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Melanin Rich Skincare System at STEAM Beauty & Wellness Spa

Updated: Nov 7

Congratulations on taking the first step to a new skin care regimen.


To begin your new skin care routine you will need the following skin care products found in your Cosmedix Age Defy Kit + Even Skin (w/Serum 16) or Treatment Kit Prep (w/Define):


  • Benefit Cleanser

  • Purity Cleanser

  • Simply Brilliant Brightening System

  • Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum

  • Define or Serum 16 (Retinol Treatment)

  • Hydrate + SPF

  • Emulsion Moisturizer



MORNING ROUTINE โ˜€๏ธ



Step 1: Cleanse with Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser ๐ŸŒฟ Wet your face with lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of Benefit Cleanser to your fingertips and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat your face dry. You can use morning and night without stripping the skin.


FYI: Cosmedix cleansing products offer effective cleansing without the traditional foaming or bubbly experience often associated with other cleansers (More bubbles does not mean cleaner). Instead, it operates through an emulsifying and lathering action, which means it creates a creamy texture allowing the cleanser to surround and trap oil and debris, making it easier to rinse away with water without stripping the skin of it's natural oils or leaving residue on the skin.



Step 2: Benefit Toner ๐ŸŒฑ (NOT included in Kit, Available for purchase a la carte) Apply Benefit Antioxidant Toner to balance your skin's pH levels and tighten pores. Use after cleansing. Moisten a cotton pad with the product and swipe it over your face and neck. Avoid the eye area. Allow it to dry before applying the next product! This step can help balance your skin's pH and enhance the absorption your serum application.



Step 3: Apply Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum โœจ

First Serum: Dispense a small (pea sized) amount of the serum onto your fingertips. Gently massage the serum into your skin using upwards and outwards motions. Pay particular attention to areas with hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone. Allow serum to fully absorb into your skin before applying next serum.



Step 4: Apply Simply Brilliant Brightening Serum โœจ

Second Serum: Dispense a small (pea sized) amount of the serum onto your fingertips. Gently massage the serum into your skin using upwards and outwards motions. Pay particular attention to areas with hyper-pigmentation or uneven skin tone. Layer it over the first serum, allowing each layer to be absorbed before applying the next.



Step 5: Apply Hydrate+ SPF

Highly Recommended: Apply a dime sized amount to cover full face, neck and ears.

If you are leaving out the house during daylight hours you will need environmental protection from pollution and sun exposure. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from further damage. Hydrate+ SPF is the perfect moisturizer + SPF combination designed to offer sun protection while providing hydration to the skin. We also recommend leveling up to Peptide Rich SPF 50 by Cosmedix




EVENING ROUTINE ๐ŸŒ™

The skin goes through a natural repair and regeneration process at night, know as the circadian rhythm. This is when cell turnover and collagen production tend to be more active. Using deeper more penetrating active ingredients at night can leverage this natural process and maximize their effectiveness.



Step 1: Cleanse with Purity Clean Exfoliation Cleanser ๐ŸŒฟ Wet your face with lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of Purity Cleanser to your fingertips and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat your face dry. You can use morning and night without stripping the skin. Step 2: Benefit Toner ๐ŸŒฑ (This product is NOT included in Kit, Available for purchase a la carte) Apply Benefit Balance Antioxidant Toner to balance your skin's pH levels and tighten pores. Use after cleansing. Moisten a cotton pad with the product and swipe it over your face and neck. Avoid the eye area. Allow it to dry before applying the next product! This step can help balance your skin's pH and enhance the absorption your serum application.



Step 3: Apply Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum โœจ

First Serum: Dispense a small (pea sized) amount of the serum onto your fingertips. Gently massage the serum into your skin using upwards and outwards motions. Pay particular attention to areas with hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone. Allow serum to fully absorb into your skin before applying any other products. This may take a minute or two.



Step 4: Apply Retinol: Define Age-Defying Treatment or Serum 16 Renewal Serum PM Second Serum: Retinol is a of vitamin A which can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Therefore, you will only use this product EVERY OTHER NIGHT during your evening routine when there is no exposure to sunlight.


Define Age Defy Retinol Treatment will be prescribed to Normal to Oily skin conditions

Serum 16 Renewal Retinol Treatment will be prescribed to Dry, Dehydrated skin conditions Start with a small (pea-sized) amount and massage into your face and neck. Avoid delicate eye areas (eyelids and under eyes) If you are new to retinol, you will start with a lower frequency and gradually increase usage as your skin learns to tolerate it. Plan to use every other night. Replace Retinol Step with Moisture Recovery step alternately, every other day.


