I love taking care of my skin. Going through my skincare routine makes me feel like I have my life together, like I'm taking care of myself, and it absolutely helps me skin look great. And after all, your face is the first thing people see.
I remember having a fascination with skincare as a kid, and I tried all the newest products. It actually wrecked my skin, so much so that my mom stopped buying me any skincare products. Which she was justified in doing.
As an adult, I have free reign. But I've learned how to properly take care of my skin by assisting it in it's natural state. I don't try to change my skin type or remove every blemish, but I do try to take care of my skin naturally.
I know people who are new to green beauty, or beauty in general, and they get overwhelmed with skincare. So I wanted to make a simple guide to building a skincare routine that's best for you.
Skin Type //
You probably already have a good idea what your skin type is. It may be oily, dry, combination, dehydrated, or sensitive. Or a combination of those.
For example, my skin is very sensitive, and will redden upon touch. It'll also get very irritated if I use conventional products. My skin is also dry, and sometimes it can be dehydrated. It's important to know the difference between the two so you can find products and habits that'll help you.
For a quick cheat sheet, I've listed different skin types below with their descriptions. I also highly recommend Sali Hughes' book, Pretty Honest. It's a wonderful book that's filled with information about skin types, skincare, makeup, ect.
- Oily - Shiny, prone to large pores and blemishes, comfortable after a shower
- Dry - Feels tight or uncomfortable, your makeup may be patchy, and your prone to dullness, especially in the Winter
- Dehydrated - Prone to dullness, feels better in humid conditions, sometimes flaky
- Sensitive - Feels hot or itchy, flares up easily, burns quickly, looks angry after a shower or bath
- Combination - Generally oilier around the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), with larger pores in those areas, but tight or dry around your cheeks
The first step in building a skincare routine is cleansing. A good cleanser will effectively remove your makeup and impurities without stripping your skin's natural oils. After cleansing your face should feel refreshed and clean, but not tight, dry, or squeaky clean. If you have oilier skin, you can look for a gel cleanser, but if your skin leans more toward dry, look for a creamy cleanser.
Toners are great for prepping your skin for your serum. They help balance your skin's pH levels, which is vital in keeping your skin happy. Toners should have ingredients that will calm and soothe your skin, like witch hazel or hydrasols.
Serums are fantastic for targeting your problem areas. They're really concentrated doses of antioxidants, super foods, or vitamins that will nourish your skin.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, look for a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid helps hold on to water, keeping your skin hydrated.
If you have sensitive skin, look for a serum that will calm and soothe irritations.
If you have oilier or problematic skin, look for clarifying serums that will target blemishes and help balance your skin.
Facial Oil //
Not everyone uses a facial oil, but I find them so worthwhile. Even if you have oily skin, a facial oil can help hydrate your skin, which will regulate the amount of oil your skin produces.
I highly recommend the Acure Organics Argan Oil, it's an absolutely brilliant oil that hydrates and repairs your skin. It's helped with my acne scars, acne, and wrinkles!
Face Cream //
A moisturizer is necessary for everyone. Even if you're using a facial oil, you need to moisturize. It'll help hydrate your skin and balance oil production, not to mention keep dry or dehydrated skin happy.
If you have oilier skin, look for a light but hydrating cream.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, look for an intense moisturizer like the Intensive Nourish Moisture Balm from 100% Pure. It's magic in a jar during the Winter.
This is so important. So many people don't use any sun protection and they're exposing their skin to the sun's harsh rays every day. If you have fair or sensitive skin, you know how easily you can burn just by going out for some errands.
I like to look for a hydrating sun protection cream so I don't have to apply a moisturizer and sun protection. It simplifies my drawers and saves time! The 100% Pure Argan Oil Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30 is perfect. It's hydrating and offers lots of sun protection!
What's your favourite part of your skincare routine? If you have any questions for me, leave them below!
Until next time,