This post is a long-time coming. I recently asked my followers on social media what they’d like me to write about next on the blog and I got several requests to share my skin care regime. Not to mention the fact that my girlfriends have asked me for skin care advice and to build regimens for them, so today I’m sharing the products I’m currently loving and the steps I always take to keep my skin clear and even!
So, a couple of things before we get started. The specific products I’ll be mentioning are my current product favorites. Because I’m always testing out new products for the blog, the products themselves are likely to change, but the types of products won’t change. For example, I’m currently using a cleanser by Murad, but there’s a chance that I’ll rotate another cleanser into my routine. But no matter what, there will be a cleanser in my routine. Get it? So even if you don’t use the same exact product I’m using, you’ll need to use the same type of product.
Also, my skin care products can change due to the season or based on my listening to what my skin needs. Meaning, if my skin is changing and getting oily, I won’t continue to use products that are for dry skin, and vice versa. Once you start caring for your skin on a consistent basis, you’ll be able to read it and will be able to tell what it needs and what it doesn’t need. So pay attention to your skin and give it what it’s asking for.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into this skin care routine! First let’s break down what I use everyday, then I’ll share my specialty treatment products and what products I use weekly.
Makeup Remover – In the evenings, before I ever reach for my face cleanser, I remove my makeup. This step is essential if you wear makeup! Face wash is for just that – washing your face. No cleanser will effectively remove your makeup AND cleanse your skin, therefore a makeup remover is necessary. Here are my favorites below.
Cleanser – This one’s a no-brainer! You need to cleanse your skin daily to remove dirt, oil and pollutants from the environment. Cleanse twice a day, morning and night.
Toner (Optional) – If you want to go the extra mile and make sure your skin is clean, swipe a toner on skin with a cotton pad to remove any remnants of makeup or cleanser.
Moisturizer – All skin types need moisture. Add moisture to your skin to keep it plump and hydrated and to prevent premature aging. I also love skin mists and Korean beauty-inspired essences before adding moisturizer to give my skin an extra boost of moisture.
Eye Cream – Your eye area needs attention, too! Give it some TLC with an eye cream or gel to hydrate the area and prevent, puffiness, aging and dark circles.
Sunscreen – This is totally non-negotiable. Suncreen not only protects from skin cancers, but it prevents aging and dark spots on the skin. If you’re currently using acne medications, or fighting dark spots, and SPF of at least SPF 15 is essential!
AHA/BHA Exfoliant – I work to make sure I have even tone and a smooth texture to my skin. I do this with the use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) like glycolic or lactic acid found in masks and peels. If I’m battling blemishes I like to spot treat with a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) like a salicylic acid product to treat pimples and blackheads/whiteheads. I use these products a few times a week.
Dark Spot Treatment – I’m a picker, I admit it. But even when I don’t pick, blemishes leave unsightly dark spots behind. To fade the dark spots that come after blemishes, I use a 2% hydroquinone product to fade spots. Apply ONLY to the spot you are treating, not all over your face, and you MUST use a suncreen when using these products. I prefer an SPF 30 or higher. I use a spot fading product nightly, and avoid using it in the day.
Scrub – Once or twice a week I like to add a physical exfoliant like a scrub into the skincare mix. A good scrub will help will skin cell turn over and sweeping away old, dead skin cells. Go gentle and don’t use a scrub that’s too harsh, as it doesn’t take a lot to effectively exfoliate. Gentle is key!
Mask – A good face mask can help pull impurities from the skin, add moisture and nutrients to the skin, or treat specific skin care concerns depending on what type of mask you choose. Go for a mask that suits your skin type and needs, and don’t be afraid to use more than one mask. For example, if you’re oily in your T-Zone, use a clay mask in that area, and use a hydrating mask in your dry areas. Customize it to your needs!
And there you have it – my current skin care favorites and essential routine. What are some of your skin care essentials?