A Guide to Facial Care

Like most people, I experience moments of bad skin or develop a breakout, only to wonder: how could I have avoided this issue? Whether or not you’re a college student, a high school student or a middle-aged woman, a correct skincare routine is super important. I’ve been spending some time doing research on how to take better care of my face, and hopefully through my process you can learn something to benefit from as well.

For a daily routine, we will start out with the steps for the morning. It’s super important that when you wake up (before you even touch makeup) you should apply a moisturizer. This moisturizer should be suitable for your skin type. If you suffer from dry skin, you’ll want a thicker cream. Lotion will not really help in giving your skin the proper moisture. If you have oily or combination skin type, then a lighter, hydrating (water-based) gel might work better for you. You may also try lotion although I don’t really recommend lotion as it can contribute to clogged pores. Also, before applying your makeup, use a face primer. If you have large pores, using a pore refining primer is most beneficial. I currently use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and it not only fills in my pores, but holds my makeup in place all day long. Again, if you suffer from dry skin, a hydrating primer would work nicely as well.

After you’ve rocked the day, with or without makeup, your nighttime routine could make or break your beautiful skin if you don’t do the right steps. To accomplish and maintain clear skin, you can end your night with these simple steps. If you are wearing makeup, remove it with a makeup remover of your choice and then proceed to rinse your face with lukewarm water and cleanse with a facial cleanser like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. Next, rinse the skin, pat dry with a clean dry towel, apply your moisturizer and if you choose to use a skin oil to help clear acne make sure that is the very last step so that the oil isn’t trapped in your pores. Organic oils and essential oils can be great for toning, calming and cleansing the skin. An oil blend may enhance a youthful look and oils like a diluted tea tree oil can help reduce redness and shrink acne. It is also very important that your pillowcase is regularly washed or changed as it can collect sweat, drool, oil and dirt which can have a huge effect on your face. You may find that a good moisturizer and facial oils will help keep skin supple and can prevent the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lastly, as indulgent and lovely as it may be to use a face mask, I recommend doing these masks only once a week. Overusing face masks can irritate the skin or cause an imbalance in the skin’s natural oils. Also making sure the mask you use isn’t packed with crazy chemicals is super important. A mask from a brand like Lush or Origins would be great for most skin types as they have products for different skin types and are often vegan, cruelty free and organic.

A few simple changes in your skincare routine can really alter the health and appearance of your face. Keep in mind these steps may not cure your acne, but it can definitely help. Making sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, maintaining a nutrient rich diet and not accumulating lots of stress will also play into avoiding breakouts and maintaining youthful skin. I hope this serves as a helpful tip to guide you to the correct facial care! If you’ve ever contemplated subscribing to a subscription box be on the lookout for next week’s post about the pros and cons of a subscription box and why I recommend one. Until then, have a wonderful week!