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Skin care takes dedication and is hella confusing. Between the multiple cleansing and trillion serums, wtf is a girl to do?
Plus, a lot of us care about our skin… but not that much. We figure we’re young, we look good/decent depending on the day, and that having a trillion skin care products are for old ladies tryna look young again. WROOOOOONG.
Skin care in our twenties is SO vital. It’s preventative AND it’s the literal foundation for our makeup and our overall appearance. I mean think about it. Everybody wants to be THAT bitch with clear skin. Everyone wants foundation to be optional and flawless when we do wear it.
So let’s get it.
A beginner level, yet thorough, skin care routine is basically broken down like this:
- 1st cleanse/makeup removing
- 2nd cleanse
- Spot treatment
Thorough, but not too crazy, right?
The 1st Cleanse
The purpose of this first cleanse is basically to remove makeup and any grime. V important as we all know the horrors of not removing your makeup well enough…
For your 1st cleanse it’s recommended that you use an oil cleanser. DON’T FREAK OUT ON ME. I know a lot of us having oily/combo skin types, but no need to fear. That’s part of the reason why this is the FIRST cleanse. Oils do an incredible job of breaking down makeup and grime as well as hydrating the skin.
Some people also swear by fighting oil with oil.
The oil cleanser that I’m using right now is the Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil. 10/10 would def recommend.
Your second cleanse is going to remove anything that’s still remaining from your first cleanse AND any remnants of the oils from the first cleanse itself (see, I told y’all not the freak out). The first cleanse did all the hard work and this second cleanse is coming in after your oil cleanse and making sure that your skin is totally bare and ready to go for the next steps.
For this cleanse you’ll want to use a pH friendly and/or water based cleanser (by pH friendly I mean a cleanser with a LOW pH balance), if you’re really ‘bout that skin care life. Not gonna lie, for a while I just used a basic drug-store cleanser as my second go round (a lot of these are actually water based, just look at the ingredient list and make sure that the first couple ingredients don’t include any words that end in -cone or oil). Most foam or gel cleansers are water based and can be used for this step of the skin care process.
Exfoliating is not something you need to do every day. When you exfoliate, all you’re doing is removing dead skin from your face. Proceed with caution if you have sensitive skin and don’t exfoliate too often as it can be damaging to your skin.
You can exfoliate with peels, pads, masks, scrubs, brushes, etc. Do a little research and find the best product for your skin type.
I use a Clarisonic face brush to wash my face every morning so I kind of consider that to be “exfoliating” and generally don’t really incorporate any other form of exfoliating into my routine for the sake of my skin.
I am currently trying out the Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads after they were recommended to me buy a Sephora associate to help get rid of my acne scars so fingers crossed that this isn’t over doing in this department.
This is my favorite part of any skincare routine because I have really reaped the benefits of incorporating a toner into my routine. Toners are supposed to prep and hydrate the skin with a lil extra cleansing action thrown in.
I’m currently using the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, but my all-time favorite toner is just a good ol’ pure, oil free witch hazel from my nearest drug store and a cotton pad. It really leaves my skin smooth and instantly gets rid of that tight, dry feeling I sometimes get (I need to drink more water lol).
This is the point of your routine where you apply any treatments that don’t necessarily go all over your face and treat blemishes or other skin concerns
For me this step is when I sparingly apply the topical acne medication that I was prescribed to the areas where I usually break out and have acne scars (middle forehead and chin).
Serums are where things get a little crazy because there are literally a million serums out there for each skin need that there is. Whether it be acne, dryness, dullness, anti-aging, make up prep, w/e, there is a serum out there to help.
What even is a serum, you ask? A serum is basically a skincare product that you apply to your face for the purpose of delivering the powerful ingredients directly to your skin. Serums are made of smaller molecules and the active ingredients are very highly concentrated, which is what makes it powerful and effective.
Fair warning, serums can get kind of pricey.
I’m still looking to find my Holy Grail serum so I’ll update y’all when I do.
Moisturizing and SPF
Hydrate your skin! This step is the step that a lot of us are most familiar with.
Moisturizing is essential to happy, healthy skin! Tailor to your skin type and use one of your preference.
I use (and have been since 2015) the Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème and my skin loves it. This was the first skincare product that I didn’t buy from the drugstore and actually splurged on and I have no regrets.
It’s v important that we all incorporate sun protection into our daily routines. UV rays ain’t no joke, ladies. It can speed up the physical signs of aging AND cause cancer. No bueno, bitch.
A lot of moisturizers and foundations come with SPF included, so that covers that.
If none of your products have SPF, find some sun screen that’s specifically made for the face. Protect yourself!!
Moisturizing and sun protection is the last part of your “skin care” routine and putting on primer is the start of makeup prep and application. I just wanted to include putting on primer so that no one is left wondering when and how to incorporate this into your routine.
Primers are a dime a dozen, go find ya fave, and USE IT. It does make a difference, I promise. It improves the application, look, and longevity of your makeup. Quote me on that.
If you’re serious about improving your skin and ensuring that your largest organ (the skin!!!) is healthy then a couple daily steps isn’t a big deal!
No one’s asking you to be perfect, shit, I be missing my nightly routine like… every night, BUT I’m putting in effort and want to improve how well I take care of my skin. “A” for effort, amiright??