When it comes to skincare routines, certain people prefer to go all out with the 10-step regimen. If you fall into this category and you have been able to figure out what works best for you, then you go, dear!! However, some others are what I would call “Minimalists” and would rather wrap it all up in much fewer steps and guess what? That’s amazing too!!
Following our last post about identifying and understanding your skin type, this week, I would love to introduce to you the Holy Grail of skincare – the ultimate 3-step day and night routine for glowing skin!!
These 3 steps form the basis of a lot of other extended skincare regimens. The best part is that once you really understand these steps, the entire routine should only take you a few minutes per day. Shall we begin?
The bedrock of caring for our skin is ensuring it is always clean, right? Great! That’s where these cleansers come in. They help to remove dirt, oil and impurities that can build up on the surface of our skin and cause clogged pores.
Ensure everything you would need for this process is available and clean – the towel, your hands, the cotton pad, and so on. Wet your face with warm (NOT hot) water, making sure that all areas of the skin are wet. Apply the cleansing product with your fingertips directly onto damp skin and massage it gently into your face using circular motion avoiding the eye and mouth area. Continue for about 30 seconds and then rinse off. Pat face dry with a clean and soft towel. Don’t rub or drag towel across face… just pat nicely. Easy peasy, yes? Good! On to the next step.
Toners are generally designed to remove things left on the face from the previous step that may dehydrate the skin such as cleanser residue and salts, chlorines, and chemicals found in tap water. It is important to use toners because it balances the pH of the skin after cleansing.
Soak a cotton pad with facial toner and pat the cotton pad across your entire face (again avoiding the eye and mouth area). Remember to pay extra attention to areas that are frequently oily such as the forehead, nose and chin (the T-zone).
Quick tip: For people with dry skin, it might be better to use an alcohol-free toner because alcohol-based toners have been found to be extremely drying and irritating for them.
Yay!! We’ve made it all the way to Number 3.
Moisturizers are meant to ensure our skin remains hydrated. A particularly popular belief about moisturizers is that oily-skinned people do not need to use it. This is false! Not only does EVERYONE need to moisturize their facial skin, we also need to moisturize down to our necks and upper chest area!!
Recall that oil is NOT equal to hydration or moisture. Just because your skin produces a lot of oil does not mean it has or holds a lot of water in it.
What’s more? Some moisturizers also have sunscreen active ingredients in them. So, win win.
Squeeze a small amount of facial moisturizer onto your clean fingertips. Use your fingers to gently massage the moisturizer into the skin while still slightly damp as this helps lock in the moisture. Remember to always be extra gentle in the under-eye region as the skin in that area is particularly sensitive.
Quick tip: Choose a moisturizer that matches your particular skin type.
And that’s it! See? Just follow steps 1,2,3 and watch your skin pop! It’s really as easy as A, B, C! *wink.
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See you in our next post. Bye!