Since were starting off today talking about achieving clear, glowing, and beautiful skin, I thought I’d give you all a bit of my skin background. I’ve had quite a dynamic skin evolution over the last ten or so years. Although I’m pretty content with the current condition of my skin, I haven’t always been so pleased. My skin type is very oily, so I suffer from the normal issues such as enlarged and clogged pores and the occasional pimple. But my skin hasn’t always been so manageable. I actually used to have quite bad acne, so if you want to hear a more in-depth skin history, please let me know in the comments below and I can tell you about my experience with acne, how I tried to control it, and how skin got to where it is today.
Continuing on with achieving beautiful skin, I’d say that it was having not so beautiful skin in my teens that really launched my love affair with skin care. I’m someone who is pretty choosy about what I put on my face, so I do a lot of research about what ingredients would benefit my skin and help this issue or that problem. I’m also someone who likes to make longterm commitments to skincare products that really work for me. I mix it up here and there, but often when I find something I love, I’ll repurchase it again and again and use it for years. Many of the products I’ll mention today have been longtime favorites of mine, but also some of them are new loves. But lets cut to the chase and begin with my straight-forward and no nonsense tips and tricks for achieving flawless skin. Check out my infographic below for the abbreviated steps!
I know that this step sounds pretty obvious, but there are more people than you think who do not cleanse their face, or at least not properly. In the evening, I like to remove my makeup, using either micellar water or a makeup removing cleansing oil. My favorite is the bioderma micellar water (I’ve heard the Simple one is good too) and I’ve also been loving the Caudalie Cleansing Oil as well as the Boscia one. Not properly removing all your makeup can clog your pores, prevent quick cell turn over and regeneration, and in the long term lead to premature aging! I know, scary right. So basically, take off your makeup every night! If you’re really struggling with this, keep some makeup wipes next to your bed, but use this as a last resort because after removing your makeup your skin really needs a cleanse.
When you cleanse your skin you are removing all the impurities sitting on the surface of your skin as well as those that have settled into your epidermis and dermis, the outer layers of your skin. All the build up from dirt, pollution, makeup residue, oils, bacteria, and dead skin cells that has accumulated over the course of the day needs to be cleaned off. Why? Firstly, so that all those expensive skin care products can actually skin into the skin and do their job. Also, if you don’t remove the buildup on your skin’s surface, your hair follicles can become blocked leading to acne. Basically, cleansing your skin every morning and night is the first step towards achieving healthy, beautiful skin. My personal favorite is the Philosophy Purity cleanser because it is super gentle, removes makeup residue, and tones your skin!
2. Exfoliate and Tone
Exfoliating is important because it helps remove the outer layer of dull, dead skin from the surface and allows for new and healthy skin to shine through. It also again helps products sink in because they don’t get trapped in that top layer of dead skin. By removing this outer layer, you are also preventing acne caused by the combination of bacteria and these dead cells.
There are physical exfoliants, such as scrubs, and chemical exfoliants such as toners or peels. The type of exfoliant and the number of times you exfoliate your skin depends on your skin type. Drier skins can get away with fewer times a week and can use gentle scrubs or chemical exfoliants. If you have aging or sensitive skin you can try out a chemical exfoliant or a peel, I like the Ole Henriksen one because it’s not harsh at all. For my oily skin, I exfoliate with this scrub every other day. Lastly, make sure your scrub is gentle and not harsh, otherwise you could be doing more damage than aid to your skin. My best tip is to use a really light hand, using little pressure, and let the scrub do the work for you.
Moving on to toning, this step further removes any left over buildup and residue from the skin’s surface as well as balancing your skin’s delicate pH. Restoring the pH is important because water can often have a high pH throwing your skin’s naturally low pH off balance. pH balanced skin better retains moisture, thus keeping it hydrated and healthy and preventing aging. It also increases water and product retention, so again all those skin care products are able to do their job. In addition, there are different toners that target different things such as moisturizing, clarifying, or exfoliating. Choose the toner best for you based on your skin type, just make sure and avoid those with alcohol because they can be really drying. My current favorite is this Pixi Glow Tonic, but I also love this Tea Tree one from Lush because it’s great for acne prone skin.
If you don’t know your skin type, take my quiz here!
How to treat your skin is determined by your skin type and your problem areas. My favorite types of treatments are in the form of serums because they are nutrient concentrated and beneficial ingredient packed concoctions of skin loving goodness. Once you’ve pinpointed your skin issues, serums can treat your problems such as dryness, acne, aging, rosacea. I use the Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum to target my acne prone skin and any unevenness. It also prevents aging! But there are so many other products you can use to target acne, redness, dryness, and more! I even use this serum to help reduce dark circles under my eyes!
Side Note! I also like using face masks to treat problem areas, but use your masks after the cleansing step and before your toning step. My favorite mask is this one from Lush!
Moisturizing is another essential step to achieving beautiful skin. Moisturized skin is balanced; it’s not to dry and not to oily. By hydrating your skin you are preventing and reducing dryness, creating a protective barrier against environmental pollutants and damage, and helping your skin retain moisture. If you have oily skin, using a moisturizer can help reduce your skin’s production of sebum (oil) and prevent acne. Using an eye cream to keep your eye area hydrated is important too and helps prevent aging. Also, un-moisturized skin ages significantly faster than moisturized skin, so don’t forget this step!
I have two moisturizing steps in my nightly skin care routine. I use an oil, rose hip oil, to both moisturize and treat my skin with its vitamins. I recommend that everyone find an oil suited for their skin concerns because they are a great way to treat and hydrate your skin at the same time! After the oil is absorbed, I then finish off with a light moisturizer to seal in all those skin benefiting ingredients. Drier skins can use a richer (higher oil content) cream or even a sleeping mask such as the Origins Intensive Overnight Mask. These guys have ingredients which help to super hydrate those with chronic dryness or are great for abused skin, such as after a big event or a night out. I also throw on a rich eye cream at night because your eye area ages the fastest!
In the morning, I like to use a moisturizer with a matte finish to reduce oil breaking through my makeup. It’s also a great primer! I also use this Orgins eye cream to refresh my eyes and brighten my dark circles.
I really hope that these 4 steps to achieving beautiful skin are helpful! I’ve used these steps for the past few years and have seen amazing results in my skin. For personal skincare targeted advice, definitely check out your local beauty store such as Sephora, Bluemercury, etc… And please note that I’m not a dermatologist, so for more serious skin concerns, definitely talk to your doctor.
If you want to hear my full skincare routine or my skincare journey through acne, let me know in the comments below.
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