My little skincare story
Growing up I never had a skincare routine, I’d use whatever moisturizer my Dad would buy me from the pharmacy he used to work in. I never had pimples, yes I was one of those lucky bastards, but funnily enough as an adult, I get plenty of blackheads and now and then those pimples on my chin. I guess good skin is not simple a matter of DNA. Your daily habit, from eating, sleeping and how well you treat your skin does matter.
Now you’d expect that once I became independent that I’d buy all the creams, toners, I mean the whole shebang. But nop! She did not, I never realized how expensive those moisturizers that my dad bought me were, ad so little miss independent here stuck to whatever was cheaper or on sale whenever I needed one.
I also didn’t understand how important it was to use sunscreen, well I thought sunscreen was for those who were white which by the way is a total. So, I went from having some freckles on my cheeks to having butt loads of them that grew as time went on. Most freckles are produced by exposure to ultraviolet light, which could be reduced by using sunscreen on the daily.
Fast-forward to a couple of years back when I decided that I needed to look after my skin, I went to my local Body Shop to do a skin test. Now, I went to Body Shop because I’m cheap bissshh that didn’t wanna pay for a dermatologist appointment. There, they told me what I sort of knew, I was doing my “non-existent” skincare routine wrong, I have an oily nose (like most of us) but because I didn’t wanna get it too oily I was buying moisturizers for oily skin which was drying out the rest of my face.
This was the information I started with to start my skincare routine, I researched and now I have my skincare routine. It changes depending on the seasons, my Winter routine is different from my Summer routine. Therefore some of the products change from Spring/Summer to Autumn/Winter.
In this post, I’m going through some key points you should have into consideration when establishing your skincare routine as well as my routine during Summer Just a quick disclaimer guys, I’m in no way saying that this is what you should do, I’m not a qualified dermatologist I’m just relaying to you what works for me. A year back i was the one reading a lot of blogs myself when I was searching for some info on what to do and where to start with my routine, so I hope it helps you guys out.
before you start
Like I’ve said before the first and most important step is understanding your specific skin type. Every person’s skin is unique, therefore what works for me might not work for you. There are three main skin types which are commonly referred to as Oily, Normal/Combination and Dry. My skin type is normal/combinations since I have dry areas on my cheeks, normal areas, oily nose and chin.
As referred before, I kind of had an idea of what my skin type was, however, I got it checked out in one of the Body Shop stores. If you have any skin conditions, really bad acne then you should get a dermatologist to get that checked out. In some stores who sell skincare products, they’ll test your skin for free but there are a couple of ways to test it at home as well.
Now I’m not gonna go into determining your skin type at home because I think it’s always best to get that checked properly. Body Shop has a machine that analyzes different areas of your skin and gives you a reading in percentage. It then gives you a good insight on how to choose the products you’re gonna use, whereas the methods at home are a little bit harder. But I’m sure you can find plenty of blog posts online teaching you how to test it at home.
THREE STEP SKINCARE ROUTINE
This is the easy way to do your skincare routine, it’s a good way to start to get into a routine. I mean, I understand how hard it is to add another thing to your morning and/or evening routine, it takes time and time is something some of us don’t have. However the three-step routine is quick and easy, so once you brush your teeth you can crack on doing it. Easy peasy!
1st step – Cleansing
Pretty easy, right?! We all wash our faces daily, at least when we wake up. Now you just gotta remember to add some product to it and don’t forget the night time too. We all forget to clean our faces at night and it’s honestly so important to do it, we collect dust, germs, bacteria, and so much more in our faces during the day so you really gotta wash it off.
2d Step – Toning
Toning in easing words means balancing the skin. Basically, the toner helps restore the natural pH of your skin, so then your skin is ready to be hydrated.
3d Step – Moisturizing
Gotta hydrate and get that skin soft now. I guess this step here is easy. But we all need a day and a night cream, they have different components in it.
Finding the right Cleanser
This is step number one on your skincare routine and the most important one too. Your skin comes in contact with so much, from pollutants to dirt that can clog your pores. Wash your face twice a day every morning and night, and you’ll avoid getting clogged pores and recurring acne. Choosing the right cleanser also depends on your type of skin.
