THE MINIMALIST GLOWTOCOL
The Minimalist Glowtocol is our little black dress of skincare routines. It is simple, chic and you can never go wrong with it. With just three steps, this is a perfect go-to lineup. If you are short on time, traveling or just want to get maximum results using minimal products. This protocol has all of your bases covered.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED A.M.:*
Vitamin C Serum
The A.M. PROTOCOL
STEP ONE : CLEANSE - With a minimalist routine cleansing is super important. Spend at least two minutes, massaging the face and neck as you cleanse. We love a gentle daily cleanser but you could also use an "active" cleanser with AHAs or enzymes a few times per week for extra exfoliation. Always be sure to rinse your cleanser off thoroughly with cool to lukewarm water.
STEP TWO : VITAMIN C SERUM - Apply your vitamin C serum to clean, dry skin. Following cleansing, ensure that the skin is dry and then apply your serum by patting it gently onto the face and neck. Apply any excess product to the backs of the hands.
STEP THREE : SUN PROTECTION - Sun protection is very important on the go. Apply a hydrating SPF thoroughly as the last step of your A.M. routine about twenty minutes prior to leaving the house and re-apply every couple of hours.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED P.M.:
Vitamin A or Retinol Serum
THE P.M. PROTOCOL
STEP ONE : CLEANSE - Gently cleanse the skin for about two minutes, massaging the face gently. We want this to be a thorough cleanse to really help remove makeup and debris from the day. Rinse with cool to lukewarm water.
STEP TWO : VITAMIN A or RETINOL SERUM: We love a good vitamin A product in our minimalist routine because the help do the work of several products. Retinols help brighten, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. If you are pregnant or nursing or have sensitive skin you should avoid retinol and opt for vitamin A or a retinol alternative. These products are gentler but still plenty effective.
STEP THREE : MOISTURIZER - Following your serum, apply a generous layer of your favorite moisturizer. We like a thicker cream for this ritual to really boost hydration. However, if you prefer a lighter finish, any favorite hydrating moisturizer will do.
* Glowtocol protocols are designed to be universal for all skin types and concerns. You need only select products appropriate for your skin type in order to customize and follow along. Need help curating your perfect Glowtocol? Check out the Skincare 101 page to learn more, or go here to learn how to schedule an online consultation.
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