Since the beginning of the selfie era where things were done, as the millennials would put it, for the ‘gram – there has been a spike in consciousness towards skincare. After all, we celebrate the ‘no makeup’ makeup look and wear the No Filter hashtag proudly like badges. In the simplest terms : whether it was for the likes or to save oneself from having to put on all sorts of products until a ‘flawless’ look is achieved, great skin became an “it” thing.
If you are one of the few who did not hop on to the skincare bandwagon and remain clueless up to this day as to how it should be done – worry not as you have come to the right place! In this comprehensive guide, we will be giving you a dummy proof manual to getting started with your skincare journey. While it may seem like a lot of work, you would be surprised to know that protecting your skin can be as simple as choosing lotion with sunscreen, enjoying mask cover sheets and constantly washing your hands.
Three Words to Live By
Just by looking through your social media feeds, you will be chancing upon celebrities, beauty gurus and influencers talking about five, six, seven or even ten-step skincare routines. Especially for Koreans who take pride in their wide array of skincare offerings – the whole thing can even go up as far as 14 steps. Different strokes work for different folks. Whatever it is they are doing – that is perfectly fine. However, as a skincare rookie, keep in mind that no matter how many steps a regimen gets upgraded into, it will always just boil down to three vital steps. Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing, that is!
As the term suggests, the goal of this step is to remove any traces of dirt, bacteria and impurities in your face. Take note : Before getting started with any skincare routine – wash your hands! Cleansing is meant to remove the dirt build up such as oil, dust, dirt and even some of the debris that you acquire as you go about your day. Everyone dreams of having clear and blemish-free skin. It may seem like such a small step in your routine but in principle, cleansing is the first step to protecting your skin from breakouts. Sebum is produced by the skin as protection. In order to do that, sebum needs to pass through several layers including hair follicles to get to the top most layer of skin. If it so happens that there is a build of impurities in your face, these follicles will end up getting clogged. Unaddressed, bacteria can get into the follicles and this will cause acne.
Most importantly, when you are able to cleanse properly, the skin is cleansed and moisturized – this makes it easier for your succeeding products to be absorbed and do their job. Again, none of this would matter if you do not start with the pre-cleansing step we mentioned : wash your hands.
Choosing the Right Cleanser for You
As with most skincare products, choosing the right cleanser for you means taking into consideration several different factors.
- Get to know your skin type. Quick crash course, you will fall under any of these four types : Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination. Among the many different factors we will be talking about, this is probably the most important one. Choosing the right product suited for your skin type matters. This should not be a problem as the market is able to provide a wide array of products to choose from for every skin type.
- Do you wear make up quite often? It would be best to find a cleanser that is able to work extra hard for you. Choose one that is also able to remove makeup.
- Aside from knowing your skin type, consider your skin’s sensitivity. There are a plethora of options in terms of cleansers that do not contain harsh chemicals.
- If you find yourself a cleanser that is marked ‘gentle’, it means that it does the job without causing dryness or irritation.
- Do you workout or sweat a lot? Choose a product that targets clogged pores.
Now, onto the next and most often overlooked step when it comes to skincare : Toning. One of the reasons a lot of people opt out of this step is because toners in general have gotten a bad reputation over the years. In a previous article, we addressed the question : “Are toners bad for your skin?” The answer is quite simple : It really depends on the kind of product you are choosing.
A lot of traditional skin toning products contain alcohol. Truth be told, it is the culprit for this step’s bad reputation. In a nutshell, using a toner is an effective way to achieve balance in your skin’s PH level. As a result, it becomes less oily and prone to acne. It calms the skin and prepares it for the next step which is moisturizing.
Diving deeper into its purpose, toning helps shrink your pores, adds an additional layer of protection and refreshes the skin. Additionally, toners also help avoid the growth of ingrown hairs.
Choosing the Right Toner for You
Generally speaking, there are only three things to consider in finding the right toner for you.
- Alcohol free toners with exfoliant work best with oily skin.
- Hydrating and moisturizing toners work best with dry skin.
- For sensitive skin, steer clear from toners with harsh botanical extracts and chemicals as this may trigger a reaction.
- For combination and normal skin, almost any type of toner works.
Rule of thumb : Just do not choose a toner that contains alcohol. As in, never.
