We all know that beautiful skin begins from within. Sorry ladies but if you don’t have fairly good skin, it’s hard to mask it with makeup without looking somewhat cakey. I’m guilty as charged; I would try to guise breakouts with first concealer, then foundation and lastly, top it off with powder…pretty sure I gave cake face a whole new meaning. In the end, it only made my breakouts stand out even more.
Throughout these past couple of years, I learned that 5 crucial steps are necessary in maintaining good skin–exfoliating, cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting.
Exfoliation should take place 2-3 times per week. It’s crucial to exfoliate your skin regularly, especially during these cold winter months due to excess dry skin on our face and neck. In order for your cleansers and moisturizers to penetrate through your skin and be effective, you need to sloth away dead skin cells, which is where exfoliation comes in. Exfoliating your face also gives your face a smooth canvas for makeup application. Be sure not to overdo this process. Over exfoliating can cause damage to collagen production resulting in permanent damaged skin. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a favorite drug store scrub that I use not only for my entire face but body as well. Lately, I’ve been using my own concoction of good ole granulated sugar, honey and olive oil that works
just as well (if not better). Try it out and let me know how your soft those cheeks feel…hehe.
Cleansing. I can’t express how important it is to clean your face every night. I cringe, (literally cringe) at my friends who skip out on this step and resort to just makeup wipes. I’m also guilty of annoyingly asking, “…you’re doing to wash your face after you’re done with that wipe, right?” Yes, I’m that girl. Whether you wear makeup on the daily or not, clean your face! Not just once but twice. Your skin is exposed to so much during the day: cell phones packed with germs, bacteria filled fingers and pollution from the air. Not to mention, if you wear makeup then everything practically grips to it. You know that feeling when you come home from a long day-bra off, hair tied, chillin with sweats on? (Did I just kind of quote Drake?) Anyways, cleaning my face from makeup and grime gives me the same sweet satisfaction. I mentioned to cleanse your face twice because whatever your makeup wipe doesn’t grab, you will clean off the first time then make sure you get every last bit the second time around. You want your skin to be squeaky clean before hitting the sack so cell overturn and collagen production can do its job (uninterrupted) while you’re snoozing away. I’m all about saving money on skin care products but as Mario Badescue always says, “Good skin comes with investment”. My all time favorite cleanser is the Purity by Philosophy. This smells divine and melts your makeup right before your eyes. I can pour the entire bottle on my face and still open my eyes without it burning. This cleanser speaks volumes for itself. A new favorite cleanser of mine has been the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Crème Cleanser and Moisture Mask. This smells incredible and has the same effect that the Purity Cleanser has. Not to mention, it doubles up as a moisture mask as well. I like to put this on as I oil pull in the mornings. Many people don’t like splurging on face washes because they think you wash it away with water immediately. Solution: Don’t wash it off immediately. You’re cleanser needs time to penetrate through your skin and break down the oils/makeup left on your skin. Let it sit for a minute or two and get your moneys worth.
Toning is something I picked up not long ago. It’s one of those things where you don’t see it doing its job until later. Even after exfoliation and two rounds of cleansing you will be surprised what you can miss. I noticed that my pores are less visible and my skin is more radiant. I’ve tried all types of toners but my go to affordable favorite is Dickinson’s Witch Hazel. It’s a natural antiseptic that has no alcohol and causes no burning like most alcoholic toners. Alcohol isn’t healthy for your body nor is it healthy for your skin.
Protection, the most forgotten and most important step in history of skincare. I don’t care if you live in an igloo in Antarctica; wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above is an absolute must. You can’t physically see the damage that UV and UVB rays do to your skin but over time and as you age, you will. It’s so important to protect your face and neck every day when you go out. I’ve incorporated this into my everyday morning routine so it’s become a daily habit. I know I don’t want to get wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation earlier than necessary so protecting your skin with a sunscreen is the way to go. Pick up this habit when it’s somewhat cooler so by summer, sunscreen will be a staple product in your vanity. Please DO keep in mind, no matter what season, whether it’s a snowy day in mid December or scorching hot summer day in August, wearing sunscreen for protection is always necessary. I’ve linked this YouTube video, “How The Sun Sees You” before to one of my posts before but if you haven’t seen it, check it out! It gets the message across and if it convinces you to start wearing sunscreen everyday, I’ve done my job as a beauty blogger. I’ve been using the Neutrogena Clear Skin Sunscreen, which is decent. I’m not in love with the product but, hey, it gets the job done and that’s all I care about.
Moisturize. Your skin needs to be supple and stay hydrated at all times, more so after you wash your face and shower. Oily skinned people tend to believe that they don’t need moisturizer since they have an excess buildup of oils on their t-zone but that’s far from the truth. Typically, your body compensates for what’s lacking and that goes for oil production as well. If you moisturize even if you are oily, you’re making your oil glands believe that you have enough oil on your skin and therefore the oil will stop being produced over time. It’s a weird concept to understand but it surprisingly makes sense! You all know my all time favorite body and face moisturizer is by Cetaphil. It’s affordable, no scent and perfect for everyone no matter their skin type!