People of all ages have always asked me how I maintain radiant skin all the time. The truth is, I actually don’t do too much to my skin. My routine is very simple. During high school, I often suffered mild acne due to stress and hormonal changes. So, I tried many different products to see what would get rid of the problem. With time, I learned that using many products at once can actually be detrimental to the skin and make the condition worse. Now, I stick with the few that work for me and don’t experiment too much outside of what already works.
Unfortunately, everyone’s skin different, which means that there is no one routine that will work for everyone. But, one thing that’s true for everyone is the fact that it is never too early to start taking care of your skin! 🙂
1. Use a quality moisturiser.
Don’t skimp out on quality here. A quality moisturiser is very important to maintaining supple and healthy skin. The face is especially sensitive, so it’s important to use a moisturiser light enough to absorb into the skin without clogging the pores. Moisturising is one of the most important steps to achieving radiant skin. If done properly, will prevent your skin from aging and flaking. Generously apply more moisturiser & massage around sensitive areas such as the eyes, forehead, and lip areas to keep the skin plump and prevent wrinkling.
There are many great moisturisers out there, but one of my long-time favourites is the Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme. Not only does this creme smell like a citrusy floral heaven, it seems to even out the pH of the skin nicely without leaving any oily residue. I usually like to use this creme at night because it does not have any SPF in it. The only down side to this product is that it is on the pricier side (sold for ~$90 in department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom).
My go-to all around moisturiser for both face and body is extra virgin coconut oil. I find this to be a safe option for the skin because it is definitely a lighter oil in general, so it absorbs into the skin nicely without leaving too much oily residue. A little bit goes a long way. Extra virgin coconut oil is non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog your pores. This option is a lot cheaper and readily available in any drugstore or grocery store. Depending on the amount of coconut oil you choose to buy, it can range from ~$10-30 on average. When purchasing, make sure that the coconut oil is extra virgin. Coconut oil also has some sun protection properties, so it’s a great moisturiser to apply before any make-up in the morning. Extra virgin coconut oil also works wonders on healing wounds. Ever since I got my Chinese water dragon, I’ve had to use this a lot more to expedite the recovery of unsightly scratches!
2. Cleanse twice a day.
Ideally, you’ll want to cleanse your face once in the morning and again at night (or in the shower). There are plenty of amazing face washes out there. Personally, I stick with basic drugstore ones, unless I’m presented with the opportunity to try a fancier product. They seem to do the trick just the same for me — as long as they thoroughly cleanse my face, I’m a happy camper!
Because I have relatively acne-prone skin, I like to use Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub. This scrub has an inviting grapefruit scent that is refreshing in the morning and at night after a long day. The beads also help to exfoliate the skin a little, which will help to remove any unwanted residue on the skin that would otherwise cause breakouts. This scrub can be found in any local drug store or online on Amazon for ~$6-9 depending on the size you get.
3. Deep exfoliate or use a face mask at least once a week.
Your skin will thank you! A deep exfoliation not only helps to shed off dead skin cells and remove unwanted residue on the skin, it also helps to even out fine lines and make your skin look brighter and fresher. I would advise against doing this more than once a week though, especially if you have sensitive skin.
My favourite deep exfoliator is the Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturiser Exfoliating Scrub. This scrub can be found in beauty stores (Sephora, Ulta, Naime’s, etc.) or online on Amazon for varying prices. It may seem like a small bottle for ~$40, but it should last quite a while if you use it only once a week, around a dime size.
If your skin is feeling unusually dry or sensitive, skip the exfoliation and opt in for a quality face mask instead. I have tried many face masks, but find that the Beauty Diary series is great for my skin. I have not yet been able to locate these masks in store, but buy frequently on Amazon.
4. Use a quality foundation.
Similar to moisturiser, it is very important to invest in quality make-up (especially if you use it everyday)! Since most of your face will be covered in foundation, it’s important to make sure that the foundation is non-comedogenic and well-fit for your skin type, and the season.
I currently use a liquid foundation by Becca Cosmetics. The Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme has worked really well for me, when coupled with a mattifying spray for a clean, matte finish. If you prefer the dewier look, then this foundation actually sits pretty well on its own. I just can never leave the house without some sort of mattifying spray or make-up setting powder.
In the fall and winter months, I can get away with the “Nude” shade, but in the summer, I either mix it with something a tad darker to match the rest of my tanned skin, or I go a couple shades darker. The shade “Bamboo” in the same foundation is good for me during the warmer months. Those with tanned skin and yellow/olive undertones… this one’s for you! This foundation goes for around $45 in cosmetic stores like Ulta.
5. Use toner after you shower, before you apply moisturiser.
This will get rid of the final residue from your skin that your cleanser wasn’t able to get, and serves as a good primer for moisturiser.
For acne-prone skin, I highly recommend Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner. This can be found in most local drug stores or on Amazon for ~$7-10 🙂
For normal skin, I would advise to go au naturale. It’s always safe to use all-natural products on the skin. I try to do this whenever possible. In terms of toning the face, I find rosewater to be great because it works like a regular toner and smells GREAT! The one I like to use is The Heritage Rose Petals Rosewater, but other brands will work as well.
6. Use sunscreen.
No matter how much you want to tan, be sure to always use some form of sun protection on your skin to prevent sunspots, wrinkles, and other forms of aging (and skin cancer!). For the face, you can either find foundation with a good amount of SPF or opt in for extra virgin coconut oil if you don’t plan on being out in the sun much. Otherwise, a sunscreen formulated for the face will do the trick, and is readily available in local drug stores.
7. Hydrate your body with water.
LOTS OF IT! Not only is it beneficial to your health, it will do great wonders to your skin too! I recommend drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. If you’re not a big fan of plain water, get creative and throw in your favourite fruits or cucumbers into it to make tasty “detox water!”
8. Don’t sleep with make-up on.
Before going to bed, it’s important to thoroughly cleanse your face and moisturise. Leaving make-up on overnight is never a good idea. Think about it. Throughout the day, your skin emits dirt, sweat, and other residues. When combined with all that make-up, your skin will be prone to breaking out and aging. As for make-up remover, I once got a really bad eye infection for using a typical store-bought make-up remover, so my doctor advised me to use tear-free baby shampoo. I can’t believe I never thought of this… but it works WONDERS! You can freely rub the soap all over your face including the eye area to really get the eye make-up off without causing any eye sores.
I use Johnson’s No More Tears Baby Shampoo, but a generic brand will do as well. The one I use can be found in most local drug stores, like Target or Walmart.
9. Get enough sleep, and sleep on your back.
Generally speaking, I can’t function if I don’t get at least 6 hours of sleep. Ideally though, for great skin, it is best to get 6-8 hours of sleep. Sleep allows your body to rejuvenate, and when your body has enough of that, your skin will naturally look brighter. Sleeping on your back will keep your skin free of wrinkles. On the other hand, sleeping on the side or face in the pillow may create unwanted creases that will build over time.
10. Clean your make-up brushes and sponges regularly.
For clean skin, clean make-up tools are a must! For a quick and affordable wash, I wash my brushes and sponges at least once a week using baby shampoo. Baby shampoo is amazing because it’s gentle to keep my brushes in mint condition, but strong enough to get rid of all the make-up accumulated over time!
In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, I’m throwing it back to last year when I spent most of my time in San Diego and did an impromptu beauty shoot with my friend Keanna!
Incorporate these simple steps into your skin care routine and you’ll be well on your way to beautiful, glowing skin! 🙂
Featured Image by David Potter