HOW TO START A SKINCARE ROUTINE


Jumping into skin care can be overwhelming and confusing. There seems to be an endless amount of products to choose from and not knowing where to begin can be frustrating. Here's how to start

UNDERSTAND YOUR SKIN

The first step to starting a skin care routine is to understand your skin type and what your skin needs. Skin care routines are not a "one size fits all," and caring for your skin is completely distinctive to the characteristics of YOUR skin's needs.

Determine Your Skin Type

Normal: fine pores, soft/smooth texture, no blemishes

Oily: enlarged pores, prone to acne breakouts, shine

Dry: rough or flaky, tightness, itchiness

Combination: shiny t-zone, dry patches, some breakouts & enlarged pores

Sensitive: irritation, redness, itching/burning

What Your Skin Needs

Normal: clean, maintain, hydrate

Oily: reduce the amount of oil on the skin

Dry: moisturize/hydrate

Combination: balance hydration and oil reduction

Sensitive: soothe/hydrate

START WITH THE BASICS

If you're totally new to skin care, it's best to start with the basic 4.

Cleanse

Tone

Moisturize

SPF

CLEANSE

Cleansing is the first and most important step of your skin care routine. To get the most out of your skin care routine, you must first make sure you are not only cleansing properly, but choosing the right cleanser. It's the best way to prep your skin for absorbing the quality ingredients to follow.

What Type of Cleanser to Choose

Normal: Cream or Gel

Oily: Light Foaming or Gel

Dry: Cream

Combination: Light Foaming or Gel

Sensitive: Cream/Oil

Cleanse Properly

When cleansing, massage the cleanser into your skin with damp hands for 2 minutes. Rinse and remove cleanser with a clean, soft white cloth. This is a great way to make sure you've removed everything from your face.

Wash every night before bed, and don't skip your morning wash.

Double cleansing is great to include in your night time routine. Pre-wash your face with an oil based cleanser to break down makeup, dirt and excess oil on the skin. Rinse and follow with your daily cleanser to wash it all away.

TONE

Now, when I say "toner," I am not referring to the old school astringent we destroyed our faces with in the past.

The right toner is going to replenish, nourish, and balance skin's ph after cleansing.

Things to Look for When Choosing a Toner

Normal: "replenishing" "hydrating"

Oily: "balancing" "oil control"

Dry: "replenishing" "hydrating"

Combination: "balancing" "oil control"

Sensitive: "gentle" "soothing" "calming"

Avoid toners consisting mainly of alcohol!

MOISTURIZE

Do you know who needs to moisturize? EVERYONE

Yep! Even if you have oily skin, you need to moisturize. Moisturizing is an essential part of maintaining healthy skin cells and protecting your skin.

What Type of Moisturizer to Choose

Normal: Lotion

Oily: Gel

Dry: Cream

Combination: Lotion

Sensitive: Cream

SPF

SPF is absolutely, without a doubt, no question THE MOST IMPORTANT part of caring for your skin.

Benefits of SPF

  • Minimizes the penetration of UV Rays

  • Protects against premature againg

  • Reduces risk of Cancer

  • Reduces risk of sun damage and pigmentation

Apply SPF at the end of your skin care routine and before applying your makeup. SPF should be reapplied at least every 2 hours.

Remember, Skin Changes

Keep in mind, your skin is always changing and will need to be reassessed from time to time. You may need to switch up your products here and there to adapt to your skin's ever changing needs.

If you're still not sure where to start, it's alway best to consult a skin care professional for advice! :)

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