Figuring out the right skin care routine for YOU takes some time along with trial and error. Something that works great for someone else may not work for you and vice versa. To help take away some of that confusion and frustration take a look at these charts to determine the best skin care routine for your skin type.
These are recommendations by dermatologists with products that have been proven to work, so try something new and see how it goes!
Hey y'all! I think a lot of people get stuck when figuring out the order of skin care products and how to layer them.
The basic rule is that you should layer from lightest to heaviest or thinnest to thickest--for example: cleanser, toner, serum, face cream.
Also, if you use an oil to moisturize, like me, use it AFTER face cream. I use a dot of jojoba oil everyday over my face cream.
Check out the chart below for the right way to layer products and also check out the 10 step Korean skin care routine. I use the Korean method once or twice a month and it leaves my skin looking and feeling flawless!
I won't ever recommend anything that doesn't really work or seem valuable. I try everything for a few months just to make sure it's worth sharing. With that said, the jade roller is my favorite tool.
Jade rollers have been a beauty secret used in China for centuries. Aside from being a great face massager, the jade roller has many health and skin benefits which are listed below.
I've been using one for a year and have seen a difference in my skin's texture, pore size, bone and face structure, tightness, and overall glow. I use it in the morning, especially on my cheekbones and eyes, when my face is a little puffy and it goes away in seconds.
Use day or night (or both), after washing and moisturizing your face.
For best results, I like to put mine in the fridge a few minutes before I use it for extra de-puffing and tightening. At night, use the jade roller after cleansing and moisturizing to deeply penetrate products into your skin, ease facial tension, define your face structure and tighten.
I included a super short video and picture on how to use the jade roller, but essentially you just go in an outward and upward motion, doing about 3-6 strokes in each direction. I like to concentrate on my jawline and cheekbones for extra sculpting, tightening and collagen boosting.
I use a GingerChi jade roller that I bought through Amazon. GingerChi jade rollers are made of 100% jade. My order came with a handwritten note and free ginger serum.
You can buy it here!
HOW TO USE A JADE ROLLER
I have a love hate relationship with makeup. It's fun to put on, but the ingredients in most of it is not great for our skin.
Makeup likes to get clogged in our pores throughout the day and the more you layer on, the more havoc it can cause on your skin.
But, if you want your skin to flourish while keeping your face beat check out these dermatologist recommended tips.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a makeup expert by any means. I generally keep it light and simple everyday. These are just some tips I discovered by researching and my own experimentation.
This is an informal part II to last week's post where I talked about not doing too much to your skin since this can cause irritation.
The most common reactions are burning, scarring (discoloration) and small patches of bumps (classic case of irritation). I've broken down what has helped me in those three instances and I threw in a few more tips.
I don't put any harsh chemicals on my skin, so these are all natural remedies.
There are tons of remedies, but these are the ones that have really worked for me and they are also really simple.
I've tried all these remedies (because I've messed up several times) and they really work.
Three most common types of skin irritation
Burns: This, in my opinion, is the worst reaction to have. I've used products that have literally burned my skin and made it raw in some spots. I burned my cheek area pretty badly by using way too much tea tree oil about two years ago and it took months to heal (about 4-5 months).
I was left with patches of tiny flakey bumps that were super stubborn. When the bumps finally went away I was left with discoloration.
Burning of the skin cells usually happens when using something too strong, for too long or using too much of a product.
The only thing that worked for me was aloe vera. I'd put both fresh aloe and aloe vera gel on the burned patches of my skin every morning and night. The aloe calmed any burning/tingling sensation without further irritating my skin.
Scars: When my skin finally healed I was left with some discoloration and light scarring (I still have some spots but it's not very noticeable).
Vitamin E oil was, and still is, the go to. I'd apply 2-3 drops on the affected area a few times a day and within a few weeks they were no longer visible. I'd apply an extra amount at night so it could soak in my skin while I slept.
Tiny under the skin bumps (itchy/irritation): Sometimes using products that don't agree with your skin can cause patches of tiny bumps under the skin that can be itchy, red or sting.
The best way to get rid of this is by scaling back for a few days until it goes away. That means, washing your face no more than 2 times a day with a mild, unscented soap and using a light layer of moisturizer.
Try to avoid wearing makeup or using scented products, the point is to give your skin a break by not adding more potential irritants. This type of reaction subsides within a few days typically.
Also, applying ice to the area helps calm the skin.
Cold compress: Use cold water and ice to help calm the skin down. Hot water can be too harsh and strip the skin of oils that are needed to protect and heal naturally.
This is the most effective for calming the skin quickly. I get a paper towel/face towel, wrap some ice up in it, and apply it to my face until it feels better. This works for burns, itching, bumps, swelling and more.
