How to Make the Most of Your Skincare Routine

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June 1st is National Skincare Education Day, but what does that mean? It was a day created to highlight the vital importance of your daily skincare routine in helping achieve your skin goals! Our team of ARTisans is passionate about taking care of our skin (and yours!) and want to share some of our favorite products and tips with you all so you can incorporate them into your daily routine.

First, let’s talk about the basic steps you can apply to your skincare routine! 

Cleanse & Exfoliate

It seems obvious to some, but we recommend cleansing your face daily! Depending on your skin type, some people can tolerate cleansing the skin twice a day (morning and night) but if your skin is dry or sensitive, you can cleanse in the evenings to remove the dirt and debris from the day, and then simply rinse with water or a gentle, alcohol-free toner in the mornings before the remainder of your skincare steps. 

We also recommend you exfoliate your skin twice a week to remove dry or dead skin cells. You can use either chemical or physical exfoliants depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Our ARTisans LOVE the SkinMedica® AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. This cleanser gently scrubs away dead skin, improving the appearance of skin tone and texture. Be cautious with physical exfoliants and traditional face scrubs as they can be harsh and create micro-tears on the skin!

Next comes treatment products…

After cleansing, the next step for glowing skin is to apply treatment products. An important part of creating a skincare routine is to not make it too overwhelming. Start with a few key treatment products and add in products later on! Here are a few great options to get you started…

Get glowing with Vitamin C!

One of the best things you can do for glowing skin is to add a medical-grade vitamin C product. One of our favorite Vitamin C products is the Revision Skincare® Vitamin C+ Correcting Complex 30%. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that evens skin tone, minimizes discoloration, brightens, and even protects against free radicals for healthier skin.

Bump it up with Retinol

Retinol products are one of the best treatments you can do to encourage youthful, healthy skin. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that helps increase skin cell production and turnover. It helps unclog pores, exfoliates, and increases collagen production. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a fresher, more youthful appearance. Vitamin A products are available both by prescription and over-the-counter. At ARTisan Skin and Laser Center, we have many great retinol options in several concentrations. It is always best to consult with your provider to get a recommendation on which retinol is best for your skin.


Many people tend to skip moisturizer in the summer months for fear of oily skin. However, keeping your skin hydrated during the summer months is just as crucial as any other time of the year, so don’t neglect it! In fact, oily skin can even be a sign of dehydrated skin…skin lacking moisture tries to produce more oil to keep itself hydrated! All skin types need moisture all year round. This helps maintain the moisture barrier of your skin and helps your skin feel soft and hydrated. Choose a light, oil-free moisturizer in the summer months!

Let’s not forget our BFF, SPF!

You’ve heard us talk about the importance of SPF many times before! Applying a daily sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is crucial for protecting your skin from the dangers of UV rays all year round! Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. It’s also important to seek shade and wear protective sun gear to protect your skin. One of the best things you can do to prevent premature aging and keep your skin healthy is wear your SPF daily!

Overall, when it comes down to your products, make sure you are checking the labels! Many products sold over-the-counter do not meet the requirements necessary to have a true impact on your skin. Medical-grade skincare products contain higher concentrations of active ingredients. These products have been tested and use the highest-quality ingredients, resulting in your healthiest skin!

Your Skincare Regimen

Looking for more specific tips for your skin type? Schedule a consultation at ARTisan Skin and Laser Center today at 605.371.7057 and one of our ARTisan experts can create a skincare regimen that best suits you and your skin! 

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.