1. Know your skin type
Are you dry? oily or have combination skin? The first step to solving any skin problem is identifying your skin type. For all skin types, natural products with no artificial colors and fragrances are ultimately better choices, however, with natural products, the other key ingredient you will need is patience.
2. Develop a Skin-care regimen
Hate to break it to you girl. Minding your business and drinking water is NOT a skincare regimen.
The most common regimen in North American is to Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize. These days, South Korean inspired 10-step regimens are increasingly popular.
A 10-step regimen includes oil cleansing, foam cleansing, exfoliating, toning, applying serums, masks, eye cream application, face cream application and SPF application.
It's a common misconception that these steps need to be completed daily, however, according to Charlotte Cho author of The Little Book of Skincare, the idea is that you can incorporate products into your routine as opposed to the standard 3 steps.
3. Quality Beats Cheap
Dry skin, for example, loves ingredients like hyaluronic acid, typically found in serums. The
High Concentrated serums are often pricey and normally range from $80-100 but remember quality beats quantity when it comes to skin care. Skincare product lines Mario Badescu and First Aid Beauty have affordable serums with hyaluronic acid that retail for $45.
4. Melanin-rich skin needs sunscreen too
Every skin type and skin color needs sunscreen! It protects from skin cancer, aging, environmental factors and darkening of acne scars.
5. A good moisturizer is a must
Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturize! Moisturizers nourish the skin, help prevent wrinkles and protect your skin from elements in the environment.
Cetaphil, Cerave and First Aid Beauty are brands with sensitive friendly moisturizers and have lots of oil-free options as well. For a very affordable moisturizer option with SPF, try Alba Even Advanced.
6. Exfoliate dead skin
Dry skin types should exfoliate 1-3 times a week, and oily skin types should 2-3 a week. For sensitive skin, once a week with a gentle exfoliating scrub will do.
At MFMG, we are currently loving UK Brand, Kind & Natured that have an incredible line of foaming exfoliator helping you combine two steps in one!
7. Wake up and Wipe Off
A facebeat is no good if you let it clog up your skin. If you sleep with makeup on, it can age your skin by as much as three days.
I don’t know about you but I’m not rushing wrinkles anytime soon! Makeup wipes are a convenient way to get the product off at the end of the day.
8. Treat your skin
Masks are a great treatment for your skin and are beneficial for all skin types.
The Sephora Face Mask that they entice you with at checkout is actually pretty good for a quick, one-time pick me up. For repeated uses check out the Sephora Mud mask and Shea Moisture Raw Butter mask.
9. Catch your zzz's
Night owls,I’m afraid I don’t have good news. Between 12 am and 4 am is when your skin is in repair mode.
You want to provide your skin with the most hydration at night, so in the morning it will reap the benefits for what you did the prior night. A night cream is highly recommended so it can take in that hydration.
10. Use what works for you
Just because your favourite Youtube guru loves it, doesn't mean it will work for you too. With improvements in science research by scientists and dermatologists, the skin care industry is constantly finding ingredient advances and improvements.
Remember that results do take time and it takes a consistent regimen to see results! We all hate doing it but a bonus tip for ensuring great skin is cleaning your brushes!