Learn the Basics to get the most out of your Skin Care Routine
Know your skin type
Knowing your skin type can save you a lot of time, money and bad experiences! Skin care is NOT a one size fits all, it must be customized to suit your skin's specific needs. Here a few signs that may help identify your skin type.
Dry Skin - Skin appears dull, dehydrated. Fine lines are more prominent and skin may be rough and flaky. Pores are usually not visible. Skin may age prematurely.
Oily Skin - Skin appears shiny and greasy. Makeup tends to 'slide' off and pores are visible and appear larger. Oily skin tends to be acne-prone. Skin usually does NOT age prematurely.
Combination Skin - Skin appears to have characteristics of both oily and dry skin. usually T-zone will appear oily, prone to acne and with enlarged pores. Cheeks tend to be dry.
Sensitive Skin - Skin appears flushed, red, or irritated and is prone to bumps and rashes. Skin can have noticeable broke capillaries and may burn or sting with beauty products.
Find your favorite products
This part may take some trial and error just like the never-ending quest to find the perfect foundation - just kidding.
Now that you have identified your skin type, you can purchase products according to your skin type.
Start with the basics: Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer.
There are may great drug store skin care brands or feel free to explore brands that cater to your preferences such as organic beauty, cruelty-free beauty, vegan brands, etc.
When you find the products that give you the best results - stick to them.
What are toners and what do they do? Toners are actually very important! Toners come in different formulas and help to remove dirt, impurities and makeup remaining in your skin after cleansing.
Toners also restore your skin's PH levels, help to smooth skin, tighten pores, help skin receive moisturizer and improve skin texture.
Find a toner that suits your skin type.
Moisturizer vs. Hydrators
Even though moisturizers and hydrators seem like the same thing, they are NOT. Moisturizers such as Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Ceramides, etc. are designed to help the skin RETAIN water already IN the skin and prevent it from evaporating.
Hydrators such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, etc. are designed to ATTRACT moisture from the air to infuse skin cells with water helping them to absorb nutrients and moisture.
Oily and combination skin will usually need hydrators to help moisture penetrate deep into the skin since their natural oils tend to create a barrier preventing moisture from entering the skin.
Which goes first?
The order of skin care products can get kinda of confusing. Here's the correct order to apply your skin care. These steps can be followed morning and night.
- Makeup Remover (if you have makeup on)
- Serums (if you use any)
- Eye cream
- Sunscreen (am) (we'll talk i depth about sunscreen in a different post)
The Most Important Thing
Now that you've got a feel for the basics of skin care, you've got to master the most important thing: consistency. Skin care has to be used consistently to obtain results.
In order to make creating consistency easy, leave your skin care products in easy to access places. For example, leave your cleanser in the shower. Your toner close to your deodorant. Your moisturizer on your night stand, etc. Make it easy to create the habit of caring for your skin.
What Skin care tips do you have?