Skin care tips that I really swear by that really helped me that you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine no matter what your routine is.
These are less tips and more rules that I live by. Recently I started using this skin tightening machine to make these tips even more effective.
The first one is about sunscreen. It always comes back to sunscreen because I’m sunscreen obsessed but you should be too.
Not only will it help prevent fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, melasma, it’s also going to prevent skin cancer.
No matter what angle you look at it, sunscreen is always the right choice. I just want to quickly go over the two different types of sunscreen.
There is chemical and physical.
The physical usually contains a zinc oxide. This can sometimes give you that chalky white look which is why a lot of people like to use chemical.
There is a concern that chemical can have carcinogens. The other thing with chemical sunscreen is that you have to put it on at least 10 to 15 minutes before going out in the sun because the way it blocks UV rays is through an actual chemical reaction.
Whereas with a physical sunscreen, as soon as you put it on you’re good to go because it’s physically blocking the UV rays.
I like both but I tend to stick with physical because this brand Elsa MD is really amazing.
Sunscreen is always your last step in the morning after your entire skincare routine but then a lot of times we apply makeup.
Now the concern here is that if you put makeup on right over, sometimes you’re blocking some of the effects of the sunscreen, because you’re actually covering it up.
So my tip for you is to finish your entire skincare routine, finish it with sunscreen, wait 10 to 15 minutes.
I know it can be hard if you’re in a rush but try to do this early on. Then apply your foundation, whatever it is you’re gonna put on your face, your blush or your bronzer.
Another great tip is to use setting spray that has SPF. If you’ve finished your face off with a setting spray that has SPF, you’re just so good to go.
The next thing I want to talk about is serums because serums are essential. This is a very broad topic because there’s so many different types of serums but really what we’re talking about is the consistency of the active ingredient that’s going into your skincare product.
Serums are a smaller molecular size and this means that they can penetrate into your skin a lot deeper than a cream or a lotion or an ointment.
When you’re using active ingredients I think everyone should be using a serum. Some of the basic ones would be hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, any kind of antioxidant serum.
Sometimes we layer numerous serums. When you’re applying serums, there’s an order in which to apply them so that you can make sure you’re getting the most benefit out of each ingredient.
You always want to apply thinnest to thickest. You’ll notice with serums sometimes they’re water-based, sometimes they’re oil-based, sometimes they’re gel-based, some of them are even cream-based.
So it would be your water first, wait about 15 to 20 seconds then I would do the oil, let that absorb 15 to 20 seconds, then if there’s a gel and then if there’s a cream.
Make sure you’re not using like a gel or cream first, then applying any kind of water serum over it because it’s not going to actually penetrate into your skin.
Serums are expensive and they’re expensive for a reason because they work really well and it’ll last you a long time. You really only need a little bit every application but because they’re expensive you want to make sure you’re actually getting the most use out of it.
The next tip I want to talk about is exfoliants.
You probably hear about exfoliating your skin and why it’s so important. There are two different kinds of exfoliators. There is a physical exfoliator and a chemical exfoliator.
I want to go over the difference.
The physical exfoliator is something you’re probably used to seeing. You can find this in drugstores. It’s when you actually feel the roughness, there’s texture to it.
This is actually going to get the outer layer of dead skin cells off your face. Sometimes we think that if something doesn’t hurt or if we don’t feel it, it’s not effective. That’s not true.
You don’t have to scrub really hard. You don’t have to have your face look red and irritated to know what’s working. Use it lightly maybe one or two times a week.
When we’re talking about chemical exfoliants, these are things like glycolics, alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid.
The thing is with these chemical exfoliants is you’re not gonna notice it. In fact most of the time it’s in a gel or cream.
This is when it’s a really active ingredient going on your skin. You’re not gonna feel it but that doesn’t mean that it’s not strong. In fact a chemical exfoliant is much more effective than a physical exfoliant because this is actually going into your skin, it’s affecting your skin cells, it’s affecting deeper layers.
You have to be careful with using a physical exfoliant and a chemical at the same time. Definitely don’t use them on the same day.
My last tip is what I like to call effortless skincare.
Whenever there’s something you can throw on or just do that will help your skin, when it’s effortless, do it.
It’s all these little moments in between that really give your skin that extra boost and love.
One of my favorite things is a sleep mask. If you can do something to your skin while you’re sleeping and you have to do nothing but sleep, it’s genius.
I am overall just a big fan of sleeping masks or anything that I can do that I don’t really have to put that much time into.