If you’re new to the skincare world, you’ve come to the right place. Here is your ultimate beginner’s guide to a proper skincare routine. First, let’s break down some things you need to know before establishing a routine.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Many people suggest a gallon of water a day to stay hydrated. To keep your skin clear and boost metabolism it can be beneficial to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example: if you way 150 pounds, you should try to drink 75 ounces of water a day.
Change your pillowcase weekly
Your pillowcase collects all of your dead skin cells, germs, and oils throughout the night. If you continually sleep on the same pillow with this collection for multiple weeks then it’s not beneficial for your skin. Try changing your pillow case once a week.
Avoid touching your face
Stop touching your face so much. I am so guilty of this myself, however, we should be mindful of the times we touch our face. It is especially important not to touch your face after eating greasy foods, touching objects with lots of germs, or after touching oily substances.
Clean your phone screen
Wiping off your phone screen with Clorox wipes, Windex, make-up wipes, or anything clean will help remove all of the nasty substances that touch it. With your fingers all over the screen constantly and your cheek touching it whenever you take a call, it’s just time to clean it.
General tips and tricks for using skincare products and/or make up.
Always use make up with fewer harsh chemicals, when possible. Too many harsh chemicals can irritate skin, dry it out, and leave your pores clogged.
Stick to a Routine
By adding new products in too frequently or constantly changing, your face can freak out from the inconsistency. It is also important to remember that acne treatments may be ineffective if overused, so use treatments as infrequently as possible.
Scented vs. Unscented
You should have unscented everything. Scented products can aggravate your pores and will irritate your skin.
Now, let’s move on to establishing a routine. To get the best results, you will want to be consistent. Let’s break down what should be a part of your daily and weekly skincare routine.
Wash face with a gentle cleanser daily.
Avoid using beads/scrubs in your daily cleanser.Beads or scrubs are best suited for exfoliating your skin and will tear your skin apart if used too frequently. Remember, your skin has natural cleansing/healing properties and we want to encourage those rather than rub them away.
Choose a daily cleanser that best suits your skin type.
This may take some experimenting as it may involve fruit extracts, foam, gel, etc. I like to use the Cetaphil Daily Cleanser. Although this cleanser is fairly expensive, it is often recommended by dermatologists, it lasts a long time, and it is great for sensitive skin.
Choose an anti-aging product
Anti-aging products will help keep skin plumper, lifted, and will reduce wrinkles. The younger you start to use these products, the better chance you have for your skin aging well.
I have found that coconut oil is a great to use as a completely natural product. It is easy to find at your local grocery store and drug store. A jar of coconut oil will last for a very long time and when applied after you have cleansed your face at night but before you go to bed, it will help keep your face from getting clogged pores, while keeping your skin hydrated. If coconut oil is not for you, try using a moisturizer that is gentle and not oil based.
Use a toner
Using a toner is important because it cleanses your pores and makes your face bright. This is a step that I always forget and believe me my skin knows it. I like to use rose water as my toner of choice. It smells great and helps to reduce redness on your face, it is also a more natural solution, but there are tons of toner options out there!
Use a make up remover or wipe
Use some sort of make-up wipe/make-up remover to take make-up off at night, follow it with a wash and moisture. You should always take it off without exception, so that your pillow does not have extra dirt on it and so that your face does not continue to harbor bacteria from the day.
You should be exfoliating and/or using masks at least once a week. Not only are these fun and relaxing, they are great for your skin. I like to exfoliate one to three times a week and often use a charcoal, brightening, or cooling mask at least once a week.
Exfoliating is an important way to reawaken your skin and feel refreshed. If you exfoliate too little then dead skin cells will build up. This leaves your pores clogged and any make up you put on will look cakey. If you exfoliate too much then your skin will become dry and torn up. I recommend using a scrub that can also be used as a mask because you can let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it off. An example of a cheaper scrub is the apricot scrub from Target.
Depending on what skin type you have, you might want to do some acne treatments or spot treatments. Here’s some tips on how to handle them.
1) Avoid Benzoyl and other acne medicines unless desperately needed
2) You may need prescription formulas
I love to use Epiduo for extreme acne. It is available by prescription only and very expensive, so much so I stopped using it! Nonetheless, you can often get a free sample from a dermatologist, primary care physician, or gynecologist. This medication will stain your sheets/clothes if you aren’t careful and will also greatly dry out your skin. For this reason, it should only be used in the most extreme cases and in very small amounts.
3) Essential oils
For daily acnes treatments that will not greatly hurt your skin, I love to use essential oils. These can be fairly expensive but a little goes a really long way so the oil will last for a very long time. The best oils I have used for acne prone skin and break outs are: lemon, peppermint, frankincense, and tea tree oil. These can be used in a diffuser or in water but I have found the benefits work best when applied directly to the skin or affected area.
4) Spot treatments
Use gel ibuprofen if you need a quick fix, pop one open and dab the gel on your blemish. This should reduce the redness and size of the blemish. However, it is sticky and a little bit difficult to use!
Truthfully, you need to shop around and try what works best for you, because no skin type is the same. Once you find out what works best for you, you can feel confidently beautiful and slay all day long.