Last but definitely not the least : moisturizing to seal the deal. As the term suggests, this step is meant to moisturize your skin. Apart from the fact that it definitely feels great, it is also one way to protect your skin from wrinkles in the future. Think of moisturizing as a step that feeds your skin with all the vitamins and minerals.
Much like cleansing, taking the time to moisturize helps prevent the chances of skin problems. A lot of people believe that when their skin is already too oily (and hence, acne prone) the right thing to do would be to ditch this third step. FALSE! When skin problems, especially acne and oil-related ones arise, all the more reason to moisturize. It is also a way to keep your skin looking youthful as it gives it a boost to repair and stay healthy. As it turns out, that plump and fresh feeling you get after you use moisturize is not just you imagining – it is really the effect of using moisturizer.
Choosing the Right Moisturizer for You
- Again, take into account your skin type! Since moisturizers are just as common as cleansers, finding one that suits your skin type should not be a problem.
- Pay mind to the first five ingredients in the label. Examples of these are lanolin, glycerin and petrolatum.
- Generally speaking, it would be best to opt for a moisturizer that comes from a reputable source ( a.k.a. Brand or company)
- Choose a cream or lotion with sunscreen. Do not ever say no to added protection from the sun! It would be best to understand that you are taking these steps to protect your skin from damage. One of the biggest kinds coming from the sun. UV rays are the enemy! Because continuous research is being done and “sun protection” has become a buzz word in the beauty industry, finding great options that offer added sun protection would be enjoyable at best.
- On days when you have more time on your hands than usual : treat your skin to a nice mask cover sheet section. Aside from face masks being one of the ultimate symbols of “self-care”, taking a trip to your local beauty store and choosing a mask is a fun activity in itself. Masks are a great way to hack into benefits that would usually take more time with traditional products. So, go for it! Especially when travelling, most of us hate having to pack every single product into our suitcases. The good news is – masks would be able to cover for your moisturizer’s job for a few days at a time, as long as you choose the right kind.
We hope this comprehensive guide to protecting your skin helped! Any other beauty topics you want us to discuss in full detail? Sound off in the comments!
Heidi Klum Skincare Tips
When you think of Heidi Klum, 47, her supermodel great looks and blonde hair probably spring immediately to our minds, so it might shock you that the German model and TV personality has a rather down-to-earth beauty skin care routine. From washing her face with unconventional, yet affordable, products to how she looks after her signature tresses, we need to know all the secrets for her elegant and fresh skin care.
Heidi Klum’s finally loves to share her new added product in her skin care routine
“I have added sunscreen to my daily routine. I grew up without a lot of awareness of how important it is to keep your skin protected from the sun. I remember tanning with baby oil – can you imagine doing that now? I have always been a sun bum. I’m at my happiest on a beautiful beach in the hot sun but, now, I put on sunscreen first. I like the tinted sunscreen by La Roche Posay.”
Her daily skincare routine
“In the morning, I take a shower and wash my face with Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. I use baby shampoo as a face wash as it is the most gentle for your face and it removes everything. Then, I put on a moisturiser, usually Mario Badescu’s Buttermilk Lotion. At the end of my day, even if I am exhausted, I always wash off my make-up. For removing eye make-up, I again use baby shampoo. Then, I try different moisturisers at night that are a bit richer – I like Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum or Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil.”
Taking supplements to help your skin and body
I definitely think that you can buy all the potions and creams but it is essential to nourish your skin from within. I drink a fresh smoothie every morning that is made from fresh fruit and vegetables, and I take two Perfectil Vitamins which are targeted for my skin, hair and nails.”
Heidi Klum does not wear make up too much
“When I am not working, I try to keep it very natural. Most days I don’t wear any make-up but, if I am running errands, I use a bit of a light base to even out my skin tone and a bit of blush for my cheeks to give it a bit of a glow. I like Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Pencil and Gel too.
“If I am going out with my husband [the German guitarist Tom Kaulitz] to dinner, I may be a bit more bold by painting on a red lip or adding some more mascara, like L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara for a more dramatic eye. I think make-up should be fun so I like to try different eyeshadows and colours.”
Bella Hadid Skincare Tips
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most beautiful of them all? Bella Hadid? Well, of course, she is. Her beauty is astounding, especially since her skin seems to glow even without the slightest trace of makeup. A model is required to stay her skin in top condition, but who says flawless skin is reserved only for top models like Hadid. Clear skin being one among her USPs, Bella is usually asked about her beauty routine and the way she manages to place her best bare face forward.
