Classic Skincare Routines: Do they hold up in today’s world?
Dec 2021


Classic Skincare Routines: Do they hold up in today’s world?

When you think of classic skincare routines, do you think of the bygone days when glamorous Hollywood stars and starlets barely wore make-up and had absolutely gorgeous skin? Do you ever wonder how their beauty routines and old skincare products differ from what we have at our fingertips today? 

We did—and felt it was worthwhile and interesting to have a look at how past beauty routines stack up against some of the best skincare routines available today.

A New Twist on Classic Skincare Routines 

During the 1940s, many women, including Katherine Hepburn, used a sugar and lemon juice mix to exfoliate their skin. Dabbing petroleum jelly under your eyes to reduce puffiness was a standard beauty practice, as was applying baby oil on your skin to get a tan. Rita Moreno battled acne; her physician recommended UV exposure and an acetone alcohol rub. 

While Katherine’s beautiful glow is a testament to her homemade exfoliant, we are fortunate today to have so many quality skincare products available that are much more effective and have so many other nourishing benefits. 

The iS Clinical Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque will help with cell turnover (like the basic sugar lemon juice mix) and helps heal and further transform your skin with antioxidant protection.  The combination of botanical enzymes, salicylic acid, and micro-beads is ideal for the ultimate exfoliation experience. 

And fortunately, we have eye creams, lotions, and masks that are so much more effective than petroleum jelly for reducing eye puffiness. SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Mask works miracles to soothe and hydrate the delicate skin under your eyes. 

We wouldn’t dream nowadays of being in the sun without adequate skin screen protection. We’ve advanced leaps and bounds in our knowledge about how damaging the sun can be, as have the products

Out With the Old Skin Care Products and in With the New

There was a time when a classic skincare routine was washing your face with whatever soap you had handy with water and applying a light lotion when you woke up and when you went to bed. This was considered adequate and many followed this ages-old formula. 

For some, this still may be their tried-and-true skincare routine. However, with the advancement of skincare, classic skincare routines have changed and for the better. We are fortunate that we can benefit from the latest technologies that help us deal with issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and psoriasis, to name a few. Why not up your game and take advantage of skincare advancements and skincare routines that can improve your appearance? 

Something to consider in terms of a new skincare routine is choosing products presented as a system. The Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System is an example of a line designed with products (and a routine) specifically formulated to target acne. The beauty of a skincare system is that all the products work well with each other to improve your skin, and there’s no need to worry about building your own routine or figuring out what products to use. 

Myths and Old Skincare Products We Won’t Miss 

Antibacterial soaps have their place but using them on the delicate skin of your face isn’t one of them. All of our skin naturally has bacteria on it, and it’s difficult to remove it all. Using gentle, quality skincare products on your skin is the best way to protect and cleanse your skin. 

The lemon juice and sugar mix that Katherine Hepburn swore by… well, it turns out putting lemon juice on your face just isn’t healthy. Lemon juice is acidic and can irritate your skin, and can lead to a rash when exposed to sunlight that is difficult to resolve. 

And the regime Rita Moreno’s physician recommended she use for her acne? The UV light is highly damaging, and the acetone rub over time causes red, dry, and cracked skin. Thankfully, we now know just how harmful both these items are for your skin. 

Develop Your Own Skincare Routine  

The best skincare routines are the ones that you use consistently and give you the most improvement over time. Classic skincare routines are an excellent platform to build upon and discover for yourself what works best for you.

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