Skin has never been more in! The older we get, the more we come to realize the importance of taking care of our skin. From age 20+ this is an area of maintenance that must not be overlooked.
But does anyone else feel like skincare was always washing your face and keeping it clean? Now, we see there are so many steps involved!
Don't be overwhelmed. Whether or not you're a skincare enthusiast or a beginner in the skincare world, we are going to share the proper steps to taking care of your skin and our favourite products for each!
Step 1: Cleanser
Begin each day by washing your face. Even if you feel for face is clean because you've been sleeping. If you are using products to resurface the skin overnight, you'll definitely want to be washing off all those skin cells as well as cleansing the oils gently from skin.
When choosing a cleanser the most important thing is ensuring your cleanser suits your skin type. You'll want to feel like you face is clean, not too oily or not too dry. If you are washing your face and feel tightness afterwards, your cleanser is stripping your skin! Opt for something gentler.
We love Dermologica's many cleanser options! They have a huge range for various skin concerns. While these cleansers are medicated, they are gentle enough for any skin type. Suffering from adult acne? Their breakout clearing foam is our life saver!
Step 2: Toner
Toning your skin should be done immediately after washing. Avoid alcohol based toners because they will strip your skin. We opt for natural toners. These products help rebalance the PH levels in your skin after washing. They also help to prep the skin to absorb your serums.
The Indie Lee COQ-10 toner is our current fave! Packed with amazing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, the antioxidant CoQ-10 and sage. This formula is gentle enough to hydrate skin without stripping your natural protective oils.
Step 3: Serum
Serums are a great way to hone in on your skins specific issues. Some great ingredients to look out for are: vitamin C, retinol, plant-based squalene, and hyaluronic acid. Many serums cannot be combined. The best serum strategy is to rotate them daily or utilize one serum until a particular concern is cleared up.
For our serums, we love The Ordinary. They have cheap and very effective options for all skincare concerns. Looking to start out with a serum for all general concerns? We recommend their Buffet serum. "This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once." Before moving on to moisturizer, let this serum soak on the skin for a few minutes!
Step 4: Eye Cream
There's nothing like a moisturized eye! Eye cream is our favourite step. Maybe it's the attention to the most soulful part of the face. Maybe it's because eye creams are so light and fluffy! Pick an eye cream for your eye concerns. There are options for fine lines, redness, dark circles, and puffiness.
The key in applying eye cream is to be gentle. Put the cream on your ring finger and dellicately tap the cream into your under eye area. Use excess around the eyelid and the skin surronding your under eyes. That skin is very thin, so being gentle is important!
Because you are getting so close to the eye area, we like to use a gentle organic option. Ren's eye cream firms the skin and leaves it incredibly moisturized!
Step 5: Moisturizer
Everyone. Needs. To. Moisturize!
Even if your skin isn't dry, you must moisturize! Moisturizer leaves a protective layer on the skin that will block out environmental elements from damaging the skin. Moisturizer also locks in moisture so your skin is hydrating all day long.
Switch up your moisturizer per season. In the winter, go with something very thick. In the summer, keep it light! We love Herbivore's Pink Cloud moisturizing cream. This moisturizer is light, keeps skin moist all day, and smells amazing!
Step 6: Sunscreen
Summer or winter. Rain or shine. Sunscreen is a step that your MUST hit if you are leaving your home. The sun doesn't care if you're on a beach or in a snow storm. If it is day time, the sun is out, and it will damage your skin.
Fight unnecessary signs of aging and save your skin with daily sunscreen use! Lucky for you, sunscreen is packed into many products you might already use.
We love checking off 2 things at once and use a CC cream with SPF. Andalou Natural's has a great CC cream with SPF that's perfect from going to and from the office.