Beginner's Guide to Skin Care: My Go-To Routine

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Having clear, moisturized and healthy skin is something that is very important to me. I am all about skincare and achieving the dewiest, yet most minimalistic look possible. During the transition from Summer to Fall, I tend to give my skin a break by going lighter not only in makeup products but skincare as well. Packing your face with heavy products can lead to clogged pores, inflammation and acne which is a big no-no for me so here is my current and up-to-date skincare routine.

TIP: When shopping for skincare products I always look for the ingredients Hyaluronic Acid (helps to maintain moisture and to create a plumpness effect), Vitamin C (helps to replenish damaged skin cells, reduces hyperpigmentation and improves collagen production), and SPF (protects from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays and reduces the appearance of sun damage, dark spots and wrinkles).

Skincare Routine + Products

CLEANSER. Cleansing your face in the morning and at the end of the night is extremely important for the skin. Not only are we washing away all of the dirt and oil that get trapped in our pores, but we are removing the impurities as well. Throughout the day, pollutants, bacteria and viruses find their way into our skin so incorporating a nightly cleanse will aide to get rid of these while leaving a fresh and bright appearance.

TIP: I keep my Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar in the shower; therefore, my morning cleanse is always done while showering. You can keep any cleanser in the shower to save time and make your life that much easier.

My Favorite Cleansers:

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

Lancome Créme Mousse Creamy Foaming Cleanser

Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar

TONER. Applying toner (while sticking to a strict regimen) helps to balance our skins pH levels which then aides to prevent breakouts, infection and oiliness. It will also help to remove any impurities or excess makeup which was not removed before. I tone twice daily (after cleansing) and have stuck to this regimen for about 2 years now. Not only have I had less sporadic pimples, but it has also helped to even out my skin tone and rid it of dark spots.

My Favorite Toners:

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner

FACIAL MIST. I use this depending on how my skin is feeling. If my skin is craving an extra boost of hydration, I will spray facial mist after toning my face. Facial mist will help to brighten a "tired-looking" face and will prep the skin for any treatments or serum (using facial mist after toning and before serum or moisturizer helps to lock in added moisture to your face). Facial mists are usually recommended for people who have dull or dry skin so it's not a necessity.

My Favorite Facial Mists:

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

TREATMENTS, SERUMS + OILS. Serums are extremely good for added hydration and moisture. Serums are designed to penetrate the skin with its needed ingredients, deeper than moisturizers. Serums will aide to firm the skin, improve texture and often will decrease the size and appearance of facial pores. I use one particular treatment for my face (before using moisturizer and serum) because it protects the face from indoor and outdoor pollutants as well as digital light.

My Only Favorite Facial Treatment:

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

My Favorite Serums / Oils:

Honest Beauty Facial Oil

Go-To Face Hero Face Oil

Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil

MOISTURIZER. The main function of a face moisturizer is to repair dry skin and prevent it from drying out further. Adding a thin layer of moisturizer each morning can also aid to delay any aging in the face area.

TIP: I tend to swap out foundation for tinted moisturizer with SPF for my every-day casual makeup look.

My Favorite Tinted Moisturizers:

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint with SPF 40

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

My Favorite Regular Moisturizers:

Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream

Drunk Elephant Polypeptide Moisturizer

Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

OleHenriksen C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer

TINTED EYE CREAM. The undereye area is more prone to dryness and especially aging. Typically, the first area to age in the face is the eye area, appearing with fine lines and wrinkles. The best way to prevent aging here is to begin using eye creams as early as possible.

TIP: I swap out concealer with a tinted eye cream on days where I have nothing important going on for a more natural look that brightens the under-eye area while providing all the great benefits of Vitamin-C and SPF.

My Favorite Tinted Eye Creams:

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

OleHenriksen Banana Bright Eye Créme

Tula Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm

TINTED LIP BALM WITH SPF. Sun exposure to the lips can destroy the production of collagen which will make your lips thin overtime. A lip balm with SPF can protect from harmful UV damage. Skin cancer can affect any body part which includes our lips which means its super important to keep our lips protected as well (most people assume that wearing lip gloss without SPF protects the lips from UV damage, but the glossiness actually attracts these harmful rays even more).

TIP: Unless it is before bed, I always make sure to use a tinted lip balm. I favor a more fruit punch type of color just to give my lips a more vibrant and juicy appearance.

My Favorite Lip Balms with SPF:

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm with SPF 15

Neutrogena Revitalizing Tinted Lip Balm with SPF 20

COOLA Mineral Liplux Organic Tinted Lip Balm with SPF 30

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