Skincare has been my mission and purpose this year combating changing hormones and skin inconsistencies with combination skin, being oily and dry. My skin tone was uneven and breaking out one day after another. I decided to dedicate myself in finding a skincare routine that would help clear and prevent all unwanted blemishes and skin inconsistencies. I am happy to report that eight months later I am proven successful. All skin is different and this routine may not be the answer to your prayers but the method is magic. Your products may differ depending on your complexion needs.
First things first, know your skin. Your skin has needs and it can speak to you depending on what it does from season to season or day to day. Oily, dry, or combination skin we all have the same skincare goals in mind; Clear, radiant, and ageless skin! Talking with my facial esthetician at a local spa taught me what my skin needed and how I could incorporate a routine that worked for me. At first I was intimidated by what I didn’t know and the products I didn’t understand but they all serve a purpose.
The Daily Routine
1.) CLEANSE: Morning routine should include a wash. I wash my face with one of these two cleansers and feel it is important to alternate so when one runs out I switch.
2.) TONE: Daytime routine requires a glycolic acid toner which helps to avoid future blemishes by preventing oils from building and settling on your skin throughout the day while also fighting build up in pores before it becomes a problem. I top it off with a facial spray for a scented polished feel. Your skin will be working for you while you run errands with this ritual.
3.) SPF & COVERAGE: Sun Protection Formula is crucial if you want to age with grace and save money on a face lift or pricey skin treatments in later years. Our face naturally exfoliates faster than we can build a tan so any sun you’re getting is not worth the damage. If you have a foundation makeup that you love make sure it has SPF in the mix. I highly recommend Giorgio Armani’s foundation and getting color matched at the makeup bar. I went to Neiman Marcus to get mine and they did a great job getting me a precise color match. I have used the foundation for the past year always applied with a beauty blender, and not finger tips, with great results. If you do or do not use foundation I recommend a setting spray. If you wear makeup this will help your foundation to stay fresh throughout your day and add additional SPF. If you don’t wear any facial makeup this setting spray will be your dose of Sun Protection Formula that is lightweight with powerful protection without the use of your oily fingers for application.
4.) NIGHTLY RITUAL: When evening comes make sure to wash your face getting all of the product off of your skin for it to breathe and refresh overnight. Depending on the amount of product you have applied a simple face wash with a tool such as the FOREO or a quality microfiber facial cloth will be enough. For days you have makeup to remove I love to use the Goop makeup remover cream that works well to erase all residue with one low energy wash as it works by leaving it on for a few minutes and then rinsing it away.
5.) LOCK IN THE MOISTURE: Before bed routine varies as our skin needs different intervention from day to day. If you notice blemishes pop up during the day I would choose a overnight facial cream such as the Perricone MD overnight mask which has delightful brightening and toning results; but if you feel an oncoming dry spell today I would be generous with face moisturizer instead. Our skin will try to correct itself and overproduce oil to combat dry skin so you won’t do yourself a favor by letting your pores clog up overnight. Eye cream is something you cannot live without. Budgeting for these products can get tricky as I have already given you an army of options. However, your big budget item should always be your eye cream. You don’t need to spend frivolously as we all have limits but be sure you rearrange your budget generously for these items which are investing in your skin long term.
6.) THE SPA QUALITY FACIAL: Your daily routine will take care of skin consistency as you are consistent. Your results can only be as good as your diligence in keeping to the routine. Your skin will thank you for your dedication, I promise. If I forget to wash my face in the morning or apply toner before going out I undoubtedly see a blemish within the week. The routine is to have our skin work for us the way we need it to. However, your skin will have more needs from a distant calendar view. It is important to exfoliate each week. There are many good options for at home facials that exfoliate, clean pores, and replenish moisture. I have linked a few tried & true favorites below. The Goop Instant Facial is a powerful one that will take off dead skin with fierce power, it even stings a little but you can feel it work. The Leaders Daily Wonders Sheet Mask is gentle but brightening and tones your skin in 15 minutes, just long enough to enjoy a warm bubble bath. As far as getting a facial I believe quality over quantity is key. Make sure you select a spa that has good reviews and a trusted Esthetician. Do a little bit of leg work to ensure your hard earned money and sacred time will be worth the cost. For local gals I love Hiatus Spa + Retreat and recommend their Perfectionist facial. I went in for a different selection but after talking to Aleaha my Esthetician of the day she recommended a peel for my skin and the perfectionist for my skin’s current state. Listen to their advice but let them know what you are willing to spend. A monthly facial is healthy but every three months is fine for the purpose that is serves of getting your skin back on track. A quarterly facial could be at the start of every season and would help with skin as it reacts to the weather change.
This is my take on skincare and it will change from year to year as new methods and products are discovered. The key to improving and evolving is to know your skin and how it’s needs change but also to know your products and their effectiveness. What you are using is just as important as how religious you are in use. Make sure your products are good quality and fit your skin type and complexion goals. I hope you benefited from my months of research and experimentation. Thanks for stopping by!