Even if you may have the best skin care routine in the world, you won't get the maximum benefits of the process if you are applying the products in the wrong order. A poorly optimized routine can diminish the overall effects of your routine and leave your skin dry, irritated, and broken out at times.
The pH of your skin and the products you're utilizing, as well as the stability and time to effectiveness of the products you're using, are all variables that should be considered prior to establishing a Skin Care Routine.
So how do you optimize your Skin Care Routine?
- If you are using sunscreen or any other make-up, you should always start with the make-up remover.
- A make-up removing cleanser is the best product to start the skin care routine. A make-up remover can be a milk, oil, balm, or a water-based product.
- Massage the skin with a quality make-up remover for a few seconds and drape a wet warm cloth over the face. Let the steam from the warm cloth soften your skin for about 5 seconds. Next, use the cloth to gently wipe off the make-up remover. This process will ensure both makeup and the cleanser are properly removed.
- Once you remove the make-up from the skin, you should make it a point to clean the skin.
- This step can be done in the morning and evening both to make sure there is no make-up residue on your skin.
- A balancing toner is a good product as a final cleansing step before applying the main skin treatment product.
Vitamin C Our 10% Vitamin C Serum AHA Our Dual Action Whitening Cream Retinol Our Anti Aging Tri-Retinol Complex
- For best results, apply active ingredient(s) or treatment(s) (retinols, retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, Vitamin C), to clean skin without a lot of dead cell build-up. This gives the products the best chance of penetrating the skin and providing the best results. Prioritize based on desired effects.
- When utilizing products with higher concentrations of active ingredients or treatments, skin care experts recommend using a moisturizer of some kind as a buffer.
- Our products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind while retaining efficacy associated with products that contain higher concentrations of active ingredients.
- Don't use Retinol and AHA at the same time of day! Use Retinol in the PM and AHA in the AM.
- Moisturizer smooths and moistens your skin, which can lead to a more vibrant overall look.
- Apply your moisturizer with clean hands throughout your face, neck, and body.
- No matter your skin routine, skin color, or skin type, applying sunscreen is imperative to caring for your skin.
- This prevents and reverses sun damage, which can cause pimples, spots, wrinkles, etc.
- We highly recommend a cream or gel over a spray to ensure consistent and thorough application.
- Applying Sunscreen is particularly important if you're using any active ingredients like Retinol, AHA, BHA, and Vitamin C.
- Sunscreen + Vitamin C = Even better sun protection.
- Sunscreen + Retinol = Retinol increases collagen production and skin cell turnover, which means the dead skin cells that are typically on your face that would cause acne, dullness, or fine lines, are also not there to cover your newer skin cells from the sun. Protect your retinol results with sunscreen and Vitamin C!
- Sunscreen + AHA / BHA = AHAs and BHA slough off dead skin cells, so for reasons similar to why you should apply sunscreen with retinol, apply sunscreen with AHAs and BHAs, too!
Patch testing is an easy way of predicting whether you will experience an adverse initial reaction to a new product. It is advisable to do patch testing prior to incorporating a new product into your routine. The following is a general method for doing your own patch testing based on the product type.
Patch Testing for Allergic Reactions
Patch testing should always be done in 2 places: The first one is somewhere hidden and then somewhere closer to the area where you will be applying the product upon approval of usage. For instance, if testing for the face, the side of the neck is a great location. If testing for any other part of the body, try your upper arms, your belly, or behind the knees.
Once you have decided where to do patch testing, apply just a small amount of product to the area. To properly test the product, there shouldn't be any other products on your skin. Reactions typically start occurring within 24 hours. However, it could be as long as 72 hours before they occur, which is why you should wait until this time passes.
Patch Testing for Breakouts
If you are patch testing a product to find out whether it makes you break out, it is important to take a slightly different approach. The first thing should be to apply product to the face directly on either the chin or cheek. Both areas are usually the most prone to blemishes since there’s a higher concentration of glands that produce oil. Apply the product to the same area every day for a week to find out whether the skin will react. Product-related breakouts usually happen within this time frame.
- Apply a tiny amount of product onto a clean area of the skin
- Ensure that the area stays dry
- Rinse the area after 24 hours
- If you observe any blistering, itching, burning, irritation, or redness at any time throughout your test, stop using the product.
