Skincare Routines: Why You Need One
Let’s face it, planning out and sticking to a skincare routine is kind of an overwhelming task. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had someone tell me that they don’t know where to start with assembling a skincare game plan.
So, take note of the six following steps that you need, need, need to take in order to wind up with the best skin ever.
Step 1: Cleanse Every Day, Two Times A Day
Finding a good cleanser is key. There are four categories that your skin can fall into: Oily, Normal, Combination and Dry. To gauge your skin’s sensitivity, look for the most common signs: redness, itchy, tightness, or uncomfortable.
Women with “oily” skin should use a cleanser that is oil-free. Not a shocking revelation, I know. Those with “normal” skin can (more often than not) use any cleanser that they like. Women who fall into the “combination” skin boat may find that their skin changes as the seasons do and might do well to use oil-free cleansers during warmer months and cleansers that are specifically formulated for dry skin in the cooler ones. Women with sensitive skin should stay far away from scented cleansers of any kind, as these are known to irritate skin.
An extension of this is exfoliating. Exfoliating is your friend. It helps remove dead skin cells and smooths out your skin surface. Do this a few times a week. Not every day though. Please don’t exfoliate on the daily. As for finding the right exfoliating product for you, the aforementioned rules can apply here too. I’m also going to be bringing you a round-up of my favorite exfoliators soon because I love you that much.
Step 2: Toning
Because of its reputation as a moisture-eliminating/dry-skin-causing product, lots of people skip toning. But toners are effective, granted you use the correct one and can even be used to boost the results of other skin treatments.
Still worried about drying effects of toner? Don’t be. This can be neutralized by the rest of your skin care routine.
Step 3: Treat
Every skin issue imaginable (and some imagined, unfortunately!) has some sort of treatment. Most of these treatments come in the form of gels or serums. These do not replace your other skin care products, they supplement them!
Needless to say there are plenty of skin treatments options out there, but don’t use anything that you don’t actually need.
Step 4: Moisturize
Moisturize your face. It doesn’t matter if you have oily skin, combination skin, or anything in between. Moisturizer provides a smooth base for your primer and foundation. It helps diminish textural problems. Gels work best for more oily skin, while creams work best for dryer skin types.
Step 5: Applying An Eye Cream Or Gel
Let me start by saying that dabbing moisturizers on your eyes isn’t an eye cream, I swear. Anyway, a little goes a long way when it comes to eye cream. Be sure to use one twice a day. There are a variety of formulas and some women choose based on the texture or consistency of the product. There is an eye cream for every age and ones that do different things; be sure to find one that best suits your needs.
Step Six: Applying A Lip Balm
We all know chapped lips aren't cute. What if you want to try out a new lipstick while you're getting ready for work or school and your lips are anything but cute. Can you say "disaster"?
My simple trick is to use a SUPER thick and hydrating lip balm before bed. I'm talking industrial grade...okay, not really but applying a hydrating lip balm before bed ensures a decent layer will still be on when you wake up and keeps your lips prepped for those days you want to do a little extra!
Don't forget to add a regular balm throughout the day to keep your lips ready for your next bold lip choice!
Six steps is all it takes. Okay, not quite, but it’s a start. Want more skin care advice? Circle back again soon.