What is a skincare routine?

I’m not sure about most people, but I never knew how to properly take care of, or treat my skin growing up. I was lucky because I had clear skin in my teen years, but my skincare routine mostly consisted of me rubbing my black eyeliner off with whatever I could find in the cabinet and splashing some water and soap on my face. This being said, woman don’t realize the importance of skincare. For my makeup girls out there, the most important step in any makeup application is your skin prep and your skincare routine every morning and night. You can be one hell of a makeup artist but you still can’t completely cover up skin that isn’t be properly treated and taken care of. Makeup is the fun stuff, its sparkly and pretty and we love to spend tons of money on products we hardly use. But are those products really going to use if were slabbing it on top of a bad surface? We tend to neglect our skin until we get older and start to realize how bad it starts to get! A basic at home skincare routine includes cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing. Basically cleansing is removing all the makeup/dirt and oils off of your face, exfoliating removes all the dead skin cells which leaves your face fresh and bright. A toner preps the skin for the application of moisturizer and allows your skin to accept the next product and lock the moisture in.  I’m not going to bore you with the science of it all, but thats a brief explanation on what you need to know to get started. Pretty much our skin is our largest organ. If that doesn’t want to make you take care of it, the skin is also the one you can see most easily.

Where to start:

Whats your skin type?

Again, this is a topic most people don’t think about when putting together a skincare routine. As long as I’m cleansing it.. right?

Here is a quick guide to help you figure out what your skin type is!

NORMAL:

Good amount of oil production and moisture

Small pores, medium in the T-ZONE (forehead, nose and chin)

Few breakouts and clogged pores

Skin complexion will be soft and radiant

Little to no sensitivity

DRY:

More sensitivity in the skin

Prone to lines and wrinkles

Small pores

Skin feels thin and delicate

Dull/Rough Complexion

Red patches can appear

OILY:

Extra oil production

Thick and shiny complexion

Larger pores

Prone to breakouts and clogged areas

Less likely to get wrinkles and lines

COMBINATION:

The most common skin type

Both dry and oily areas

Larger pores in T ZONE (forehead, nose and chin)

MATURE

Loose, thin skin

Fine lines and wrinkles present

No elasticity or firmness

Increased dryness

Shows premature aging process after exposure to sun

SENSITIVE

Redness

Itching

Burning

Dryness

(Usually after contact with the skin)

Now that you know your skin type, you can find easily products that will work with your skin and start up your new skincare routine! If you’re looking for higher end lines, I find the girls at Sephora are extremely informative, and can help you find a product no matter what you’re looking for. Drug store products are also a great choice, and the girls at the beauty counters usually have good background knowledge and can help you find what you’re looking for!

PS.. Six tips to get started, no matter what your skin type is:

  • USE SUNSCREEN to block UVA and UVB rays (There is great foundations with SPH)
  • Avoid direct sunlight (Wear a boujee sunhat)
  • Don’t smoke (It also smells)
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wash your skin gently but thoroughly
  • TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF BEFORE BED (Please)
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Thanks lovelies!

Hope you enjoy, xx

Lex

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