It is very critical to have at least a basic skin care routine at home.
We offer an array of wonderful treatments here at Cascade Day Spa; but if you are not taking care of your skin at home, your results are not going to be what you want them to be. We all have a busy schedule and it helps when the routine is simple, easy to follow, and an attainable daily activity, especially in the morning!
When choosing products for your skin, you want to make sure that it has these ingredients: antioxidants, essential amino-acids, peptides, and anti-aging ingredients. Try to avoid harsh chemicals such as preservatives, and perfumes/fragrances unless it is from an essential oil.
- Cleansing: It is very important to cleanse your skin in the morning and night. If your skin is normal to dry, do not use a cleanser in the morning, just splash some cool water on your skin.
I love Gentle Cleansing Milk by Avitalin Skin Care Line for Normal to Dry Skin. Active ingredients contain papaya and pineapple enzymes, they dissolve the dead skin cells. The Milk also has aloe to calm your skin and vitamins to protect.
For Normal to Oily skin, I love Refreshing Foaming Gel from Avitalin Line. It is gentle and effectively removes make-up. Lastly it leaves your skin fresh and clean, with a mint aroma in it, that I love!
- Exfoliation: It is best to do this step at night! To wash all the dirt, make-up, and oil off of your skin. If you have dry skin, exfoliate once or twice a week. If your skin is oily, then every other night.
You want to avoid cheap apricot scrubs, it’s made up of crushed seed hulls or has jagged edges, do not use it on your face. They will scratch your face making micro-tears and micro-punctures in your skin. This breaks down the skin’s integrity and leaves it open to possible infection
When choosing an exfoliator, the ingredient list should have enzymes (best for sensitive and all skin types), glycolic/lactic acid (best for anti-aging), and salicylic acid (great for acne).
My favorite is Gentle Micropeel by Avitalin. It has lactic acid that removes dead skin cells and helps with rejuvenation process. It is suitable for sensitive skin as well.
- Moisturizing. You always want to look for anti-aging ingredients in your moisturizer. For example: peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, amino-acids, nutrients. I do not recommend to use moisturizer with SPF in it because then there is not much room for active ingredients and you are not benefiting as much from it.
I love Placentine by Avitalin Skin Care Line. It’s not greasy and it moisturizes my dry skin very well. It repairs damaged cells, has a placental extract, which is the main source of growth factors, resveratrol that provides free radical protection, skin nutrients, and stem cells.
It is very hard to find a light moisturizer for an oily completion, I love Vitality by Avitalin. A light moisturizer that is loaded with great anti-aging ingredients. It contains stem cells, growth factors, and amino-acids. I think it’s the best light moisturizer for oily skin and provides visible fine line reduction.
- Eye Cream: The area around the eyes is very sensitive, and you need to make sure to use a cream that is specifically made for them, as to avoid speeding up the process of aging. The three main concerns that I have found around the eyes are wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. You need to look for an eye cream/gel that will target those concerns. The ingredients that you should look out for are: peptides, brighteners, steam cells, and antioxidants.
I love Ideal Complex: Restorative Eye Cream by PCA. I have never seen such results with my skin around the eyes with any other product! This cream can be applied to your eye lids; which with other eye creams you are warned against it. Ideal Complex contains six different peptides that target wrinkles, puffiness, and brightens dark circles! Everything that you could ask for in a great eye cream!
Victoria Licensed Esthetician at Cascade Day Spa