Building a Simple Skin Care Routine

From extensive skin care routines to trendy new tools, it can be difficult to know where to start when you are looking to begin or improve your skin care routine.

Janae Kaiser, an aesthetician at Nu•él, a skin health boutique located at ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital, breaks it down so you know where to begin.

Starting a Skin Care Routine

If you’re looking to begin or improve your skin care, make sure that these four things are incorporated into your routine:

  1. Cleanser: To remove impurities, makeup and other debris from your skin.
  2. Exfoliant: To slush away build-up of dead skin cells.
  3. Toner: To remove excess oil and debris and balances skin’s pH.
  4. Functional Hydrator: To aid in skin barrier function and extended hydration.

Select your products based on your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, look for a hydrating cleanser. If you have oily and acne-prone skin look for a foaming cleanser that has salicylic acid. If you have sensitive skin, look for a gentle cleanser. At Nu•él, the team uses therapeutic and medical-grade skin care products from the ZO Skin Health line, as well as the Revision Skincare line.

Facial Skin Care Tools

In terms of at-home skin care tools, Kaiser’s number one recommendation is ice rolling. An ice roller is a tool that you put in your freezer prior to use to get it nice and cold. “By rolling the tool on your face, you are able to reduce inflammation and redness and aid in lymphatic draining and skin tightening,” Kaiser explains.

Other tools that Kaiser recommends include the gua sha, a scrapping massage tool that can help the curvature of your face look more toned and your jawline more pronounced and aid in lymphatic draining (getting waste from your lymph nodes out).

If you’re looking for even more of a facial refresh, schedule an appointment at a skin health boutique to get a facial. Kaiser’s favorite in-office tool to use is an ultrasonic skin scrubber, which offers a deep cleanse by removing blackheads and infusing serums.

The Bottom Line

Beginning a facial skin care routine can do wonders for your overall skin health – whether you stick with the basics or get a little bit fancier and add in some skin care tools. “Using skin care products and tools can be very beneficial. You just have to know how to use them correctly and be consistent,” Kaiser explains. Get started with your skin health journey today!