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Skincare Basics for you know… the Basic ____

One of the most sought-after characteristics in the beauty world is, “perfect skin”. We see all the skincare ads for celebrities with “flawless skin” and think… my skin literally looks nothing like that! Well maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s Photoshop? Don’t beat yourself up too much with that false advertising. Once thing I do know,  is the importance of good skincare.  Your makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath it. Let me explain some of the skincare basics for everyday individual.

Obviously we know what “perfect” skin looks like, but do we know the basics to obtaining beautiful skin? Also, let’s not even talk about shopping for the shiz! So many products to choose from, so little time… Let alone, how do you even use the stuff?! Well, I got your back here! Here are 3 products that are the basis of a good skincare routine. I will teach you how to use them, and of course some recommendations to give you some ‘clarity’ (see what I did there ha) into your skincare routine. So sick bro!

First of all, it’s important to know your skin type.  Is your skin oily, dry, or both?  If your skin is oily, you will want to stay away from products that are high in moisture. Or if your skin is dry, you will definitely want rich moisturizing products to give your skin the hydration it needs. Examine how your skin feels without any makeup, and from here, this will help you determine the products you need to buy specifically for your skin type.

The first step to have perfect skin is…….

Cleanse!

1. Cleanser – removes makeup, grime, oil, and dirt from your skin

How to use: massage a small dollop into upward- circular motions on damp skin and rinse

When to use: morning or night, whichever you prefer  I personally like to wash my face while showering, it’s just easier. I’m all about that easy life #shizthatsdoable

Something important to note is the importance of removing your makeup at night! DO NOT freaking sleep in your makeup. Statistics show, that every night you sleep in your makeup, ages your skin 6 days!! YA! 6 days #notacceptable  So.. don’t do that mmmmk thanks!

Below is all the products I recommend.  Obviously what works for one person may not work for another. But hey, try shiz out and figure out what your skin likes and dislikes.

Korres Greek yogurt foaming cream cleanser face wash skincare basic cleanser for all skin types

This cleanser is freaking AMAZE balls! I love the way it foams without drying out the skin. It’s perfect for all skin types … OH and don’t even get me started on the smell! OMG so freaking good! So if you’re looking for a good one… ya this one is it. Ok, thank you for listening to my TED talk.

For oily skin:

For normal skin:

For dry skin:

skincare basics face washing korres Greek yogurt cleanser

This is what it looks like to wash your face with cleanser.. so cool right? haha

Exfoliate

2. Exfoliate – removes dead skin cells at the surface of the skin

How to use: I recommend doing only 1-2 times per week. Doing this too much will strip your skin of the natural oils it produces and will further dry out your skin. There are two types of exfoliates, there’s mechanical exfoliators (such as a scrub or microdermabrasion abrasion) or a chemical exfoliator (such as salicylic acid, lactic.. basically a toner) if your prone to breakouts.. I recommend a toner

Below is a list of products with for each skin type. I have listed out one of each exfoliator type (chemical exfoliator and mechanic exfoliator)

Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner great for acne-prone skin

Ever have days where your face is breaking out like a nerd on the dance floor? Well this shiz is bomb for making those breakouts go away faster. This has the highest amount of Salicylic Acid found in non-prescription products. It also smells like cucumbers so there’s that. If you have acne-prone skin, this is obviously good.. if you don’t.. keep scrolling lol

For oily skin:

Normal/Dry

neutrogena-oil-free-acne-stress-control-triple-action-toner-with-microclear-great-for-acne-prone-skin

In case you can’t totally tell by looking at this… I am in the zone applying this toner.

Moisturize

3. Moisturizer – adds moisture to your skin to keep it from looking and feeling dry

How to use: After cleansing or exfoliating your skin, apply a quarter-size amount to your entire face. Use it both morning and night.

Here is where it’s very important to get the product that goes best with your skin type. You’ll want to get the level of moisture your skin needs.  If you have oily skin your may think that you don’t need additional moisture. This is actually false. Having oily skin can actually be a “cry for help” from your skin. Your skin is indicating that it needs moisture, and is over producing to make up for the lack thereof. So you may not need a rich moisturizer, but you definitely need something. It also delays skin aging. Who doesn’t want to look like they’re 12 right? This is why hydration is extremely important.

Also, I think it’s best to get two different moisturizers for morning and night as they both do different things. Don’t use your nighttime moisturizer during the day, since the chemicals in it are meant for when your skin is in a state of repair, vs a daytime moisturize is to protect your skin from things like UV exposure as well as the free radicals in the air.. so now you know!

first aid beauty intense hydration moisturizer for all skin types

This is an awesome moisturizer for all skin types, it repairs without making your skin look like a glazed doughnut.

 

For oily / sensitive skin

For Dry / Normal Skin

 

clean and moisturized face, the basis of skincare basics

and…. this is what a clean moisturized face looks like! So freaking magical right? EASY PEEZY (or however you spell that nonsense)