- Dec 15, 2019
- 4 min read
SKIN CARE REGIME
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
The infamous and ever elusive skincare regime. Is it 7 steps? 15 steps? Does anyone really know how many steps?
I am no expert myself, however, I take my skincare regime pretty seriously. I’ve dabbled with a 15 step routine in the past, though after some time I came to realize I began missing steps here and there. As it turns out, it wasn’t as sustainable as I initially thought.
After trial and error, adding and subtracting things from my routine, I finally landed on 6 to 7 step morning/evening routine, and a 10 step routine in totality. What I’ve come to learn through my research is that there are few skincare routines that are identical. Everyone has different skin types. But mostly, everyone has different skincare goals. Yes, in theory everyone is working to reverse signs of aging, but spoiler alert: that’s not the only thing they are likely working on. Myself? I am working on anti-aging (of course), but my main goal has been to get my skin to the point where I don’t need to wear makeup. Thankfully, I’ve pretty much gotten to that point. So now I’m also working on hydrating and nourishing the heck out of my skin so it stays forever dewy. And so, without further adieu, I bring you my skincare routine.
Step 1: The Double Cleanse
The Double Cleanse is a method that comes from Korean skincare. The idea is to wash your face with an oil-based cleanser first to breakdown the make-up, SPF and oil on the surface of your skin. Then use a water-based cleanser to truly clean the skin. This method of cleansing helps with acne, and especially with allowing serums, moisturizers and retinols to really get into the skin to work their magic.
What I Use: Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream and Banila Clean It Zero – Purifying
Step 2: Exfoliate with Acid
I know this sounds intense on first glance, but just trust me, you will see the difference if you add this to your routine. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHAs) are acids found in a variety of skincare products that are used to exfoliate the skin, lighten dark spots, and improve the look of wrinkles/fine lines. You’ll see a lot of Glycolic and Lactic Acid options out there to choose from, but if you have sensitive skin, Lactic Acid is on the gentler side.
What I Use: Ren Ready Steady Glow AHA Toner and Sunday Riley Good Genes
Step 3: Soften with Essence
If you're already somewhat familiar to Essence, I commend you since it's unfamiliar to most. If not, no worries I will explain. Essence (which also comes from Korean skincare) is different from a toner and creates a hydrating layer that primes the skin to best absorb your serums and creams. They are lightweight and less concentrated than serums, but often pack lot’s of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins in. There are increasingly more options when it comes to choosing an Essence. I've heard that SK-II is the best one, but if you don't want to drop $200 on it....don't worry, because you've got options galore.
What I Use: May Coop Raw Sauce
Step 4: Sheet Masks
I guarantee you have at least one sheet mask laying around waiting for #selfcaresunday. Assuming that you do, now is the time to use it! My favorite place to store sheet masks are in the fridge, since they feel even more refreshing when they're cold.
What I Use: Any Peach Slices Mask, 7 Days Masks (Aloe + Lemon are my fav) and Peach & Lily Masks
Step 5: Eye Cream
Keeping the skin around the eye hydrated is one of the best thing you can possibly do. Apply cream gently with your ring finger and consistently (twice/day). Feel free to find creams that have extra boosts, like caffeine.
What I Use: Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream
Step 6: Retinol
Retinoids (the umbrella term for retinol products) are used to improve skin texture, pigmentation, and enhance collagen production. What’s not to like? Retinol has such transformative results on the skin because of it’s very potent formulations. I use a retinol once a week, and afterwards apply moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. I’ve found this to help with dry spots as a result of the retinol exfoliation process. Keep in mind if/when you start using retinol, your skin becomes much more susceptible to sun damage and packing on the SPF is extremely important.
What I Use: Lancer Advanced Retinol Treatment
Step 7: Nourishing Serums
Selecting serums to apply is a step that absolutely should not be looked over. Serums are packed full of the powerful ingredients that are truly transforming your skin. Time and time again, I’ve seen that this is a step that should not be missed. I use both a hydrating and antioxidant (aka Vitamin C) serum.
What I Use: Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate and Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric
Step 8: Facial Oil
Similar to serums, facial oils are used to deliver powerful ingredients to your skin.
What I Use: Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Step 9: Seal Everything in with Moisturizer
Now that you have all the good stuff on your face, you want to seal it in for the day/night. I prefer moisturizers that are somewhat light, and unscented but keep my skin really hydrated without reapplication.
What I Use: Weleda Skin Food Light and Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow
Step 9: SPF SPF SPF
You've heard it 1 million times from everyone, and they aren’t joking. You can prevent so many wrinkles by simply lathering your face (and neck) up with sunscreen every day. Before you ask-- no, the SPF in your makeup does not count as protective SPF. I recommend anything upwards of 45 SPF, 50 or higher being ideal.
What I Use: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen