New to Skincare?
Skincare is probably one of the most talked about topics in the world of beauty this year. And it's no wonder - the beauty world has been dominated by makeup for so long that it was only a matter of time people started to realise that no matter how good the makeup, it was the skin that really determined how slick the final look could be. Add on top of that a sort of collective fatigue with 'Instagram style' makeup, we all started to look at other styles of makeup that involved way less base product whilst still having the skin look flawless. By the way, I use the term "flawless" lightly here - nobody has truly flawless skin, but we all have our own standard of 'flawless'. For me personally, it's having generally clear skin with a smooth texture, as little hyperpigmentation as possible, and being firm to the touch.
With so many skincare products on the market offering so much, how do we go about choosing the right things for ourselves? Where do we begin? Is the cleanse, tone, moisturise ritual the most effective? Is it enough, or too much? Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing more indepth info on skincare, but for today's article, I wanted to keep it simple.
Today I want to offer some simple tips for those of you who are just now starting to form a skincare routine. Perhaps you've never invested (time and money) into looking after your skin, or perhaps you've never given any routine a proper chance. Let's start from the beginning.
Here are my first 3, super simple tips on getting started with skincare:
1). Oil cleansing
Oil cleansing changed the game for me as far as my skincare was concerned. The idea behind this method is that oil removes oil. So, in order to remove any oily residue on the skin (whether it's the oil produced by your own skin or makeup), the best way is to massage with some oil, and wipe off with a damp muslin cloth.
The day I started doing this, I immediately noticed fewer breakouts on my skin. This, combined with Magnesium Oil Spray (I'll discuss this in another post!) literally cleared up my acne.
All you do is take a bit of the oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and massage the oil all over the face. Take your time to relax, breathe deep, give yourself a lovely facial massage, and get into the nooks and crannies down the side of your nose, around your eyes and delicately over the lashes. Then, get a muslin cloth or face towel, rinse under warm water (as warm as you can handle), strain out excess water and gently place on your face for a few seconds. This is so relaxing! It loosens up the oils or makeup and feels SO good. Then, wipe the oil off your face with this towel.
There are many oil cleansers on the market which work well for this type of cleansing. Here are some good ones:
I know, I know, everyone says this. But it's SO TRUE!! Ever since I increased my water intake, my dark circles improved and my skin had less breakouts. Any time I did break out, it cleared away faster when I was having my 8 glasses of water a day. I'm telling you - it makes a difference!
Again, this is one of those skincare additions that totally changed the game for me. As a woman of colour, exposure to the sun was wreaking havoc on my skin by causing uneven pigmentation. This is a problem that can occur for any skin, regardless of melanin, since the UVA and UVB rays from the sun cause all sorts of other problems like early skin wrinkles. What SPF does is protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, thus keeping your skin looking better for much, much longer. Choose a Sun Protection Factor that's at least SPF 30. Apply evenly to the face every day before going out, as part of your morning skincare routine. This will be the last step of your skincare routine, and goes on before your makeup if you're wearing any. Here are some SPFs on the market:
So that should be enough to get you started on your skincare routine. Just a few changes and additions to start with. I always find that starting simple with any new method is always the best way to make it most effective. With skincare, it's so important to be aware that everyone is unique and so what works for one person might not work for another. When adding to or changing your skincare routine or switching up skincare products, you need to closely monitory how your skin "behaves" or reacts when those changes are made. Some people have very sensitive skin or skin that is sensitive to certain ingredients in skincare. Others can easily get breakouts. Sometimes, those breakouts are when the skin "purges", so it kind of detoxes and gets rid of the "junk" and that's when you experience breakouts. Those breakouts are the ones you just have to bear until they pass and you end up with better skin than before. But other times the breakouts are a reaction and could be a sign that your skincare isn't working for you. In order to tackle these unpredictable issues, it's always best to start REALLY simple, and build your way up.
I hope my first 3 tips are a success for you, as they were for me.
P.S If you want a better look at my skincare essentials, check out my YouTube video below!