Start with the Basics - A simple skincare routine for all skin types
We live in a society where self-care is described as a luxury rather than a necessity. People who engage in self care as part of a routine already know that it’s not just an indulgence but a must for their mental, physical and even spiritual well being.
With so much information coming from all sides, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To completely avoid self-care because you simply just don’t know where to start. Despite different skin types or skin issues, there’s a ‘general rule of thumb’ when it comes to your skincare routine, also considered a basic routine.
Once you get down the basics and get comfortable in a routine then you’ll be in a much better spot to expand on your line up.
Here’s how to put together — and stick to — a simple routine
Step 1: Cleanse
The most common recommendation is to cleanse twice a day. If you currently don’t have any cleansing routine, start by cleansing once a day - evening would be best to wash away the dirt from the day. Once you’ve created that habit and your skin acclimates adding another wash in the morning is most ideal.
Cleansing in the morning will help to remove oil and dirt from your pillow, hair and remove sweat from your slumber. However, the exception to cleansing in the morning applies to those with dry skin. Water will do just fine.
We cleanse to remove products and makeup but also excess oil, sweat, dead skin, toxins from daily life, and other debris that collect on the skin throughout the day.
A fail safe cleanser that benefits all skin types includes a gentle, hydrating one. All can benefit from that. We recommend Ahoy Love Cream Cleanser by Earth Harbor.
According to Earth Harbor, “Feel the love with this enlivening, creamy formula that gently purifies + nourishes skin with replenishing Seaweed Vitamins, antioxidant-rich Green Tea, and smoothing Hibiscus Extract. She offers lasting hydration with her Aloe Leaf Juice and plant oils of Olive & Coconut while invoking self-love as an effective, non-foaming cleanser that softens, renews and brightens skin!”
Step 2: Moisturize
Next, you’ll hydrate the skin with a moisturizer. You don’t want to over-moisturize, so we recommend starting with a moisturizer once a day to avoid the over production of oils in your skin. Once your routine is in place, then you can use moisturizers that target your skins specific needs. We recommend CLN&DRTY Core Cream for Dry Skin as a great nighttime moisturizer.
Despite some belief that moisturizer isn’t a necessity for oily skin, we’re here to tell you that even if you have the oily skin, a moisturizer is always recommended. Rehydration is always a necessary step to avoid dryness. We do recommend an oil free moisturizer for those with oily skin.
Keep your eye out for noncomedogenic moisturizers. Noncomedogenic means that the ingredients will not block pores and cause further breakouts.
Step 3: SPF
This one is non-negotiable. I repeat. Do not skip this step. This is the single most important step if you want to keep your skin young and healthy. It’s your protection against wrinkles and skin cancer.
While we’re still doing so much research on sunscreens that have both safety and efficiency, the leader in the clean skincare market is Suntegrity.
SPF is not just for those sunny days. It’s recommended for even cloudy days. I’m sure if you grew up near a beach, you’ve learned a hard lesson about overcast. It’s a personal belief that those were the worst burns. The sun’s stealth has tricked me a few too many times.
Choose a product that has a minimum of 30 SPF and apply it as your last step in your morning routine.
It’s important to know the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen.
Mineral sunscreens work as a shield, blocking the sun's rays from penetrating the skin versus Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, protect the skin against UV rays by absorbing them.
The eco-conscious beauty community recommends mineral sunscreen because ingredient wise these typically tend to be less toxic. However, the challenge is efficacy, so we strongly recommend that when using a new sunscreen to be aware of the UV index and reapply as needed and watch your skin closely throughout the day.
•Less is usually more.
Use products that have less ingredients. You typically don’t need a ton of product. Use a small amount at first and apply more if needed. This will be the best way to get the most out of your products.
•Give it time
Products take time. If your skin is reacting well to a product give it a solid chance. 6-8 weeks is usually a good marker to start seeing lasting effect. By then you’ll be in the habit and better prepared to advance your routine.
•Be gentle with yourself
Habits take time and effort. Consistency is the key to the complexion you want.