Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday!
I recently took to my Instagram & Facebook page to ask you guys what blog post you’d like to see next, and my skin care routine was the winner. For those who voted to see my capsule wardrobe, don’t worry, I’ll get to that one very soon.
Skin care has been a huge trend in the beauty/blogger world lately, in fact, people are using less makeup and staying focused on the natural and glowy look. It’s a common misconception that skin care is only a nighttime task, but it’s something you’ll want to consider in the mornings and during your makeup application process as well. I’ll take you through the skin care products I use day & night, as well as before applying makeup and I’ll highlight a few of my tips along the way.
It’s important to wash your skin each morning with a daily facial cleanser to remove any oil or bacteria that collected overnight; plus, it helps creates a clean canvas for your makeup. I’m a huge fan of the Cetaphil brand because their products are so gentle to sensitive skin.
I can’t stress enough how important is to moisturize daily! Even if you’re prone to oily skin, you need to rejuvenate your skin with healthy oils to maintain its balance. Moisturizing your face helps fight wrinkles, aging and reduces the appearance of blemishes. I’m currently using the Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer to keep my skin looking and feeling youthful, as well as to match my self-tanner!
Another product you’ll want to consider purchasing is some sort of primer to protect your skin before applying makeup. While the Milk Makeup Blur Stick isn’t necessarily a true “primer”, I think it does the job perfectly for the areas of my skin where I’m more acne prone. I find that a lot of my blemishes pop-up in my T-zone, so the blur stick helps fill and disguise my large pores. It also makes sure that no harsh chemicals or makeup product seeps into my pores and create unwanted blemishes.
Clearly, my nighttime skin care routine is where I really get into the bulk of my products. I start by taking my makeup off with any kind of makeup wipe (my skin isn’t picky) and then I use the same Cetaphil cleanser. I think it’s important not to switch between daily facial cleansers morning & night because it can really confuse your skin…sticking to one product will work the best, in my opinion. The next step is SUPER important, I use a cotton pad and micellar cleansing water to wipe off any dirt/makeup that my cleanser didn’t remove. You do not want to be sleeping with gunk left on your face all night, this produces the worst blemishes!
*Even the best cleansers will not remove every bit of dirt leftover after a long day; going in with a second cleanser is very important.*
After cleansing a second time, I go in with a toner to try to balance the pigmentation in my skin. I finish off with a hydrating moisturizer before bed, because as you know, bringing moisture back into your face after using any kinds of chemicals is necessary! While this process may seem long and tedious, I can get this nighttime routine done in 5-10 mins.
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About three times a week, I like to treat myself by using any of the face masks listed above depending on what I think my skin needs. Another common misconception is to use face masks right as your breaking out, but I think it’s important to treat your skin religiously, even when you aren’t breaking out. Face masks are so refreshing and leave the best chemicals/oils on your skin all night long.
That’s it for my skin care routine! It’s nothing too fancy (I love my drugstore products), but here and there I try out a few high-end products. I’m thankful that I haven’t run into many problems with my skin, but I think that as long as you’re treating your skin with care + drinking lots of water, it will return the favor.
Don’t forget to take your makeup off before bed and double cleanse,