I already posted my minimalist makeup routine. Now, I want to talk about something way more important: skincare. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is responsible for protecting you from the environment: dirt, dust, pollution, other people’s skin cells floating around in the air… etc. Oh, and the SUN. It’s doing a lot of work for you. Have you thanked it lately?
Most women want to reduce the appearance of aging in their skin. Many women also experience occasional acne, even as adults. These are the most common skincare concerns that I have seen as a beauty consultant. In my experience, most of these concerns can be solved with good quality skincare products and a consistent regimen. Consistency is the real secret here. No cheat days!
For a minimal daily skincare routine, there are 5 essential steps:
- Protecting (SPF)
Many skincare regimens combine 2-3 of these steps. My favorite cleanser combines 3 of them into 1 step! Multitasking products for the win!
Let’s break down these steps and why they’re important:
Your skin needs cleaning. As we said before, it is the largest organ on your body and it takes in a lot of junk every day. If you don’t help your skin out a little bit, all that extra junk (especially pollution) is going to accelerate aging in your skin and cause aging and even infections (like acne). Your skin needs to be gently cleansed twice a day.
Before you grab the nearest bar of soap, stop right there. “Soap” is extremely harsh on your skin. Especially the anti-bacterial stuff. It strips the skin of it’s natural oils and the pH balance is all wrong. Stick with a good quality cleanser that is made for your face and works well with your skin type (creamy for dry skin, gel for oily skin)!
Also… regarding that handy pack of face wipes… those also do not sufficiently cleanse your skin. They are helpful for taking off your makeup or a quick swipe after a workout, but believe me, your skin is not getting really clean! Wash your face with a proper cleanser in the shower or over a sink with warm (not hot) water for best results.
Your skin is constantly shedding skin cells to renew itself. Especially overnight. Helping your skin along this process prevents those dead cells from building up and causing black heads, flakiness, bumpy skin, etc. You can combine this step on a daily basis with your cleanser. A gentle washcloth or a skin cleansing brush also work great.
Be careful though: over exfoliation is a thing! If your skin is red or stings when you apply moisturizer, you might be over exfoliating! Scale it back a bit. Don’t scrub so hard, or exfoliate less frequently. Everyone’s skin has different needs.
Not the exercise kind (thank god)! Toner is an astringent product that works to remove excess residue from the skin, purify your pores, and balance your skin. Some cleansers have a toner built in, or you can use a separate toner. Either way, it should not sting like crazy when you apply it. If it does sting, you either exfoliated to much prior to putting it on, or it is not a good fit for your skin type.
This is actually a tricky area for many women. Getting the right moisturizer for your skin can make a huge difference. This is not a category to “save” on. If you have to sacrifice quality to save your budget, do it with your cleanser and exfoliator, never your moisturizers!
Pick a moisturizer that is right for your skin type. We ALL need to hydrate our skin, even us oily gals. I know my skin actually produces more oil when it is dehydrated to compensate for the lack of moisture. My favorite moisturizers are made for Combination/Oily skin.
If you have oily skin, look for gel based moisturizers or if you have super oily skin and lots of acne, look for salicylic acid in your products. This acid blocks oil production in your skin and helps prevent acne.
Do you need separate Day and Night moisturizers? Yes and no… it depends on the moisturizer! Your skin has different needs for day and night. During the day, your skin needs sun protection and maybe a bit more oil control. At night, your skin needs extra vitamins and anti-oxidants to help its natural repair process. Some moisturizers are made to be used twice a day, others are separated out into day and night for optimal results.
If you’re looking for extra anti-aging help, look for ingredients like Vitamin C, peptides, retinol, vitamin A … These all work with your skin’s natural repair processes to slow down and repair damage.
Don’t forget about your eyes!!! The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate and is very vulnerable to damage due to the environment and aging. If you’re over 20 years old, you should be using an eye cream. It will help with fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, dry skin, and even skin texture issues around your eyes. Apply morning and night, especially under your eyes and on the outer corners.
The sun is the #1 cause of damage to our skin. Even casual sun exposure (not even getting burned or tan) will cause damage to your skin, especially on your face. Wearing SPF if you are able to is extremely important to take good care of your skin! This is another area not to skimp on. Many Day time facial moisturizers contain SPF. This is a great choice. If your favorite doesn’t, look for a high quality foundation primer or foundation that has SPF. Look for at minimum SPF 15; higher if you have fair skin.
To sum up
Wash your face twice a day and moisturize. That is the bare minimum. Look for multitasking products that provide all five steps of proper skin care in less time. AND BE CONSISTENT. It can take your skin up to 12 weeks to get used to a new skincare routine! Eeek! So find a simple routine that you know you can stick to, and do that morning and night.
These are some of my favorite skincare lines!
*** I am not a dermatologist or an esthetician. I am an independent beauty consultant. I do not provide medical advice. I can only anecdotally recommend skincare routines that have worked well for me personally, and for my clients. I highly recommend finding a beauty consultant in your area to meet with you and discuss your skincare needs!
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