Caring for your skin is one of the easiest things to overlook in your daily beauty routine. It’s also one of the easiest things to do every day, so take the time to learn and don’t skip it! You’ll thank yourself in a few years that you took care of your skin when you were younger. Here’s a few skin care tips to help you master your skin care game!
Skin Care Tips #1: Exfoliation
Exfoliating is one of the easiest ways to remove dead skin cells from your body. Layers of dry skin can build up, along with pollutants and makeup. This buildup will trap oil in the skin, causing breakouts. Exfoliation can also help remove old acne scars over time, keep pores clean, and smooth out skin. For best results, it is suggested to exfoliate twice a week, possibly less for sensitive skin.
DIY Dry Skin Scrub
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
Combine the coconut oil and sugar in a small bowl. If the coconut oil is too solid to mix, soften it in the microwave or stovetop. Make sure your face is clean and patted dry. Apply the coconut oil mixture to your face, using gentle circular motions. Massage the skin scrub into your skin for about one minute. Rinse any dead skin or excess oil off with warm water. Finally, splash your face with cold water to close your pores. Gently pat dry so as to not irritate your skin.
You likely have a lot of leftover skin scrub, so you can keep this in an airtight container for up to three months!
DIY Oily Skin Scrub
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or white sugar (brown sugar will be gentler on your skin)
- 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
First, mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. If the mixture is too chunky, add a bit more honey. Apply the mixture to clean skin using gentle circular motions. Allow the skin scrub to sit on your face for about two minutes. Rinse with warm water. Splash your face with cold water to re-seal your pores. Gently dry your skin on a soft towel.
This mixture will never go bad due to honey being a natural preservative. However, keep tightly sealed to avoid crystallization or insects finding their way in.
Skin Care Tips #2: Typing your skin
Dry skin vs. oily skin vs. combination skin
There are several ways to type your skin. The first thing you need to do is to clean any product off your face. Cleanse your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser or soap. Pat your face dry and then wait for 30 minutes for the next step. After time’s up, look at your face. If you notice your skin is overly tight, or flakey, you most likely have dry skin. A bit of shine on your nose, cheeks, and forehead means that you likely have oily skin. If you see both a shine on the forehead and cheeks, but dryness in other areas, you have combination skin. If you only see
Once 30 minutes have passed, examine your face. If you notice that your skin seems tight or flakey, you likely have dry skin. If your nose, cheeks or forehead is shiny, you have oily skin. You may notice that your forehead and cheeks are shiny but there are dry patches in other areas such as around your nose or mouth. If this is the case, you have combination skin. If you only observe a bit of shine on your forehead or nose, you most likely have normal skin.
You can also try the blotting method. All you need to do is gently dab different parts of your face with blotting paper. You’ll then want to hold the sheet up to the light and observe how much oil it picked up. If the paper has little-to-no oil, you have dry skin. You may see medium amounts of oil in the forehead and nose areas. This means you have normal or combination skin. If the sheet is saturated with oil, you have oily skin.
Skin Care Tips #3: Daily Skin Care
Everybody is different, so customizing your skincare routine accordingly is very important. Here are some skin care tips to help you design and build the perfect routine for you:
Washing your skin too much or too little can lead to skin irritation and increased acne. For oily skin, wash your face once in the morning when you wake up, and once before bed. For normal, combination, or dry skin, wash once in the evening and splash a bit of water on your face in the morning. Be sure to remove your makeup BEFORE you start washing your face. Dermatologists suggest to remove makeup with an oil-based cream or baby wipes. Choose a cleanser that works best for your skin type. Try and avoid cleansers with fragrances or harsh soaps. Both can irritate and dry out skin. If you have dry skin, look for moisturizers in the ingredients, like shea butter or glycerin. Or oily skin, look for foaming cleansers, they will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed.
It is important to choose makeup products that work well for your skin, to avoid irritation and breakouts. It is recommended that you start your daily routine with a toner. However, you want to make sure yours is not alcohol based. A gentle toner will neutralize skin pH, moisturize, and help to prevent ingrown hairs. When looking for concealer and or foundation, look for products that have an SPF, they will help protect your skin from the sun. You will also want to look for an SPF in lipstick or chapstick.
Like we said earlier, it may seem silly to take these little steps with your skin care routine every day. But I promise you, following these few skin care tips will make a huge difference in the health of your skin for many years to come!