Skincare Routines for All Types

A quality skincare routine is vital to maintain the health of your largest organ, your skin. Protecting and preserving the quality of your skin is necessary to slow down aging, protect other organs, look better than ever and overall health. If you put in the effort to protect your skin, it will benefit your entire body in the long run. Your skin is the first line of defense for all other organs.

What is skincare?

Skincare is the process in which you use quality products and practices to protect and preserve your skin. Although having the right products and a daily routine is of upmost importance when it comes to your skin, many forget another key step, vitamins and collagen.

To find the correct routine, you must first determine your skin type. There are 4 main types of skin, with several other specialties to keep in my when deciding the right products for you. The four types are normal or balanced, dry, oily and combination. Other specialties to consider are sensitive skin, anti-aging and acne prone.

Decide your skin type

Balanced or Normal

Your skin is neither too dry nor overly oily, dry patches and overactive oil glands are not a concern, you have smooth, clear skin with little to no acne and pores are normal. Anyone needing any of the specialty concerns should also avoid going with a balanced routine.

Morning

Step 1: Cleanser– gentle lather that is sulfate free

Step 2: Toner– any alcohol free

Step 3: Moisturizer– find one with SPF to protect your skin from sun damage and added bonus if you find one with hyaluronic acid

Evening

Step 1: Cleanser– same cleanser for morning and evening

Step 2: Toner– same toner for morning and evening

Step 3: Serum– antioxidant rich serums are beset for overall health maintenance

Step 4: Moisturizer– using a creamier moisturizer will help boost hydration in the evening while you rest

Masks for Balanced Skin

Any quality mask is ideal for ‘normal’ skin. Exfoliating is recommended weekly to help maintain pore health and rid it of dead skin and daily dirt and oils.

Dy Skin

Dry skin creates less oil or sebum than any other type, therefore causing the lack of ability to retain moisture. If you have dry skin, it will feel tight and rough with a dull and blotchy look.

Morning

Step 1: Cleansing Lotion– no foam or lather, mild cleansing lotion and fragrance free if possible

Step 2: Toner– rebalance pH, restore your moisture

Step 3: Serum– rich with antioxidants

Step 4: Moisturizer– make sure it has SPF and hyaluronic acid if possible

Evening

Step 1: Cleansing Lotion– same as morning

Step 2: Toner– same as morning

Step 3: Serum– find one with retinol to help promote collagen production and stimulate new blood vessels *use sparingly until skin adjusts to retinol

Step 4: Moisturizer– SPF is not necessary, but find one with ceramides for hydration

Masks for Dry Skin

Any dewy, moisture rich masks are beneficial, especially in winter. Antioxidants, ceramides and hyaluronic acid are best to have in your masks.

Oily Skin

Those with oily skin have overactive sebaceous glands (oil producing). They also typically have larger pores, usually created from the glands or from being clogged. It’s ideal for those with oily skin to wash their face 3 times a day, if possible.

Morning

Step 1: Cleansing gel– make sure it is sulfate-free (sulfates are pore clogging) and gives a deeper cleanse to unclog blocked pores

Step 2: Toner– one with glycolic acid, salicylic acid and/or lactic acid

Step 3: Serum– AHA/BHA are key ingredients to control pores and texture, having salicylic acid helps with acne

Step 4: Sunscreen– find one that’s oil-free, but has light hydration abilities

Evening

Step 1: Cleansing gel– same as morning

Step 2: Toner– same as morning

Step 3: Serum– retinol is ideal for reducing overactive glands and signs of aging

Step 4: Moisturizer– gel (water based) are ideal to give light weight hydration without adding unnecessary oils

Masks for Oily Skin

Clay masks that exfoliate, cleanse and detoxify pores.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is just that, a combination of dry and oily skin. Typically, the “T-Zone” (forehead, nose and chin) are oily, and your cheeks are dry.

Morning

Step 1: Cleansing gel– this provides a deeper cleanse for your oily spots

Step 2: Toner– balancing toner, with witch hazel if possible

Step 3: Serum– AHA/BHA necessary to brighten and reduce pores, if you have acne use salicylic acid

Step 4: Moisturizer– lightweight with sunscreen

Evening

Step 1: Cleansing gel – same as morning

Step 2: Toner– same as morning

Step 3: Serum– retinol will help reduce pores and promote collagen production

Step 4: Moisturizer– same as morning

Masks for Combination Skin

Mix and match masking is ideal to benefit each area of concern. For the oily spots use clay masks to purify and hydrating gel masks for the dry spots.

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