There are so many skin care products out there. You can get foamy cleaners, liquid toners, oily moisturizing creams. Just what do you need to use and how should you use them?
If only being a girl came with some instructions, but instead, we must spend time finding out how other people use their skin care products. We need to ask for advice from professionals and beauty gurus to make sure we use each item correctly.
And then there are the different types of skin care products for different skin types! It’s a minefield, and sometimes it seems like it would be better to avoid them all. Of course, that isn’t the case! Not using anything can be just as bad for you as using the wrong types.
Well, using your skin care products doesn’t need to be difficult. Here’s your ultimate guide to the type of products you want to use, the order to apply them, and how much to apply.
Make Sure You Have the Right Products
Before you buy a product, you want to make sure it is right for your skin. If you have acne-prone, oily skin, look for products that contain salicylic acid. This actively kills the bacteria that causes acne but does dry out the skin. If you have naturally dry skin, you’ll want to make sure you have an extremely good moisturizer afterward.
Avoid soaps at all cost. For oily skin, foamy cleansers are good. Meanwhile, oils and balms are worth considering for dry skin.
Do you need an exfoliating product? You’ll hear mixed advice. There are some celebrities that believe in exfoliating daily, while others believe in not doing it at all. The most common advice from the beauty experts is to exfoliate weekly. This will give your skin the deep cleanse it needs to get rid of any missed bacteria and grime.
Your exfoliating products shouldn’t leave your skin feeling too tight or irritated. If they do, you need to switch products immediately.
Now that you have the right products, it’s time to figure out the order.
Apply from Thin to Thick
You want to layer your skin care products. Once you’ve cleansed your face, you want to apply everything from thin to thick. Your moisturizing cream will be the last thing before using your makeup. It’s always going to be the thickest.
Acne treatments need to be used first. They will dry out the skin but also need help penetrating the skin. You don’t want to use up the active ingredients in the layers of moisturizing cream, making them ineffective when they finally get into your skin!
You’ll also want to think about the time of day that you’re applying your skin care products. There are some perfect for the morning and others that will need the overnight recovery period to work efficiently and effectively.
Starting Your Morning Routine
Let’s work with the morning routine firstly. As soon as you get up, you want to cleanse your face gently. You won’t need to scrub hard. Unless you’ve slept in the dirt, your skin will be clean from the night before. You may get away with just some water and a light cleanser. Consider creating your natural cleanser with lemon juice and milk. This will get into your pores to kill any bacteria while boosting your collagen production with the proteins in the milk.
You can also use honey and coconut oil for cleansing the skin. The benefit of natural options is that you’ll get rid of the toxins in over the counter options. If you prefer a store-bought option, look for a gentle milk or foam cleanser.
If you are on an exfoliating day, you want to do it before using a cleanser. Sure, it’s rough, but this is when you will get most of the dead skin cells. The skin rejuvenates overnight, leaving a layer of dead skin cells the next morning. We’ll move onto the details of exfoliating at the bottom as it is just a weekly thing to do.
Step two is the toner. Your cleanser has removed some dirt, but the toner will make sure the excess oils are also wiped away. Stay away from lotions and toners that have alcohol. They will dry out the skin and make it more irritating.
If you want to make your toner, you can create one with cucumber juice. This is refreshing and soothing to start your morning.
The next stage is a serum if you want. This is completely optional and an excellent way to naturally brighten your skin tone. You can get rid of the fine lines and dull skin from environmental and sun damage.
Serums don’t need to be oil. Look out for oil-free options to use on your skin.
After this, use the moisturizing cream. If you can, use one that has sunscreen in it. You can even choose one with a toner to reduce the amount of makeup that you use. The moisturizing cream should be relatively light if you already have oily skin. If you have exceptionally dry skin, look for heavy, dense moisturizers. This will help to keep the moisture in your skin and keep it working through the layers throughout the day.
Finish with some eye cream. This will help to keep the wrinkles at bay. You want to use it even if you don’t have wrinkles yet. There’s no time like the present to combat the signs of aging.
Wrapping Up for the Night
After your day, you need to clean your face. This should be done a little before you go to bed. You want the recovery period overnight for your pores to soak the creams in fully and hydrate your skin, ready for the next day.
Start with a cleanser. This should be stronger than the one you used on a morning, as it will need to get rid of the makeup and grit that you’ve collected over the day. If you have oily skin, opt for a strong foamy cleanser. This will help to avoid any residue but will get rid of waterproof make. Those with dry skin will want to consider an oil or balm for the best makeup removing effects. Milkisn’t strong enough.
