We tend to think that the obsession around looks that the modern world forces upon us is exclusive to our times. We have social media, filters, magazines airbrushing even the slightest imperfections, etc. Truth be told, humanity has always been preoccupied with a clear skin; imagine Venus of Milo with acne scars or Girl with a Pearl Earring with a…huge pimple.
Clear skin is not only subconsciously associated with health and youth, but it is also viewed as a blank canvas.
Think “No makeup makeup” tutorials and the like, they always start from the premise that you have porcelain skin. Or summer makeup, when it’s so unsustainable to keep reapplying that high coverage Huda foundation to cover your marks.
How to get clear skin
Perfect skin is very high-maintenance, you literally have to change your whole lifestyle around it, whether it’s your stress levels, diet or sedentarism.
That’s exactly the reason why you shouldn’t try to pursue perfection.
Not just because it necessitates sustained effort, but because it is simply unrealistic.
It’s about time we start militating for realistic, textured and healthy skin, than any other airbrushed fantasy the media keeps force-feeding us.
That is why we at CosmeDocs have developed a simple guide on how to achieve the best version of your skin.
The CRES system for skin rejuvenation is based on the known principles that work to stimulate the new skin cells generation while treating the numerous skin issues.
It’s stressing the importance of incorporating a Cleansing-Revitalizing-Exfoliating-Stimulating routine in your skincare, for the best chances at a clear skin. Read on below for the breakdown of each step.
It might sound rudimental, but you might be surprised by how many people overlook the importance of a clean face (although they want clear skin overnight).
Those late nights when you’re too exhausted for your PM skincare routine and rely on your pillowcase to brush your makeup off sound familiar?
If so, you should know that the incipient signs of ageing start to show up during your mid-20s. That is when the production of collagen and elastin in skin starts to slow down, progressively.
The facial skin begins to lose its firmness, tightness and volume due to gradual loss of fat in muscles and dehydration.
Acne may also pop up, leaving your skin uneven and scarred. Uneven melanin distribution may accentuate those scars through discoloration and pigmentation; The skin becomes dry, dull and loses its natural luster and shine.
Should we continue? Thought so.
The importance of cleansing for a clear skin
Envision how many aggressors your skin needs to fight off on a daily basis. From makeup residue, sweat and sebum to dirt, pollutants and temperature variations. Cleansing is fundamental as the very first step in getting clear skin and there are several reasons why.
- Removes residue: bacteria, dirt, oil and other unwanted debris cover your face and accumulate as you go about your day. Without properly cleansing your face, these impurities can clog your pores and cancel other products’ effectiveness.
- Enables hydration: regularly cleansing your facial skin helps maintain the optimal pH levels, water and moisture retention; without proper hydration, the skin becomes dry, wrinkled and scaly.
- Sustains clear skin: while the sebum produced by your skin acts as a protective barrier against environmental impurities, excessive amounts can damage it. Oil builds up into your pores and combines with leftover bacteria, causing your pores to be more visible. Excessive sebum and residue block the hair follicles and eventually lead to acne formation, inflammation and irritation.
How to properly cleanse your face
First off, you need to make sure that you apply the right product for your skin type. For dry skin, opt for a cream based cleanser without any alcohol, as you risk drying your skin even more.
Oily skin pairs best with gel type or foamy products with low pH levels. Choose a fragrance and additives free product for sensitive skin that is prone to allergies and irritation. Always read the instructions and ingredient list prior to application.
- Take a pea-size amount of product into your clean hands and apply on the elevated areas of your face – forehead, cheeks, nose and chin;
- Gently massage the cleanser in circular motions, making sure to cover your whole face; you can leave the product in for a few minutes, perfect time for your skin to properly absorb any active ingredients;
- Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry your face with a muslin cloth;
- Double cleanse; your face is the most exposed to environmental factors and therefore is important to ensure a deep reach of the product, especially if you are wearing makeup during the day.
Finally, we recommend cleansing your face twice per day, in the morning and right before bedtime.
In order the aid the overnight regenerative functions of your skin, it is fundamental to double cleanse all the impurities accumulated on your face throughout the day.
During sleep, the skin regenerates and needs oxygen and hydration to restore itself. Without a clean face, the products that you apply lose their efficacy and the stagnant residue can generate free radicals.
Revitalize your skin
After thoroughly cleansing the skin, the next step is its revitalization. Due to ageing the quality of your skin changes as collagen and elastin fibers degenerate and the production of hyaluronic acid (skin hydrating substance) slows down.
