The Ultimate Skincare Guide
We’ve all dreamed before of having flawless, naturally glowing skin without having to put on layers and layers of foundation and highlighter every time to achieve the look. Can you imagine being able to sleep in and save up those extra 30 minutes that you spend on doing your makeup every day in the morning? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
However, the sad truth is, life doesn’t always work like that, our skin rarely allows it and our complexion tends to be dull, pale, and dry due to our messed-up sleep schedule, diet, and other factors.
Good skincare doesn’t start with gimmicks, it starts by having a little bit of knowledge about what your skin needs, what causes it to look older, and what ingredients will give you youthful, glowing results. Here is all you need to know to put together a skincare regimen that REALLY works.
Is Your Skin Care Routine Too Complicated?
It seems that everywhere you look, there are new skincare tips and tricks that can range from the elaborate, such as a 10-step nighttime routine, to the bizarre—like Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch 38-Step Beauty Routine (vogue). But not all viral trends are good, and they certainly may not be good for your skin
A good skincare routine is simple. Think of your skincare routine as consisting of three main steps:
When it comes to the skin, you’re better off investing in a few high-quality products that are going to do what you want them to do, instead of using 10 different things.
To get beautiful, radiant skin, one of the main skincare methods you need to use is cleansing and exfoliation.
Are Cleansing And Exfoliating The Same Thing?
Cleansing removes as many impurities as possible before exfoliation, which is usually less gentle than cleansing. ... Exfoliation gets you to glowing by removing dead skin cells that have piled up over your (already beautiful) skin. So when you exfoliate, you’re unveiling the bright, clear, smooth skin hiding underneath.
Exfoliation enables all your other products to work better. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that cause clusters and mounds on your skin. Those bumps create unevenness, dullness, and roughness, but once removed, your gorgeous, smooth skin will shine through. And revealing that fresh, clean skin means that every other product you use will work much better since it can sink into your skin more efficiently. It doesn't stop there; your makeup will apply more easily, and you'll get that "airbrushed" look you've always wanted.
What is Toner? : The Science Behind It
The secret to vibrant and healthy-looking skin? Balance. The pH (potential of hydrogen) is measured from 1-14. 7 is neutral, anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acidic. Skin is naturally acidic with a pH level of about 4.5 – 5.5. Once your skin’s pH level goes above 6.5, the acid mantle (your skin’s first line of defense) gets compromised, and your skin becomes vulnerable to bacteria and infections. Toners restore your skin’s pH balance after cleansing so it’s better protected.
How and When To Use A Toner?
Toners should be done after cleansing and before putting on anything else. The traditional application method is to spray it one or two times onto a cotton ball and gently pat it over the face. You can also apply it the Beauty Legacy way and mist it directly onto your face throughout the day as a refresher.
What’s a Moisturizer? And Why Should You Use It?
A moisturizer's most fundamental purpose is to hydrate and soften the skin.
It reduces the chances of skin conditions. Using the correct moisturizer for your skin type might help maintain its balance. Many common skin conditions, such as acne, begin to appear when the skin becomes excessively dry or too oily.
Skin that has been freshly moisturized has a healthy shine that can help to conceal any existing imperfections. Some moisturizers contain a tint or self-tanner that may be used on any skin tone.
Moisturizing keeps your skin looking young. The most sensitive areas of your skin, such as your face, ears, neck, and chest, replace themselves more frequently than any other. This regular loss of skin cells exposes these places to dryness and the environment, making them high-risk areas for skin cancer. Moisturizing can provide your sensitive skin with the boost it requires to restore itself and stay healthy.
Moisturizing helps prevent wrinkles. That full, firm sensation in your face after moisturizing isn't a trick of the mind. People with properly hydrated skin generate wrinkles at a quarter of the pace of individuals with dry skin, according to the British Journal of Dermatology.
It’s the perfect end to a hot shower. Let’s face it - a hot shower feels great and invigorating, but it strips the moisture right out of your skin. Taking just a minute to put on some moisturizer will make sure your skin isn’t only clean, but protected from the stresses of the day and feeling great!
Does Hot Water Open Up The Pores?
No, pores do not open and close. So hot water and steam won't open your pores. What they can do is loosen the sebum (oil) in your face, allowing it to slide out of the pore easily when you wash your body. This is the ideal time to wash and exfoliate your skin when the steam from the shower loosens all the debris, germs, and dead cells.
If your water is heavily chlorinated or excessively hot and comes into contact with the skin, It strips away the healthy fats and oils in your skin barrier and actually causes your skin to lose hydration through Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL). Which is one of the many things that can cause dry, flaky skin. So make sure to not expose your skin to hot water for too long.
Daytime Skin Care Routine vs. Nighttime Skin Care Routine: Which One Is For You?
If you’re tired of spending an hour each night doing your skincare routine, and you'd like to switch up to a simpler regimen that's both quick and effective, I have some great news for you!
Yes, you can do almost all of your skincare routine during your morning shower!
According to experts, the steam from showers might aid in the facial cleansing process. Many facials around the world use steam during the cleansing part of a facial, as it softens the content of pores. This means a cleanse can be more effective when you’re showering.
However, there are some skincare steps that should be left until after you have dried off. Here is a quick cheat sheet of products that you can/can’t use while showering:
You can use these products in the shower:
- Mud masks
- Rinse off face masks
- Cleansers and cleansing balms
But, do NOT use these skincare products inside the shower:
To safely exfoliate your face and body in the shower, use gentle mechanical exfoliators rather than chemical exfoliators. Some multifunctional scrubs, such as The Coffee Scrub, can even hydrate and tone your skin at the same time, allowing you to complete your full skincare routine in one simple step!
Which Products Should I Use Then?
Now that you know everything there is to know about your skin’s needs, all you have to do is put together a proper skincare routine and stick to it. If you want to know which products will suit your skin the best, we suggest you experiment with mini skincare sets that contain all the skincare essentials you’ll need for your routine like our Glowy Skin Kit. This skincare set is ideal for “Busy-Bees” that want a simple & effective A.M skincare routine they can stick to.
The Glowy Skin Kit is a 4-piece skincare collection that includes trial sizes of some of our most popular formulas: Coffee Scrub, Argan & Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil & Ylang-Ylang Essence, and Rose Toner Mist. With these products, you’ll be able to build a simple, quick, and effective skincare routine that will give you that natural, long-lasting glow you’ve always dreamed of.
From now on, no need to stick to complex and time-consuming routines. With the Glowy Skin Kit, you can give your skin all the attention and care it needs in 3 easy steps. This will allow you to save up some extra time for yourself every morning while ensuring that your skin is well-nourished and ready for the day!