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Back to the Basics

With So many products available and sources of skin care information it can be more than overwhelming trying to start a skin care routine. It can also become expensive. How do you know what products are most important? You may ask yourself, “is this something I really need?” “What is this product actually going to do for me?” “Is it worth the price I’m going to be paying?”  “Where do I begin?” These are all important questions you should ask yourself before investing in a skin care regime. There are a lot of fantastic anti-aging products available however if your skin is not “prepped” and in a health state, then you are not going to get the full benefit from those skin care products.

All Skin, Regardless, of age, gender, skin type, or color all need basic skincare fundamentals first and foremost to obtain healthy skin. Once skin is “in shape” it will function optimally and in return give you the most out of what your investing into it. For example, a runner may spend many months running, training, and preparing for a big race. They would not just show up the day of without any prior preparation and expect to perform well or win. Your skin is very similar in that it must be trained or in other words “worked into shape” to be the best it can be. These Basic Skincare Steps are Cleanse, Scrub, and Tone, Replenish, and Protect! We like to call this process GSR, for Getting Skin Ready with ZO Skin health. ZO offers Anti-aging phase kits that include all the basic skincare with easy to follow step instructions. 

As we go throughout our day, our skin encounters all kinds of different elements like dirt, dust, traffic debris, makeup, sun exposure, and more. Your able to clean and remove all of that build up from the skin through proper cleansing. Step one, Cleanse, is all about removing all of that collected surface debris, and other oils and elements. Cleansing should be done only twice daily, morning and night, to obtain clean skin.

Our skin cells are turning over daily, constantly producing new skin cells and pushing the older cells to the surface. Once they reach that outer layer they eventually die and flake off. Dead skin left latched on the surface can clog pores and cause uneven skin tone and texture. By doing step two and using a scrub 2-3 times a week will remove that unwanted dead skin enabling the skin the breathe. It also improves circulation and enhances product penetration abilities. The skin will immediately demonstrate a more even tone and texture and feeling of clean.

Just like Ying and Yang, it is all about balance. Healthy skin = balanced skin, so it is always imperative that you rebalance the skin’s PH level and practice oil control through using a PH balancing toner. Toner not only control sebum production and restores the skin’s PH, but also helps the enhance product penetration.

Traditional skincare products focus on the visible symptoms of unhealthy skin without addressing the underlying cause at a cellular level. The first step to achieving healthy skin is stimulating the skin’s function properly with ZO’s Getting Skin Ready GSR System. By practicing the basics of skincare, you enable your skin to function properly, making your skin able to tolerate all daily exposures and activities, and essentially you set the foundation for your skin to respond to treatment for whatever skin care concern you may be facing whether its acne, rosacea, aging, enlarged pores, or pigmentation problems.

  Once skin is normalized it’s important to nourish the cells. You wouldn’t plant a flower garden and then not water it! Replenishing the skin, hydrates, restores, and enhances the overall health and function of the skin. Daily Power Defense is a lightweight, epidermal stabilizing, anti-aging formula that is an essential product for all skin types of all ages to maintain and promote healthy skin. 

As a repairing product, Ultrasomes and Roxisomes enzymes work to repair any damaged DNA in the skin while antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E work to help protect the skin against any future free radicals and oxidative damage. By adding key ingredients Matrixyl 3000 and Retinol, we are able to stimulate epidermal renewal and collagen production to not only even out the tone by promoting cell turnover but to also restore skin function and elasticity, diminishing fine lines/ wrinkles and tightening/firming the skin for a gorgeous healthy glow. 

The PH of Daily Power Defense is 6.8, so by maintain a proper PH level and utilizing ingredients like Ceramide 6, this amazing hydrator helps to balance the skin’s barrier function and restore adequate hydration while mitigating inflammatory activity. This product is recommended for daily use to protect against free radicals and replenish the skin. 

Now you have balanced and replenished your skin, so you’re done right? NO!! Your still at risk for future exposures to free radicals and skin damage so its super important to PROTECT PROTECT PROTECT!! Prevent future damage by applying Sunscreen, every day, rain or shine! ZO Sunscreen are the 300 warriors of the skincare world. With ZO Skin health sunscreens like Daily Sheer and Oclipse Sunscreen + primer, you get full broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB, it also protects your skin from HEV and IR-A. Our patented anti-oxidant time release system keeps your collagen and elastin safe, maintaining active antioxidant for up to 12 hours. 

SO, recap: Basics to Skincare are Cleanse, exfoliate (scrub), Tone, Replenish, and Protect!! If your interested in starting your journey to health skin, come see me to find out more about why we love ZO Skin health and why choosing an innovated pharmaceutical grade skincare system is best choice for quality ingredients and fast results!

Author: Taevia Boden L.E.

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