We place so much energy and importance into a selfie, so why not make skincare a priority??

Unless you have an Instagram filter that follows you around in real life!! Skincare is like a diet, you have to invest time and effort as there’s no miracle cure. Building a daily skincare routine can help you maintain the overall health of your skin which leads to graceful aging. I mean, who doesn’t want that?? I love getting ID’d and seeing the looks on faces when they see my age, it shows that I’m definitely doing something right.

I’ve learned that taking care of my skin not only makes me look radiant (and young), but I also feel good inside. Putting on a face masque while I flip through magazines and sip on a drink makes me feel like a princess!! But besides getting into princess mode, doing simple things everyday can really improve the way your skin looks and feels.

Being in this business for over 5 years, I’ve tried so many products, treatments and I’ve also said some prayers when dealing with my personal skin issues. But now, I’ve finally found the perfect skincare regiment that has changed my life and the texture of my skin. A daily skincare routine has ONLY 5 steps that can be done in 5 minutes!!

Let me give you a rundown on this life changing routine:

Step 1

CLEANSING: washing your face is the most basic, yet essential step of any routine. I’m a huge makeup lover and I wear it religiously every day and therefore I needed a cleanser that would really deep clean my pores and wash my makeup off in one step, without stripping any of my natural oils. IS Clinical Cleansing Complex has been my saving grace and my number 1 go to cleanser. Whether your skin is dry, oily, combination or acne prone, this cleanser would help you maintain a beautiful complexion.

Step 2

EXFOLIANT
: a gentle exfoliant that can be used daily is one of the easiest ways to remove dry skin cells from the surface of the skin and therefore allows deeper penetration of serums and moisturizers. Dermalogica daily microfoliant is a unique rice based formula that activates with the use of water and gives the skin an instant healthy super soft glow.

Step 3

SERUMS: serums are powerful skin allies, formulated with high concentrated does dose of active ingredients. The texture of a serum is usually lighter than a moisturizer, which allows for it to be used as a stand alone product or used under a moisturizer for someone with dry to normal skin. While there are limitless options, the most hardworking ingredients to look out for when choosing a serum are:

Hyaluronic acid: This helps seal in hydration and strengthen the top layer of your skin to prevent moisture loss.
Vitamin C: This helps to brighten dull complexions, decreases pigmentation and shields the skin from visible impacts of pollution.
Retinol: This is a key anti-aging ingredient as it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and proteins in the body that helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

My serum of choice is the IS Clinical Active serum. Excellent for all skin types, this powerful serum leaves the skin moist and smooth and generally produces results after a couple of uses.

Step 4

MOISTURIZER: as we age our skin loses the ability to retain moisture, so the most basic function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin. Using the right kind of moisturizer for your particular skin type can help maintain its balance. If your skin tends to be oily you should use lotions instead of creams. If you have normal to dry skin, a cream based moisturizer is ideal as they to too have a higher oil content.

Step 5

SUNSCREEN: this is hands down the most CRUCIAL skincare product. I can’t stress enough that using a sunscreen with SPF 30 and up is of the utmost importance as part of your year round regimen. This not only protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (which by the way does not discriminate on skin colour), it also protects the skin from sun damage and lowers the risk of skin cancer. You may not notice the benefits of using a sunscreen now, but the advantage is felt in the long run.

And that sums it all up!! As they say, “Your skin is 90% of your Selfie”. Remember to be good to your skin, it’s the one thing you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life..

Danielle Pereira

Danielle Pereira

Born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago, I’m a lover of rich foods, beers and Skincare. A graduate of George Brown College Esthetics program, it is my top priority to help each of my clients build healthy skin care into their lifestyle. To having all around flawless skin from a fresh face to smooth legs. I am all about perfecting your beauty needs.
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