The real secret to smoother skin is to simply use products, or take steps, that improve skin texture, tone and softness. There is no need to make your skincare routine any more complex - you only need 4 steps for an effective skin care routine. However it is key to maintain consistency in your routine rather than jumping around trying too many different products. This consistency will have a major impact on the final result - having beautiful skin.
The 4 key steps you need to take are:
If you are not exfoliating your skin then you are missing out on a major step toward having healthier looking skin. It won't matter how much you spend on that serum or moisturizer full of amazing wonderful ingredients, because without properly exfoliated skin you are sabotaging the effectiveness of any of your treatment products by not having your skin prepared to receive their benefits.
Exfoliation helps with:
- minimising the appearance of wrinkles
- clarifying dull, uneven skin tone
- smoothing rough, bumpy skin
- unclogging pores
- increasing hydration
The type of exfoliant is important. We like AHAs and BHAs but we think BOA exfoliant is great on its own or in conjunction with a BHA, like salicylic acid, to help with your blackheads, white heads, some non infectious acne or any other skin bumps which result from clogged pores.
If you are using BOA exfoliant then make sure to do your exfoliation before cleansing (unless you wear heavy make up which means you need to get rid of heavy foundation to allow the BOA exfoliant to do its job). If you are using BHA then apply it after your cleansing and before your treatment. If you are using both, do a BOA exfoliation first, then cleanse and then apply your BHA.
A cleanser needs to be gentle enough to not strip away your natural sebum but effective enough to cleanse away your skin’s excess oil, dirt, impurities, sunscreen, and makeup.
We think we have accomplished this with our BOA Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask. It is gentle enough to be used on super sensitive skin and yet you can also use it as a mask and it will draw out all the impurities in your clogged pores. It leaves your skin feeling super refreshed.
This is where, depending on your skin type and problems, you could introduce specific treatments into your routine. By targeting very specific skin concerns via certain ingredients, or a blend of a specific category of ingredients, you can tackle particular issues (like acne). But if you are looking for effective moisturisers with a good combination of anti ageing properties and hydration, our BOA Rejuvenating Serum will soothe your dry skin and restore elasticity while providing enhanced protection from nature’s harsh elements. It will also assist in reducing redness and smooths the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
This is the step that, if managed from a young age, can really keep you ageless. Use a sun protection factor to stop the harmful sun rays from breaking down your skin’s infrastructure. Sunscreens with antioxidants are essential to protect your skin from UV light exposure, which is the #1 cause of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, loss of firmness, and many other signs of ageing.
Consistently following these 4 steps can see your skin visibly improve.
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