What if there was a way to keep your face feeling healthy, naturally glowing, and clear at home? I’m here to tell you that there is a way. It is called a facial skincare routine. I have been using a skincare routine for a while. It has been tested and tailored to my skin needs. Once you realize what your facial skin is lacking or excessive in, then you can tailor a routine to it’s liking.
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What is Skincare?
Skincare is exactly as it sounds, caring for your skin. For those that are unaware, your skin is the outermost protective barrier of your body. It is the largest and most exposed organ of the body. Yes, you read right. Organ. It looks tough, but is actually very delicate. This is why you need to care for your skin by keeping it hydrated, clear, elastic, firm, and overall healthy no matter what stage of life you are in.
Why is a Routine Important?
Every living organism needs a routine. Even plants have a day and night routine. A routine is important because it not only keeps your life in order, it keeps your skin in a healthy regimen to ward off any acne, wrinkles, bacteria, and gets rid of daily shedding skin and environmental conditions. By environmental, I speak of rain, sweat, and damage from the sun, humidity, and wind.
In order to determine your facial skincare needs, take notice of these 3 things.
- Does your face overproduce oil, does it always have dry spots or tear easily, or is there a combination of dry and oily spots (i.e. dry around the mouth and cheeks with an oily forehead and nose)?
- Are you experiencing any sort of acne?
- Are your experiencing sagging skin, winkles, or crows feet at a young age?
These 3 questions will determine what type of products you need to incorporate into your routine. Over- and under-production of oil is due to a hydration issue. So try to incorporate more moisture-rich, water-based items into your routine. Try to use non-stripping cleansing products to preserve the skin’s moisture-level. If your skin has acne, try to determine if it is bacterial, clogged pores, or hormonal. Bacterial and clogged pores (due to oil and dead skin cells) acne is treatable by a healthy skincare routine. Hormonal acne may require extra treatment in the form of a product that can be incorporated into your routine. You can even rebalance your hormones naturally by changing your lifestyle to consuming more natural foods, healthy fats, less caffeine, avoiding harmful chemicals, exercising, getting a proper night’s sleep, and drinking more water. Last but not least, if you are experience premature aging such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and crows feet, try to incorporate anti-aging, antioxidant rich, firming, moisturizing products.
My Skincare Routine For the Fall
Let’s jump right into it. My facial skincare routine consists of 5 basic steps: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Mask, Toner, and Moisturize. My morning routine is simpler than my evening routine. It only consists of 3 steps: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. Why? This is due to already doing a thorough routine the night before, that my protective barrier has had all night to form. Plus, since I haven’t been anywhere while sleeping (at least I hope not) there has not been any harsh factors conditions to combat. Therefore, an extensive morning routine is unnecessary. Now, how does this evening routine go?
Cleansing is the most important step of any routine. Cleansing provides a platform for all of the other steps to follow. Cleansing is the most thorough step of removing any buildup, bacteria, dirt, dead skin, clogged pores, and excess oil. When it comes to cleansing, I swear by the double cleansing method. My facial skin is excessively oily. The double cleansing method that I use is oil first, then a cream or water-based cleanser. So, you’re wondering why use oil if your face is oily? Well, since like attracts like, what better way to draw out any extra, or hard to get debris trapped within the pores than with an oil? After that first rinse, then I am able to use the other cleanser to fully go in and remove any excess residue on my skin. This ensures that my face thoroughly gets cleansed without stripping my skin.
At the moment, I am using the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil daily. This oil contains Vitamin C, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Rosehip, Sweet Almond, Soybean, Sesame, Sunflower oils, and obviously Cocoa seed butter. Pretty hefty on the oils, but this cleanser literally draws out all buildup from my face. This oil is Sulfate, Mineral oil, Paraben, and Phthalate-Free. This Palmer’s Oil can be purchased for $8.39. Don’t worry a little goes a long way. All your need is 1 pump for your entire face. So you get your money’s worth.
I am also using Pearlessence Aloe + Charcoal Facial Cleanser daily. This cleanser contains aloe, activated bamboo charcoal, rosemary, vitamin E, apple, and cucumber. This cleanser is not tested on animals. The activated charcoal definitely attracts any extra reside hiding deep within the pores of my facial skin. You purchase this cleanser for $12.00.
Another cleanser, that I use sparingly because it is expensive, is Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser. This cleanser is lightweight and makes my face feel super cleansed. This cleanser contains kale, spinach, green tea, vitamins E, C, and K. Talk about a natural cleanse! The superfood cleanser is paraben, SLS, SLES, and phthalate-free. It can be purchased for $36.00. There is a mini size for $10.00 and $64.00 for a large size.
Exfoliation. The key to truly getting renewed skin. Exfoliation gets rid of that stubborn residue, old stuck on dead skin, and allows a platform for new cells to form. Exfoliators are commonly in the form of a scrub or a chemical peel.
