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My once upon a time, blemished, dull skin used to make me feel exactly as it looked: like crap.

For years I was too tired to take care of it. I’m embarrassed to be saying this. Forget not wearing makeup or sunscreen, I rarely used to wash my face. Unless you count the water that would drip down my cheeks when I cleaned my eyes in the morning so they would actually open…

I dunno, there’s just something about waking up to the screams of hungry babies and bickering kids that kinda pushes serums and sunscreen to a remote area of the brain.

The Demise of My Face:

But then I hit 30 and something happened to my face. Suddenly all these spots started appearing (later learned they were sunspots). And to my horror, I started seeing lines under my eyes, on top of my permanent purple circles. That was my kick in the rear to start taking care of my skin.

(I will be posting a more detailed article in the near future about the horrible effects I experienced after neglecting proper skincare for too long.) 

After much research and experimentation, (which you can find here: 4 Strange and Worrying Results of my Skincare Experiment), I give you

 

8 Steps to the Start of a Proper Skincare Routine:

  1. Do your research before purchasing anything.
    • Identity your skin type. You can take online quizzes and such but try to get some input from skincare specialists.
    • Go beyond the internet. Visit different stores and actually try their products and talk to their advisors. So many products I thought I would love based on what I read online turned out to be wrong for me.

       

  2. Rinse with water and mild cleanser in the AM.
    • Skin has worked hard all night to repair itself and build a protective barrier, so no need to strip that away with over-washing.

       

  3. Toner and Essence.
    • Toners are used to remove excess impurities that cleansing did not remove. Especially useful for those combination to oily or acne-prone skin. Many newer toners hydrate and smooth skin as well.
    • An essence is a lightweight skin booster full of hydrating ingredients and antioxidants that work at a cellular level, enhancing the effects of your skincare.

       

  4. Use a Good Serum.
    • Warm a small amount (1-2 pumps) to body temperature between your palms and gently press palms all over your face.
    • Has smaller molecules than a moisturizer, allowing it to penetrate deeper to the dermis, or second layer of the skin.
    • Contains high quantities of active ingredients like antioxidants, hyaluronic acid (hydration) and peptides (cellular repair and collagen production).
    • Targets skincare concerns such as lines, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and dark circles.

       

  5. Moisturize.
    • Warm a pea size amount between your fingers and gently massage the cream into your face and neck using light upward strokes.
    • Has larger molecules than serum, therefore does not penetrate the epidermis. Instead, it forms a physical barrier to help retain moisture.
    • Eye cream: The skin under our eyes are much more delicate and has different needs because they are prone to dryness and aging. (Neglecting this resulted in permanent dark under eye circles and many fine lines for me.)
  1. Double Cleanse with an Oil Based Cleanser in the Evening.
    • Oil Cleansers cleanse without stripping moisture AND takes off your makeup at the same time. (Make sure you are using one that is right for your skin type)
    • Follow with a water-based cleanser to clean deeper into pores and remove sweat, bacteria and dead skin cells.

       

  2. Exfoliate and Treat with a Mask.
    • 2-3x a week with a product that is right for your skin type.

       

  3. Repeat steps 3-5 to complete your PM routine.

Adapting to Your New Skincare Routine:

woman-applying-moisturizer - Proper Skincare RoutineIn total this routine takes me about 3-5 minutes in the morning and 5-10 minutes at night.

8-15 minutes a day for skin that looks and feels like my baby’s little bum bum is soooo worth it. 

You owe it to yourself to take care of your skin. Your face is the first thing you see every time you look in the mirror. Seeing your face bright and glowing will make you FEEL radiant inside. Not to mention you will look and feel a lot healthier as well!

Write it down in your day planner if you have to. Set an alarm on your phone. Stick a bright post it on your bathroom mirror that reads “MUST TAKE CARE OF MY SKIN”.

Whatever works for you.

Once you start doing it, it will not take you long to realize what an important and therapeutic step this is in caring for yourself. Why? Because skincare is an act of self-care.

Remember that this is a journey, and it may take a few (or a lot) of attempts and failures to find what’s right for you.  But stick with it, your skin will thank you!

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