Our skin is the biggest organ in our body and also absorbs everything within our environment. We need to be taking care of it properly to not only keep our skin looking good but also to maintain good health. Skin care has also been a hot topic lately with majority of people spending hours of their day wearing masks and face coverings. So it’s important now more than ever to have a good skin care routine in place. Majority of people know to wash their face morning and night, apply a good moisturizer and maybe include an eye cream in there. But you shouldn’t just be limiting your skin care steps to that.
Beyond just good skin health, a rigorous yet intentional skin care routine will also help you maintain younger looking skin over time. That means investing now into quality products and a daily routine will help save you from needing botox early down the road. And you don’t have to wait until you see the first signs of wrinkles, in fact you should be starting way before that. Preventative skin care is even more important than having to correct issues after the fact.
A good skin care routine doesn’t have to be complex with 10 different steps included. Actually a less is more approach can be way more effective. As long as you are selecting good quality products that work for your skin, you can get by with a routine that takes under 5 minutes to do. However, there are a few things I recommend you not overlook in your routine. So I decided to share my top 5 skin care steps I think everyone should be doing.
Skin Care Steps You Shouldn’t Skimp Out On
1. Double Cleansing
Everyone knows to wash their face. But did you know that for truly clean skin you should be double cleansing? This recently became one of the most important skin care steps in my routine, and it’s totally changed my skin. Double cleansing consists of first using an oil based cleanser, then a water-based one. This helps get rid of impurities stuck deep into your skin like dirt, oil and makeup. I’ll usually double cleanse after a day of wearing makeup or if I’ve been sweating.
I’m no stranger to toning. Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, it was a part of almost every adolescent skin care routine to help with our hormonal breakouts. Most of us remember how drying it was to our skin, I know I did. So as I got older I discarded this step from my routine for what I thought was for good. The toners of today are nothing like the ones of the past. Skin care science as definitively advanced itself to take toning from a no to a major yes among skin care junkies and professionals alike. Toners today help boost hydration, get rid of dead skin cells and balance the skin’s pH levels. The result is soft glowy skin that’s ready to absorb your following skincare products.
- Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner, $34
3. Eye Cream
Although most people have eye cream as one of their skin care steps, I included it here for one important reason. Not everyone is applying it correctly. Everyone focuses on applying eye cream to the under eye area, and while that’s important you’re missing out on other crucial areas. Recently, I attended a Masterclass hosted by Omorovicza and celebrity skin care expert and esthetician Joanna Czech for the launch of Omorovicza’s Illumineye C. Joanna shared her tips and tricks on apply eye cream, and facial massages to rejuvenate the eye area. She recommends applying your cream not only to your under eye but also focusing attention on areas including the crows feet, lid and brow bone.
- Omorovicza Illumineye C, $135 (USD)
Face masks aren’t just another skin care trend that’ll fade out with time. It’s actually a step within a skin care routine that has a purpose. What I love about masking is there is something out there for every skin type and preference. While sheet masks have seen a huge rise in popularity, I’ve personally gravitate towards traditional wash off masks. And whether you’re looking to replenish dull and dry skin, or need a good detox there are so many face masks for sale on the market. I recommend masking at least once a week, especially if you have sensitive skin. This way you’re giving your skin time to rest and adjust. I personally mask twice a week rotating between hydrating and detoxing. Whatever you choose to do just avoid over-masking which can actually do more harm then good.
5. Facial Oils
Wait. Oil on your face? Oh yes honey! Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin you should 100% be incorporating facial oil into your routine. Believe it or not oil is an important part of your skins composition to keep it balanced. Without that healthy balance comes a wide range of issues like dry skin, breakouts and even fine likes and wrinkles. Just like with other skincare products, there are many different types of facial oils to help target different issues. So before you just start smothering your face in the first facial oil you find, do research to find the right one for your skin concerns.
- Honest Beauty Facial Oil, available at Shopper’s Drug Mart $50
- Caudalie Premier Cru The Precious Oil, $110
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