She spills the beans on her beauty routine in various interviews, and we’ve researched the lot to bring you her skincare and makeup tips.
When it involves skincare, Bella keeps it simple. She claims her skin is super sensitive and tends to induce dry; therefore, she sticks to the products that she knows works on her skin and doesn’t change them. Moisturizing formulas are her preferred function of skincare products.
Bella’s daily skincare routine is the same as always. Cleansing with a gentle face wash lotion, a moisturizing face mask, and lastly an oil-infused serum. Her routine doesn’t feature a toning step which we figure is due to her sensitive-dry skin type that could get disturbed and inflamed with the use of toner. Jelly masks that plump up her skin are her favorite.
Additionally, Hadid previously told Elle that she was not a fan of facials, but that must have been in her pre-Sturm days. “I’m not really into facials. I usually go for a massage because my bones are always hurting. And I like getting body scrubs, just to kind of get Fashion Week scrubbed off,” she said.
Moreover, the supermodel also has a killer travel routine for keeping her skin fresh too. “I travel a lot and I often work directly after landing. I use my mom’s advice, keeping my skin as good as it can be. So on a plane I wash my face as soon as I get on, I have all my serums and my night cream. And then I fall asleep and do it again when I wake up,” she told British Vogue. “So by the time I get off the plane my face is well rested and moisturized. And I always have a concealer with me, especially when I’m super-tired to get those dark eye bags away.”
Dakota Johnson Skincare Tips
Dakota Johnson, known for being the actress in the Fifty Shades and face of Gucci Bloom, knows how to keep it real, especially when it comes to beauty. This gap-toothed, fringe-forward celebrity shares her low-key skin care tips or routine, love for eye drops, and signature scent tactic in a Question and Answer!
She told Glamour that washing her face in the morning and at night, and putting moisturizer is part of her daily routine. She, too, uses sunscreen every day during the day.
The actress then revealed that she is now into using Lancer products. She also unveiled that she is avoiding using makeup if she is not filming any movies. When she has to go out with some friends on her free days, she just uses a little concealer, lip stains, and mascara.
She even uses the beauty tip her grandmother, Tippi Hedren, gave her. Her grandma advised her to hold her mirror down low whenever she is putting her mascara on. By looking downward, she will get the most coverage from her lashes’ base to the tips.
My no-frills skin care routine:
“I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, so I buy a bunch of products but end up not using any of them. I just like the way they look. I truly have the simplest routine: I wash my face in the morning and at night, then moisturise; during the day I add sunscreen. Right now I’m into Lancer products.”
My minimal-makeup M.O.:
“I don’t really wear makeup if I don’t have to. When I am going out somewhere, I’ll use a little concealer, lip color, and mascara.”
My bright-eye beauty hack:
“Hello, I’m Dakota, and I’m addicted to eye drops; the last time I used was 20 minutes ago. Really, I’m addicted to eye drops…. I just love the feeling of them in my eyes. It’s glorious.”
My grandmother’s mascara trick:
“She [actress Tippi Hedren] was watching me put my mascara on once and told me that if you hold the mirror down low and put the mascara on while looking downward, you will get the most coverage from the base of the lashes to the tips. And, of course, she’s right! She’s a f****** movie star; she’s a legend!”
My intentional perfume trail:
“I’ve always worn fragrance because I love to leave a scent behind. I love that perfume can take you back to someplace immediately. I prefer floral scents to ones that are musky. Right now I’m wearing Gucci Bloom; it’s very floral, so I love it. My mother [Melanie Griffith] has worn the same perfume my entire life, and that’s very comforting to me.”
My body-confidence moment:
“For my role as Susie, a ballet dancer, in Suspiria [out later this year], I trained for about six months with the brilliant Belgian-French choreographer Damien Jalet. I actually danced until I was 16 with a company in L.A., so it was great to work that muscle again. I rehearsed six or eight hours a day leading up to the shoot, then continued with two hours of rehearsals while shooting. It was truly the most wild experience. I learned that if I work my ass off, I’m capable of doing all sorts of things with my body.”
My beauty regrets:
“There are a few tattoos I wish weren’t on my body, but it happens, I guess, and admittedly, I continue to get them. I also was feeling a bit sassy this morning and cut my bangs in a whirlwind after six months of growing them out, so I hope I don’t regret that!”
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