Skin Care

Back to the Basics

Okay, so you’re looking into either starting or changing up your skin routine, but where do you start? There are so many different products, brands, methods and steps it can get a bit overwhelming. I’m going to start with explaining a basic skin care routine that you can follow, and as you go on you can try more products and add more steps! Also, I’ll briefly explain each type of product and what it does, but as I keep blogging I will going deeper into each product and how it benefits your skin!

The 4 Step Basic Routine

Step 1: Cleanser
A cleanser is your first step to a healthy skin care routine, it helps wash away the dirt, dust and oils (bad oils!) from your face. There are many different types of cleansers but two main types of cleansers are cream based ones or gel based ones. Cream based cleansers are better for dry skin types, and it has a nice smooth lather and keeps the skin nice and moisturized. Gel type cleansers are better for oily or ache prone types as it helps strip away access oil on the skin.

Step 2: Exfoliator
Exfoliating gives a deeper cleanse by helping remove dead skin cells and layers of the skin. Exfoliating 2 – 3 times a week will give your skin a healthy glow, clean any oil or skin build up and help with breakouts When we think exfoliating, most people think face scrubs. Be weary of face scrubs, avoid micro-beads because they can cause dryness and irritate the skin, try something less corse and natural like pumice. Scrubs can also spread bacteria, so if you are already breaking out, consider a chemical exfoliant instead! Chemical exfoliants are like masks that you leave on for a few minutes and wash away, I personally like to use chemical exfoliants but if I’m in a rush, I’ll use a gentle scrub.

Step 3: Toner
Skin care is science. Your skin has a pH scale and water is alkaline so when you splash water onto your face the pH scale is off. A toner helps rebalances your skins pH. The general rule is, if water touches your face, tone!

Step 4: Moisturizer
Last but not least moisturizer! A moisturizer does what it saids! Keeps your skin nice and hydrated. I like to use two different moisturizes for day and night. In the day, I like to use something a bit lighter and with SPF to protect my skin from UV rays. In the nighttime, I like to use something heavier to keep hydration through the night. My moisturizer also changes depending on seasons, cold dry weather or hot humid weather makes a difference!

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