Having a morning and evening skin care routine is essential to great skin. It doesn’t have to be complicate, but must be consistent and geared to your individual skin care needs. Remember, what works for one person, may not necessarily work for the next. Morning and evening start with the basic (and most important) which are:
- Cleanse: Clean skin is healthy skin. You’d be surprised how much our face picks up during the day from dirty fingers transferring bacteria, to general air pollution. At night a lot of oils come to the surface of our skin and need to be cleaned off.
- Moisturize: Moisturize your skin to avoid it drying out. Moisturizers especially should be geared to your skin type, dry, oily, in between, or normal.
- SPF: The sun is can wreak havoc on skin and also cause serious damage like skin cancer. Always use some form of sunscreen before going outdoors even in the winter.
Optional steps that are geared toward your specific skin type:
- Tone: After cleansing and before moisturizing you may choose to tone. Use and non-alcohol based toner. Toner will clean away any residue from the cleanser, although a good quality cleanser should clean away completely with water. Toning resets the pH balance of your face.
- Serum: Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper into the skin. Serums are very concentrated so a little goes a long way. It’s best to avoid this step if you have a pre-existing skin condition. Apply gently on dry skin (allow skin to dry completely) before moisturizing using 1 or 2 fingers. Wait 3 minutes before applying moisturizer.
Once you establish a daily routine here are some steps to add on a weekly rotation:
- Facial Mask/Scrub: 1-2 times a week use a facial mask or a scrub after cleansing and before toning and moisturizing. Remember in everything to have balance so alternate between masks and scrubs. Pay attention to the current needs of the skin. In the winter your skin may require more hydration so use a hydrating mask.
- Steaming: There is a lot of conflicting reports regarding this step. Should you or shouldn’t you steam your face. I think done properly it is a good step. This step would come after cleansing and before using a facial mask, or toning and moisturizing. It is not recommend to steam if you are using a scrub. Doing both may cause irritation. Steaming softens your skin, opens your pores, and also loosens dirt making a mask more effective.
There you have it. They may seem like a lot of steps and we’re are already very busy, however we need to take care of ourselves so we can fully enjoy our lives. Take the time to be good to yourself.