So if you’re like me, then you know how important it is to have an everyday skin care routine. And if you’re like me, then you also struggle with finding the right routine for you, and sticking to one. When I first started my “routine”, I was twelve years old. This is when I started getting acne, and unfortunately, it has yet to let up. My routine consisted of washing my face, and that’s it. Cringey, I know. I had no idea that there was a vast world of skincare products beyond face wash.
Fast forward twelve years later. With the help of some experienced friends, and the internet, I’ve developed a routine for myself that fits my skins needs. And I can help you create one for yourself! This blog will just be a basic skin care routine. There are a TON of products out there, and we could definitely go in depth and formulate a crazy routine. But, I think we’ll keep it simple for now. Maybe in the future I’ll blog about a more in depth regimen? We shall see…
Step one: Cleanser
Now this is an obvious one. Washing your face is an important part of your skin care routine. Throughout the day, our skin is continuously exposed to dirt, bacteria, pollutants, and so many other dirty things. So it is especially important to wash our face before we go to bed. If you have excessively oily and acne prone skin, then it is recommended to wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning, and once at night. For dry or sensitive skin, you can get away with washing your face once a day. Now we’ll go over the different skin types, and what type of wash you’ll want to use for your skin.
Oily/Acne prone skin.
If you have oily/acne prone skin, you’ll want to stick with a gel based wash, or a foaming cleanser. Make sure you’re washing with lukewarm water. Cleansers that contain salicylic acid are great for oily skin because they limits bacterial growth and control sebum production. I know it’s tempting to want to wash your face every time it gets oily, but over cleansing can actually make your skin produce extra oil! Instead, opt for oil blotting sheets, or cleansing wipes during the day. It’ll help freshen up your skin without the harshness!
For those of us with dry skin, you’re going to want to use a creamy cleanser that is moisturizing. Look for cleansers that contain gylcerin and hylauronic acid. These ingredients actually bring water to the surface of the skin. If your face feels tight or itchy after washing, that means that your cleanser might be stripping your skin of its oils, and leaving it dry. Avoid foam cleansers, as these can be drying. And avoid washes that contain salicylic acid. Cleansers that are free of fragrance and alcohol are best for dry skin (always read the ingredient list!).
Now if you’re like me and you have combination skin, then you know how irritating it can be to find a cleanser that works. Thank goodness they have cleansers that are especially made for combination skin. Typically, you’ll want to use a gentle, but effective water soluble cleanser. The goal is to remove impurities without leaving skin feeling tight, or overly greasy.
Step two: Exfoliate
Exfolation is an important step in our skin care routine, and is great for all skin types. It helps unclog our pores, and it minimizes the look of dark spots by removing the dead skin cells that contain pigment. Because it removes the top layer of dead cells, this allows for better absorption of moisturizers and serums. Chemical exfoliants can contain AHA’s, BHA’s, or enzymes. This form of exfoliation chemically dissolves the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together. It penetrates the upper layer of the skin for a more complete renewal. Physical exfolation utilizes beads, crystals, or pumice to scrub away any dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface of the skin. For more sensitive skin types, you can use an exfoliant that contains natural ingredients such as crushed nutshells, seashells, or seeds. You’ll want to exfoliate 2-3 times a week for normal, oily, and combination skin. And once a week for dry or sensitive skin.
Step three: Toner
Using a toner is something that I struggled to keep apart of my routine for a while. I honestly didn’t see the use in it, and it would often sit under my sink, unused. Until I decided to start using it daily, to see what it was about I noticed a drastic difference in my skin almost instantly. A good facial toner can help balance the pH level of your skin, and helps control acne. It removes and excess oil, dirt, and makeup that is left over after the cleansing process. It can also help reduce the look of pores, which was a life changer for me! And it honestly leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed, which is great for mornings.
Step four: Moisturizer
Moisturizing is something that I added to my routine almost instantly. Back when I first started washing my face, I only used a cleanser formulated for acne prone skin, which would leave my skin feeling tight and itchy (worst feeling ever). Moisturizer is super important, even if you have oily skin! You’ll want to choose a moisturizer that has plenty of vitamins, and one that contains sunscreen. Moisturizing helps our skin stay young, and fights wrinkles. It can give skin the boost it needs to repair itself. You’ll want to moisturize every time you wash your face. It is especially hydrating right after getting out of the shower!
So we’ve covered the basics of an every day beauty regimen that works for everyone. In the future, I will write a blog that’s covers more of the beauty products that are out there such as oils, serums, masks, etc. Creating your own beauty routine can be super easy, and I promise you’ll be thanking yourself later!