Let's face it, breakouts are a real ~struggle~ for most of us. Whether it's a spontaneous pimple or an all-out acne battle, who can't relate?
With summer in the region in full swing, we’ve put together the cleansing ritual, starring a selection of our fave products and gadgets, to ensure your confidence is as high as the outdoor temperature.
STEP ONE: Cleanse
You’re going to be cleansing with FOREO’s Luna 2 facial device. The top-quality gadget from the Swedish skincare company gently exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil that can contribute to acne breakouts.
Obviously, cleanser can be applied with your hands, but trust us when we say that once you’ve cleansed with FOREO’s Luna 2 facial device there is no going back. Its low-frequency pulsations massage the face, visibly reducing fine lines around the eyes and mouth, and leaving the skin looking firm and lifted. Plus, it improves the absorption of your cleansing product.
When searching for the perfect cleanser there are a few things you need to be aware of. Your skin type and allergies play a significant role in deciding which ingredients are best for your skin, but a couple of Cosmo’s top picks includes soft balm to oil Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, soap-free liquid to airy foam Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser and powerful yet gentle Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Face Wash.
Cleansers to avoid with your LUNA 2 are products that include Glycolic acid (it will cause the silicone on your LUNA to deteriorate over time). Also cleansers that are clay-based, silicone-based or grainy cleansers, exfoliators or scrubs, as they may damage the LUNA’s soft silicone touchpoints.
How to cleanse using LUNA 2:
1: Apply the cleanser (we recommend one pump for each face zone) with fingertips onto your (dry) face.
2: Wet your LUNA device, activate it and follow FOREO’s cleansing routine for 1 minute, (do this twice a day for optimal results).
STEP TWO: Tone
Some people skip toning (shame on you), but you really shouldn’t, because the purpose of using a toner is to cleanse skin and refine pores, giving your complexion a more even tone. Plus, a lot of toners are packed with extra skincare benefits, like hydrating and soothing ingredients, which is perfect during the drying summer months.
Just like selecting a cleanser, picking your perfect toner is a personal choice. We are fans of Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, which helps to combat redness, oily skin, and uneven texture. We also fan-girl over Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner for its hydrating and refreshing properties and Pixi Glow Tonic. This magical orange bottle really does unveil brighter skin.
STEP THREE: Protect
SPF, SPF, SPF. Are we making ourselves clear? The final part of the summer-ready ritual is protecting skin from the great outdoors. We love Dermalogica’s super hydrating Prisma Protect SPF30, vegan and shine-reducing Ren Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30 and Bioderma’s Photoderm Aquafluide SPF50+ for its non-greasy formula.
All that’s left to say is prepare to be noticed for all the right reasons this summer.