Working in the beauty industry has taught me a lot about skincare and why it’s important to take care of your skin. Before we jump into products, let me introduce you to your skin.
Your skin has three layers:
The subcutaneous tissue that contains fat cells to insulate your body,
The dermis that contains connective tissue, and
The epidermis that protects the inner layers from environmental damage.
The cells in your epidermis get thinner over time because you lose collagen which causes your skin to lose its elasticity and creates wrinkles. Collagen strengthens the skin, helps with elasticity, and also helps replace dead skin cells. As we age, our sweat glands also decrease causing our skin to get drier. UVA and UVB radiation thin your epidermis by breaking down the collagen in your skin. So apply that sunscreen! SPF 15 is a good start if you’re just running around town, but if you’re going to be outside for long periods of time try using SPF 30. Check out the products that changed the game for my skincare routine!
Step 1: Cleanse
When choosing your skin care it is important to know your skin type. Are you oily, dry, combination? Are you sensitive? What are you wanting your products to do for you? Cleansing your skin in the morning and at night is an important step. It removes excess dirt and oil from your skin that potentially clogs pores and causes breakouts. Some cleansers can strip your skin of the natural oils you need to stay hydrated, so be on the look out for ingredients. Some cleansers have Vitamin E in them, which helps fight free radical damage. Free radicals are environmental hazards to the skin, like pollution or sun damage that cause us to lose elasticity in our skin. We all have our go-to brands for one reason or another, the brands I personally gravitate towards are Korres, Ole Henriksen, Fresh, and Boscia.
Korres’ Greek Yoghurt Cleanser is wonderful for dry skin and redness. It gently cleanses the skin with… you guessed it, Greek yogurt! It also removes makeup, nourishes the skin, and soothes with ingredients like amaranth seed extract (soothing) and honeysuckle for anti bacterial benefits.
Ole Henriksen calls his Truth Cleanser “Happiness in a bottle.” It is perfect for all skin types whose main concern is dullness and uneven texture. The orange extract in this product evens your skin tone and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and glowing!
The Fresh Umbrian Clay line is amazing for those who have problematic and oily skin. It minimizes pores, controls oil, and gets rid of blemishes. Sandalwood purifies the skin, chamomile flower and lavender water soothe the skin, leaving it comfortable and squeaky clean!
Boscia has a detoxifying black cleanser that heats as you massage it into your skin. This line is great for all skin types whose main focus is to detox the skin and pull out all the impurities. It reduces pore size with artichoke leaf extract, detoxes with activated charcoal, and brightens with vitamin C and P.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating removes the dry, dead cells from the surface of your skin allowing your other products to work more efficiently. If you apply a treatment or moisturizer on dead skin cells you aren’t reaping the benefits from them because they are sitting right on top instead of soaking into the skin. You only need to exfoliate once or twice a week, don’t over do it or you will dry out and irritate your skin. There are two exfoliating products that I really like, they are the Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel and the Ole Henriksen Pore Balance Facial Sauna Scrub.
Firmx from PTR is enzymatic. Watch as it visibly attaches itself to your dry skin and lifts and rolls away those dead skin cells!
Ole Henriksen Pore Balance Facial Sauna Scrub is a physical exfoliator, meaning it is a little gritty. It warms and cools to refine the pores and contains lactic and glycolic acid to purify and absorb excess oil.
Step 3: Treat
Treatments are more potent than cleansers and they target specific skincare concerns like dryness, texture, acne, pores, and anti aging. Adding a treatment into my daily routine really changed the game. I really liked the products I had been using but I felt like I just needed an extra boost! Once I added something for my texture and breakouts I felt complete. Treatments really make a huge difference in your routine because you’re able to see results quicker than before. Introduce your skin to one of these treatments and watch your skin do exactly what you want it to!
Ole Henriksen has a product called the Power Peel. He created it for his celebrity clients to have an on-the-go professional facial when they travel. This peel is amazing for dullness and texture, it has three steps.
Polish: Step one is an almond facial scrub that exfoliates the skin to prep it for the peel. It is formulated with almond and bamboo extracts and oat kernel.
Peel: Step two is the Instant Transformation Lemon Facial Peel. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also brightens the skin with orange/lemon extract. and glycolic/lactic acids.
Smooth: Step three is the chamomile comfort mask that helps to soothe your skin after the peel.
Glamglow Powermud is a dual cleanse mask that targets texture, dullness, and oil. It’s a mud – oil mask that deep cleans the skin to smooth and get rid of any impurities left in the skin. I know what you’re thinking… “How can an oil help with oily skin?” Oil attracts oil and absorbs the grease and makeup without stripping your skin of the natural oils it needs.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Gel targets dullness and dryness, Vitamin B-5 and pineapple hydrate the skin while watermelon rind, apple, and lentil reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough of this baby, it also fights free radicals with powerful antioxidants!
Last but certainly not least… Moisturizers!
If you’re oily you might cringe at the thought of using a moisturizer, I am here to tell you that you need it and your skin will love you for it. Moisture and oil are very different. If you aren’t using a moisturizer you are dehydrating your skin and if you feel you are oily all over, your skin is overcompensating oil for the lack of moisture. When you find a moisturizer that works for you, your skin will become more balanced and will be less oily and more healthy. The moisturizer I am going to introduce you to first is, of course, an Ole Henriksen product called Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. This product balances the skin, controls oil, diminishes the appearance of pores and even helps the longevity of your makeup!
Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer has iridescent pearl particles that enhance the glow of your complexion. This moisturizer targets dryness and dullness and is formulated with botanicals, vitamins, green tea, jojoba oil and other ingredients to keep your complexion in tip top shape.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex has been proven to prevent signs of aging. This moisturizer targets loss of elasticity, dryness, and fine lines/wrinkles. Anytime is a good time to start using anti aging products, it is way easier to prevent physical signs of aging than it is to correct it.
All of these products have made an impact on my skins clarity, texture, and overall skin health. I have tried tons of products that were just not for me, but these have worked miracles. I have always struggled with skin issues and have tried all sorts of medications from dermatologists, but once I really started looking into skin care products that suited my concerns I found a regimen that I really adore that seemed to work better than anything I had ever tried. I am always on the look out for new products that will work out for my stubborn, oily, and problematic skin. I hope this helps you create the perfect routine for your skin type and concerns.