There is nothing that puts more of a damper on that summer fun than dry or oily skin. Whether you are currently in the heat of the summer or in the bitter winter, it’s important to take care of your skin. I know for a long time I wouldn’t even use sunscreen lotion when I went out. Not only is that horrible for breakouts but can be a health issue later on. This is why it is important to build yourself a proper skincare routine. It is important to also note that before even building your routine, you have to know which type of skin you have.
Whether it is dry,oily,normal or combination skin, you have to know which products to use to properly be able to nourish your skin. I myself learned I have normal skin through finding out which different products worked best for me. Below you can a quick summary of each type to find out which one you relate to the most.
Combination skin: Your skin feels like a mixture of both oily and dry. Your T-zone is most likely oily (forehead, chin, and nose) while the rest feels pretty dry.
Sensitive skin: Your skin feels like it gets irritated easily and can be itchy and dry at times.
Normal skin: Your skin has a fair balance between oily and dry. Doesn’t feel like one is more than the other.
Oily skin: Your skin feels like it is always shiny all over the place.
Dry skin: Your skin can feel almost tight and cracked at times. Often can feel overly cracked in colder months.
If you want a bit more of a definition of each, check out WebMD’s summary of each skin type here.
Ingredients For a Skincare Routine
Now that you have an idea of which type of skin you may have, we can begin building your new skincare routine. Below I will give you each step needed for a morning AND night routine alongside with suggestion for each skin type and my own skincare choices. I have also provided you all a free skincare routine checklist so that you can write down your routine and keep it with you on hand everyday. So let’s get to it!
Step #1: Cleanser (Both Morning and Night)
No matter if you are just starting or ending you day, it is highly important to wash away any impurities you may still have on your skin. Make sure that your cleanse/face wash is gentle enough to wash that dirt away NOT to exfoliate, that comes later.
For Any Skin: Fresh Soy Cleanser
This is across the board a favorite for almost every beauty blogger/vlogger. I have used this one before and can say it is very refreshing for the skin. Although I only tried it as a sample, I would also very much recommend this as your cleanser.
My Cleanser: philosophy Pure Made Simple
Although I have tried the Fresh cleanser, I am currently using the philosophy because it has left my skin incredibly soft and prepped for the rest of the routine.
Step #2: Exfoliant (Both Morning and Night)
I don’t know about all of you but I absolutely LOVE this step! I don’t know why but I find so much joy in scrubbing away all of the dead skin away. It is important to note that several experts have said it is dangerous to exfoliate daily. I would recommend at least 2 or 3x a week and for sensitive skin only once a week to avoid any harshness on the skin.
Normal, Oily and Combination Skin: philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
Since these skin types do not necessarily have to worry about over-exfoliating and hurting their skin, I decided to add another philosophy product because it is not as aggressive. According to their site, philosophy adds it can be used on the daily, making it great to leave your skin healthy and glowy everyday.
I have added two options here because the Dr.Brandt product is a $79 on their site while the smaller version of the Fresh product is $25. I have found that both products are perfect for those who have more sensitive or dry skin. This step might be more difficult as it is probable that the wrong exfoliator can damage your skin rather than aid. Although they have different price points, both products are well worth their prices and are both cult favorites. So no matter what your budget is, I would go with either one knowing that they will truly aid your skin.
My Exfoliator: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
I have recently started using this exfoliator and I have really enjoyed it so far. Although I will say that it is a bit more aggressive than those listed above that is one of the parts that I truly enjoy. After applying you will feel a small tingle which means that you can actually feel it working. Of course with this product and any other exfoliator, it is recommended to use only around 2 times a week.
Step #3: Moisturizer (Morning- w/Sunscreen) (Night- Regular Moisturizer)
In your morning routine it is especially important to add in sunscreen to insure that you will protect your skin from harmful rays. What better way to create a simple routine than joining your moisturizer and sunscreen into one step.
This product will work perfectly if you are trying to avoid excess oil and if you want to keep your skin nice and moisturized. I used to use this until it ran out and it did a great job of mattifying my skin. I would definitely recommend it if that is your goal here.
This product is one that I have not used myself but after looking for sensitive-friendly moisturizer, it was overwhelmingly recommended. The product itself is promoted to protect against damages that may be caused by the environment, something that is definitely a plus for sensitive skin. Apart from being hydrating many reviewed that it helped reduce redness and dry patches.
This is another product that is fairly new to my skincare lineup since I received it as a sample recently. Since it’s new I can’t speak about long term effects but as of now I think it has done it’s job greatly. I have felt it very lightweight and don’t have to wait long for it to absorb into my skin.
This award-winning product is definitely one that is great for almost all skin. First Aid boosts this product by highlighting the fact that it extremely hydrating but it has a lightweight feel. I have seen multiple places recommend this product alongside with many users standing firmly by it. Having used many First Aid products, I would assume that this product is no less effective as the rest.
Out of the many products listed here this one is one i would highly recommend. Although I don’t currently use this on my everyday, I can very much vouch for how effective it is. Not only does it add instant hydration, but since it is oil-free it doesn’t add any oil to your skin. I believe that the effect of this moisturizer is one that is definitely noticeable right away.
My Cleanser: Bioderma Hydrabio Serum Moisturizer
I did receive this as part of a sponsorship but it’s one that is firmly part of my skincare routine. Although it’s specifically for sensitive skin, it has helped keep the moisture on my skin all day. Part of the benefits is protection it keeps against environmental factors which living in L.A is pretty good to have.
The routine I have presented to you is a very basic routine for those of you without one. However, there are many more options you can add to further upgrade your skincare routine.
Toner (after cleanser)
Serum (after exfoliator)
Any acne or targeted treatment product (before sunscreen)
Toner (after cleanser)
Serum (after exfoliator)
Any acne or targeted treatment (before moisturizer)
Below you can find a helpful printable that you can easily fill out with your preferred products in order to keep track what your routine is.
After all of that, let me know in the comments below what your skincare routine looks like and if you have any of the products above or any you would suggest! I would love to hear what all of your thoughts are.
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