Updated: Nov 2, 2019
Giving your skin some lovin' is a definite must-do, so let's talk about the basics
I've been a huge fan of drugstore skincare products since I was a kid. It was so easily accessible in any shopping mall I went to and I could always find what I needed. There are definitely some products out there which are more highly-priced than others cause of its ingredients eg. gold, snail extract, green tea etc, which gives you the extra oomph. And I'm guilty of owning a few, but generally having a set of affordable skincare products is way more sustainable cause loving your skin is a lifelong duty.
Wake up, wash up
The first thing I do when I get up from bed is wash my face (and brush my teeth). I go for something lighter in the mornings so it doesn't dry out my face too much. Lightweight cleansers are best for the AM cause you haven't done much the night before except sleep.
Yes, if it's not obvious enough, I am a fan of aloe vera skincare products. I love it's soothing and calming effects, plus it has antioxidant properties too!
2. Tone on alternate days
I wouldn't recommend using a toner daily for your morning routine cause it does dry out (and sometimes irritate) your skin.
Less is more. How much is enough?
Tip: Add a small drop (size of a peanut) on your palm, spread it all over both hands, then pat it on your face.
4. Protect against UV rays
It doesn't matter where you are, even areas which you don’t see much sun, don’t ever forget your sunscreen. To help with the hassle of step 4, get a combination product (moisturisers with SPF)!
I cannot stress how important step 3 and 4 is. Moisturisers help seal in all the goodness and keep it hydrated throughout the day to give you that glowy feeling. We all need that vitamin D, but too much exposure to the sun's harmful rays can cause premature ageing. That's where sunscreens come in. It's one of those things that you don't realise till it's too late, so y'all better start now.
Even with light/no makeup on, I'd never miss this step. It's the first thing I can't wait to do when I get home; I use Garnier's micellar make-up remover for sensitive skin to wipe away all that oil + dirt that's been on my face all day, so my skin can breathe again.
2. Deep cleanse
Difference between this and morning cleansing is that you'll need something that reaches deep into your pores to remove every single trace of sweat and dirt that's been there all day. Choosing the right cleanser can be difficult so start with getting to know your skin type.
What I recommend:
Normal/Oily/Combination skin: Gel or clay cleansers which leaves your skin completely oil-free once it's done its job
Dry/Sensitive skin: Cream or micellar cleansers are more gentle so it doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils
The thing with skincare is you'd need to go through the phase of trial and error. It is a pain, but when you get it right, you'll reap the benefits of it!
Steps 3 and 5 are tone and moisturise as above.
Do this before adding on the final layer to lock it all in for the night.
There are different types of serums, so it really depends what you're looking for. What I focus on is skin regeneration and collagen formation; but there are ones for brightening, skin renewal and firming effects.
Serums are concentrated with all the goodies that your skin needs, but too much of a good thing can turn out bad too. All you need is a few drops maybe 3-4 times a week and that's it!
So that's basically my skincare routine on a daily basis. Feel free to drop me a message on the Say Hello page if you have any questions regarding products or tips/advice I haven't added in this post.
Korean skincare and beauty products are taking the world by storm, so if you're interested in me doing a post about this, drop me a message to let me know!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week's post! Much love xx
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