By Bre'Auna McCoy, (@aesthetically_bre)
Have you ever looked at a person and wondered how they got such amazing skin? Skincare is preventive, you should have at least some type of skincare routine. I say start simple: don’t sleep in makeup, drink plenty of water, mask and stay moisturized.
1. HYDRATION IS KEY
Our body uses water in all of its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate our body’s temperature. It’s good to stay hydrated by eating and drinking foods that contain water. Get rid of sugary drinks or at least limit the amount, and perhaps start your day with a warm glass of lemon water.
Cleansing your skin is just as important as hydration.
Cleansing your skin can help combat acne, breakouts, and irritations. And please, do not sleep in makeup!! This is vital because sleeping in makeup can clog pores, irritate the skin, cause breakouts, and much more.
Exfoliate with a gentle exfoliate 1-2 days per week or as needed.
Do not use drugstore exfoliator’s, because they are abrasive and can cause lesions, worsen hyperpigmentation, bruise or scar the skin.
You want an exfoliating product with a low grit, such as Corn Cob Meal, Rice Bran, and Rice Extract.
You can also use liquid exfoliator’s. However, this should be done by professionals only. So look for a good Esthetician to help you with your skincare needs.
Masking helps relieve irritations, flare-ups from eczema, psoriasis and so on.
Masking can also aid in slow down the aging process. My favorite masks are gel based. Something with aloe, cucumber, avocado. These are cooling and calming agents. For easily irritated, acne prone skin or if you want more moisture--try colloidal-based oatmeal.
The fewer chemicals the better.
A toner can be really good for people with oily or acne-prone skin. I often use Witch Hazel and Rose Water.
Skin Bracers or Fresheners are the mildest forms of toners, they usually contain water and humectants like glycerin. Plus, they usually don’t contain alcohol. Skin Tonics is a toner that is a bit stronger and has very small amounts of alcohol.
Depending on what you like (from the lightest to the heaviest) make sure that you are moisturized. I like a heavy night cream moisturizer because I have eczema. A heavier cream in the evening allows more time for the product to penetrate into the skin overnight. Thus, leaving the skin feeling soft and dewy in the morning. While airy and light during the day. This is especially good if you plan to wear makeup or just don’t want to look greasy.
Some of my favorite moisturizer products include Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, and Rose Oil.
7. LAST BUT NOT LEAST GET ON A SCHEDULE
In the beginning, you will feel discouraged and it may seem like a ton of work. However, once you create a schedule and get into the swing of things it will become second nature. Healthy skin does not happen overnight. With a little bit of dedication and elbow grease, you can do it! Take these helpful tips and find what works for you.