Hey guys, today I’m sharing my 7 steps to breathtaking and radiant skin. I do this routine every morning and night. Step 5 a) and b) I only do at night, whereas Step 7 I only do in the morning. Now that we got that out of the way scroll through my 7-steps to healthy and glowing skin. Have fun!
Step 1: Oil Cleanser
First and foremost, I use good ole coconut oil to dissolve all the makeup on my face. I even use it to dissolve my waterproof mascara. But be careful to not get any in your eyes.
After you have successfully dissolved all the make-up on your face use a cotton pad to remove the excess oil.
You don’t necessarily have to use coconut oil, there are plenty of oil-based cleansers on the market both drugstore and high-end. I recommend these: list of products you recommend
Step 2: Remove Make-Up
Moving on I use my Neutrogena (the blue ones) makeup wipes to remove all the remaining makeup on my eyes and face.
Step 3: Cleanser
The third thing I do is clean my face with a cleanser Glamglow Youth Cleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser to make sure all the icky stuff is off my face. I use this cleanser only once a day because morning and evening would be too abrasive. I the morning I use a gentler cleanser. You can use whatever cleanser that works best for your skin.
Step 4: Toner
After cleansing, I like to tone my face. A lot of people don’t know what a toner does, yet we get bombarded with tons of different toners in commercials. Don’t worry I’m here to help. Basically, a toner replenishes the pH of your skin. Your skin usually has a pH between 4.5 – 5.5. That’s why a lot of companies advertise with pH balanced skincare products. Of course, it is best to use pH balanced products but as soon as you put water on your face (water has a pH of 7) your skin adopts that pH for a while until it balances itself out again, so be aware of that. Personally, I use rose water to tone my face.
Step 5 a): Mask
I absolutely LOVE masks! There are tons of different types of masks out there. There are clay masks, peel off masks, sheet masks etc. I usually use masks up to 3 times a week.
As you can see in the title this is Step 5 a), which means that I either use a mask or a chemical peel. In Step 5 b) I explain what exactly a chemical peel is and what it does, however, I only do Step 5 b) once a week to not over peel my face. Moving on.
I usually use self-made masks. I must admit I never used a commercially bought mask before because the ingredients in them are too iffy for me. If you’re like me and you like to mix and match just experiment with different clays, essential oils, oils, ACV (apple cider vinegar), honey, herbs, and hydrolats for a personalized face mask. And don’t forget to have fun!
Step 5 b): Chemical Peel (exfoliants)
I only use chemical peels at night since they make your skin sensitive to the sun and I only do that once a week (every Tuesday). During the day after a chemical peel, it is highly advised to wear sunscreen. You really don’t want any damage to your skin.
I prefer chemical peels over physical exfoliants because they seem to work more efficiently and are less rough to my face (the skin on your face is thinner than the skin on your body). The difference of a chemical peel and a physical exfoliant lies as their name indicates in their properties. A chemical peel has active ingredients like glycolic acid, salicyl acid, lactic acid etc. these are called fruit acid. They penetrate deeper into the skin and remove dead skin cells and oil, hence unclogging your pores. On the other hand, physical exfoliants only work on the outer layer of your skin using microparticles to essentially scratch of dead skin cells. I use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.
If you want a more detailed post on that matter just leave a comment down below and I will write one!
Step 6: Moisturizer
After a mask or a chemical peel, I always use a facial oil. I have combination skin, which means I have dry cheeks but an oily t-zone. I’m still looking for a daily moisturizer that’s not too greasy but not too watery either due to the different needs of my combination skin. During the day I used to use almond or baobab oil (check my post on this miracle oil) as a moisturizer while my skin was still damp. While that worked pretty well, I noticed using an oil promoted my whiteheads especially the ones on my chin. I still use oils on my face but only at night. Just recently I bought Josie Maran’s argan oil which is a very light oil that doesn’t clog pores. I still haven’t found a moisturizer that suits my skin type. I think I will create one on my own.
Step 7: (chemical) Sunscreen
One of the most important step that is often left out. Sunscreen! To avoid skin damage by UV rays and prevent fine lines and wrinkles (skin aging) apply sunscreen on your face and body.
Sunscreen is non-buildable that means if you applied sunscreen with an SPF of 40 over a moisturizer with an SPF of 15, your skin isn’t protected against the sun with an SPF of 55 but with the SPF of 40. From SPF 50 onwards they all act the same, which means a sunscreen with SPF 50 is just as effective as a sunscreen with SPF 75. I’m sure you know this already but people with fairer skin need a sunscreen with a higher SPF than people with a deeper skin tone. Dark-skinned people NEED SPF just as fair-skinned people do.
To avoid a white cast on my face I only use chemical sunscreens like this one from Glossier.
They can be a bit pricey but they’re worth it since you’re not walking around looking like a ghost.
Also with chemical sunscreens don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours to ensure sun protection throughout the day.
That was it, that’s all! Not a too tedious but certainly advanced skin care routine. Don’t forget to like, share and join my newsletter for free access to my resource library! Comment down below: What is your favorite skincare product?