AUGUST 6, 2020 / Skincare
Keeping Your Skincare Routine Simple Is Key
The skincare industry is booming baby! But don’t let it overwhelm you. Half of the skincare products out there are unnecessary and a waste of money. Keeping your skincare routine simple, with minimal products that work for you. That is how it’s done!
MINIMAL SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR HEALTHY SKIN BARRIER
Your skin is a fascinating organ, with many different elements but the most important one is protecting you! On the outer most layer of your skin you have what’s called a skin barrier or acid mantle.
This thin, waxy, slightly acidic barrier protects you from harmful bacteria, viruses and foreign material. It is important to keep this barrier happy and running properly for it to keep doing its job to protect you.
Environment, unhealthy lifestyle, uv radiation, pollutants, over exfoliating and overuse of unnecessary products can all throw your barrier out of whack leading to skin issues.
It is important to keep your skincare routine simple and use only what you need.
SOCIAL MEDIA SCARIES
With social media, marketing claims, and paid influencer promotions, it is easy for the consumer to get overwhelmed and confused into thinking they need more than they do.
The most important thing to remember is that just because something works for your friend or an influencer you like doesn’t mean it will work the same for you. Everyone’s skin is a bit different.
I see all over YouTube, beauty influencers trying to give skincare advice, and it makes me cringe because they don’t always know what they’re saying, but feel so confident in saying so!
If you are struggling with a skin issue you can’t control on your own, do seek a board-certified dermatologist or esthetician.
AVOID OVER EXFOLIATING
Exfoliation is great for skin health. Sloughing away dead skin cells will make your skin look healthier and less dull. Although it’s easy to go overboard, which is something you want to avoid.
People with oilier skin can get away with exfoliating 2 to 3 times a week.
If you’re dry or sensitive, you want to exfoliate once or twice a month sometimes less or more depending on how severe your conditions are.
Your skin will let you know when you’re over exfoliating, you’ll ether become very dry, have visible irritation or your products will start to sting.
I’m not a fan of physical exfoliants, like scrubs or brushes. I find they’re too harsh especially because most people are too aggressive when using them.
If you like using something handheld I would ditch the brush head with bristles and switch to a silicone cleansing pad. These are skin friendly and do not hoard bacteria like the others. Use rubbing alcohol to clean it after every use.
Your skin is delicate and simply does not need that level of intense exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.
Using an exfoliating acid like an AHA or BHA will gently and effectively do the job.
KEEP ACTIVE INGREDIENTS CONTROLLED
Actives are ingredients that perform. Using too many actives at once can interrupt your skin’s natural biology. Your job is to feed your skin products it likes not to overwhelm and irritate it.
For example, if you’re using a serum with an active like BHA, with a cleanser with BHA, then a rose vitamin c whatever toner then moisturizer with retinol. This is a hot mess.
It’s okay to use two different actives, one in the AM and then PM.
A better skincare routine approach would look like this
- Serum (active)
- Double Cleanse
- Treatment (active)
SKINCARE ROUTINES CAN BE FUN
Skincare add-ons are always fun for a little pamper session. Skincare is self-care and it’s a great way to de-stress and unwind. Face masks, gel eye patches, jade rollers etc. These are all safe to use and add temporary benefits.
Be mindful of what you are using and how much. Keep it sweet and simple, your skin will reward you!