Guided skincare routine

The quest for finding the ideal skincare routine can be discouraging for some. Most of us have been there – you try endless different skincare products, all kinds of diets, and yet nothing works, or worse, you start developing more spots.

Before getting into our skincare recommendations, it is worth mentioning that acne and clogged pores generally stem from an unbalanced body such as stress, puberty, greasy diets, etc. These products may help but only to a certain degree. 

Let’s get rid of one possible root of the problem for many: fragrance

Brands love to add fragrance in their products for that rose, sweet, and natural smell. Fragrances in skincare products are among the most common causes of negative skin reactions. And this is true for all skin types! We might be thinking that just because the skin doesn’t show visible signs of being bothered by fragrance, that it isn’t. The sad truth is that the skin is great at hiding when it’s being aggravated. 

Now that we got that out of the way, here is a complete skincare routine, where most products are fragrance-free!

1. Cleanser CeraVe Foaming Facial and Hydrating Cleanser, 24 Fluid ...

These are the holy grails that dermatologists often recommend to their patients. They cleanse the skin really well without stripping the natural oils that it produces. Cerave has two foaming facial cleansers: one for normal to oily skin, and the other for normal to dry skin.

2. Exfoliate

Salicylic Acid and BHA Exfoliant

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), a type of acid from natural sources. It helps remove dead skin cells by softening and dissolving keratin – the protein found in our skin that causes cells to stick together.  It also exfoliates the pore lining by penetrating deep into skin pores, which helps to loosen clogs, allowing oil to flow out more freely. 

All in all, it is proven to be one of the best treatments for acne-prone skin, blackheads, and large pores. But it isn’t solely reserved for oily skin, it can be used for dull & rough skin, as well as wrinkles & fine lines.

3. Serums

 Niacinamide ; Azelaic Acid

Applying serums is not the most important step to your skincare routine but they definitely can amp it up. Niacinamide serums help to reduce the appearance of pores, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation. It does it by supporting collagen production and increasing moisture. 

Another option usually reserved for more mature women who are searching for rejuvenating products is retinol. This can be found at affordable prices in most skincare brands, such as The Ordinary. When it comes to Azelaic Acid, this serum helps to heal blemish-prone and oily skin.

4. Moisturizer

 La Roche-Posay Double Repair ; The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer

Rich in Shea butter and heavy lifting, you won’t be disappointed by these moisturizers. These products are highly nourishing, they absorb quickly into your skin and yet don’t have a heavy feel to it.

5. Sunscreen

Neutrogena Clear Face ; Centella Green Level

Sunscreen is crucial when it comes to protecting your skin from UV rays and skin damage. It helps to prevent premature discoloration and aging caused by UV rays. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by applying sunscreen every day, you cut your risk of contracting skin cancers in half!

6. Massage, massage, massage

Facial massages are often underrated, despite the fact that they can do wonders to your skin. They facilitate blood circulation through congested areas, which promotes skin regeneration. Not only will your skin feel better, it will also look better as increased blood flow leads to glowing and youthful skin.

You can simply use your hands and learn various massage techniques (we highly recommend @noyskincare on Instagram). You can also choose to purchase fancy beauty tools such as Gua Sha, jade rollers, germanium face rollers, etc.

By Aurelia Becquart

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