Establishing a skin care regimen is a great way to help you look after your skin. Taking care of your skin is as important as looking after your general health and wellbeing. I decided a while ago, way before the pandemic, to invest as much in skincare as I do in cosmetics. Make-up is amazing but even more so when’s it’s applied onto beautiful, well-looked after skin. As it stands, not much makeup wearing is going on lately so investing in your skin is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
In this post, I will be sharing my step by step skin care regime with some of my favourite skincare products. These products are based on my skin which is dry and sensitive. If you don’t have a skin regime, you can try this one with products that work well with your skin type. If you aren’t sure what your skin type, then find out here.
Step 1: Cleansing
I cleanse my skin every morning and evening. I also double cleanse my skin in the evenings. Double cleansing, in case you haven’t heard of it, involves using an oil based cleanser to lift dirt and pollutants that have accumulated on your skin. You then follow this with a water based cleanser to allow active ingredients in your skin care products to penetrate your skin easily and more effectively.
I am currently using this vitamin C cleansing oil by Super Facialist. I apply this on my face and rub it in for about 30 seconds. I follow that by adding water then wash it away along with all the impurities like makeup, sweat etc. I love how this oil cleanser smells and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed.
Water based cleanser/Toner
My current water based cleanser is the Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser by Neutrogena. I love this because it has Hyaluronic acid and this ingredient elevates moisture levels in dry skin. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and if you are worried about ageing, it also works magic on reducing wrinkles. The Neutrogena gel cleanser boosts hydration and helps lock it in at the same time.
Step 2: Serum
After cleansing, I apply serum onto my skin. Serums help lock in moisture and for some with dry skin like myself, I need my skin to retain as much moisture as possible. Serums are used after cleansing and benefits include soothing sensitive skin and protecting your skin from future damage and free radicals.
I use this serum by Revolution by massaging it onto my face and neck. It works wonders for my skin. I found this by chance as I had been using a more expensive brand that appeared to be leaving my skin dry. I once again learnt that expensive doesn’t always mean it will work. The Revolution serum leaves my skin soft, feeling and looking hydrated. Sometimes you have to try several products before finding one that works well for you.
Step 3: Facial oil
I never used to use face oils until I read somewhere how beneficial they are for your skin. They have vitamins that hydrate your skin and for me this was enough to give them a go and I have never looked back.
The baobab fruit is known for it’s amazing health benefits and this oil is no exception. I absolutely love this oil and the good thing is it’s great for dull dry and dull skin.
Step 4: Moisturise
I use day creams because they not only moisturise your skin but are light weight meaning you can apply your make-up straight after. Night creams regenerate your skin at night which is why they are much richer.
I have been using CeraVe moisturising lotions for over 2 years now and they work well which is why I have stuck with this brand. Again it took a lot of trial and error to finally get something that agrees with my skin.
Weekly & Semi-weekly treatments
I exfoliate twice a week. For this, I mix coffee grounds, olive oil and sugar. It’s my own little recipe and there are lots of other exfoliating recipes you can look up. This particular recipe removes dead skin and leaves my skin looking fresh, renewed and feeling smooth. I exfoliate after cleansing then continue with my usual skin-care regime.
I apply face masks once a week. Fridays are my face mask application day. I call them face mask Fridays. Pink clay mask works well for me as I found other masks suck the moisture out of my skin. The best I’ve ever used was Dior pink clay mask but I had other priorities and couldn’t keep buying it as it is a bit of a splurge. I found a good alternative which is the Revolution Pink Clay Mask. This mask replenishes skin nourishment and isn’t as harsh on dry skin compared to other clay masks.
Why I’m focusing on healthy skin first
I no longer wear make up as much especially now that we are staying at home. Looking after my skin has become even more of a priority. It’s important to have healthy skin first before adding anything over it. When it comes to makeup, I’ve always believed it looks so much better on skin that’s well looked after no matter what skin imperfections one may have. Let me know your thoughts by leaving your comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe for posts like this and more.