One of the most common trends in the beauty industry that never seems to go out of style is maintaining glowing and healthy-looking skin. At Sovereign Skin, we believe proper skincare Toronto has and will continue to be an important habit to ritualize when preserving a youthful and well-rested appearance. There are many steps you can take to protect and preserve your skin, with optional seasonal routines. It is important to establish a daily skincare Toronto routine, separated into a morning routine and a nighttime regiment to attain optimal results. Following the morning and nighttime routine, it is also important to focus on the areas of concern that require specific attention, whether it be due to acne breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, dehydration, etc. This allows the area to be specifically targeted and concentrated with the appropriate active products and ingredients.
Once you begin a skincare Toronto routine, you should follow up with specific treatments and procedures to help minimize and eradicate the issue(s) that you are facing with your skin. At Sovereign Skin, we will customize treatment and procedure protocol to each person’s needs, as everyone’s skin type, tone, and conditions are different. If a proper skincare Toronto routine is established at home (morning and night) and an appropriate treatment or procedure plan is set and customized to your skin care needs, there is no doubt that you will have an amazing clear and glowing complexion. We even offer free consultations at Sovereign Skin to aid you on your journey to luminous skin.
Listed below are some of Sovereign Skin’s recommendations on the necessary steps that you can take to achieve glowing skin. We also recommend products and ingredients to use when organizing a morning and nightly skincare Toronto routine. We will elaborate on the importance of targeting the skin with active ingredients. Lastly, we will recommend the best treatments, products, and procedures available to you at Sovereign Skin, so you can truly eliminate and reverse the signs and symptoms of dull, aging, and unkempt skin.
This routine is meant to cleanse, target, and protect the skin for the entire day. In a morning routine, it is important to establish a clear and precise order in which these products are used. Therefore, below is a list of the order in which products should be used as well as the types of products that people of any and all skin types and conditions can use to start their day:
Step 1: Cleanser
Whether you choose to purchase a foaming, milk, or gel cleanser, you must clean the face of all oils and products sitting on the skin from the night before. This will allow the following morning products to absorb properly into the skin. Cleansing is essential in a morning and night routine to avoid unnecessary breakouts and build up.
Step 2: Target
After cleansing the skin, it is important to make sure that the very first product(s) applied to your skin will target the issue(s) you are trying to improve. Whether you are looking to target fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, redness, dehydration, or uneven texture, these target ingredients are best applied first for optimal absorption by the skin. Typically, these products are marked as: serums, essential and pure oils, vitamins, or compound acids (the list of active ingredients goes on). When researching and shopping for these targeting products, it is recommended to purchase them at a medispa or medical skin clinic such as Sovereign Skin, since the effectiveness and potency of medical-grade products are always higher than products sold in a drug store or beauty store.
Step 3: Hydrate
There are certain target products that will absolutely hydrate the skin while specifically treating an issue or concern. However, it is important to always keep the skin nourished when using active ingredients. There are thousands of moisturizers on the market, which can be confusing when trying to find the best product for you. When looking for the right moisturizer, it is best to search for ingredients that add hydration and/or seal in your target and hydrating products. Avoid moisturizers that contain alcohols or exfoliating ingredients so that you can maintain water levels and seal in moisture. It is always important to consider where you are purchasing your product from, as the effectiveness and potency of the ingredients will be drastically different in a drugstore compared to those sold at a medi spa or medical skincare clinic. To further simplify things, a standard moisturizer is a great starting point for people who are not interested in targeting specific concerns and who are looking to minimize their morning routine steps.
Step 4: Protect
The final step to your morning routine is extremely important, as its sole purpose is to protect the skin from the outside elements, such as UV radiation. It is important to choose a sunscreen or sunblock that is able to protect your skin against both UVB and UVA rays, as those forms of radiation pass through the skin and can ultimately permanently damage your healthy skin cells. Once the sun causes this reaction to your skin, your melanin activates as a protective barrier. Over time, this constant damage can cause premature fine lines and wrinkles as well as mild to severe hyperpigmentation. This could potentially lead to skin cancer.
It is important to make sure that if you are lying out in the sun, you keep your face covered and/or use an SPF with a minimum of 15 SPF and a maximum of 50 SPF (studies have shown that anything over 50 SPF hasn’t been more effective at preventing sun damage over a longer span of time). Luckily, with the many brands on the market now, we have many options available when purchasing sunscreen. Whether it’s combined with a moisturizer, is in the form of a coloured concealer, is formulated into a facial powder, or is simply the original pure white paste, SPF is a must-have requirement in your morning regiment, no matter what season it is.
It is safe to say that your nighttime routine is very similar to your morning routine, with a couple of simplified changes. This regime is designed to repair and rejuvenate the skin overnight, adding optimal hydration and active ingredients to achieve a physical change on the skin. As your skin is resting and unexposed to the outside elements, night is the ideal time to feed your skin with the best possible ingredients. In your nighttime routine, the main steps to always include when preparing for a goodnights rest are: Step 1 – Cleanse, Step 2 – Target, and Step 3- Hydrate. Whether you choose to add 7 steps to your nighttime routine or whether you stick to a simple 3-step process, it is important at that time to specifically target the areas of concern that you face with your skin.
Skin Conditions + Recommendations
Fine lines & wrinkles – There are many different ingredients and products that can help with fine lines and wrinkles, especially when we talk about skincare Toronto.
The following ingredients are ones to look out for when purchasing products that target this concern: vitamin A, retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, coenzyme Q10, peptides, niacinamide, rosehip, jojoba oil, marine and bovine collagen, Matrixyl 3000, amino acids, polysaccharides, and fatty acids. Though there are many more ingredients that help with anti-aging and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, these above-listed ingredients are definitely the top contenders.
