For many of us, trying to remember all the steps you need to do for the best skincare routine can be daunting and confusing. A consistent skincare routine is very important to keep your skin healthy. I am going to share the basic steps we should all be following and what I do for my regimen. (You can also download a free checklist by subscribing to my email list!) Along the way, I’m going to also share some products that I find to be highly effective!
Step 1 – Cleanse
With this step, you want to be sure to remove any dirt and oil from your face so that your other treatments can absorb in the skin. The type of cleanser you use should be based on your skin type and personal preference. In the winter I love using Juice Beauty’s cleansing milk, but for the warmer months, I am really loving TULA’s Purifying Face Cleanser. It has a nice consistency, is gentle and doesn’t have an overpowering fragrance!
Step 2 – Tone
This is a step that many may skip in the routine, but it is very important to tone. The cleansers that we use change the PH of our skin to remove dirt, and the toner helps to restore that PH balance. I love the Pixi Glow Tonic. It has 5% glycolic acid so it has the added benefit of helping to gently exfoliate my skin. I also like L’BRI’s Gentle Freshener. it’s in a spray bottle so it’s quick and easy.
Step 3 – Treat
This is when I like to apply my serums. You should choose one that is targeting an area of concern in your skin – for example, dryness, or fine lines, etc. Serums are a thinner consistency that can penetrate deeper into the skin producing better results, which is why if this is a step you’ve been skipping, you should reconsider! Let me also tell you that Serum does NOT equal expensive! I found two fantastic serums that are $25 or less each! They are both from a company called Timeless – I use the 20% C+E+Ferulic Acid and the Matrixyl Synthe 6 serums. I’ve seen significant results with both! Again, you don’t need multiple serums if you don’t want, I’m a little crazy that way!
Step 4 – Moisturize
Whether your skin is dry or oily, you need to moisturize! In the spring and summer months I like to go a little lighter with my moisturizer as I have combination skin. I am loving the L’BRI Moisturizer with SPF 32 right now.
Step 5 – Sunscreen
If you read my recent post about SPF, then you KNOW this step is a must! I’ve mentioned the CeraVe Face Lotion, but I’ve recently found another great SPF by Obagi. It is tinted so it could be used as a light face coverage and also has infrared defense, in addition to the broad spectrum sun protection.
Exfoliating treatment – 2/3x per week
This is Soo important! Think about little kids and how poreless and flawless their skin is. This is because their skin cells are naturally turning over constantly. As we age, that process of cell turnover gets slower and slower and…you get the point. We need to really focus on exfoliating to manually turn those cells over. One of my go-to product for this is Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant. You leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes and wash off. I recently tried an Exfoliating treatment mask from the brand TULA and was blown away! You put it on the face for 5 minutes and then wash off. My pores were so small and it gave my face a healthy, younger, fresh look!
Now, if you are not currently using a skin care regimen and want to get started, I know all these steps can sound overwhelming, but really it only takes me 5-10 minutes to apply everything to my face in the morning. I try to store them in my medicine cabinet in the order of application so I really don’t need to think about it. Also you can download my free checklist and hang it in your bathroom until you remember the order of everything – then it will be as easy as brushing your teeth.
Using a consistent skin care routine properly targeted for your skin type and skin goals is key to results. Please share your current skincare routines and product favorites – I’d love to know!
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