I’ve been longing to do a skin care routine as I get so many questions about it. My skin is sensitive and very dry skin, if you have it to this routine may work for you aswell. If you have oily skin you may change some of the products that go more with your skintype. This is all the products I use for that purpose.
Step 1. Cleansing
This is for removing your makeup, if you do not wear makeup jump to the next paragraph. Find a good cleanser for your skin and stick with it. I use Simple facial whipes for this, as it has no perfume, color, alcohol or oil in it and goes perfect with my skintype. Dont go and spend a whole lot on these facial whipes as they run out really quickly. There is no need for me to explain how to use facial whipes, only thing is dont use it to roughly, especially around the eyes as the skin there is really sensitive and thin. Whenever I use heavy makeup on my eyes I gently remove it with some kind of butter from TheBalm called balms away. Apply a small amount of the product onto closed eyes. Keep eyes closed and move the product in circular motion. Wipe away all the product with a cotton pad. You may use a facial whipe every day before going to bed.
Everything below this line is also for those of you who dont wear makeup. Im a huge sucker for Clinique products and have been for several years after I discovered how well they work with my skin. Like 1-3 times, depending on how my skin is at a given week, I like to use their cleansing foam for blemished skin. Pump out two or more pumps of product, apply to wet face and gently rub the product in circular motions all around your face, only not the eyes. Let it set for a couple of seconds. Then take a clean damped towel and remove all the product. Finish off by washing your face with some water to get all the product off, this part is important as you dont want residue of these strong ingredients left on your skin.
Step 2. Exfoliate
Now its time to exfoliate, and this step is really important to remember. Every night before I go to bed I use a toner, mine is from Clinique and its the number 2 for dry combination skin. This product is a must-have for all skintypes and Clinique has one for all. It was from the day I started using a toner that my skin got so much better as it is really hard to get rid of that blemished skin when it is as dry as mine. Whenever people compliment me on my skin and ask what products I use, I always tell them to try out Clinique products and especially this toner. Apply the product on a cotton pad and swipe it across your whole face except the eyes. Remember to leave the product on.
Scrubbing your skin is also key for this step. I try doing it once a week, but it tend to be twice a month. Make sure to do this before putting on the toner, and if you do use a scrub you dont have to use the cleansing foam. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells and helps keep you face fresh and glowing. Make sure to use a gentle scrub with small grains rather then big ones as they can tear your skin. I use a scrub from REN with jojoba oil in it, and it smells kind off minty. Im really loving this product and as you dont use it that often it lasts a long time. Remember to apply to damp face, massage it around preferably upwards and outwards as this doesnt make your skin saggy. Rinse off with warm water.
Step 3. Moisturize
It is so important to moisturize your skin, especially if you have a dry skintype. There are a crapload of bad products out there that give you false promises, I know Ive been through my fair share of them. About a year ago I discovered the utimate moisturizer, even my mom swear by this product and the is a tough one to convince. The product Im talking about is one by Clinique again of course, and its called moisture surge. The texture is kind of a gel, and its pink. Such a nice packaging aswell. Apply to your hole face except the eyes. No matter what kind of skintype you have, you should moisturize! Even oily skin should not skip this step, the key is to find a product that works for you. Everyone will benefit from moisturizers, only exception is those with severe acne, I dont know what goes for these. If your skin feels tight or is flakey, its crying out for moisture. Be careful though, not to overmoisturize as it can clog your pores. For that on-the-go moisture you may use a facespray, this goes perfectly on top of your makeup aswell. I use one from Clinique also from the moisture surge set, it doesnt smell anything and has a handy travelsize.
The one part of the face that I havent mentioned yet is the eye area. It is important to moistuize this part aswell. No strong products are to be used on the eyelids or under the eyes since the skin here is so thin and delicate. Wrong usage may cause wrinkles. Whenever putting product to this area dab it, dont drag it! And use a very light hand. If you’re not sure if you are to rough, apply the product with your ring finger as this has the smallest amount of pressure. Eye creams is also great to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles. For everyday use I splurged myself with a cream from Dior, and its the capture r60/80. The lady at the store said that this was for those of the age 40+, but after I got a sample of it and saw that it actually worked I just had to get it. I have a huge scare of aging to soon, and wrinkles is a sign of that. This product is amazing and money well spent as it gives me visible results! I’ve had mine for about two months and only made a slight dent in the product, so this will last me atleast a year I think. For those days I dont want to put money on my face, figuratively speaking, I use the eye gel from Clinique’s moisture surge set, this one works great for giving moisture. I tend not to use this product that often as my eyelids and undereye area is not dry, but if you do this product will work wonders.
In the morning all you have to do is to take a splash of water to remove excess oils from your nightly moisturizer and to get that fresh feeling. Reapply some moisturizer if needed before you do your makeup.
Forgot to mention that both Clinique and REN is not tested on animals as far as I know. TheBalm is my favorite makeupbrand so no shock that it is not tested on animals either. As far as Simple and Dior goes, I havent found any trusted sources to tell me if they do or dont. None of the products in this guide where sponsored, I bought them all with my own money and everything that is said here is my honest opinion.