Oily skin – Foaming liquid – Helps beak down dirt and sebum from pores.
Dry skin – Cream/lotion – Wipes impurities and hydrates at the same time.
Combination skin – Gel or cream – Cleans and is a lightweight moisturizer.
The correct toner
Some people will argue that it’s not essential to tone your skin daily, however, I see it differently especially if you have a combination or oily skin. So, toner is step number two, meaning that it should be done right after cleansing your skin and before putting on your moisturizer. It balances your skin PH, meaning that it helps get fewer oily areas and dry areas two. It balances the skin basically.
Hyaluronic acid to boost hydration freshen up your skin to help treat fine lines.
Use Rose water and green tea to help reduce irritation and redness. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on it.
Vitamin E and C are your daily fighters. They fight exposure to free radicals that can age your skin.
Alpha hydroxy acids, gently remove dead skin cells. It helps you to get fewer clog pores, blackheads and it minimizes dullness.
The star of the show: MOISTURIZER
I guess everybody at least moisturizes their lil faces. But chances are you are using the wrong moisturizer. Your skin will naturally lose the ability to retain moisture as time goes past, so it’s your job to keep it hydrated.
Oily Skin – gel – lightweight, dries quickly
Combination Skin – Lotion – your classic moisturizer
Dry Skin – cream – heavier and oil-based
my skincare routine
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e.l.f. Daily face cleanser
I start off with this cleanser to remove the deposits that I may have collected during the night. It has purified water s one of its ingredients so it hydrates my skin while it removes the impurities. I just damp my face and use a very small amount of the cleanser (little goes a long way), massage it and then just wash it off.
Pixi glow tonic
This formula exfoliates, brightens and smoothes my skin. It’s very gentle on my skin for daily use and it instantly gives you a little glow. Like any other toner, it also balances the ph so I don’t get clogged pores.
Clinique ID hydrating jelly
This is the coolest moisturizer I’ve ever owned. You start by choosing your base depending on your skin type, the active concentrate which is the ingredient to target your specific concern. For Summertime my combination is hydrating jelly with Energize & revive glow with Taurine.Have a little look on clinique’s website [HERE].
La Roche-Posay Shaka Fluid UVB+UVA 50+
I swear by sunscreen all year round since I’ve learned about damage that ultraviolet rays can cause to your skin. Sunscreen is not only for Summertime but for the whole year friends. UVA and UVB rays are independent of cold or hot weather since they are not blocked by clouds.
This sunscreen is fairly new but it is ultra waterproof, sweat-proof and also sand-proof which is pretty cool. Dermatologists recommend at least protection 15 but since I have freckles I use factor 50.
Price for the morning routine: 63.37£
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Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
Face washing isn’t only for the mornings but also for the night time, you gotta get rid of those impurities, makeup residuals and dirt from the day. This is a gentle, non-drying cleansing facial wash that leaves skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed. Remember to remove your makeup first.
Pixi glow tonic (as above)
Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil
This night oil rich in retinol which reduces the visibility of lines and corrects signs of damage caused by the sun and everyday exposure to pollutants. By massaging it onto your skin you also activate collagen formation which we are all looking for. Read more about it [HERE]
Price for the night routine: 66£
other products i use
They are coolest thing ever, no pun intended. It stimulates circulation and collagen production, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, boosts the elimination of toxins from your face.They can be used on their own or with moisturizer, facial masks or other products to enhance skin absorption. You can also leave them in the fridge overnight and use it in the mornings to “wake you up” and reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.
Face masks & eye masks
I tend to do both twice a week or whenever I have some “ME” time. The face mask I use was bought in Bali, it’s a clay mask that came in powder form so I have to mix it up with some water. It becomes hard 5 minutes in and then I just remove it with a warm wet cloth after 15 minutes of having it on. The eye masks I use are the PIXI Fortifeye, they are hydrogel patches that help firm and energize the eye area.
Hope this blog post helped you in any way. Share your stories and/or your skincare routine down in the comments.