Restoratif collectionCaring for your skin doesn’t have to be a complicated process. With so many products on the market today, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the varied promises. Standing in the skincare aisle can be confusing. Do you need a moisturizer and a serum? What ingredients are actually good for your skin? When do you use what product?

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Your skin doesn’t need much to bring out its inner glow. There are things you can do every day to help care for your skin and brighten your complexion. We all know that getting plenty of rest helps our skin look its best–it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. But did you know that hydration plays just as critical of a roll? Drinking plenty of water helps your skin maintain a healthy balance of moisture and can even reduce the appearance of fine lines.

In addition to getting plenty of sleep and hydration, developing a healthy skin care routine you can follow is essential to keeping your skin healthy, happy, and ageless. Here are four tips from The Vermont Country Store on how to put your best face forward.

Use a Gentle Cleanser in your Skincare Routine

Skincare step 1: gentle cleanserExfoliating your skin is a key step in revealing a brighter complexion, but so many exfoliating cleansers are too intense for your skin. Cleansers heavy with ingredients like crushed walnut shells can leave your skin feeling tight and dry, and have actually been shown to cause micro-abrasions on your skin!

Instead, look for a gentle cleanser that contains skin loving, natural ingredients like green tea extract and coconut oil. Cleansers that contain activated charcoal provide gentle exfoliation and can remove toxins and pollutants from your skin’s surface. Activated charcoal also deep cleans and reduces the size of your pores. We like this Charcoal And Vitamin C Daily Facial Cleanser from Restoratif.

A clean face prepares the skin to readily absorb the next steps in your skincare routine, which makes them more effective.


Pat on Your Serums and Moisturizers

Skincare Step 2: Face Serum

This may sound silly, but instead of rubbing your serums and moisturizers into your face, pat them on. Using your fingertips, gently pat your product of choice against your skin in circular motions. This can help increase blood flow to your face. It also creates less friction and pulling on the surface of your skin, which is especially important for the more delicate areas around your eyes and mouth.

If you’re trying to decide between a serum and a moisturizer–use both! After washing your face with a gentle cleanser, pat your skin dry, and then apply a serum rich in ingredients like hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. These ingredients plump the skin and help it absorb and maintain moisture. They can even help soothe irritated skin and reduce redness, all while visibly improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

We like Restoratif’s Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum for every day use. This ultra-hydrating serum helps lock in moisture with gentle ingredients. It will even improve your skin’s tone and texture, restoring a more youthful-looking, radiant complexion.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Skincare Step 3: MoisturizeAs we age, our skin has less moisture, and stops retaining moisture as effectively. Drinking plenty of water can help, but adding a lightweight moisturizer to your skincare routine can boost your skins elasticity. Choose a moisturizer full of natural ingredients your skin can absorb.

We like Restoratif Hyaluronic Acid Facial Moisturizer. As its name suggests, it features hyaluronic acid, which is a substance naturally found in our skin. It’s key to helping your skin absorb and balance moisture, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Other key ingredients include aloe vera to soothe and calm the skin, green tea extract to nourish your skin with antioxidants, and pomegranate oil to unclog pores and fend off harmful radicals.


The Eyes Have ItStep 4: The Eyes

While it is possible to have a full and effective skincare routine without a product specifically made for the delicate eye area, there are some benefits to an eye cream you just can’t get anywhere else. Puffy eyes and dark circles can age your face more than your years. When choosing an eye cream, look for a product that is specially formulated for this very delicate skin.

We like this Eye Recovery Cream from Restoratif. It’s full of all natural ingredients like borage oil and evening primrose oil. Both help to reduce puffiness and deeply hydrate your skin. There’s also green tea extract to help lighten dark circles and brighten the under eye area.

Bonus Tip! SPF is your friend

SPF 30 Sun ProtectionIf you’re going to invest time and energy into developing a skincare routine that gives your skin everything it needs, be sure to take the time to protect it from things it doesn’t. No matter the time of year, sun can do damage to your skin, even without a sunburn! Regardless of age, the best thing you can do to keep your skin looking its best is to protect it from harmful sun rays. Before spending any time in the sun, be sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or above. Reapply every couple of hours you spend outdoors (more often if you’re sweating or swimming).

We like this Zinc Facial SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick from Restoratif. It’s easy to apply and even easier to bring with you. It’s full of skin loving ingredients that protect and nourish your skin. The key ingredient in this sunscreen is non-nano zinc oxide, which is FDA-approved as one of the safest, most effective sunscreen ingredients available. The non-nano zinc particles don’t get absorbed into your skin or cause irritation. Combined with a nourishing blend of organic oils, including coconut and vitamin E, this sunscreen supports your skin’s health while preventing sun damage.

Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be hard: be gentle, moisturize your skin, and apply sun protection. Developing a skincare routine will help your skin at any age, and keep your complexion glowing and ageless for years to come.