Building a Better Skin Care Routine

Building a Better Skin Care Routine

Life is busy! We have a lot on our minds and on our plates these days. Who wants to put forth any more effort than what is absolutely essential to get the job done? That mindset though, will likely land you in hot water more often than not, and that's particularly true when it comes to your skin. It's not enough to just wash and go. Properly taking care of your skin requires some forethought and planning, as what you do now has a very large impact on the future you. Just because you're not seeing an immediate difference doesn't mean subtle changes aren't taking place under the surface that could land you with age spots, wrinkles, or adult acne. The process doesn't have to be difficult, or hugely time-consuming, but it does need to be effective, safe for your skin, and provide healthy benefits.

Working Together

BetterSkincare-MultipleLevels Effective skin care involves multiple levels of action: cleansing, correcting, hydrating, and protecting. Each of these are essential to a healthy, long-term glow, but there is no one-stop shop that provides an all-in-one product. That's why your regimen must include multiple steps. Each component in an individual product line has been formulated to complement the other pieces perfectly, working synergistically (mutually advantageous to each other). Piecing together different products (cleanser, moisturizer, toner, etc) from different lines (companies or product subsets within a company) may not offer you the benefits that you're looking for. Taking advantage of these synergies is the hallmark of the best beauty product lines. It takes years of scientific research to find the right blend and balance of ingredients that will work together to offer you optimal benefits. For the most effective skin care routine, you'll want to choose one singular line that provides the skin benefits that you're looking for, and utilize the entire line together as one. Think of it like you're baking a cake. If you choose random ingredients from several different cake recipes, you're going to wind up with a total flop. You must follow the recipe for the cake you want to make. Each recipe has been created using the listed ingredients and portions for a reason, and when you try to change things up, it doesn't turn out so well.

Get Personal

Take a holistic approach to choosing your skin care elements. Look at it from all angles. What is your skin type? Any allergies? Underlying health issues? Are you looking to address specific problems like fine lines or wrinkles? Are you prone to acne? You'll also want to consider your environment. Do you get a lot of sun exposure? Is there a lot of smog and air pollution? Taking an overall approach to laying out a routine that encompasses care for all aspects of your skin's health will ensure your skin will continue to thrive and function to protect you. Choose products designed to help you achieve your skin care goals like combating acne or fighting early signs of aging.

Building Blocks Of a Routine

BetterSkincare-NotDifficult A good skin care regimen doesn't have to be difficult. It just needs to incorporate steps that accomplish the above goals of cleansing, correcting, hydrating, and protecting, while giving your skin the health benefits you seek. Calysta Labs makes it easy for you. They've developed an elegant product line balanced with the best of what science and nature have to offer and are designed to complement each other. Their program features just a few simple steps. Cleansing: Washing your face is the most basic and essential step of any routine, says New York City dermatologist, Dr. Carlos Charles. “Our skin comes in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each day that should be gently removed.” You should choose a cleanser designed to remove any dirt and grime you've collected through the day and toxins your skin expels through the night. At the same time, your cleanser should be gentle enough that it doesn't remove any of the healthy oils your skin needs to stay healthy.
  1. Wash twice daily (morning and night) to avoid problems like clogged pores, dullness, and acne. Restorative Foaming Cleanser is good for all skin types and can penetrate the skin layers to gently cleanse.
Treating With Serum: Serums are a blend of highly concentrated beneficial ingredients that can penetrate deep into the inner layers of your skin, providing nutrients, hydration, and compounds that help to build collagen and elastin, and fight acne. Look specifically for ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.
  1. Apply serum after cleansing and before moisturizing. Calysta Labs provides two effective options; a Calming Acne Serum, and an Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum.
Moisturizing: As your skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture, so applying a daily moisturizer is key to maintaining a healthy balance.
  1. Apply moisturizer after serum. Gently apply a dime-sized dab and use an upward, circular motion to lightly massage into face. A Revitalizing Moisturizer is light and silky and will do the trick for all skin types.
Applying Sunscreen: This is one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Direct sun exposure causes damage to your skin cells that collects over time, resulting in sun spots and wrinkles.
  1. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF 30 minutes before going outside.


Including things like extra exfoliation or an extra boost of nutrients will always be an added benefit. The Clarifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask draws out dirt, oil, and impurities and adds nutrients and infuses the skin with moisture. Treating specific concerns around your eyes may merit trying an eye cream. It's not essential, but it can prove helpful for treating hyperpigmentation, dryness, and puffiness.