How to build a skincare routine

by | Sep 24, 2019 | Beauty | 0 comments

Going through teenage years I’ve always had acne and scars left from popping my pimples. It becomes a toxic cycle. You can see it and you can feel the pain of having a pimple and you get frustrated and you pop it. So now you are left with a little wound and a possible scar on your face. And your situation becomes even worse after that. Therefore, I introduced a daily skincare routine at home, in my day-to-day life.

Having a skincare routine is really important especially when you have a sensitive, pro acne skin. According to….. the skin’s job is to keep things out. Therefore, when you apply various ingredients on your skin, a very small amount actually penetrates the skin. So not only it is important to use some sort of products, but their order is even more important.

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Did you know that the changing of seasons may affect the way in which your skin reacts to the changes in temperature?

According to Ann Lee, a cosmetic chemist, people with sensitive skin might be experiencing a burning sensation that lasts for several days (or even weeks) during the transition between seasons. This is why it is essential to adjust your skincare products according to the changes in temperature. Ann Lee advises using essential oils, serums, and creams to help nourish the skin.

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My skincare routine

1. Cleanser

There are many types of cleansers, like gel cleansers, cream, foam, clay, oil, micellar, powder, etc. It is essential to adapt the cleanser to your skin and not the other way around. I’ve personally tried several types of cleansers but the only one that seems to work best for me is the foam cleanser.

The foam cleansers are lightweight and start as a gel or a cream and transform into a rich foamy consistency product. This particular cleanser works best for oily skin because it removes the excess of sebum from your pores.

Other types of cleansers:

  • cream or lotion: work best for dry, red skin. Cream cleansers are usually thick and gentle and have the purpose of moisturizing the skin without stripping off the natural oils.
  • oil: if you have sensitive skin, the oil cleanser is a gentle way of getting rid of impurities, without drying the skin.
  • powder cleansers: they gently exfoliate the skin as they cleanse. Dr. Dendy Engelman, the dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, recommends using the powder cleanser at night, after removing the makeup: “The particles in dry powder allow for more exfoliation than liquid cleansers.” This is why she recommends using it for oily skin.

I usually use a foamy cleanser is Eau Thermale Avene Cleansing Foam, Soap Free Foaming Face Wash for Oily, Sensitive Skin, Oil Free, 5 oz for daily skincare routine at home. It is the best way to remove the rest of the impurities from your skin before applying any other products on your face.

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2. Exfoliating

For every skin type exfoliating at least one time, a week is necessary in order to remove the dry skin cells. If you don’t remove all of the impurities, it can cause your pores to be blocked. Therefore, it can cause breakouts, pimples, and blackheads. And trust me, I’ve been there. You don’t want that.

According to American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation leaves the skin looking brighter with immediate results. Also, long-term exfoliation can increase collagen production. Collagen represents the key to glowing skin.

I usually exfoliate 2 times a week and use Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Face Scrub, Normal Skin, 5 fl. oz.

However, if you have sensitive skin with inflammatory acne, you should consult a dermatologist before applying this method.

3. Toner

I first started using toner a few months ago when I noticed that I was so busy that I didn’t take care of my skin at all. Therefore, my face had to suffer.

So I started experimenting with different products and routines that I’ve learned from other blogs and I finally found a way of taking care of my skin and allowing myself some me-time before I went to bed and after I woke up. So what is a toner you may ask?

Basically, it is that step of the routine, after applying the cleanser which removes the rest of the impurities left behind and prepares the skin for the moisturizer. Essentially, the toner removes the dry skin, it closes the pores and tightens the cell gaps in order to reduce the penetration of impurities.

A helpful trick that I’ve learned is to not use pads to apply the toner. It is a gentle way that works best if you use your fingers to apply it. Also, avoid toners with alcohol because it dries out the skin.

4. Moisturizer

It is important to adapt your moisturizer to the changes in temperature. For example, a moisturizer can be really helpful when your skin feels dry. This happens especially during winter.

When your skin becomes dry, your body produces more oil. The excess of oil can clog your pores. Therefore, it can lead to more breakouts. Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin can prevent your skin from becoming dry.

When dealing with warmer weather, try sticking to a lighter moisturizer to avoid clogged pores. For colder weather choose a heavier formula.

This is it, folks! This is the basic daily skincare routine that I use at home. If you have problematic skin, contact a dermatologist.

I personally use L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Corrector Facial Day Cream SPF 30, 1.7 Ounce

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