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…….
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.
For oily skin:
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Pink Grapefruit
- Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 8 Ounce
For normal skin:
For dry skin:
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)
For oily skin:
- Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner With Saw Palmetto & Mint
- Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Facial Scrub
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!
For oily / sensitive skin
- Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer For Combination To Oily Skin
- Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer
- Ole Henriksen sheer transformation perfecting moisturizer
- CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Normal to Oily Skin
- Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion With Shea Butter For Dry, Sensitive Skin, 16 Ounce
For Dry / Normal Skin
- CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Normal to Dry Skiin
- Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Overnight Recharging & Refining Moisturizer
- Ole Henriksen Truth Advanced Moisturizing Créme
- e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, 2.53 Fluid Ounce