At the moment, I am using HUDA Beauty’s Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub once a week. This scrub contains Pineapple, Papaya, AHA, and BHA. The Wishful scrub will make your facial skin feel as smooth and renewed as a newborn baby’s skin. The Yo Glow scrub is cruelty-free. This Wishful enzyme scrub was sent to me in a Influenster VoxBox as a campaign. The scrub can be purchased for $39.00 or for $21.00 for a mini size, which is 60 mL smaller. Definitely opt for the full size, since you only need a little, you get more bang for your buck.
Ah, the cherished time to relax, read a devotional, read a chapter of your favorite book, take a shower, do laundry, watch a tv show, check e-mails, meal-prep, or even do other self-care activities. This is a time to be alone with yourself, catch up with life, or just detox from the world. A mask is a treatment that your use on your face to treat specific concerns such as hydration, oil control, extra cleansing, toning, brightening, or retexturing.
At the moment, I’m interchanging 3 facial masks for certain skin concerns. I mask 4 times a week during the warmer months and 2 to 3 times a week during the colder months. Masking more in the warmer months is needed due to sweat and more environmental factors. I love applying my masks with this handy Sephora Face Mask Applicator. The silicone structure contains a tiny brush for massaging the skin and a flat end for easy scooping from jars and evenly distributing any type of mask making it easy for a mess-free application. This applicator can be purchased for $10.00. Sometimes they are on sale, so be sure to grab one!
For a deep pore cleanse, I use the Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask (2X) with Super Volcanic Clusters. This wash-off clay mask glides on smooth. The Innisfree mask is, for lack of a better word, magnetic. My skin is immediately breathable after use. This Innisfree mask can be purchased for $15.00. This container may seem small, but trust you don’t need a lot to get full coverage.
Another deep clearing mask that I have recently become hooked on was the Freeman Deep Clearing Manuka Honey + Tea Tree Oil Clay Mask + Cleanser. The freshness from the tea tree is definitely to live for. This mask is only $4.99! Yes you read that correctly. I have literally 6 Freeman masks. At this point it is an addiction.
Once a week I do a deep masking with the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (calcium bentonite). I usually go to my local health market to obtain this clay ($6.69) and other health items. With this clay I mix it with ACV and some oils such as olive, jojoba, coconut, and black castor. I mix it to a smooth paste and apply it to my face and sometimes my body and hair for clarification purposes. Literally, this is the best mask for an all body work over. The clay can be purchased for $7.99.
Toners are beneficial for balancing out the appearance of the skin by shrinking the pores. Toners also help balance the pH and aid in moisture retention. For oily skin, it is best to use a toner to reduce your pores and get rid of any lingering impurities. At times when I want to give my skin a break from the one toner that I have, I will opt for my aloe leaf, if available, or aloe vera gel or juice in a jar from my fridge. It’s convenient, natural, and refreshing.
At the moment, I am currently using the e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence. This essence contains purified water, coconut water, and algae for smooth, refreshed, hydrated skin. Definitely apply with a cotton pad. Using this with your fingers can cause stickiness. This essence is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate-free and is not tested on animals. This e.l.f essence can be purchased for $9.99. I purchased mine for $3.00 from Burlington Coat Factory (Burlington).
Moisture is key! In everything from hair to skin, moisturizing is a must! Moisturizing provides your skin with strength, firmness, elasticity, and overall great health. Since oily skin tends to overcompensate for dryness by producing extra oil, moisturizing allows your skin to produce less oil creating a smoother, matte looking face.
At the moment, I am currently using the AHC Aqualuronic Cream. I am in love with this Korean beauty (K-beauty) skincare cream. This water-based, lightweight, gel-cream definitely provides deep hydration. I obtained this moisturizer from Influenster as a VoxBox campaign. I am grateful for this cream. It has been a great addition to my skincare routine. You can purchase this cream for $31.56.
Sometimes there are circumstances that we cannot control such as finances. In times like this we are unable to afford the basic needs of life. Fortunately, there are ways around getting the basics without finances. When it comes to skincare all the ingredients that you need are right in your kitchen. There are D.I.Y. recipes that you can use in those hard times. Here are some quick recipes that you can use for the next time you run into hardships.
For a double cleanser, you can use coconut, avocado, or olive oil and then go in with a milk mix of salt, honey, and/or oatmeal. For an exfoliator you can use an oatmeal scrub recipe. For a mask you can use any combination of a base (honey, oatmeal, clay, shea butter, coconut oil, yogurt), a balancer (ACV, aloe, lemon, milk), and add-ins (herbs, spices, essential oils, pureed or juiced fruits and vegetables). For a toner, you can use aloe vera (gel or juice), diluted ACV, green tea, or cucumber water. For a moisturizer, you can use any combination of a base (shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil), and add-ins aloe vera, cucumber, and oils (tea tree, almond, lavender, rose). Basically, you can make your whole skincare routine completely from scratch for cheap without the harmful chemicals, preservatives, and whatever else is allowed to pass into the products.
The basics of a facial skincare routine consists of a thorough cleansing without stripping the skin, moisture retention and repetition. So what does your skincare routine consist of? Is there something in particular that your skin or routine cannot survive without? Is there a certain trend that you follow such as K-Beauty, Clean, or Vegan? Let me know in the comments below. I love to read your situations and how they play out for you. We teach each other in learning about others.