Hey. Hi. Hello.
Now I don’t want to brag or anything but I’ve finally gotten a bomb skincare routine on lock. It wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t easy, but mama we’ve made it. And now I’m here to guide you to your own perfect skincare routine, without all the industry bullshit.
TBT to 2018 when 10-step Korean skincare routines were literally blowing up the internet. Or to when it was 2017 and every company decided they were going to experiment with different *fun* and *unique* ways for people to clean their face. Frankly it was all TOO MUCH and none of it was really necessary.
You don’t need six different cleansers and four different exfoliators to make your skin glow. You just need to figure out your skin type – oily, dry, combination, or normal – and find the products that work for you. Yes, it’s a lot of trial and error, but it’s 2019 and skincare is getting an affordable makeover with brands like Fourth Ray Beauty and Glossier.
So follow me so we dive into the only no-nonsense skincare routine you’ll need to follow in order to get the complexion of your dreams.
Step One: Cleanser
Always, always, always cleanse your face in the morning. Once I read an article that you should only wash your face once a day but I’m here to bury that notion into the dirt.
Starting your skincare off with the right cleanser gives your face a clean start. Cleanser should get into your pores and help to clear away built up dirt, oil, or anything else that could be hurting your skin.
Cleansers come in all shapes and sizes – gel, foam, clay, powder – so pick wisely. But don’t use a bar of soap I’m begging you.
Step Two A: Toner
Toners are a controversial step in a skincare routine because truthfully not everyone needs it. Toners are often infused with ingredients designed to help your skin keep a balanced pH, so it’s definitely a must if your skin leans towards the extremes of oily or dry.
But, companies are now starting to come out with toners infused with other ingredients that give them advantages for all skin types such as tightening pores and preventing ingrown hairs.
Is it 100% necessary for every skincare routine? No. But, it’s an added bonus if you feel like your skin could use a little something extra. That’s why it’s a solid step two a rather than a whole step in itself.
Step Two B: Eye Cream
Once you start seeing wrinkles around your eyes it’s already too late. If you’re in your 20’s it’s time to start working an eye cream into your routine, thems the facts.
You don’t need to invest in a heavy eye cream that your mom or grandmother probably uses, but it’s still important to add it in, making sure to use your ring finger to pat around the eye area as opposed to rubbing. And do it before your moisturizer so as to not run the risk of getting anything dicey into your eyeballs.
Step Three: Moisturizer
Moisturized skin is happy skin. But don’t you dare think about putting your body lotion on your face (I’ve seen the most recent season of Queer Eye I know this is a thing some people do and I’m here to say that it is WRONG).
No matter what your skin type is, it’s essential to have a moisturizer as a step in your routine. All the rubbing and scrubbing you may be subjecting your face to is all well intentioned, but it won’t do any good if you’re not giving your skin what it needs to look young and healthy.
Step Four: SPF
I used to think I was too cool for sunscreen. WELL I WAS WRONG. You’re all wrong. You’re never too cool for sunscreen. Sunscreen is like what in that it literally solves every one of your skincare concerns no matter what it is. Magic.
I don’t care if you think it’ll make your face oily, or if it’ll give you flashback under your foundation. YOU’RE NOT TOO COOL FOR SUNSCREEN. Fucking apply it everyday, even if you’re just sitting around your house not even seeing the sun. You’ll thank me when you’re in your 40’s and have not a single sunspot in sight.
You can definitely get fancy if you want and add serums (after your toner) or spot treatments (after your eye cream) or exfoliants (after your cleanser) if you have some additional skincare concerns you’re looking to target. But a 10-step routine isn’t always more successful for amazing looking skin than a five-step routine.
Until Next Time!