Rinse-Off products ( Cleaners, etc.):
- Apply a tiny amount of product onto a clean area of the skin
- Ensure that the area stays dry
- Rinse the area after 24 hours
- If you observe any irritation, blistering, itching, burning, or redness at any time throughout your test, stop using the product.
It is worth noting that patch testing is only for determining the initial irritation reactions to products and doesn't guarantee the same results when applied to other parts of the body such as the face or after using it continuously.
It doesn't account for any underlying conditions and shouldn't be used to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis or hypersensitivity. Always consult a dermatologist if you are concerned about starting a new product before you start using it.
About Vitamin C
First discovered in 1912, vitamin C is one of the body's essential nutrients. It is primarily responsible for promoting tissue repair and helping produce specific neurotransmitters. Vitamin C's role in promoting tissue repair is why Vitamin C products the best anti-aging products for your skin.
The product is ideal for women of all ages and skin types. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. It also speeds up skin healing, protects the skin from sun damage, and reduces under-eye circles. That's why you should always opt for a skin treatment product with vitamin C as its main ingredient.
While Vitamin C can be found in a number of different healthy and natural sources, such as citrus fruits and Brussels sprouts, our body unfortunately does not produce or store Vitamin C. This is part of why Vitamin C consumed orally and/or topically provides substantial health and beauty benefits.
There are several forms of vitamin C, each with their own unique benefits. So which form do you choose? And why would you choose OrangeDaily's Vitamin C?
The Forms of Vitamin C
The following are the most commonly used and effective forms of Vitamin C. We utilize all three forms throughout our system to provide you with the most effective and pleasant to use system possible.
1. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP)
SAP is often overlooked, yet it is a highly beneficial form of vitamin C. It is a very stable form that also happens to be water soluble. The most common uses of SAP are in acne-fighting products and anti-aging creams. The fact that it is highly stable increases its shelf life far beyond most other forms of vitamin C. This also makes it an ideal form of vitamin C to use in beauty products.
SAP works primarily as an antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals that would otherwise cause harm to the skin. This has been shown to actually slow down the visual signs of the aging process. Thus, using products with SAP will help reduce lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
2. Citric Acid
Citric acid is the form of vitamin C that we find in oranges, lemons, and limes. It's also included as an ingredient in a long list of food products, cleaning products, and beauty products. While many people may think of it primarily as a source of flavor it actually has several benefits specifically for the skin and hair.
Citric acid is very flexible and can be used to create all-natural skin products for a variety of purposes. It can be used as a scrubber to de-pigment skin. It can be used in a paste to unclog pores. And it can be made into a mask that will help unclog pores and fight acne. The fact that it smells great while doing so is also a benefit.
3. L-Ascorbic Acid And Ascorbic Acid
L-ascorbic acid is the pure form of vitamin C. Any benefit that is associated with vitamin C is also associated with this form of acid. However, unlike SAP, L-ascorbic acid oxidates quickly and has a very short shelf-life. It is more common in supplemental forms than in beauty products. Nonetheless, it has many great benefits for the skin and hair.
It is true that L-ascorbic acid is consumed when eating foods with citric acid or other foods known to contain vitamin C. The problem is that it would take quite a lot of food to consume the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Meanwhile, taking a supplement is affordable and practical. Likewise, using beauty products that contain L-ascorbic acid will have direct benefits on the skin and hair.
The term ascorbic acid refers to the same substance as L-ascorbic acid. The L is used to describe the properties of the molecule. Any product that contains ascorbic acid is the same as L-ascorbic acid. It's simply a matter of preference when listing the ingredient.
These various substances in this vitamin C guide share many of the same benefits, at varying strengths, shelf-life, and general stability.
They help fight aging skin, prevent acne, and reduce the symptoms of rosacea, amongst other benefits including providing and enhancing UV-A and UV-B protection when used in combination with sunscreen. However, they each have their own strengths. SAP is water soluble and has a long shelf life. Citrus acid is found in many all-natural sources and can be used in a number of beauty products easily. Ascorbic acid is the pure form of vitamin C and can have a very strong impact when consumed in a supplemental form.
