How to Protect and Nourish Your Skin

How to Protect and Nourish Your Skin

Posted by Sonia Bellini on

Caring For Your Skin Daily

Your skin is designed to protect itself, but the dry winter weather can be persistent and leave your skin starved for moisture. It’s important to maintain the staples of your daily routine such as cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating, but a little extra care now and then can go a long way.

Protect Yourself From Environmental Aggressors

The winter air takes a toll on our skin and encourages us to get additional nourishment in a variety of ways. Dry air, decaying leaves, and hibernating plants are all signs of this season’s aggressors. As such, our bodies need more sleep and increased hydration. To support your general level of health, Bellini's recommends eating soups and stews, continuing to exercise, and taking additional vitamin D3 and fish oil supplements.

The dry air wants to pull water out of our skin and causes trans-epidermal water loss. We recommend adding in Hyaluronic Acid into your regime if you haven’t yet. One of our go-to Hyaluronic Acid products is SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier.

In addition, your at-home skincare routine supports the progress made during facials. We recommend coming in every 6 weeks to monitor the changes in your skin, or every quarter at a minimum. Regular facials will increase the effectiveness of your daily skincare, and this season the focus is on hydration and reducing loss of moisture. 

During these winter months, we highly recommend getting a chemical peel treatment done. The cold weather and low humidity is drying for your skin, and thus you're more prone is dead-skin buildup during this time; however, a buildup of dead skin make this month the best time to add a peel to your facial.


Give Yourself a Facial at Home

We get it, this year (and the last) has changed a lot about our routines. Regardless of the reason, you probably have spent more time at home than usual. When we're stuck in one spot, we can tend to neglect the little things we do to care for ourselves. That's why we've created a simple at-home facial tutorial, so that you can breakaway from the regularity and start pampering yourself. I always say that self care is not timely. Self care doesn't always fit neatly into your schedule, but when you take the time to focus on yourself in this way, you are able to connect to the present moment. 

In the following video, one of our aestheticians, Abby, will guide you through the steps and products recommended for oily and combination skin. We also have a guide for mature skin lead by the owner, Sonia.

We've also included the written steps below, as well as curated a list of products that we recommend for various skin types. 

Follow These Steps for Your At-Home Facial

  1. Cleanse. Be sure to use plenty of water, and don't tug on your skin.
  2. Exfoliate. Add an additional level of cleansing with an exfoliating product. Use either a chemical or physical exfoliant as needed, roughly one a week.
  3. Tone. Balance your skin's natural pH level once your face is dry. Gently pat the toner into your skin.
  4. Mask. Apply a focused treatment for your skin type. Gently remove any mask using small circular movements for added relaxation.
  5. Moisturize. Nourish your skin with the appropriate amount of hydration. Add any boosters in during this step. 
  6. Protect. If you do your facial in the morning, make sure you add a layer of SPF on top to protect your skin throughout the day.


Combination Skin Recommendations


For combination skin, Abby recommends cleansing with Lait Nettoyant, and then exfoliate using Guarana Scrub. Rinse your face and pat dry before applying her Lotion PG toner. For her combination skin, Abby uses Yonka's Masque 105 clay mask, which is designed to remain wet. It pairs wonderfully with Yonka's Lotion toners, and activates the mask's ability to cleanse and purify your skin. After 10 minutes, remove the mask and moisturize. For her face, Abby is using Creme 93 paired with Hydra+ Booster for an additional layer of hydration during the winter. Don't forget your eyes! Abby is using Phyto Contour to reduce puffiness and under eye circles

 Mature Skin Recommendations


For mature skin, Sonia recommends cleansing with Phytomer's PIONNIERE XMF Rich Cleansing Cream. This cream helps your skin develop collagen, elastin, and HA due to the XMF algae. Make sure to fully remove any SPF or makeup you had on your face. Continue to clean your face using an exfoliant, such Vie's Renewing Exfoliating Cream. Once clean, rebalance your skin using the Eau Marine toner. This toner incorporates the minerals from the ocean to improve your skin's cellular regeneration. After toning, Sonia's favorite mask to use is the Mesoforce Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin Mask, because it is clear and she can work on other tasks while it hydrates. Pair your face mask with an eye mask, and use Phytomer's CONTOUR RADIEUX Smoothing and Reviving Eye Mask. Gently remove your masks with plenty of water, and a pressing and patting motion using a washcloth. After masking, Sonia likes to tone again using the Eau Marine toner. To hydrate, use the Oligoforce Advanced serum, which stimulates a protein in your skin that reduces inflammation and recycle your skins own vitamin C. Finish your routine off with the newest release from Phytomer, the XMF Supreme Cream. If you're doing your facial in the morning, make sure to follow up with an even layer of SPF.

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