If I had a dollar for every time I was asked if skincare was really that important, I could personally buy every person on this planet a decent skincare routine. Our society seems to put an emphasis on covering our skin, rather than fixing the issues we have. In this post, I’m going to go over what good skincare is, what everyone should have in their daily routine, how it will help you, and what you can do to turn your skin around!
Before we really dive in, let me remind you that everyone’s skin is different. People’s skin reacts differently to different products, so take my recommendations very lightly and use your best judgement. As someone with extremely sensitive skin, I can assure you that the best thing to do is to test various things and figure out what works best for you! my best practice is to listen to your skin…it’ll tell you what you need, and more importantly, what you don’t need.
First things first, what skin type do you have?
Figuring out your skin type is the first, and most vital step in starting a skincare routine. If you don’t know what your skin needs, how are you to come up with a cohesive schedule for yourself? Determining the nature of your skin will open up so many doors for you in the quest of having “perfect skin” (By the way…there’s no such thing as perfect skin, everyone has problem areas). There are three main skin types: dry, oily, and combination. I’m going to break down the skin types and tell you exactly how to figure out which one you have.
Do you suffer from itchy, sensitive skin? Do you ever feel like your skin needs a ton of moisturizer in order to feel comfortable? If so, then you probably have dry skin. Typically, dry skin can feel tight due to moisture loss. When your skin lacks the basic moisture that it needs, you will often notice a little bit of texture on the skin. Due to this lack of moisture, dry skin usually isn’t soft or smooth. In fact, we typically get dryer the older we get. Dry skin types unfortunately will age quicker usually as well.
On the opposite end, if your skin feels slick all over, you probably have oily skin. Oily skin usually is categorized by shininess all over, all the time. Large pores also usually accompany having oily skin. True oily skin is not just getting oily throughout the day in your t-zone (center of your face), it’s feeling oily all over, all the time. For all intents and purposes, this is my skin type, so I’ll be referencing this a lot throughout my post!
When you combine the two, you get combination skin. Combination skin usually can be categorized by being oilier in the t-zone, and dryer throughout the rest of your face. This is typically the most common skin type due to the fact that our skin experiences all different phases, especially when seasons change. Although an oily t-zone and dry perimeter is the most common form of combination skin, it can vary from person to person.
The best way to figure out what skin type you have is to feel your skin right after you wash it. Is it tight and slightly itchy? Is it slick to the touch? Do you have different things going on all over? However your skin feels after you cleanse is usually cohesive with the skin type that you have.
What exactly do each of the skin types need?
Every single one of the skin types need to be cleansed, toned, and moisturized. This is the basis of everything. Everything else in skincare is an added bonus, but this is the trifecta. Each skin type can benefit from cleansing, toning and moisturizing for different reasons.
Cleansing is removing all of the impurities inside and out of your pores. If you wear makeup, this is especially important. You want to get everything out of your pores and off the surface of your skin so that the rest of your skincare can do its job. There are many different types of cleansers including oils, cleansing waters, soaps, and even powders. Dry skin usually responds well to oils, oily skin works best with cleansing waters or traditional soaps, and combination skin is pretty flexible for the most part.
Toning essentially balances the skin after cleansing stripped it clean. In my opinion, toning is one of the most important things for that reason. When we cleanse our skin, it throws our pH balance completely off, and toning brings it back to a normal level. This helps your skin produce healthy oils and keeps it looking radiant. Toners come in a variety of different forms as well, including sprays, pads (think Noexema pads from back in the day), and liquids. Toners will usually specify which skin type they are best for, so read labels!
I know I said toning is one of the most important things, but moisturizing is even MORE important. Moisturizing prevents wrinkles, helps keep your skin hydrated, gives you radiance, and can even blot excess oils. If you don’t do anything else, please please please make sure you are moisturizing! If you find that your skin is excessively oily, but don’t moisturize, that could be the reason why! When we don’t moisturize, our skin tries to make up for the moisture deficiency, and in turn, produces a ton of oil. Moisturizers typically come in a lotion form, but the thickness of the lotion is is what really matters. For dryer skin types, you want to opt for something thicker and more hydrating. For oilier skin types, you want something lighter, and preferably oil-free. Combo skin types can usually benefit from using both thicker and thinner consistency moisturizers in different areas.
My Skincare Routine
Like I said before, I have super oily skin. I always tell people that I could seriously extract the oil from my face and use it for oil changes in my car. On top of the oil, I also am extremely sensitive. I don’t get acne breakouts, but I often get rashes and huge patches of redness from psoriasis. Because of all of this, I use Lush products. *by the way, as much as I would love to be, I am 0% sponsored by Lush*
Ever since I have realized the beauty that is Lush, I haven’t gone back. In fact, I have a specific employee that I religiously go to because she knows exactly what I want and need (shoutout to Bridgette)! If you develop a relationship with the employees at any beauty retailer, you will get more than just products, you will get an experience as well. That’s my favorite part about Lush.
I’m going to give you a play by play of what I use on my skin on a regular basis.
First and foremost, I always start out with coconut oil. I mentioned this in a post before, but coconut oil is a miracle! Even though I have oily skin, I will use it to remove all of my makeup, and it does an amazing job without making my skin feel gross after. I mix coconut oil with a little bit of water and massage it into my skin, including my eyes, then I wipe away everything with a washcloth.
Next, I use Lush’s Herbalism Cleanser. This stuff is AMAZING. It’s a solid cleanser that works wonders for oily skin. It uses the power of clay and rice bran to soak up all of the extra oils, and it also gently exfoliates! I’m an exfoliation freak, and this definitely does it for me. After I’ve cleansed with Herbalism, my skin feels so soft and fresh.
After I cleanse, I use the Lush Breath Of Fresh Air Toner. Because one of my main concerns is redness, I want something that will calm my skin down, but also keep it balanced. This does just that. I love the cooling effect it has, and I love that my skin doesn’t feel tight or stripped after using it! I usually spray it onto a cotton round and apply all over, especially in the areas where I have the most redness.
After cleansing, I will moisturize with the Lush Enzymion Moisturizer. What I love about this moisturizer is that it has a thicker consistency, but it doesn’t feel thick on the skin. This really helps to give me a nice subtle glow, rather than an oily mess. I can use this morning or night without any issues, which I love as well!
There you have it! A break down of what skincare is, what you need, and what I use! If you found this post helpful, please be sure to comment below and share on social media! As always, let me know if you have any questions. I am always here to answer them!