Over the past few years I have developed a huge love affair with skincare. This love affair leads me to want to share with the world the proper way to treat your skin. Being a licensed Cosmetologist, I have some educational background on skincare from schooling. The rest has been all from my own personal research, trial and error and asking my esthetician friends for their expertise.
There’s no doubt skin care is not an easy thing to navigate. With an oversaturated market of products and a handful of different products to use it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Being a lover of the simple things in life, I’ve been wanting to write a blog on a simple, easy, skincare routine for a while now. Something that anyone can follow that isn’t too overwhelming. But of course, I would always recommend talking to a professional about lining up a skincare routine specific to your skin and your needs. My advice is just a simple guideline to go off of.
I think cleanser is without a doubt an off the table question that you should be using twice daily. The purpose of a facial cleanser is to remove any leftover makeup, oil, dirt, and any other environmental factors that build up on your face daily. Think of washing your face like washing your body, it’s a no-brainer right? But, do not wash your face with any soap that is not intended to be used on the face. Your facial skin is much more delicate than the rest of your body and should be treated specific to its needs.
As far as cleanser recommendations goes, my best advice would be to do your research. Find a cleanser that is dedicated to your skin type (oily, dry, normal or combination). If you’re unsure what your skin type is you can always read my blog post What is your Skin Type? Do You Actually Know?! As far as brands go, there are so many different brands and options out there on the market and it can be extremely overwhelming to choose. Doing your research on the actual benefits the cleanser has to offer will do your skin wonders. Look at what ingredients are used that are beneficial and what ones to avoid. If you’re still really lost, you can always consult with a professional.
Did you know: Often, inexpensive cleansers can be stripping your skin of it’s natural oils. I like to think of it the same way I think of washing your hair. Both have natural oils that are good for you and naturally produced by your body. These oils need to be maintained and cleansed but don’t need to be stripped off the surface completely.
When: You should be using your cleanser in the AM and PM. Right when you wake up and right before you go to bed. Although I am awful at trying to wash my face in the morning, it makes a huge difference in your skin. More often than not I wash my face in the shower to make things easier.
In my professional opinion, a moisturizer is also an off the table question that she be used twice daily. Moisturizer is needed on every skin type, all year round.
You should also be choosing a moisturizer that is dedicated to skin type. Dry skin think heavy moisture, oily skin think water balms or something that is oil-free, normal skin think of a basic moisturizer and combination skin can follow suit with oily skin. Once again, if you are unsure of your skin type, my blog post What is Your Skin Type? Do You Actually Know?! will come in handy!
Myth: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer is a complete myth. If you have oily skin, your body is producing an excess amount of oil which is usually the product of over productive glands but can be the result of a handful of other reasons. What you shouldn’t do is use a harsh toner to combat the excess oil. This may cause your body to produce even more oil and this does not mean your skin is being moisturized. Your skin could actually be begging for moisture. You may notice that once you start moisturizing your skin, your oil production will calm down some. You see, if your skin feels like it’s dehydrated, it’s going to produce more oil to combat it. So a huge solution to your problem and the exact opposite of what you’ve been told is; moisturize your oily skin.
When: You should be moisturizing your skin twice daily in the AM and PM after you have cleansed your face. If you use toners, serums etc. then moisturizer should be the last thing you apply.
Tip: You can choose to have two different moisturizers for each time of day. In the morning you could start with a light moisturizer with SPF in it so you’re hydrating and protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays (that cause wrinkles). In the evening you can opt for a heavier night cream designed to hydrate your skin overnight.
Tip: Applying moisturizer before your makeup will make your makeup look better. You may notice your makeup doesn’t look so cakey or “crepey” after applying because the area has been moisturized. “Crepey” looking skin is caused by dehydration. As I said earlier, applying moisturizer to oily skin may help combat some of the oils coming through. Therefore, you may notice you don’t need to blot your makeup as often or even at all.
Tip: Apply moisturizer in an upward stroking motion and avoid pulling or tugging at your skin. I know it’s difficult to not pull at the skin but it can avoid wrinkles.
You should be exfoliating your face at least once a week. Personally, I like to exfoliate on Sunday’s because it’s easy for me to remember and I usually have more downtime #skincaresunday.
It is important to exfoliate your face because you’re removing the dead skin cells as well as dirt, oil, flakey skin and any other gunk off the top layer of your skin leaving behind a fresh new layer of skin that makes you look #glowyaf. Especially as you age, the rate of cell turnover slows which basically means it takes longer to produce and shed new cells. Exfoliating is also great if you have texture on your skin because it aids in smoothing out your texture. Personally, the pores on my nose are always clogged and when I apply makeup my nose looks bumpy. This is an example of texture. After exfoliating, I’ve noticed my nose is much smoother and thus makes my makeup look better.
It is important to know that there are two types of exfoliators; chemical and physical. Both have the same end result but operate in two different ways. Chemical exfoliators are AHA and BHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids) and they can come in many forms. Chemical exfoliators work by chemically dissolving the “glue” that holds the dead skin cells together. They contain acids and you will see them a lot in peels. Chemically exfoliating is a great way to get a deeper level of exfoliation. I love to use the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial from Drunk Elephant as a way to chemically exfoliate and it can be purchased on their website. Physical exfoliators are usually some sort of scrub that has abrasive “beads” and requires you to physically sluff off the dead skin cells. I personally use the Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub. It looks like sand and I get a dime size amount in my hand, add water and work it into my skin for a few minutes. When I rinse my skin is left feeling like a babies butt. I also take extra time to work on my nose where my texture is. This can be purchased on their website. Other forms of physical exfoliation are microdermabrasion and dermaplaning and both are services provided by a licensed esthetician.
I’ll stop there with the absolute basics of a skincare but I will always recommend looking into a more intensive skincare routine that can consist of; serums, toners, oils, peels, masks and more. Like I said earlier, consulting with a licensed professional is always best to figure out a skincare routine specific to your needs.
So how was that for some skin care knowledge?! I hope you learned a ton of info and feel much more clear on a basic skincare routine. I would love to know if you try this routine out and if it works for you!