Get your skin care routine into the natural order of things. There is a reason why doing things in the right order is extremely important. You won’t put your socks on after your shoes! The same goes for your skincare.
Step 1: Cleanse
The first step to your skincare routine is cleansing. Cleansers are designed to help remove dirt, debri, and makeup.
Cleansing your face is especially important for the sake of removing makeup. Makeup is composed of ingredients that allow it to last all day, and thus you must cleanse your face every night before bed to ensure your skin is refreshed!
More importantly, make sure that you are cleansing your face the right way! A quick splish-splash won’t stand a chance against long-wear cosmetics.
Step 2: Toner/Astringent
Astringents play an important role in minimizing the appearance of pores, and help to re-balance the appearance of your complexion. The reason this step is done prior to applying your serum or moisturizer is to help retain the moisture that both provide.
Step 2 ½: Masks / Exfoliators (2-3 times a week)
Exfoliating is essential to remove dead skin cell build up. Dead skin cell build up can leave skin dull looking and can contribute to oily build up and/or problem skin.
Step 3: Serum
Applying a serum is often over-looked. Serums are formulated with a higher concentration of key ingredients which is why they go one before moisturizers, not after.
Think of a serum as a vitamin for your complexion, the more nutrition you provide to your skin the better it will appear!
Like a cleanser and toner, choose a serum choose targets your specific skin care needs.
Step 4: Moisturize
Your final step to facial cleansing is to moisturize your skin! Applying a moisturizer is going to help hydrate and nourish the skin.
For aging skin, with time, natural lubrication slows down, and elasticity and collagen is loss. Thus, it’s crucial to keep your skin hydrated and look for moisturizers with ingredients like seaweed and peptides to help improve the skin's texture.
Even for younger skin, moisturizers help protect and smooth the skin. This also includes hydrating those areas of the face in special need, such as the eye area.
Step 5: Prime
Before putting on your makeup, use a primer with environmental protection. A primer will help prepare the "canvas" for makeup, and help for smooth application.
Step 6: Makeup
If you like to wear a little makeup, the last part of your routine is applying a foundation and powder that is beneficial for the skin with natural ingredients like seaweed. Mineral makeup can provide excellent coverage while enriching your skin with essential nutrients.
What’s in your skin care routine? Tell us in the comments below!