A good skincare routine is important for so many reasons! First and foremost, it helps to keep your skin healthy and glowing. When you properly cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin, you’re removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
A good skincare routine can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a more youthful and radiant appearance.
But a good skincare routine isn’t just about vanity – it’s also about taking care of yourself. When you take the time to pamper your skin, you’re giving yourself some much-needed self-care. It can be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and can even help to reduce stress and improve your mood.
So don’t neglect your skincare routine! A little bit of effort can go a long way in keeping your skin looking and feeling its best. Trust us, your skin will thank you.
10 Skincare Tips
Do NOT Wash Your Face in The Shower
Washing your face in the shower may seem like a convenient time-saver, but it’s important to remember that you can’t see what you’re doing. Sure, the warm water and steam may feel good on your skin, but are you really getting a thorough and proper cleaning?
The answer is likely no. To ensure that you’re removing all of the dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin, it’s best to wash your face in front of a mirror. This way, you can see exactly what you’re doing and make sure you’re not missing any spots.
Plus, you can take the time to really massage your cleanser into your skin, which can help to boost circulation and remove any impurities. So, next time you’re tempted to wash your face in the shower, remember to step out and give your skin the attention it deserves!
Wear Sunscreen EVERYDAY
Black people, YOU NEED SUNSCREEN!!! So, when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, you may think that you only need to wear sunblock during the summer or when you’re outside, but let me tell you, that couldn’t be further from the truth!
It’s important to wear sunblock every single day, no matter what the weather or season. And, don’t just slather it on your face and call it a day. Make sure to get your ears, neck, hands, and any other exposed skin.
But, what if I told you, you can kill two birds with one stone? Look for a sunblock that also doubles as a moisturizer! Not only will you be protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, but you’ll also be keeping it hydrated and looking its best.
And, don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Trust me, your future self will thank you for taking these extra steps to protect your skin. So, don’t let a little sun get in the way of looking and feeling your best!
Don’t Touch Your Face
Are you guilty of touching your face multiple times a day? You’re not alone! But, did you know that all the things you touch throughout the day can transfer dirt and germs to your face when you touch it? Yikes! That’s why my esti gf always reminds me and now you to be mindful about touching your face and allowing others to touch your face.
Our hands are like little germ magnets, they touch everything from doorknobs, to phones, to money, and more. And, all of that dirt and germs can easily transfer to your face when you touch it, leading to breakouts or even getting sick. But, don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this from happening.
But, if you must touch your face, make sure to do it with clean hands. Also, wash your hands frequently and if you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. Lastly, be mindful of allowing others to touch your face too.
Do NOT Pop Pimples Without…
We’ve all been there, a pesky pimple pops up right before a big event and we just can’t resist the urge to pop it. But, my esti gf taught me, popping a pimple without first exfoliating and washing your skin is a big no-no. You see, when you pop a pimple without first preparing your skin, you’re more likely to cause damage and scarring.
Exfoliating and washing your skin first helps to soften your skin and expand your pores, making it easier for the pimple to come out without causing damage. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores, while washing your face with a gentle cleanser removes excess oil and dirt.
So, next time you’re tempted to pop a pimple, take a step back and give your skin a little TLC first. Exfoliate and wash your face, then gently apply a warm compress to the area for a few minutes. This will help to soften the pimple and make it easier to pop without causing damage. And, remember to always use clean hands and tools when popping pimples to avoid transferring bacteria.
Apply Body Butter to Damp Skin
Are you a body butter girlie?? Did you know you should be applying your body butter to damp skin?? You see, body butters are sealants, so applying them to damp skin will help to lock in the moisture and hydrate your skin, while applying them to dry skin will just lock in the dryness.
When you apply body butter to damp skin, your pores are expanded and will take in the product better. This helps to seal in the moisture, keeping your skin hydrated and smooth. On the other hand, applying body butter to dry skin can create a barrier that locks in dryness and prevents your skin from absorbing the product.
Bring Skincare to Your Chest
Girl, you gotta do your skincare all the way down your chest before you end up looking like those old ladies with a nice face and a wrinkled neck. Because one area that people tend to forget is the chest and neck.
When we think of skincare, our face is usually the first thing that comes to mind, but our chest and neck also need attention too! If you forget your chest and neck, you’ll start to see more signs of aging in those areas.
The skin on our chest and neck is thinner and more delicate than the skin on our face, making it more susceptible to sun damage and aging. So, it’s important to include these areas in your skincare routine. Use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen to keep the skin on your chest and neck looking youthful and healthy.
It’s also worth noting that many skincare products for the face can also be used on the chest, so there’s no need to buy separate products. Just make sure to use a gentle touch when applying products on the chest and neck, as they are more delicate than the skin on our face.
Rub Products in Upward
My esti GF really absolutely hates that I do not moisturize. Now, she just rolled her eyes when I don’t moisturize. But, she never misses a chance to stress enough the importance of moisturizer in a skincare routine.
Not only does it protect your skin’s barrier, but it also provides moisture and hydration, giving you a plump, healthy-looking skin. And, for those with oily skin, moisturizer can actually help with oil production.
You see, when our skin is dry, it can actually produce more oil to compensate, leading to breakouts and an oily complexion. But, by using a moisturizer, we’re providing our skin with the hydration it needs, which can help to regulate oil production and keep our skin looking balanced.
It’s also important to note that not all moisturizers are created equal. It’s important to find a moisturizer that is formulated for your specific skin type. And, if you’re not sure what your skin type is, consulting with an esthetician can be a great way to get personalized skincare advice.
Skincare Routine: The Order
The order of your skincare routine is important because it ensures that each product is able to penetrate and work effectively on the skin. Applying products in the correct order also helps to prevent irritation and allows for maximum absorption.
Order of products:
- Cleanse: This removes any dirt, makeup and oil from your face from your face.
- Toner: Balances your skins pH level and works to further clean the skin.
- Serums: Target your skin concerns, ie: hyperpigmentation, anti-aging, acne. You want to layer these by your skin concerns from the most important to least. If you don’t have a preference, layer them thinnest to thickest viscosity.
- Eye cream/serums: Eye creams/serums can do many things from reducing dark eye circles to reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Maybe you want to reduce puffiness or get a head start on aging, these target your eye concerns specifically.
- Moisturizer: Locks in and seals all the products before. Also, repairs your barrier and aids in hydration and oil control.
- Sunscreen: Protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet violet rays. Some sunscreens protect your skin from free radicals in the ozone and blue light rays from computers!
Alcohol and Your Face
My esti GF always advise says to stay away from products that contain alcohol, especially on my face. You see, alcohol can be very drying to the skin, and when used on the face, it can strip away the acid mantle and change the pH of the skin. This can lead to sensitivity and irritation, which can cause long-term damage to the skin.
It’s also worth noting that for some people, using alcohol on their face can actually lead to an increase in oil production. When the skin is stripped of its natural oils, the body may work harder to produce sebum, which can lead to an oily complexion.
So, what’s the solution? Opt for products that are formulated without alcohol and that are gentle on the skin. And, if you’re not sure which products are right for you, consulting with an esthetician can be a great way to get personalized skincare advice.