So one of the number one questions I get asked is how to use all my products together.
I did make a video about it here.
But I’m gonna go into it in this post as well.
The way you need to use skin care is a very instinctual process.
It’s just like makeup in the sense that you may need a lot of tools in your arsenal
but it doesn’t mean you’re going to use every single one of those tools every single time you do your makeup.
When you need a brown eyeshadow you need a brown eyeshadow
that doesn’t mean you need a brown eyeshadow every day.
Same thing with skin care.
You need a glycolic acid but you don’t need to use that glycolic acid every day right?
So how do you know when to use that glycolic acid? Or any product?
Well who tells you when to wear a brown eyeshadow?
it’s when you feel like wearing a brown eyeshadow.
It’s a very similar process when you choose your skin care.
When you’re choosing your skin care for the day it’s what you feel like using.
What do you feel like using isn’t a necessarily a discombobulated process.
Yes you may choose things in a haphazard way if you are reaching or obsessing or being neurotic about how your skin looks,
but if you just stay within the parameters of treating your skin as sensitive skin
you won’t have a problem.
People ask me,
Jenny how do you switch products all the time and not get a break out?
Well it’s because I stay within the parameters of using skin care designed for sensitive skin.
I use non-irritating formulas
and I have no expectation inside of me that they will break me out or irritate me
and if I do see irritation I notice right away and stop using that product.
In my Acne Makeover course I go into depth about the exact parameters of how to treat your skin like sensitive skin
but I’ll sum it up for you here...
no fragrance, limited ingredients, limited steps.
That’s the methodology,
don’t overdo it is the over arching theme.
You have to know how your skin feels and what that feeling means.
You wouldn’t use an acid if your skin felt tight or red or irritated or warm any of the above.
You use an acid when you know that you have dead skin built up on the surface.
How do you know?
Your skin feels like it needs to be injured!
It FEELS super healthy, super strong,
and you know you need to exfoliate on a regular basis.
so what is a "regular basis" that fits your skin?
It’s different for everyone because all of our bodies are different.
I could say use glycolic acid one time a week
and that would be too much for someone and too little for another.
It all depends on your skin tolerance, your history, what skin products you used in the past, what you were using in your routine that day, etc.
So basically you can educate yourself as much as possible on the effects of different ingredients,
what not to mix together,
but ultimately youre the decision maker
you’re driving the bus
you know what’s best.
Some basic rules of thumb...
don’t use the glycolic acid and salicylic acid in the same day,
don’t use retinol and acid in the same routine if you’re a beginner,
make sure you allow proper time for healing after you've use an acid
and that’s pretty much it.
If you see the very professional diagram I drew for you above,
you can see three of my products are actives (controlled injury) and three are regenerative (controlled healing).
Skin works in the same way as growing a muscle does.
You must tear the muscle fibers
but then you must feed the muscle what it needs and allow for proper healing so it can grow back larger.
Same with skin....
You injure the skin, so its forced to build collagen and repair itself,
but then you must give it what it needs to grow back as its best self.
Am I complicating things by explaining this to you guys?
Sometimes I feel like it,
sometimes I feel like you guys just want straight answers
but it’s complex
it really is asking similar to asking someone what makeup you should wear that day.
It’s a very personal decision.
However you do need to, like I said, build up your arsenal.
And what should be in your arsenal?
Trust me watch this video! I go into depth.
But basically you need:
something to exfoliate, something to hydrate and plump, vitamin c/antioxidants, something to repair the skin barrier, something to moisturize, something to cleanse, something to take your makeup off, something to accelerate cell turnover.
Why do you need all of these things?
Because that’s how the skin works.
Think of it as a machine
you constantly need to tune.
The skin heals itself but we are in control of providing the environment to the skin.
Providing the skin the best environment means
you keep the dead skin cells away,
you keep the cells that are living, healthy fresh, hydrated, clean, and protected.
I truly feel like i could go on forever
this is why skincare to me is philosophy more than anything
but i hope this gives you more of an idea and empowers you how to take care or your skin
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