Skincare doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. All you need is a little help to maintain a results-driven skincare regime that’ll make it easier for you to understand the necessary steps to achieve your ultimate skin goals. We’re here to help a sister out!
To be completely black and white, one can not simply stick to just three products or less and expect amazing life changing results. Everyone is different and so is their skin.
If you’re serious about your skin and have some skin concerns to address, you need to have a skin regime in place. It’s that simple. See it like this…skin care is an investment! Ever heard of that saying “You get what you pay for?” Paying a decent price for a product that contains beneficial ingredients and screams quality will do wonders for your skin. We’re talking long-term results! You can buy cheap clothes or accessories but never be stingy with anything you put on your face. Do you want to eat greasy fast food every day for the rest of your life or eat a healthy balanced diet? Ask yourself this question the next time you go shopping for skincare or cosmetics.
Ever looked at someone and thought how amazing and flawless their makeup looks? We guarantee that that person looks after their skin. It’s pretty straightforward. If you prep your skin well prior to makeup application, you’ll see that your makeup will go on much more smoothly and nicely. Read on for our recommended skincare routine for a more radiant, healthier looking skin!
Step 1: Pre-cleanse This is a makeup removal step prior to using a daily cleanser (e.g. foaming daily cleanser). Pre-cleansing products are usually a cleansing oil or a cleansing balm. These will help melt off stubborn, all day makeup and excess sebum (oil) that’s been built up. It’s a super gentle yet effective way to remove makeup thoroughly. Oil attracts oil, and acts like a magnet lifting and melting away impurities (don’t worry it won’t clog your pores). Most people will use makeup wipes or baby wipes to remove their makeup.
You may think you’re removing everything until you wipe over with a damp cotton pad/cotton round to find leftover makeup. Eeek! Cleansing oils or balms will leave your skin feeling soft, comfortable and refreshingly clean. Removing makeup the right way will save your skin from congestion, breakouts and premature aging! Trust us on this one and give pre-cleansing a go! You’ll thank us for the satisfactory results.
Step 2: Second Cleanse If you don’t have any makeup on you can go straight to this step which is the second cleanse. Your second cleanse is either a foam (for combination/oily skin), milk (for mature/dry/sensitive skin), cream (for dry/mature skin), gel (oily/combination skin) or a clay (oily/acne/problem skin) type cleanser. These types of cleansers all cater for different skin types. It’s recommended by experts that you cleanse daily, in the morning (as our skin may have produced excess oils throughout the night) and in the evening. Try getting into the practice of using only your fingertips to cleanse in small circular motions. Be gentle with your skin. The rougher we are with our skin the more we encourage wrinkles to appear!
Step 3: Exfoliate Exfoliating is crucial when it comes to removing built-up dead skin cells on our skin’s superficial layer. Dead skin cells are the reason why we can’t get that glow and our expensive products don’t absorb well! There are two types of exfoliants. Chemical and manual exfoliants. Both types are super effective when used correctly! Chemical exfoliants not only work on the surface of our skin but also on a deeper level as well.
They don’t usually contain granules that require rubbing or a scrubbing action. Common chemical exfoliants include: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, papain (enzyme derived from papaya), bromelain (enzyme derived from pineapple), fruit enzymes. When these ingredients are applied to the skin, they gently dissolve the 'glue' that cements dead skin cells together. These are great benefits for problem skin, whether it's prone to acne, eczema, rosacea, dryness, or sensitivity. This is why chemical exfoliants can, in fact, be milder and gentler than scrubs and the like.
Manual exfoliants are face scrubs that require your hands to apply. It could be a tool that does the scrubbing action for you, such as a battery-powered facial brush. Physical exfoliants work on the skin’s superficial layer. These products speed up the natural exfoliation rate and help to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy. Remember to not exfoliate on a daily basis. Two to three times a week will do just fine. Over-exfoliating can lead to sensitivity and extreme dryness leading to all sorts of skin issues.
Step 4: Tone This step is to help prep your skin for hydration and better product absorption. It is definitely optional to have this step in your routine. Those who are serious about skin will for sure tone! Toners can be applied with a cotton pad/round or patted/pressed onto the skin with just your fingers. Try to avoid toners that contain alcohol as it can strip your natural skin’s PH level, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Use toners every day in the morning and evening prior to moisturizing.
Step 5: Serum Not everyone uses a serum, as most don’t know why they should. Serums are applied after the cleansing process and just before moisturizer with the intent of delivering powerful, potent ingredients directly into the skin. Made up of smaller molecules, serums can penetrate the skin on a more cellular level with active ingredients, to target many skin concerns such as pigmentation and sun damaged skin. Serums can influence change on the skin’s behavior as they contain active, powerful ingredients! Depending on the serum, some can be used daily and others sparingly (just refer to the label for use). Even though serums can hydrate skin with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, you still need to protect and lock in the hydration with a moisturizer (face lotions and creams are richer and create a protective barrier on top of the skin to keep all that good stuff in). Currently, there are water-based and oil-based serums. Some people prefer one texture over the other. Water-based serums are designed to be applied under your moisturizer due to the molecular size ingredients being able to penetrate the skin deeply. Oil-based serums are applied on top of your moisturizer as the size of the molecules are much larger (they're supposed to keep the moisturizer you put underneath moist during the entire day giving a healthy glow).
Step 6: Moisturize The stratum corneum (skin’s superficial layer/uppermost layer) is made up of fat, oil and skin cells that help keep the moisture in the skin. Applying a moisturizer can increase the moisture level of the stratum corneum, preventing major dehydration and acts as a protective barrier. If your moisturizer doesn’t contain sunscreen you need to make sure you choose one that does for day wear or layer a sunscreen on top of your moisturizer. This will ensure protection against signs of premature aging and skin cancer! It’s best to apply moisturizer immediately after your serum to lock in all the goodness in the morning and evening.
The key to skin success is being consistent with your skincare regime. You will have clearer, healthier and more radiant looking skin. Another major key is to be patient with your skin. Follow through and you will see positive change in your skin. Good luck on your skincare journey!