June 5, 2020

My Must-have Routine for Youthful Skin


Get Clearer, younger skin with the right daily regimen

Updated 6/29/2020

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Are you struggling with the signs of aging? Maybe you're seeing more fine lines, dull skin, sun spots or redness.

There are so many skincare options these days! Are you confused about how to best maintain clear, healthy skin?

Like most women in their forties or beyond, I've had challenges with my changing skin over the years. As a result, I’ve tried many new skin products during the 13 years I worked for aesthetics manufacturers.  

If you are like me, you probably love trying out new skin, body and hair products! While it is tempting to constantly try new products and trends, skin responds well to a consistent routine.

My skin had been acting confused - red, irritated, dry in areas while oily in others, and congested. So I decided to seek a gentle skincare routine that contained enough active ingredients to target to my aging concerns. My research soon led me to 302 Professional Skincare.

I was impressed by the focus on both nature and science, as well as the use of simple, high quality ingredients. After using this line exclusively for 30 days, I saw visibly healthier, clearer skin with less redness.

If you want your younger skin back as well, read on to learn more about this unique line.

Build healthy skin with sun protection

mineral moisturizer with sun protection

Mineral based sun protection (13% zinc oxide, 1.25% titanium dioxide)

Regardless of skin type or color, we all need to use sun protection, especially between 10 am and 4 pm. If you don't believe me, ask your dermatologist. This is the most important step for keeping skin healthy and clear. No serum or moisturizer can replace simple protection from the sun.

Do you have a drawer full of sunscreens for different activities? I get it!  This SPF-30 (renamed Mineral Moisturizer in 2019) has an elegant finish and silky texture that won me over right away.

Many SPF formulas are heavy or look greasy after a few hours, so using them is not very pleasant. If you have oily, combination or acne prone skin, you know what I mean. With 13% zinc oxide and 1.25% titanium dioxide, Mineral Moisturizer soothes while protecting and moisturizing.

Correct redness & uneven skin tone

I knew 302's founder, Richard Huber, through a past collaboration. The line is offered mainly in medical spas, and I was only familiar with the SPF product.

My forty something skin was acting confused - dry in areas, oily in others, with redness and clogged pores. I realized I might be mixing too many products. So I wanted to find a new approach to skincare.

We met while he visited Los Angeles. Mr. Huber took one look at my skin and promised to send products that would improve my complexion.

My Skin challenges:

  • Redness on cheeks & nose, indicating inflammation/sensitivity
  • Pore congestion around nose
  • Lack of firmness & loss of elasticity on cheeks

The 302 skincare routine

sensitive, mature skin

Sensitive, redness-prone skin (wearing a light coverage foundation)

As you can see from this selfie, my skin is cool with natural pink tones. I also have some redness from sensitivity. The redness on my cheeks gets worse if I overheat or use strong acids or fragranced products.

The box I received the next week contained 4 items:

  • CLINICAL FORMULA: DRY/SENSITIVE CLEANSER
  • CALMING MIST Rx
  • 302 DROPS Rx
  • SPF 30 (renamed Mineral Moisturizer as of 2019)

I was given these instructions:

  1. Cleanse once a day
  2. Stop using additional products, especially acid based products like Glycolic Acid, Retinoids or Vitamin C
  3. Stop using foundation make-up, except for mineral based powder (as foundation can cause inflammation and age skin)

If you wear foundation, as I have my whole life, you know this is not as easy thing to do! But I wanted to give it a fair chance so decided to follow this advice exactly. 

A simple routine heals inflammation

My daily products were SPF and Cleanser, plus the 302 serum three nights per week.

The key ingredients in Clinical Dry/Sensitive Cleanser are organic green tea and squalane (sustainably derived oil from olives).  This is a cream, with zero lather. Do you love your foaming or gel based cleanser like I do?  I expected it would take time to adjust to this formula, but I was excited to see that my skin looked noticeably smooth and felt hydrated after one use. 

My skin felt softer immediately after cleansing. It was easy to switch to using cleanser once a day. This is ideal for many women, especially for mature, dry or normal types.

Mr. Huber warned that my skin might react to 302 Drops Rx since I’d recently used an acid based exfoliant twice a week (0.5% tretinoin cream). For this reason, it's recommended that you discontinue use of acids 14-28 days before using this product. The 302 Drops are applied by diluting slightly with Calming Mist Rx.

Rebuild and repair damaged skin

Build healthier skin with 302 Drops Rx

My skin did pink up after application and remained pink on day two. I used 302 Drops Rx twice a week as instructed and my skin soon appeared hydrated, smoother and firmer.  

Results: A Clearer, Younger Complexion

While my skin was in reasonably good condition before using 302,  it looked noticeably better within a couple of weeks:

  • Less redness on nose and cheeks
  • Clean, clear pores that appeared smaller
  • Softer lines
  • Hydrated, smooth skin

While I missed wearing foundation at first, I realized I didn't really need it with healthy skin. Ok, I do still wear foundation sometimes, but it is no longer an everyday habit. 

A "Less is more" Skincare Philosophy 

Would you like to spend less time and money on your skincare, while seeing better results?  I would. So I appreciate the fact that with 302, less is more. Click here for more information on 302's background.

While many consumers have been brainwashed by the beauty industry to overuse products, it’s not helpful to your skin in the long run. The 302 Active serums are typically applied only 2-3 times a week. You may choose between 1-3 serums, depending on your skin concerns. Using more will not improve your results, and may cause irritation. 

 

The idea is to stimulate the skin with active formulations, but allow sufficient recovery time, thus avoiding inflammation. Stimulation then rest. Repeat.

Most of the products are not intended for daily use, except cleansers and Mineral Moisturizer. 

It might take a little time to adjust, but you’ll love your results!

Shop 302 Professional Skincare

Please visit my store to see my curated selection of the best 302 Skincare products for a youthful, healthy complexion.

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I'd love to help you achieve your skincare goals. If you have any questions,  please let me know in the comments below or email me at smartbeautyrituals@gmail.com.

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Michelle’s background includes 13 years in medical aesthetics sales, product development & marketing. She is also a former yoga teacher/massage therapist and lifelong beauty product junkie. 

Michelle operates the Smart Beauty Rituals site and consults for skincare brands. 

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