There’s no better time than now to focus on your daily skincare regimen. Why? Because it should adapt to the seasons and evolve over time depending on your skincare needs.
However, the big question many people have is; Why DO you need a skincare regimen? Well, there’s a few reasons as to why it’s important.
For one reason, your daily skincare regimen can be a great way to practice self care. Oftentimes, it’s tough for us to find time for ourselves in the day - but with a skincare regimen, you have those small moments with yourself to clear your mind.
Outside of how it can help our mental health, it also is essential for our skin’s health to care for it daily. Each and every day our skin is exposed to environmental stressors (yes, even if you spend the day on the couch!). Due to these stressors, it’s essential for your to have a daily skincare regimen because it allows your skin to:
This is why one of the best things you can do for your skin is build a skin care regimen that works for you, and it doesn’t have to be complicated!
The most basic, and effective, skincare regimens are just 5 steps or less. So, there’s no need to get overwhelmed! Plus, we’ve got the most essential steps and the products we recommend to keep your skin glowing.
Sure, this one may seem obvious but we promised we’d go over every step! Plus, we want to make sure why you know this step is so crucial.
Those pesky environmental stressors like dirt, oil, free radicals, pollution, makeup and much more build up on your skin throughout the day. When you cleanse your face, you’re clearing your pores of all of that build up and preventing them from clogging… and we all know what that leads to!
You want to make sure you’re looking for the right cleanser though. That means a gentle, sulfate-free product that is suitable for all skin types.
What does Dr. Kaplan call for in this case? It’s the Diamond Contour Supercharged 1-Minute Daily Facial. This incredible anti-aging treatment can be considered your new first step in skincare, it cleanses, while simultaneously polishing and plumping your skin. The treatment instantly smoothes, plumps and rejuvenates to kick off your daily skincare regimen in the right direction.
Too often, toner is a forgotten step in daily skincare regimens, but it’s such an important part. If you’re one of those people who have often skipped this step, there’s a key reason why it’s needed and it all lies in the pH balance of our skin.
Our skin’s optimal pH is 5.5. If there’s any more alkaline found our skin can become very tight and dry. If it reaches a higher acidity, then skin will start getting quite oily. The key here is to keep our skin in balance to keep it as healthy as possible. How, you ask? Great question. A toner helps to refine your pores and hydrate the skin while refining your skin’s texture.
This is why toner is essential. With our skin’s pH balance being disrupted after cleansing, toner actually works to rebalance it all bringing it back to the optimal level. Look for toners that are alcohol-free and make sure you apply immediately after cleansing -- both morning and night!
What does the doctor call for here? The Clarifying Toner. This toner not only balances your pH levels, but also works to soothe and hydrate your skin for a more refined, even-toned look. Dr. Kaplan’s Clarifying Toner also is 20% aloe vera, which quenches the skin along with rosewater which actively helps to restore pH balance while calming the skin -- doing precisely what a toner needs to do!
Serums are an essential part of your daily skincare regimen for a number of reasons. They’re incredibly powerful treatments that can work wonders on your skin and keep your skin feeling hydrated and rejuvenated.
So what makes serums so powerful?
1) They’re incredibly absorbent. This means that, unlike most moisturizers, when you use a serum it goes deeper into your skin, for a more intense hydration.
2) It helps maximize the rest of your skincare routine, and means you can limit the amount of product you apply after this step, as you have fed your skin with a potent cocktail of hydrating and anti-aging actives.
3) They assist with protecting your skin from environmental stressors that lead to aging and skin damage.
4) Serums often feel lightweight, yet are deeply nourishing, hydrating and working to transform your skin on a cellular level- their power can be deceiving! They are a perfect prep step for the rest of your skincare and makeup!
5) Serums contain a highly concentrated formula of actives. This means that there’s a lot of power in a small amount of product, that’s why you only need a few drops!
What does Dr. Kaplan prescribe? Three types.
First and foremost, you never want to forget about your neck! Oftentimes, your neck is where the first sign of aging is, and the skin there needs to be treated with just as much love. That’s why the Diamond Contour Lifting Rose Quartz Neck Serum is a must in your daily skincare regimen.
Secondly, let’s talk about the skin around our eyes. This skin is a lot thinner than the rest on our face, so it often needs to be treated differently. That’s why Dr. Kaplan developed the Diamond Contour Ultimate Hydration Firming Eye Serum to keep the skin around your eyes gently hydrated and youthful.
Last but certainly not least, for the rest of your face we recommend the Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate. This powerhouse of a product transforms your skin and visibly improves firmness and elasticity. By the way, our Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate has something that’s unheard of -- 50% high and low weight hyaluronic acid! This makes this the powerful product that it is and why it’s a favorite amongst our customers.
In case you didn’t know, your skin loves being hydrated, which is why this step is essential (yes, even if a serum hydrates too!). When your skin is moisturized, it not only looks better, it feels better and your makeup will apply better and will look radiant throughout the day.
One big thing to keep in mind is that for your daily regimen, you should actually have two different moisturizers. Why? Because your skin requires different things in the morning and at nighttime.
In the morning, you’ll want a lightweight moisturizer and one that contains a built-in SPF. This is incredibly important for anti-aging! At night, you’ll want to look for a richer moisturizer for your daily regimen that contains more concentrated actives without any SPF. This is because your skin is working hard to repair itself from the day’s events.
Ready to take the next step with your daily skincare regimen? Check out all of Dr. Kaplan’s products here.
This last step is simple, and so incredibly essential. Since the skin on your lips is so thin, it needs a hit of hydration and some care in your daily regimen. That’s why you want to ensure that you’re treating your lips to an intense hydrating balm and also a lip mask (no, not a lip scrub!). During the day, you’ll want to use a balm that also has SPF to protect your lips from those UV rays.
By doing this, you’re giving your lips exactly what they need to heal and stay protected.
Dr. Kaplan recommends using the Perfect Pout Duo regularly to ensure your lips are protected, hydrated, plump and gorgeous.