I understand that not everyone has the resources or the care for a 10-step skincare routine, some of us want a minimalistic approach that is still effective. So I’ve decided to bring you 3 skincare products you do not want to live without. There are days when I don’t want to go all out on my skincare routine, but I always make sure to get these three in. Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time and this post is to show you that there are no excuses. If you want to check out my full skincare routine, you can do that right here and even pick out what you want in your regimen.
Ancient civilisations used a variety of natural products to protect their skin from sun damage; Ancient Egyptians used extracts of rice, jasmine, and lupine plants. Chemists invented the first sunscreen in 1930s, made with a mixture of cocoa butter and red veterinary petroleum and it has evolved over the years since.
Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays and you should always wear it, regardless of your skin colour or tone. UVA light is responsible for premature aging and skin cancers. You should even wear sunscreen when it’s covered, when you’re inside and during winter, because over 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds and glass and even snow reflects UV rays. Therefore, you need SPF to decrease your risk to sun exposure and damage. I always aim for broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, you can also opt for water-resistant or hypoallergenic sunscreens.
prevents premature ageing
lowers the risk of skin cancer
helps prevent discolouration and maintains your skin tone
Moisturising is essential for any skin type; it balances the skin and applying it daily helps with both dryness and oiliness, which can help reduce acne. Moreover, keeping the moisture in your skin helps reduce the signs of ageing and wrinkles, so do not skip out on moisturiser.
Maintains the balance of your skin, protecting it from irritation.
There are Different types of moisturisers for each skin type; oilfree lotion or richer creams.
Your skin fails to regenerate cells without moisture, moisturiser gives you a healthy complexion
Cleansing is a highly important step in your skin care routine and while over-cleansing is a thing; a gentle cleanser is still necessary to remove impurities and the build up of bacteria and sebum. This is essential in preventing breakouts and keeping the skin fresh. There are several types of cleansers; gel, cream, foaming and milky. Find the one best suited for your skin type; foam cleansers tend to dry out the skin. Here’s a tip; if your skin feels tight after use, the product is too harsh for your skin.
Removes the build up of bacteria, makeup and impurities from pollution.
Balances the pH of your skin
Essential in allowing your skin to absorb other products
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Skipping SPF – sunscreen is necessary to protect against the sun’s UV rays which can cause premature ageing of your skin with fine lines, dark spots and in the long term can even lead to skin cancer. It’s a common mistake to believe that darker skin types don’t need sunscreen but we’re all at risk, so wear SPF even inside as UV rays can pass through glass.
Not cleaning your face tools – this includes your makeup brushes and even tools such as jade rollers and gua sha, although the latter is much easier to clean. Makeup brushes should be cleaned once every two weeks at the least, as bacteria builds up on them and we use it on our face and in our makeup which may often lead to breakouts.
Using masks after your skincare – I’ve seen a lot of influencers apply all their serums and essences and then apply a mask after, washing it off. That does not leave enough time for the serums to sink into the skin and essentially all of it is washed down the drain. So apply your masks before your skincare.
Oil before serums– the order of your skincare regimen is highly significant, oils can penetrate any barrier, that is serums and moisturisers, but none of your skincare products can penetrate oil. Face oil should be the last step in your routine, so that your other products are effective and if face oils break you out, this may be the reason as your other products just lay on top of your skin instead of being absorbed.
Over-exfoliation– this depends on your skin type, some people cannot exfoliate more than once a week while some can go up to three times a week. Over exfoliation can irritate your skin and strip it of its natural barrier, we exfoliate to remove the layer of dead skin cells on our skin and twice a week should suffice. It’s also important to avoid exfoliation when you are breaking out as it can irritate it and cause it to spread.
Drying blemishes – a common solution when we notice a blemish is to dry it out, but this depends on what kind of blemish it is. For example papules which are deep pimples can lead to scarring if dried out before they turn into pustules. It’s best to study the problem and use the appropriate solution; such as a warm compress for papules.
