I often get asked “what are the steps I absolutely have to do in my skincare routine?”. I think this is a great question. For so many, you don’t want to spend a lot of time, or spend a lot of money on skincare products, or you just don’t know where to start in this big world of skincare.
Taking good care of your skin is so important. Your face is the first thing everyone sees about you, it’s your first impression. And you want to always put your best foot forward (or best face forward :) ) Whether you are a simple girl or just starting a skincare routine, here are my must do skincare steps that every single person should be doing.
- Cleanse your face every morning and every night. At night the skin rejuvenates and replenishes, it’s important to get all the makeup, dirt and oil off from the day so the skin can do what it needs to do at night effectively. Cleansing in the morning is just as important. While the skin is rejuvenating at night it will push toxins, free radicals, etc to the top of the skin. Washing your face in the morning will get all that off. You can cleanse using a clarisonic or with your hands. My all time favorite cleanser is Fresh Soy Cleanser, it is a makeup remover and a cleanser.
- Moisturize after cleansing. It’s important to keep the skin hydrated. Even if you have oily skin you don’t want to “dry your skin out”. Instead use an oil free moisturizer. For those with dry skin, moisturizing is so important! Dry skin = fine lines, wrinkles, dull complexion. So invest in a good moisturizer and keep your skin hydrated and plump. I recently got L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream and I’m loving it!
- Eye cream every night before bed. The first place any wrinkles will show up is around the eye area. If you are young, eye cream is preventative. If you are middle age or older, eye creams can be used to reverse wrinkles and dark circles while preventing any new aging. You are never to young to start using an eye cream. I was around 18 when I first started. Apply an eye cream every night after cleansing and before you put on your moisturizer. I currently use Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay eye cream, then apply Fresh Seaberry Oil at night.
- Exfoliate at least once a week. The skin is constantly creating new skin cells, pushing the old ones to the surface. Once the skin cells reach the surface they are dead, dull and flat. If they continue to sit there they will clog pores, cause texture and give the overall complexion of the skin a dull look. Exfoliating at least once a week (as much as 3 times a week) will get all the dead skin cells off. This will reveal new, healthy glowing skin cells. Exfoliating will keep the skin looking fresh and prevent clogged pores and break outs. Read more about exfoliation here.
- Use sunscreen and shade your face. The sun is the most aging/damaging to the skin. Always wear sunscreen when you are going to be outside. And wear a hat or sit in the shade when outside between the hours of 10-2. Yes, even in my young 20’s I would wear a huge hat to shade my face at the beach or sit under an umbrella.
- Water, water, water and more water. Water is so important not only for the body but also for the skin. Water flushes out toxins from the skin. It also hydrates from the inside out. Drinking enough water will give a more “plumped” look to the skin.