There's plenty of companies out there providing Vitamin C products in different forms. So why Orange Daily?
With other companies, you may have to constantly worry about receiving an already oxidized product, which can mean anything from receiving an ineffective product to a product that is actually bad for your skin.
Orange Daily cares about your skin. We took the time to study the best options for preventing oxidation.
Our vitamin C is protected using silicone technology. With unprotected Vitamin C, if you let your product be exposed to air or sunlight, you will notice that it will change color.
Our Vitamin C remains the same even if you leave it exposed for a whole day.
Why use Retinol?
Retinol is a popular choice for clearing acne breakouts and eliminating fine lines and wrinkles on your face, retinol also helps improve your skin complexion.
Retinol and other forms of vitamin A break down into Retinoic Acid which will then increase the rate of cellular regeneration, also known as skin cell turn over in the skin.
- This reduces hyper pigmentation (or redness), and the appearance of age and dark spots.
- This increased rate of skin cell turnover prevents oil and bacterial build up, which prevents acne and leads to smaller pores for smoother and brighter skin.
How Long Does It Take To See Results From Retinol?
With regular use of Vitamin A products (typically once a week or every other night depending on your skin tolerance)
You can expect to see results in 12 weeks, or 3 months.
Anti-aging (fine lines and wrinkles):
You can expect to see results up to a year from initial use.
It is important to note that although retinol and retinoids take consistency, time, and patience to show optimal results.
Stick with it, and you won't regret it!
How do we effectively use retinol and other forms of vitamin A to optimize your results?
Unlike our competitors, we provide multiple forms of Vitamin A in combination with Vitamin C.
Retinol, Retinol Acetate, and Retinyl Palmate.
Each of these forms are broken down by your skin into different amounts of Retinoic Acid at different rates.
Retinoic Acid is the same ingredient as what is in products like Retin-A.
Unlike Retin-A though, which works more quickly but with a higher likelihood of negative side effects, our Anti Aging Tri Retinol Complex requires more time for you to notice your amazing results, and you are not as likely to experience negative side effects.
The Benefits Of Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is a key ingredient of most of the skin care products on the market today. AHAs can handle most of the skin issues with easy. In case you have any doubts about using AHA skin care products, this article will help clear your doubts. Here are some of the important benefits of alpha hydroxy acid.
AHAs are naturally occurring chemical compounds. They are mostly derived from animal and plant products such as milk and fruits. The anti-aging benefits of these compounds are immense. Hence, you will find AHAs in most of the anti-aging skin care products on the market. AHAs can reduce signs of dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines as well as improve the texture and elasticity of your skin.
There are mainly 7 types of AHAs in today's skin care products such as:
. Lactic acid - from lactose
. Glycolic acid - from sugar cane
. Citric acid - from citrus fruits
. Tartaric acid - from grapes
. Malic acid - from pears and apples
. Hydroxycaprylic acid - from animals
. Hydroxycaproic acid - from royal jelly
Our Dual Action Skin Whitening cream utilizes lactic acid.
Lactic and glycolic acids are the most commonly used AHAs in skin care products. Lactic acid is gentle on your skin and doesn't cause any irritations. It acts as a chemical exfoliate and helps clear dead skin cells and whiten the complexion of the skin over time. You will have a softer, smoother, and brighter skin by using skin care products fortified with lactic acid. Collagen helps keep your skin looking smooth and young. The production of collagen decreases with your age. AHAs like lactic acid helps collagen regeneration and the rejuvenation of your skin over time.
Lactic acid works on fine lines and wrinkles and reduces their appearance over time. There have been many studies conducted involving volunteers between the ages of 30-55 years. These volunteers were given a topical cream containing AHAs. They showed significant improvements to the texture and complexion of their skin within 21 days of using the product. AHAs such as lactic and glycolic acids can help reduce hyperpigmentation, melasma, and dark spots. Both these ingredients are common in chemical skin peelers and other dermatological products. Lactic acid has shown good results in treating conditions such as melasma.
AHAs can also treat mild to moderate acne. AHAs remove the clogs in the skin and prevent the breaking out of acne. That's why you need to opt for a skin care product with lactic acid and vitamin C for your skin.
