Hello beauties, today we are going to be talking about a proper skincare routine and why you should have one.
I know skincare can seem pretty straightforward but there are a lot of things that a lot of people don’t know about it, like the proper order to apply your products, what kind of products you need, and even what your skin type is.
In this post, I am going to give you a basic skincare routine and explain the different products and what they do.
I’m also going to show you how to determine your skin type and what products work best I’m going, to be honest, there is no one-size-fits-all for skincare.
Everyone’s skin is different and has different needs so it’s up to you to figure out what works best for your skin and do that.
I know dealing with your skin can some times feel like a full time job, especially if you have acne prone skin or problems that you just can’t seem to solve and I know it can seem like your skin is completely against you (trust me it isn’t!)
So that’s why I created my free email course Skin Care Success!
This course, in addition to being completely free, goes over the ins and outs of skincare all the way from figuring out what your skin type is and walking you through how to find the right products that will work best for your skin.
In this course I will teach you:
- How to figure out your skin type
- How to deal with oily skin
- How to deal with dry skin
- How to deal with combination skin
- How to deal with aging skin
- How to deal with acne prone skin
- How to choose the right products for your skin
- Create your own personalized skincare regimen
Throughout the entire course I will guide you and help you get started with improving the look and feel of your skin!
So, without further adieu, let’s jump right into the post!
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Skincare for Beginners
Skincare: The importance of a skincare regimen
You must have a skincare regimen. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated but you must have something.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, treat it right.
And if you have any interest in makeup then skincare is a necessity. It doesn’t matter what products you use, if your skin isn’t on point then your makeup will not look good.
The following is a simple and proper skincare routine. Once you determine what your skin type is I urge you to take your skincare seriously.
Apply products in the order they’re given here.
Pre-step: Makeup wipe (optional)
If you don’t have time to actually wash your skin, then using a makeup remover wipe is a suitable alternative, however, I don’t recommend using this as a substitute for cleansing completely.
This is really for those times when you’re in a pinch and you want to apply your makeup, but you can’t completely wash your face.
Applying makeup to skin that is oily or dirty can affect the look and application of your products.
First step: Cleanse
For most skin types, excluding oily, a gentle cream cleanser should do the trick.
Second step: Exfoliate
Your skin is always regenerating and shedding old skin cells and if you don’t remove them then they can pile up on your face and affect your makeup and the look and quality of your skin overall.
The amount of exfoliation varies but the general rule is to exfoliate every 2 weeks. There are exfoliants that are made specifically for everyday use.
I like to exfoliate every day but that’s just my personal preference.
Third step: Tone
Toners are products that prepare your skin to absorb the nutrients from any products you apply.
Fourth step: Serums
Serums are concentrated products that give your skin added moisture and nutrients. Serums are specially formulated to be absorbed into your skin for maximum benefits.
Fifth step: Eye and neck creams
These products are specifically formulated for the sensitive skin around your eyes and on your neck, so I recommend using them.
Sixth step: Moisturizer
This is probably one of the most important parts of your skincare routine so please don’t skip it. Your moisturizer not only hydrates your skin but also gives your skin essential nutrients it needs to repair damage and protect itself.
Seventh step: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is important for your entire body but especially for your face. I would choose a sunscreen that’s oil-free, water resistant and has an SPF of at least 30.
Eighth step: Lip balm
The skin on your lips is just as important as the skin on your face when it comes to makeup, so you want to make sure you keep your lips moisturized.
Skincare: Different skin types
Now I’m going to talk about the different skin types, how you can determine your skin type and how to work with the different skin types.
So first let’s talk about the different skin types:
- Dry skin produces minimal oils and has a low sebum production level
- Dry skin may feel tight in certain areas or all over and may have flaky patches and/or rough texture
- Can be prone to sensitivity
- It can sometimes look pale and lackluster
- May lack shine
- May not have a lot of suppleness or elasticity
Dry skin can be caused by many factors including diet, certain skincare treatments, rough cleansing, natural aging or weather changes.
- Oily skin often looks greasy and thick
- The pores of the face are enlarged, and oily skin is more prone to acne breakouts
- The face has a high shine volume throughout.
