When it comes to our skin care routine, it’s easy to believe that more is more. If all the ingredients in our cleansers, creams and serums are good for our skin, why not use them? This is what led us to participate in the Korean 10-step beauty routine. But there are two very good reasons to develop!
1) Who has time? and 2) the layering of so many products can cause irritation, inflammation and rashes – just the opposite of our goals.
Even if all the products you use are the cleanest cosmetics, the ingredients can interact badly (two acids can irritate, others can cancel each other). This is why the latest beauty trend in Korea is the skin diet, a reversal of its predecessor. Keep reading to reduce your natural skincare routine while making the most of it.
The best skincare products for your morning routine
I don’t know who is able to incorporate double cleanser, toners and multiple lotions (plus makeup!) In their mornings, but the good news is that most of these things are probably useless. Dermatologists recommend washing twice a day (more if you exercise or sweat excessively). A gentle cleanser such as Dr. Loretta’s Gentle Hydrating Cleanser or Pai Skincare’s Sweet Camellia and Rose Hydrating Cleanser is suitable for most skin types. People with extremely sensitive skin can also use water.
Your main goal before facing the day is to protect your skin. What all moisturizers do is support the skin’s natural barrier to keep water from evaporating. Even if you have oily, acne prone skin, you should use a light moisturizer that will keep your skin from drying out and becoming irritated. If you don’t want to worry about serums before work, choose a moisturizer containing ingredients such as vitamins and antioxidants. We love Alder New York Daily Facial Moisturizer, which is very light and contains antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.
The step you cannot absolutely skip is protection solar. Although the medical community has not yet condemned chemical sunscreens such as oxybenzone, those of us who worry about its possible harmful effects on the body (it is easily absorbed and it has already been found that it spoils with rat hormones) or the environment. a mineral-based physical sunscreen. Look for products containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide that will land on the skin and prevent UVA and UVB waves from ravaging your skin cells. Suntegrity is a really great face sunscreen that can be used as a base.
The best skin care products for your night routine
The evening is generally the time when we have more time to lose our skin (and to look too closely at each pore and each emerging wrinkle). But also, sleep is an essential part of good skin care, so let’s hurry up, shall we?
1. Make-up removal: You absolutely want to remove your make-up. An oil-based cleanser can do this (especially if you’re wearing water-repellent makeup) by sticking with other oil molecules and lifting them off the skin.
If you want to add oil to your oily skin, buy a makeup remover containing water and oil (you must shake it first) or a makeup remover micellar. The micelle molecules have both hydrophobic ends that stick to oil and dirt. hydrophilic ends that adhere to water molecules.
2a. Cleaning: We used to think that a good lather was necessary, but that may be exactly what you want to avoid when you wash your face. The chemicals that give soap its lathering power, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, also damage your skin barrier (which dries out the skin).
Choose something soft, like an oil cleanser, if you have normal to dry skin. If you want to avoid mineral oil, jojoba is a good alternative that doesn’t clog pores. Province Apothecary Hydrating + Makeup Remover is an easy way to combine that in the first step.
Having oily skin? Go with a mild foaming cleanser (Ursa Major makes it a great one). You can also look for products that use white willow bark as a natural alternative to acne cleansers with salicylic acid.
2b. Exfoliate: The frequency with which you exfoliate depends on your skin type (for example, more often for oily skin), and you need to find what works best for you. It could be once a week or every day.
What you are trying to do is remove dead skin cells, which will make your skin brighter, increase the penetration of other products and eventually promote the production of collagen. What you’re trying to avoid is irritation and inflammation.
You can use chemical exfoliation using a product containing alpha-hydroxy acids (Flower and Spice instant lightening soothing exfoliant) or mechanical (with an exfoliating cloth or a brush or a botanical product that is soft like sound rice).
3. Toners, Serums, Essences, Masks: These are completely optional steps, so go ahead if you wish. Soft, alcohol-free toners (such as witch hazel or this one from Province Apothecary) are helpful if you think your cleanser hasn’t removed all of your makeup. Some also believe that a good tonic can help your skin regain its naturally acidic pH, since cleaning and rinsing it can make it too alkaline. (The right pH is essential to maintain the skin barrier and healthy bacteria in your skin.)
Serums, masks and essences are also great ways to apply all of the additional ingredients including your skin needs, in a more concentrated form than that obtained with a lotion. But you also don’t need any of these things and can just get away with your moisturizer.
4. Moisturizer: Keep your eyes open for one more minute while you apply this last essential element. You probably removed some of the natural barrier from your skin when washing your face, so now is the time to replace it.
A good moisturizer or night cream will help prevent further evaporation of the skin, protect skin cells with antioxidants, and help the barrier repair itself. It is good to know that while you sleep (which is also the case when your growth hormones are released), all of this hard work takes place on your face.