You’ll be able to feel your cleanser working. Once you’ve finished, your skin should feel soft and smooth. There shouldn’t be the feeling of particles left behind. If you do, you’ll want to get a different cleanser.
After your cleanser, make sure you use your toner. This can be the same one as the morning. It’s to get rid of stray oils. Don’t skip this before you sleep. You’ll have collected various impurities throughout the day that you need to get rid of.
The night is the best time to use your acne treatment. This is optional, of course. If you don’t suffer from breakouts, then you can skip it.
Focusing on acne treatments at night will mean your skin has the chance to soak in all the beneficial ingredients. Your cells regenerate at night, so the ingredients will actively work deeply on them. You only need a little acne treatment on a nightly basis.
Like in the morning, you can now also use a serum. If you have oily skin, you’ll only want to use the serum once a day. It’s best on the night rather than in the morning if you need to choose. This is when your skin goes through the rejuvenating process. If you are going to use a serum twice a day, you can use the same one.
Follow up with a night cream rather than the moisturizing cream. Night creams are thicker and take thetime to absorb into your skin throughout the night. They’re extremely hydrating, taking thetime to work while your cells regenerate. Your skin will feel smooth and soft the next morning.
And of course, you want to apply an eye cream. Use the same one that you did in the morning.
Finally, if you have dry skin, you’ll want a facial oil. You only need to pat this onto your skin and allow the skin to absorb it throughout the night. Oils will get deeper into the pores and work into the collagen and other tissues. You’ll get a deeper hydration.
If you don’t want to buy a facial oil, opt for coconut oil.This is one of the most beneficial natural ingredients because of all the antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Applying Makeup on a Morning
One of the best things for your face is to go makeup free. Of course, the chances of that happening are slim. We want to look our best, and some jobs expect it of us. So, you want to use the right makeup.
Always look for oil-free makeup, especially if you have oily skin. Noncomedogenic options are extremely good for those with acne-prone skin. This type of makeup (and any skin care products) will fight off the causes of acne in your skin. You will suffer far fewer breakouts because of your makeup since they won’t block your pores.
Always use a primer before your foundation. A primer is like a protective layer. It will prevent the foundation from getting into your pores. The foundation sits on top of your skin, where it should, and gives you a fresh look throughout the day. Primers can also offer a way to get rid of some of the shine from your skin care products, making it an option to wear alone.
When using a foundation, look for a thin one. You’re not supposed to be able to feel the makeup on your skin. You shouldn’t feel the weight of it on your cheeks or feel like you can scratch it off your face! This means the foundation is likely blocking your pores, creating the perfect space for acne-causing bacteria to build in.
Try to alternate the days that you wear makeup. Look for days where you can be fresh-faced and neutral. If you suffer from acne, you’ll find going natural will help to clear it all up.
What About Exfoliating?
We’ve mentioned exfoliating once a week, but that’s about it. When you get an exfoliating product, you want to avoid drying, micro-bead technology. These will open your pores and get rid of the dirt, but they will be extremely irritating. There are also questions about what the microbeads do to the environment.
You can make your exfoliating products. Opt for some baking soda or sea salt. Sea salt is one of the best options. It’s hydrating (yes, really) and cleansing. It will kill off the bacteria while leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Baking soda is brightening to the skin. When you mix both with some lemon juice and yogurt, you get a full exfoliating mask or paste that is deeply nourishing.
Remain gentle when exfoliating. Your face doesn’t need you scrubbing harshly. The skin on your face is fragile and easily ripped. Just running the salt or baking soda over your skin will be enough to remove the dead skin cells, bacteria, and grime.
Make sure you fully remove the exfoliating elements from your face before continuing with any other skin care products. You won’t want a stray particle consistently spreading across your face.
It’s Time to Create Your Skin Care Routine
There are many shows that focus on women spending a lot of time in the bathroom on a morning and night. Our skin care routine is extremely important. You want to live up to the stereotype. Make sure you follow the above steps above on a morning and a night.
Using skin care products isn’t just about cleansing your skin. You want to remove the bacteria, improve the health and nourishment of your skin, and protect the oil production. It’s time to boost the collagen and reduce the sight of scars. You’ll be amazed at how much better your skin will look after a few weeks of following this routine.