What exactly is the ideal routine? The answer to that lies not just in knowing what products to use, but also through the understanding of what the skin needs and how products interact with the skin.
The Ideal Skin Care Routine Series will help you identify, analyze, and understand every aspect of the skin care industry, except for sunscreens–they will have their own series, in an attempt to help you reach the Ideal. It will help you see how everything fits together; how to complete the puzzle. Unlike the Perfect, the Ideal refers to a dynamic rather than static state of being. Therefore, even after “completion,” this series will periodically be updated to reflect the latest research and product recommendations.
It is my hope that this series will become the most comprehensive and centralized arrangement of basic skin care information published to date.
*Note that upon completion, any individual article can be accessed via the interactive “Ideal Routine” menu on the top of the every page.
Cleansers are essential because they help remove excess oil, skin, and other compounds present on the surface of the skin. In doing so, they prepare the skin to better receive any topical preparations that are applied afterward. For an overview of the types and composition of cleansers, be sure to read this article, which also documents the short- and long-term effects of cleansers and concludes with a short guide on how to choose a cleanser.
Toners are essentially very light-weight moisturizers. They can be a beneficial part of a skin care routine because different ingredients can be introduced to the skin, without having to deal with multiple layers of heavier products. For an overview of how a toner can help your skin, as well as a few misconceptions about toner, be sure to read this article.