Often times people think that they have to have this 12 step super complicated routine in order to have clear skin when that is not the case! Now if you are one of those people that has a 12 step routine and it works for you then that is great and I am so happy that it works for you because it definitely didn't work for me. However, today I'm going to keep it simple and tell you guys about building a basic routine and from there you can tweak it based on what your skin happens to like. So keep reading if you want to know the 4-5 simple steps you can take to build a comprehensive routine!
Step 1. Cleanser
This tends to be the easiest step that no one misses. Everyone washes their face right? Well, I hope so. If you don't definitely make sure that you add this step to your routine ASAP. Cleansers come in all different shapes and forms. There are oil cleansers, foaming cleansers, cream cleansers, bar cleansers, gel cleansers, and so many more! Some cleansers include active ingredients such as fruit enzymes and extracts in order to provide your skin with extra benefits while also cleansing.
The type of cleanser you use ultimately depends on your preference as well as your skin type. Most skin care experts agree that those with oily and combination skin do better using a foaming cleanser, those with dry and sensitive skin do better with a cream cleanser, those with normal to combo skin do better with gel cleansers, and that oil cleansers are actually suitable for all skin types (good because I have one coming soon).
To cleanse it is recommended by renowned esthetician, LaBeautyologist, that you wash for your face with your cleanser for 60 seconds before rinsing. Washing your face for this amount of time really works the product into your skin and allows you to get the full list of benefits from your cleanser.
Step 2. Toner
For so long I thought that toners were meant to wipe all the excess oil away from your skin when really their job is really to do the opposite. Toners are meant to add hydration back into the skin in order to keep your face from becoming super dry and thus creating more sebum (oil). The big fact here: toners are NOT supposed to be alcohol-based. Most toners, such as regular witch hazel are alcohol-based and ultimately strip your skin and as I mentioned, lead to your face creating more oil. I am currently formulating a toner that includes alcohol-free witch hazel, rose water, chamomile, aloe vera, and a plethora of other hydrating ingredients so that your skin receives proper moisture and hydration as you tone. Toning is quite simple, all you have to do is either apply your toner to a cotton round and wipe it gently across your skin, or if it comes in spray form, spritz it directly onto your skin and let it soak in.
Step 3. Serum
This is my absolute favorite part of my routine! Serums have a plethora of benefits depending on what ingredients they contain. For day time use, things such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums can deliver skin hydrating and boosting benefits, while at night calming or brightening serums can repair and replenish your skin as you sleep. To put it as simple as possible, serums are packed with different ingredients to help make your skin healthier overtime. Serums can be either oil or water-based and should be chosen depending on your skin type. For normal to combination skin, I recommend trying my Regenerate oil serum that is formulated with rosehip seed oil, tamanu oil, jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, as well as other ingredients in order to repair your skin and give it a nice glow without being too oily. Oil-based serums for dry and oily skin are coming very soon and water-based serums are also in the near future! I can't wait for you guys to try them out and tell me what you think! In order to use a serum, simply drop 2-3 drops on your skin and rub it in lightly.
Step 4. Moisturizer/Sunscreen
Now usually at night, I use my serum as my moisturizer, however, in the day time I take it a bit further and add a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it. Remember how I told you all about how important sunscreen is in the last blog I posted? Yea, make sure you remember that! You can either apply a bit of moisturizer and then layer sunscreen on top of it, or better yet, find a moisturizer that you like that contains SPF, it's all in your preference and what your skin likes! Just like there are different types of cleansers that were mentioned earlier, there are also many different types of moisturizers. Some moisturizers may include active ingredients that fight acne, others may include hyaluronic acid, however, all moisturizers should work to keep your skin nourished and feeling good.
Now that you have learned about the base of a routine, let's talk about the fun stuff! I absolutely love face masks! A good clay mask and a cup of hot tea are exactly what I want after a long day. If you are like me and love face masks, make sure that you do not do them on a daily basis! As lovely as face masks are, they should only be done once to twice a week. I like to do my face masks in between steps 2 and 3 during my nighttime routine, however, if you want to do yours between steps 1 and 2 then that is totally up to you! Just don't do anything crazy and put on a face mask in between your serum and moisturizer or something.
Face scrubs are also one of my favorite skin products to formulate and use. Just as with face masks, face scrubs should only be used once to twice a week. However, in order to not cause any extra irritation to the skin, I always use my face mask and face scrub at least 2-3 days apart and if I use my face mask twice a week, then I only use my scrub once that week. In the case of face scrubs, I usually use them either between steps 1 and 2, or steps 2 and 3 depending on what kind of face scrub it is. It is important that when using facial scrubs that you do not scrub for too hard or for too long. Your skin's barrier on your face is very sensitive and it is important not to damage that barrier.
I have so many new face scrubs and masks coming in the future that I cannot wait for you guys to try!
As always, thank you guys for reading and supporting and stay tuned for upcoming launch info as well as new blog posts!