam and pumpkin leaves skin looking firm and radiant.
Adding a face masque once or twice a week to your skin care routine can target your specific skin concerns, often giving you immediate results that only get better over time. Masques are also a great way to take a little ‘me time’ for self-care and relaxation.
Replenish your skin’s youthful appearance with our Strawberry Rhubarb Masque. The strawberries gently exfoliate while the rhubarb and vegan-friendly hyaluronic acid calm and plump, for a refreshed appearance.
The whole plants and seeds in the Eight Greens Phyto Masque are naturally high in phytoestrogens and antioxidants. This unique masque will help improve hydration and the look of elasticity, improve the appearance of signs of aging, and normalize oily skin and prevent the appearance of breakouts. All to return your skin to its youthful looking glow.
The delicate skin around your eyes may need some extra attention, especially if you are experiencing puffiness, bags or dryness. Eye treatments are best applied after your serums on a daily basis. A little dab will do – pat your eye treatment in gently with your ring finger.
Seductive neroli oil, nourishing coconut water and Green Apple Stem Cell Technology combine in this best-selling and award-winning eye serum! Gently hydrates the delicate skin around your eyes while fighting the visible signs of aging, including crow’s feet and fine lines.
Revitalize the eye area with a luxuriously fluffy eye cream. Super-hydrating snow mushroom provides intense hydration while powerful botanical peptides smooth roughness, decrease puffiness and diminish the appearance of under eye bags to reveal a refreshed appearance.
Treat the delicate skin on your lips with nourishing oils and protective antioxidants. Whether it’s adding moisture, a touch of colour or promoting a visibly fuller pout, lip treatments will leave you with soft, hydrated and irresistibly kissable lips.
Erase dryness and treat your lips to a naturally effective three-step treatment. Gentle fruit enzymes refine the lip area, followed by an extra rich masque that deeply hydrates. Finish with a delicious minty non-petroleum based take-home balm that stimulates lip-plumping collagen. This new collection is a great add-on treatment to offer during a facial. Your lips will have a ball!
Customizing your skincare routine
Your skin can change with the seasons, so it’s important to take stock of your routine at least 4 times a year to figure out if it is working for you. It also takes about 28 days for your skin to completely renew, so it’s important to stick with a new skin care routine for at least a month to determine if it is working for your skin or not – as long as you aren’t experiencing any pain or irritation, of course!
To make sure your skincare routine is working for you, it’s important to identify your skin type and skin concerns. If you are unsure of your skin type, a complimentary skin consultation with The Facial Room founder and owner, Patricia Asmar, can set you up for success!