With that being said, it is important to look into an appropriate treatment plan alongside your skincare Toronto regiment to get the best results possible when tackling this issue.
This is one of the most sought-after correction issues that almost all men and women face. Whether it is sun spots, aging spots, freckles, melasma, or you simply just have uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation will always continue to be a tough issue to completely reverse. Hyperpigmentation is best eliminated with a combination of treatment and procedure protocols in conjunction with a strict skincare routine.
The following ingredients are amazing at targeting pigmentation and help eliminate dull skin and maintain a bright and glowing complexion: vitamin C, hydroquinone, citric acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, azelaic acid, kojic acid, Lumixyl™, licorice extract, niacinamide, and bearberry extract. These ingredients are the top brightening agents that you should look for in your target products.
With all of this, it is important to remember to protect your skin when using any of the following ingredients or products, as they do cause the skin to be photosensitive. A strong and reliable SPF is extremely important to use daily with these products and ingredients.
Breakout & Acne-Prone
One of the hardest skin conditions to treat and balance is acne-prone and breakout-prone skin. Acne and breakouts can be caused by external elements, but they can also be caused by internal elements such as stress, hormones, diet, lifestyle, etc. Therefore, if you are someone who is looking to specifically target acne-prone skin or looking to balance oil production, it is important to stick to a strict skin care routine as well as consider a potential lifestyle change.
The most important thing to consider when targeting acne and breakouts is to make sure that you are not over-exfoliating the skin. Then you are making sure that your natural oil production is balanced and not working in overtime (essentially over-producing oil). The best way to tackle acne prone skin and unwanted breakouts is to speak to a skincare therapist, medical esthetician, laser nurse or physician who can provide you with an appropriate treatment series as well as a fitting skincare routine. The following ingredients are the top ingredients to help eliminate unwanted papules, pustules, and blackheads that help disinfect the skin as well as help balance excess oil production: salicylic acid, witch hazel, cherry extract, licorice root, vitamin A, tea tree oil, rosemary oil, mandelic acid, kojic acid, glycolic acid, baking soda, elderberry extract, holy basil or sweet basil, zinc, as well as frankincense oil.
Sensitized & Rosacea-Prone
This skin type and condition is becoming more prominent among men and women. Thankfully, we are more educated nowadays on skincare and what to look for when our skin becomes reactive. Although sensitized or sensitive skin and rosacea typically occur hand in hand, it is still possible to have sensitized skin without having rosacea. With that being said, whether you are simply reactive or whether you are seriously aiming to treat and control mild to severe rosacea, the ingredients to look out for will remain almost the same.
If you think you have rosacea or your skin falls within the range of type 3 to 5 rosacea, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with one of our skincare specialists at Sovereign Skin for a proper diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan. Before choosing the right treatment plan for your sensitized or rosacea-prone skin, it is essential that we first look into calming the skin and adding balance. This can be achieved with the appropriate products and ingredients offered at Sovereign Skin, ones that ultimately soothe, calm, disinfect, and hydrate the skin.
The following is a list of ingredients that do all of the above, allowing the skin to rebalance in preparation for treatments and procedures: water, Avena sativa, colloidal oatmeal, aloe, witch hazel, rosehip oil, lanolin or linoleic oils, glycerin, chamomile, jojoba oil, vitamin E, niacinamide, menthol, calendula flower extract, lavender oil, squalane, ceramide, and hyaluronic acid, willow herb, as well as frankincense oil. All of these ingredients are important to remember when purchasing the right products for your skincare routine, morning and night.
Once you have chosen the proper at-home skincare Toronto products and established a clear and simple routine for your skin type, tone, and conditions, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with potential treatments and procedures that can minimize or eradicate your problematic areas.
Whether your skin concerns are deep-rooted or you are looking to simply have a professional exfoliation and plumping, there is always a treatment plan for everyone. We offer complimentary consultations at Sovereign Skin to help you navigate which treatment solutions would be best suited to your skin type. Below is a list of some common skin conditions with the appropriate treatment and procedure options to target, treat, and eradicate that specific concern.
Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Fotona 4D laser treatment
AFT IPL laser treatment
TightSculpting / Hot Sculpting treatment
V2 Beauty Booster microneedling treatment
SmoothLiftin intraoral treatment
AFT IPL Laser Treatment
Fotona FRAC3 Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
Breakout & Acne-Prone
Fotona FRAC3 active acne treatment
Fotona deep fractionated treatment
Sensitized & Rosacea-Prone
Fotona FRAC3 skin rejuvenation
AFT-IPL laser treatment
In conclusion, it is important to understand your skin and assess your concerns and needs so that you can properly establish a concrete plan to achieve your desired results. Glowing, healthy, and vibrant skin can be easily attained with the right at-home care routine to maintain your goals in between treatments. With both a morning routine and a nighttime routine in conjunction with a treatment or procedure series, there is no doubt that your skin will show significant and visible changes, giving an overall brighter, clearer, and rejuvenated complexion.
It is important to speak to a professional about the best products to use as well as the best treatment options for you. At Sovereign Skin, we would be happy to guide you if you would like to contact us for further information. When you consider these skincare factors, you should also take into consideration the credibility of the facility in which you are visiting. Having a doctor or medical professional supervising will always ensure that any and all medical technicians and/or medical aestheticians have the utmost expertise to provide treatments properly and safely. By finding that harmonious balance between skincare, self-care, and regular treatments, you will truly be able to earn that healthy glowing look you’ve always wished you had.
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