Oily skin can be caused by genetics, diet, your hormone levels, weather, lack of proper skincare and certain cosmetic or skincare products.
- Problematic skin usually has a lot of acne or chronic breakouts all over the face
- Whiteheads, blackheads and cystic acne are common.
- The pores are usually enlarged or clogged.
- Redness and inflammation are very common.
- The skin is excessively shiny.
Some causes of problematic skin are genetics, diet, stress and bad skincare.
- Mature skin has lost some or most of its firmness and suppleness.
- The elasticity of the skin is also lessened.
- There are wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
- The skin loses its ability to retain its form after being stretched
- There are less collagen and elastin in the skin, these are proteins that build skin.
- Skin looks thinner and brown spots appear
- The dead skin cells shed a lot slower
- The skin often looks tired and dull
- The skin may have an uneven color and texture
Causes of maturing skin include changes in the body and the natural aging process and your genetics.
- Sensitive skin is easily inflamed and irritated.
- Sensitive skin has many different triggers before becoming inflamed such as cleansing or simply touching the skin.
Symptoms of inflammation include redness, dryness, and flakiness.
Some cause of sensitive skin includes allergies, low tolerance to certain skincare products, circulatory problems, environmental factors, medications, stress, and age.
- Skin is plump and supple
- The skin has an even texture and color tine
- Normal skin does not have excess oil
- Breakouts and pimples are uncommon
- The skin is firm and has an overall healthy appearance
- Combination skin means there is more than one skin type in different areas of the face.
- A common example of this is oily skin in the T-zone area, which is the forehead and the center of the face, and dryness on the cheeks.
Some possible causes of combination skin are genetics and skincare or cosmetic products.
Skincare: Determining your skin type
Next, let’s talk about how you determine your skin type.
Your skin type is usually determined by the level of sebum production.
Sebum is an oily or waxy substance that is produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin and it helps lubricate your skin and hair.
There are two ways I like to identify skin type.
Wash your face and then wait 30 minutes. Don’t apply any moisturizers or lotions. Look at your face in the mirror. Do you see dry patches? Is it excessively shiny?
How does it feel? Tight? Oily? Normal?
If your skin feels tight and dry, then you most likely have dry skin. If your skin is shiny and feels oily then you have oily skin. If your skin doesn’t really feel dry or oily then you most likely have normal skin.
Take a blotting sheet and press it all over your face. Press it onto your skin don’t wipe, that can cause irritation.
Then look at the blotting paper. What you’re looking for here is the oil level. Does the sheet have a lot of oil on it or is it pretty much dry or have very little oil?
If it has a lot of oil then you most likely have oily skin and vice versa.
Skincare: How to work with the different skin types
Now, we are going to talk about how you can work with the different skin types and how to make your skin look its best.
- With dry skin you want to use light layers of products that are hydrating, you don’t want to smother the skin in really heavy products because that will just make it drier.
- Even with oily skin, you want to make sure the skin is moisturized and hydrated but go for moisturizers that are oil-free.
- Throughout the day keep blotting papers handy and powder your T-zone when things get oo oily.
- Don’t over cleanse your skin, this can make it even more oily.
- For oily skin, I recommend a deep cleanser so you can remove any excess oil
- Do not over cleanse your skin, this could make your breakouts worse.
- Use topical treatments or spot treatments to keep your pores clear and remove excess sebum.
- Keep your skin hydrated with moisturizers that are oil-free.
- You must keep your skin hydrated.
- Using rich moisturizers and antioxidants can help protect the surface of the skin.
- Avoid the sun and try to keep your body as hydrated as possible.
- Stay away from stress.
- When you’re working with sensitive skin it’s best to stay away from products that have fragrance and oil.
Normal skin is pretty easy to work with. There really isn’t anything you can’t use or do to skin that’s normal except employing proper skincare.
- When working with combination skin you want to treat the different skin type areas according to their specific needs.
As you can see, there is a bit that goes into creating a skincare routine but it really is worth it. Your skin doesn’t hate you but if you have problematic skin like I do it can seem like that at times.
It just needs a little TLC and it’s your job to provide that!
Well, beauties that’s it for this post!
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