I wish I could say that I was fascinated with skincare from an early age. Regrettably, I fell in the group of misguided teenagers who washed their faces sometimes with a chemical-laden cleanser, layered layers, and picked their bumps with tweezers, nothing less.
It didn’t get any better until I reached my 20s. While I dabbled in pimples, I still didn’t understand why my skin still burst, nor did I understand the complexities and purposes of the different items (oil-based vs water-based, for example). Really, until I was 30 I didn’t really start to become beauty and skincare.
I’ve been focusing on skincare habits, but I would like to follow them soon as I step towards my 34th birthday, March 2021. When you want me to give me a letter. It’s not too late when you read this and still are in your 20s. Here’s the advice I wish my younger self had got, and I hope you’ll find it useful.
Skincare Rituals #1- Learn and Research Your Skin Type
If safe skin is a padlock, understanding your skincare style is the key—hard it’s to open unless you know what you’re dealing with.
I have mild to combination skin, which is probably easier to deal with than dry or oily skin. But there’s a catch: my skin is very sensitive, and in the last few years I’ve developed a mild case of rosacea. Now that I know this, I’m reaching for ingredients with calming properties and avoiding those that could inflame my skin.
Skincare Rituals #2- Embrace Clean Beauty
Typically I’m pretty cynical about joining some kind of health-related bandwagon that’s gone viral. I don’t get quick, I don’t drink celery juice every day, and I certainly don’t drink bulletproof coffee. That being said, the idea of clean beauty makes complete sense to me: don’t put ingredients that are potentially harmful on your skin. Luckily, it’s easy to find beauty brands that accept these sensibilities, but back in the early days of my foray into skincare, choices seemed scarce.
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Learn how to read the list of ingredients on the back of your products, understand which ones to avoid, and understand which chemicals to which you might be allergic.
Three Mask Bundle, $90
Skincare Rituals #3- Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Exfoliating eliminates dead skin cells, which not only helps to unclog (and avoid breakouts) the pores but also unveils new skin cells for a more radiant complexion. Exfoliating about two to three times a week is recommended by most experts.
Make haste if you suffer from breakouts or dull skin and are not exfoliating! I wish I’d known earlier about this.
T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80
Skincare Rituals #4- Retinol and Retinoid Are Your Friends
Dermatologists unanimously prescribe Retinol, and anyone who uses it generally sings its praises. Retinol comes from vitamin A and provides two main functions: the turnover of skin cells and the production of collagen.
Retinoid includes both OTC products and prescription-strength options, while retinol is available over-the-counter. Retinols, strong and smooth skin, fend off fine lines and wrinkles, and also help with breakouts. Even though I have sensitive skin and a pinch of rosacea, after steadily incorporating it into my skincare routine, I have found success with retinol.
Differin Acne Treatment, $13
Skincare Rituals #5- Mask Regularly
Not only are face masks profoundly calming, but they are also actually pretty healthy for your skin. I suggest stocking up on a few alternatives that fix various skincare problems such as dullness, breakouts, and dryness.
You should determine what’s happening to your skin that week when Sunday rolls around, pick and apply a mask, and sit back and chill out with Netflix or a warm bath.
Smoothing Face Mask, $46
Skincare Rituals #6- Don’t Forget About Your Eyes
I was once advised by a skin care specialist that women should start applying eye cream at age 266 (very specific, I know). Until I was in my thirties, I did not begin this ritual and I regret it. The skin is thin and prone to fine lines around your eyes, which is a sufficient reason to take care of it early on.
Antioxidant Eye Cream, $50
Skincare Rituals #7- Layer Your Products in the Right Order
Chances are, your skincare ingredients have been layered in the wrong order (don’t worry, me, too). Ensuring the ingredients are in the correct order means that they are as reliable as possible.
Moving from the lightest to the heaviest is a reasonable rule of thumb, and a simple routine to follow is a cleanser, toner, mask, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, then oil.
If it’s morning, finish off with the sunscreen as the last move.
Skincare Rituals #8- Your Face Needs Massaging, Too
I am guilty of associating the message with frivolous indulgence, but as I grow older and my body is less nimble, I have realized the importance of this technique—especially for your face.
Massaging the face is said to improve the flow of blood and alleviate anxiety. It is also intended to help lymphatic drainage and even reduce sinus pressure. If those benefits aren’t enough to ignite your curiosity, some experts say your skin is glowing.
FaceGym Multi-Sculpt, $60
Skincare rituals are a must every day as skincare truly protect us from skin cancer, and glow skin. So, try these skincare rituals every day and you’ll feel a dramatic change on your face. Do you take care of your skin on a daily basis? These skincare products are great Mother’s Day gifts. Give them to your beautiful women in your life and share skincare routines with your mom, daughter, friends, or anyone who are interested in.