First of all, let’s talk about skin. I know a lot of you might have questions on how to determine what type of skin-tight you have whether it’s oily, dry, combination or normal. It is pretty much really simple, first, examine your skin, once you washed it do you feel dry, do you feel oily, do you feel ok, do you feel normal and also whether you have acne or dry, flaky skin somewhere, pretty much those are indications of what type of skin you have.
Some of you guys might say you have really oily T-zone, but then the rest of your face is really tight and dry so that would tell you to have combination skin.
It doesn’t matter what skin you have, you still need a basic skincare routine and the basic skin care routine that many of you know is: cleanse, tone and moisturize. However, I must tell you that this is not enough. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing is so basic that I don’t even call a basic, it’s pretty much like breathing, you have to breathe so you have to do those things.
The most basic that I’ve narrow it down is really:
Cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing and definitely without a doubt protection.
So those are five things that you must do for your skin care routine.
It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, female, male, you have to do all of these things.
Let’s go straight into cleansing. There are so many cleanses on the market, you have foam cleansing, gel cleansing, milk cleanser, lotion cleanser, there are like gazillion type of cleansers out there, so you really have to determine what type of cleanser you need depending on what kind type you have. So, if you have really dry skin, you should avoid using foam cleanser because that would dry out your skin more.
If you have really oily skin, I would avoid using milk cleanser because it’s too moisturizing.
So depending on what skin type you have to try to find a good cleanser that matches your skin.
For me personally, the Anti-Aging Gel Cleanser works best. It’s a two in one thing, not only that does help with oily skin, skin patches, but also is anti-aging at the same time which is what I need because I’m getting old. So I find that this is really great and I use this both, day and night.
The next step is exfoliating, and as I said, it doesn’t matter if you have dry, normal, oily skin all of you will need to exfoliate. The natural life cycle of your cell is 28 days, so your skin pretty much has dermis, epidermis and then the surface of your skin. It takes 28 days for the dermis to travel all the way to your surface of the skin and that’s when your skin cycle renew is, new cells come up, and old ones fall off. So, to make sure that you have removed all the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin is to exfoliate because excessed dead skin cells on the surface layers can cause these pores to be blocked and therefore that will cause breakouts, pimples, blackheads, congestion in general.
I love Kate Sommerville Exfolikate, which I use minimum once a week. My T-zone is especially oily, and I want to make sure that my nose, chin, and my forehead is exfoliated. I usually use it like three times a week but like I said you must use it at least once a week.
I know that a lot of you have been wondering what toner is and what toners do. Basically, PH is a balance between acid and basic in your skin and usually, we are 7 in a scale from 0 to 14 but sometimes the cleanses throw up that balance, so whether your skin becomes more acidic or basic depending on the cleanser, and what the toner does is to bring your PH back to normal which is 7. That’s what toners used to do and all that they did back then. Toners nowadays are more efficient and more advanced, so they not only balance the PH, but they also remove any makeup and cleanser residue, they also prepare your skin for moisturizer and they also detoxify the skin, so it does so much more than it used to do. I do have to advise you to avoid toners with alcohol because alcohol does dry your skin and gives your skin no benefit at all. I love to use the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, and this also contains Pitera, which helps with skin cell renewals.
This part is crucial and is huge because depending on what type of skin you have you can find lots of moisturizers.
The way to put on moisturizer:
I know that probably a lot of you have serums, hydrating lotions, emulsions, and creams, and the best way to remember what to put on first is going by the texture, so think of your skin as a sponge, it absolves watery, liquidy stuff first and then the next thing it absolves is creamy stuff and after that it’s paste. If you have dry skin, you may want to put a hydrating serum first and then the moisturizer.
In the winter when I really have a dry skin I like to use a Skin Corrector Serum, first because it’s more like a serum, and then I add Lancome Visionnaire Correcting Polishing Cream because the texture it’s thicker, so I apply this after the serum because I want to let the skin absorb the liquids first before adding something more thicker.
When my skin is oily, I tend to go for something like Kiehl’s Acne Blemish Control Clearing Treatment it’s like a serum very liquidy, so I apply this all over my skin, and then I’ll use a moisturizer on top of that and I usually go for the Skin Luminous Moisture Cream which is more like a paste, so I apply this after.
So when you’re moisturizing don’t ever forget about your eyes area. For your eyes, you can go for a gel-like Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift.
Last, but not less important is protection because without this whole basic skincare routine is out the door, because what you’ve done to help protect your skin will be wasted if you don’t protect it.
For protection you may want to use Multi-Protection Daily Care Cream and basically is an SPF 50 and I would not recommend anything than an SPF 50 because it does become really oily.
So let’s recapitulate:
5 Basic rules of your basic skin care are:
It doesn’t matter what brand you’re using or what products you are using as long as you follow the five basic rules, you’re set.