The process of revitalization enables the skin to rehydrate, which is paramount for achieving clear skin.
During this process, we apply key skin vitalizing vitamins and potent antioxidants which rehydrate skin and reinstate its lost plumpness, volume and bounce.
Serums containing vitamin C or B3 (niacinamide) are among the most popular vitamins in skincare routines.
They have a potent antioxidant effect and can combat and reverse the damage induced by free radicals. Vitamin C especially targets hyperpigmentation and uneven skin texture, enhances hydration and fights the incipient signs of aging.
Exfoliation: how to use it for clear skin
As the skin ages, its ability to naturally shed dead skin cells declines; this results in the accumulation of dry skin on the surface.
The process of exfoliation involves the removal of old and dead skin cells that accumulate on the outermost layer of skin called epidermis.
Clear skin is never a given in the long term; Sustained effort is key
Exfoliation unclogs the pores, stimulates the production of new skin cells, improves skin texture and dullness and restores the natural youthful glow. This can be achieved through the use of skin peeling agents or facial scrubbing.
Benefits of exfoliation
Various research has revealed that exfoliation stands as one of the fundamental processes in your skin care. Here are the motivations:
- Unclogs pores: exfoliation effectively eliminates the deep-set debris on your skin. This prevents the leftover dead skin from clogging your pores and causing blockages in the form of blackheads and whiteheads. When the sebaceous glands are involved, the oil they produce gets sealed under the dead skin blocking the pore, which can lead to severe breakouts and acne. Exfoliation acts as a preventive measure against the accumulation of impurities into the pores.
- Helps with hyperpigmentation: dark spots, uneven texture and hyperpigmentation can all be progressively tackled through exfoliation. The key is to be patient and observe how over time, dry skin is disintegrated and replaced with a smooth and uniform texture.
- Encourages cell turnover: exfoliating urges healthy skin cells to remain at the surface and removes the dying cells. This replacement is gives the skin that dewy, polished finish.
- Anti-aging proprieties: exfoliation offers anti-aging benefits by stimulating collagen synthesis, which offers that radiant, fresh-looking complexion. Collagen contributes to the skin’s elasticity and regenerative functions, targeting fine lines, wrinkles and other structural imperfections.
Physical vs. chemical exfoliation
There are two types of exfoliation: mechanical (physical) and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation refers to the process of manually removing dead skin cells.
You can achieve this by using scrubs, body brushes, loofahs, or any product used to scrub and rub the skin. Physical exfoliation oftentimes involves a DIY recipe (coffee scrubs), but it is generally too abrasive for sensitive skin.
The alternative is chemical exfoliation, which requires the use of chemicals. Alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids and retinoids are examples of chemicals that can deeply refresh the skin.
Exfoliators containing glycolic or lactic acid, for instance, cause the peeling of dead skin and the generation of renewed, healthy cells.
What’s the right method for me?
Knowing your skin type and how it responds to aggressors is essential in deciding upon a certain exfoliator. Indifferent of your choice, you should always test the product on a patch of skin before applying it to your face.
For sensitive skin, you should avoid physical exfoliators as they can be too aggressive. Instead, try using less potent acids, such as beta-hydroxy. Salicylic acid is among the best for treating acne and sun damage, as it is both gentle and effective enough for irritable skin.
Dry skin is works best with alpha-hydroxy acids, as they are powerful enough to break through the dead skin layer and help maintain the optimal level of moisture to hydrate your skin.
People with oily skin can resist the abrasive nature of both physical and more potent chemical exfoliators alike.
Whether you choose a quick sugar scrub or a chemical exfoliator, note that every skin is unique and reactive to different stressors.
When opting for the right method for you, keep in mind your skin type, your goals and expectations. Clear skin necessitates sustained effort, discipline and tailored treatment plans.
Stimulate skin growth to achieve clear skin
Last step in your clear skin journey is the stimulation of skin growth factors. The natural production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin is simulated through an activation of the key cellular functions. These functions are triggered by the use of multiple peptides, immune boosters, retinoids and various natural extracts. These are important for the synthesis of collagen, increasing hyaluronic acid production; declining degradation of collagen and increasing cell turnover.
The CRES system is uniquely formulated to include all the essential skin rejuvenating factors which help you reinstate your youthful, clear skin. Following the steps of cleansing, revitalizing, exfoliating and stimulating your skin not only improves overall skin quality and protects against external stressors, but also creates a sustainable habit of proactively studying and responding to our skin’s needs.