Too much cleansing – twice a day is usually enough, over cleansing strips the skin of its natural oils and this is common with foaming cleansers, if your skin feels tight then it’s possible you may be using a harsh cleanser or overusing it. This is a common mistake which can irritate and dry out your skin.
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Every now and then it’s essential to treat your skin and nourish it. Even if you don’t have the time to get a facial professionally done, it’s easy to do them yourself. All you need are a few key steps and products.
Start with double cleansing– this means using a makeup cleanser, followed by your usual daily cleanser. This is to ensure that you have removed all of the makeup and impurities from your skin.
Open up thosepores!– you can choose to use a facial steamer, steam from hot water or using a hot towel. You want to clean your pores, deep into your skin. This will help to remove any bacteria and excess sebum later on.
Exfoliate– a crucial step in a facial, however your skin type influences the method of exfoliation. You can choose a physical or chemical exfoliant and since I lean more towards having oily skin, I exfoliate with a physical scrub. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to go for a more refined scrub. Remember to wash your face with warm water after as cold water will close your pores
Detoxmask– the best option would be a clay mask, which helps to extract the impurities from your pores.
Sheet mask– I like finishing a facial routine with a sheet mask. It can be pore care, hydrating or brightening, depending on how your skin is feeling.
Eye care– this is optional but an under eye treatment is essential at times. Under eye patches are a quick and fun option to try out and they definitely help with dark circles and fine lines.
Face Massage– this can be done using your fingers or a massage tool. My favorite is the jade roller. A face massage helps improve circulation, plumping up the skin and fighting against aging. When massaging your face remember to use upward and outward motions, never drag down and don’t forget your neck!
Your emergency skin care kit should have the essentials; sheet masks, cleansed, face scrub, serum, eye cream and moisturizer. You can also add a toner, face sponge/ brush and face mists.
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Cleanse day and night use a gentle face cleanser to get rid of any bacteria, oil and dead skin cells, removing impurities and giving the skin a fresher look. Also remember to use a proper makeup cleanser; I love oil cleansing, it is an essential part of Korean skincare Routines and you need to try it!
Use sunscreen everyday even when you are in the house, as the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate the skin. Therefore, be sure your skin is always protected.
Use moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and has anti-ageing benefits. If you have oily or combination skin make sure your moisturizer oil free, but it is an essential step even in oily skin care routines.
Use homemade masks sometimes the key to healthy skin is right in your kitchen. DIY masks are 100% natural and have effective healing benefits for the skin. This is the cost-effective side of natural skin care so give it a try, you might be surprised by the results.
Avoid touching your face throughout the day we touch our face unconsciously, getting bacteria onto our skin. It’s important to keep our hands clean and to avoid picking at our skin.
Clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders it is important to do so every two or three weeks, as bacteria builds up into our brushes. Using unclean brushes deposits dirt and oil onto our skin and into our makeup as well, causing our skin to breakout. Even the best of skincare won’t help if you’re constantly using unclean brushes on your skin.
Tea Tree Oil on pimples that won’t go away. Just use a q-tip or a cotton swab to apply the tea tree oil to your breakouts, dip the q-tip into water before adding the oil to dilute it, as it is concentrated. This is a great skincare ingredients but do not overuse it as it may dry out your skin.
Go for makeup free days sometimes it’s good to let your skin breathe, so avoid wearing a full face of makeup every single day. Layers of foundation and concealer can clog the pores and can worsen breakouts. In the long run it can cause your skin to age faster, so opt for a natural look on some days.
Exfoliating the skin to get rid of dead skin cells that make the skin dry and rough and lead to excess oil and clogged pores. Exfoliating makes the skin look healthier and more plump, as it allows us to absorb moisturizing products more deeply into our skin. You can use physical exfoliants like a sugar scrub, a face sponge or brush or a chemical peel. If you have sensitive skin go for a more natural exfoliant. Avoid exfoliating areas with breakouts.
Avoid triggering factors sometimes certain foods can lead to breakouts. For example, I breakout when I consume dairy products, so try to observe if anything triggers your skin.
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