Step 5: Moisture Recovery with Emulsion Intense Hydrator ๐Ÿ”’ This deep moisturizer has a smooth, creamy thick texture to help trap hydration into the skin. After serum has penetrated, apply Emulsion moisturizer into skin by gently press it into your skin. Because this moisturize has an oil base the idea is the press pat onto the skin, do not massage. This will ensure to lock in hydration. This moisturizer is perfect for protection and hydration during harsh winter weather.



SKIN CYCLING - ALTERNATE EVENING ROUTINE

Skincare Cycling involves alternating between products or routines for better skincare results and personalization. We will alternate your Retinol treatment (Define or Serum 16) usage to EVERY OTHER NIGHT. Using retinol every night can lead to skin irritation and sensitivity. To prevent these side effects, it's often recommended to use retinol every other night, allowing the skin to recover between applications. Follow the instructions below on nights you skip retinol. This protocol focuses on hydrating and replenishing the skin between retinol usage.



Step 1: Cleanse with Purity Clean Exfoliation Cleanser ๐ŸŒฟ Wet your face with lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of Purity Cleanser to your fingertips and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat your face dry. You can use morning and night without stripping the skin. For next steps, we recommend adding our Benefit Gentle Cleaner for morning cleansing and continue using Purity Clean Exfoliating as an active cleanser in the evening. Step 2: Benefit Toner ๐ŸŒฑ (This product is NOT included in Kit, Available for purchase a la carte)


Apply Benefit Balance Antioxidant Toner to balance your skin's pH levels and tighten pores. Use after cleansing. Moisten a cotton pad with the product and swipe it over your face and neck. Avoid the eye area. Allow it to dry before applying the next product! This step can help balance your skin's pH and enhance the absorption your serum application.



Step 3: Apply Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum โœจ

Dispense a small (pea sized) amount of the serum onto your fingertips. Gently massage the serum into your skin using upwards and outwards motions. Pay particular attention to areas with hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone. Allow serum to fully absorb into your skin before applying any other products. This may take a minute or two.



Step 4: Moisture Recovery with Emulsion Intense Hydrator ๐Ÿ”’ This deep moisturizer has a smooth, creamy thick texture to help trap hydration into the skin. After your Cell ID serum has penetrated, apply Emulsion moisturizer into skin by gently press it into your skin. Because this moisturize has an oil base the idea is the press pat onto the face and neck, do not massage. This will ensure to lock in hydration. This moisturizer is perfect for protection and hydration during harsh winter weather.




ADDITIONAL SKIN CARE WE RECOMMEND (NOT included, Available for purchase a la carte)


Additional Moisturizers, Masks & Night Creams


Ask your esthetician to recommend additional moisturizers, masks or night creams you can you use lock in hydration and keep your skin plump throughout the day.


We recommend adding Harmonize Micromiome Booster or Mystic (Oil Free) Hydrating Mist available for purchase at STEAM Beauty & Wellness Spa

Eye Cream ๐Ÿ‘ Apply a nourishing eye cream to the delicate skin around your eyes. Gently tap it in with your ring finger to improve circulation and reduce puffiness. We recommend Eye Genius and Opti Crystal by Cosmedix available for purchase at STEAM Beauty & Wellness Spa Lip Care ๐Ÿ‘„ Don't forget to hydrate your lips with a moisturizing treatment before bedtime. We recommend Lumi Crystal Lip Hydrator by Cosmedix available for purchase at STEAM Beauty & Wellness Spa




As you replenish your products we recommend replacing with full sized products to maintain your progress long term. Take your time building your skin care supply. Remember, skin care doesn't have to be overly complicated or expense. This starter kit will help you learn the basic fundamental steps and your esthetician will help you build from this baseline at your pace and budget.


Every month get excited about replenishing your favorite products and introducing additional skin care into the routine.


Remember, skincare results can vary person to person, so be patient and give the product time to work. It may take several weeks to see noticeable results from a new routine.

Consistency is KEY ๐Ÿ”‘ Execute your Morning & Evening Regime every day to achieve best results.


If you experience any irritation or adverse reaction, discontinue use and contact your esthetician. We may need to introduce active serums gradually as we rebuild your skin barrier.


If you have not already scheduled your follow up appointment or would like to schedule a Skin Consultation you may book your next visit to STEAM Beauty & Wellness Spa using our 24/7 Online Booking portal




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