So, take advantage of the powers of lactic acid with our products below. Each and every Orange Daily product is designed with efficacy and comfort in mind.
Prescription VS Over the Counter (OTC)
Prescription Product doesn't mean Better Product.
Higher concentrations of product does not mean higher effectiveness.
Our products are FDA approved, available over the counter, and supported by many meticulously conducted, peer-reviewed studies that indicate high significance in their findings.
Higher concentrations (or just shorter conversion chains) of a product or ingredient can seem like it must mean more effective, but it can often mean higher likelihoods of negative side effects, uncomfortable application, and even higher prices!
Our product was formulated with you in mind.
We don't want you to have to go through the hassle of a prescription to get the results you want.
- No hassle of having a professional oversee the application of the product.
- No discomfort when applying the product.
- Only results.
Why does Packaging Matter?
Not only does packaging impact hygienic and convenient use and how likely you are to waste product, it also has an effect on how well your Skin Care products work.
The effectiveness of active ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C, and chemical exfoliants can be altered based on their storing conditions.
This includes storing temperature, exposure to light, and exposure to air.
This is why you will see some people storing their product in the fridge, or adding pumps to their tub products.
Causes of Acne
Acne can be caused by a variety of things, including your diet, your hormones, your hygiene, and your sun exposure.
But at the end of the day, a pimple is just an inflamed pore brought on by a clog of oil or bacteria.
How Our System Treats Acne
As previously stated, Retinol was first approved for use in fighting acne. Once applied on acne ridden skin this substance works to unclog the pores of the skin, leaving them open for other acne fighting products such as AHA or Vitamin C.
AHA's help retinols with their job. Retinol increases skin cell turnover and increases collagen production, while AHAs remove dead, damaged, or generally dirty skin cells from your skin.
Vitamin C helps retinols with increasing collagen production, and help both Retinol and AHA by helping to prevent or repair scars, redness, and dark spots. Utilizing these products is especially effective when used in conjunction with Sunscreen.
Causes of Aging
Aging is caused by sun damage, mechanical trauma (pulling, tugging, and smooshing), oxidation, and pollution which is why sunscreen, moisturizer, and antioxidants are so important.
How our System helps Anti Age
While retinols are effective to combat acne, dermatologists also discovered that it had great anti-aging capabilities. Retinols are now used to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, to create youthful skin.
To do this, the substance boosts the level of collagen in the skin. To reap these anti-aging benefits, you can start using retinols as early as your late teens or later in life.
As previously stated, Retinol was first approved for use in fighting acne. Retinol works as an amazing anti aging product in that the increased skin-cell turnover means less built-up skin on your wrinkles, and the increased collagen production allows for a more supple appearance.
AHAs slough off dead and damaged skin cells, revealing younger, healthier, looking skin.
Vitamin C helps retinols with increasing collagen production, and help both Retinol and AHA by helping to prevent or repair scars, redness, and age spots. Utilizing these products is especially effective when used in conjunction with Sunscreen.
Forms of Sun Damage Include:
- Sunburn: When skin literally turns pink and becomes painful.
- Dry Skin: Flaky, scaly, or generally tight looking skin.
- Wrinkles: UV rays break down the proteins that keep your skin looking moisturized, firm, smooth,
- Sun or Age Spots: Sun tans may provide a "healthy" glow, but the tan is a result of your body producing melanin to protect your skin from UV rays. Too much UV can cause your skin to produce clumps of melanin, which ends up looking like spots we call liver spots, ago spots, dark spots, etc.
- Dark scars AKA Post Inflammation Hyperpigmentation: After a pimple goes away or a scab falls off, you're left with a clump of new skin that's not protected by old skin cells. When left unprotected from the sun, this skin now has to produce melanin to protect against the UV rays, which causes dark spots / scars.
Preventing and Reversing Sun Damage
Vitamin C has inherent UV protection properties. There are studies that discuss the overall efficacy of Vitamin C as a standalone sunscreen. The benefit of adding Vitamin C is that the effects remain even once you've washed it off.
While Vitamin C does have some inherent UV protection properties, we highly recommend you incorporate a Sunscreen to optimize your routine.
Reversing Sun Damage:
As mentioned earlier, sun damage is a major cause of signs of aging, and other general skin issues.