Every social ocassion I attend has become a skincare and makeup workshop for me as inevitably people ask me questions about what to use on their faces for their current concerns. I don’t mind answering questions and recommending product, but this is an indication this post is most certainly due! This is the first installment of my “Skincare Report” a series of posts exploring different aspects of skincare products and trends.
My skincare routine consists of 4 basic steps
Eachstep has a very specific role in the routine and by now, I can take 5 minutes from cleansing to moisturizing. It’s not rocket science people, and as a result you can have the best skin possible!
Taking the day (and night) off!
I cleanse my face both in the morning and in the evening. In the morning it’s just a single cleanse to start the day all nice and fresh. In the evening, it is most certainly a double cleanse. You may be surprised I don’t always wear makeup, but I do wear SPF religiously! You almost need to remove SPF like you do makeup, so I take the time to get my face squeaky clean! In this stage I use a makeup remover (when makeup needs removing) and something like a cleansing balm or an oil/milk/cream cleanser. Except for one product, I steer clear from all foaming cleansers because they can either irritate with some of the sulfates used or they alkaline the face (and you want your skin to be nice and acidic to kill bacteria!)
Prep your face for treatments
The toning stage for me is mainly to exfoliate and balance my skin’s pH by using AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids: glycolic*, lactic, tartaric acids for example) or BHAs (beta-hydroxy aids: salicylic acid). Exfoliation is usually associated by most people with products that have some sort of abrassive particles. What I’m talking about here is chemical exfoliation (no, not like this) as a way to get rid of dead cells which in turn helps with wrinkles, breakouts, sun damage, etc., and to infuse the skin with extra moisture. I used an acidic toner which helps the skin with its ability to fight bacteria, and a hydrating toner. The latter contains glycering and hyaluronic acid which add much needed moisture to my skin.
Here’s where all the serums, masks, and assorted treatments go. I have to admit, I’m still not fully settled on this one, except for eye cream (which is technically more about treatment than moisturizing) and this nice serum I use quite consistently. Usually products targeting certain specific concerns are used at this stage, mostly related to fine lines, elasticity or hyperpigmentation. This is the stage where you should apply any prescription cream (for example acne medication, etc.)
Hydration, hydration, hydration
One important part of my routine I have not mentioned before? Well, of course I’m talking about sunscreen. Unless you stay indoors all day, sunscreen has to be a must in your routine. I currenly use Clarins with an SPF 50 because of my rosacea and because of the fact I use acidic toners (which makes your skin more photosensitive, in other words, more sensitive to sunlight)
What is your skincare routine like? Do you follow more steps or less steps? Tell us in the comments below!