Oatmeal masks: Oats are super soothing and help to relieve eczema and just about any other type of skin irritation.
Keep the mask super simple by mixing equal parts ground oats and water until it forms a paste. Then, apply to the affected area for 10-20 minutes.
This can be done 1-2 times a day for a few days in a row depending on the severity of your skin.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and can help restore the skin back to its glowy and elastic texture. This is good for inflamed, itchy or red skin, just apply a thin layer to the skin and let it soak in.
I've used this on my face and body. I usually avoid coconut oil on my face however because it's too thick and can cause clogged pores, but for a quick fix I wouldn't knock it.
Be gentle: If your skin is burning, itchy, red, etc., be cautious and delicate. The last thing you want to do is add more abrasion to an irritated area. Lightly handle the affected area(s).
Don't touch: I know it can be hard, but avoid touching any type of irritation excessively. Whether it's on your face or leg, don't keep touching it! Our hands carry germs that you don't want to spread, especially when trying to get rid of inflammation and irritation. Don't forget that your skin is your largest organ therefore, it has many layers. So, if you are impatient and can't keep your hands off, you will constantly be interrupting the healing process.
Give it time: Like I said earlier, I waited about 5 months for my skin to fully heal. It sucks, but your skin needs time to fully restore itself-- and it will!
Clear skin is not easy to achieve (unless you got it like that) and throughout the process we can also be damaging our skin by DOING TOO MUCH!!! I've gotten a few questions recently and each would be followed by "I exfoliate everyday", "Then I put on my daily mask", or "How many times a week should I use...?" So, I'm going to be straight forward, you're doing too much and your skin does not like you for it. I know that everyone's skin is different and we all have our own routines, but sometimes we can do more harm than good. I know it's hard to not want to get rid of a bump as soon as it shows up, but scrubbing and throwing 4 masks on it isn't going to do anything but make that bump 10 times more angry.
Let's get scientific for a minute-- Our skin is our biggest organ and is constantly replacing itself. There are about 19 million skin cells on every square inch of our bodies, and 30,000-40,000 new skin cells replace the old ones daily. The top 18-23 layers of our skin are made up of dead skin cells. When cells are new they are large and square, but over time they become flat and move to the top of the epidermis (the top layer of skin we see) and then flake off to make room for the new skin. In one month we have completely new skin.
Age is also a factor in how quickly our skin "renews". Children and young adults see new skin cells every 21-28 days, skin cells for people ages 30-50 renew about every 28-42 days and those 50 and up renew every 42-84 days. So as you see, our skin has its own system and rhythm that you must respect and be aware of when using different products.
When we exfoliate, use face masks, or peels (which I do NOT recommend, unless prescribed by a dermatologist) we are speeding up the skin's process of getting rid of old skin and in turn your skin has to create new cells at double the rate that it's used to. I'm not saying scrubs, peels and masks are bad, what I am saying is that using these things several times a week is bad for your skin. Overdoing anything (even if it's good) can be harmful.
When you exfoliate and/or mask 3-5 times a week your skin can become dry, irritated and cause the exact opposite of beautiful skin-- that's right-- PIMPLES AND BREAKOUTS.
Over exfoliating is too abrasive to the skin cells, which can cause chronic inflammation and irritation and also age you faster (NO THANKS).
For normal and combination skin most dermatologists recommend exfoliating no more than twice a week, and once a week for sensitive skin.
Depending on your skin type, masks can either cause more oil, dryness or irritation.
Masks are concentrated and packed with strong and powerful ingredients which is why you don't keep them on your face for too long. Masks have the ability to deeply penetrate through the skin's layers and repair accordingly. When you use a mask 3 or 4 times a week you are putting your skin into shock almost. The skin needs time to repair and rejuvenate before being doused with another layer of powerful ingredients.
I personally use a clay mask once every 8-10 days and exfoliate once a week all while maintaining my regular face wash routine. Sometimes if I'm dealing with a breakout I'll use a mask or scrub twice in a week. To be completely honest though, the best thing you can do for your skin is to leave it alone and give it a break.
The most important thing I've learned is that your skin is forgiving and can repair itself, but you have to give it time. Being overzealous and impatient isn't worth it. Trust me, I've burned, damaged, and scarred my own enough for all of us.
Seasons are changing and with that comes changes in our skin.
In the summer time your skin may feel more supple and oily whereas in winter you may experience some dryness or dullness. Everyone's skin reacts to temperature changes and weather differently and most of the time you can notice subtle changes in your skin.
My skin is oily pretty much year round (ugh) but in the fall and winter I experience some dry patches here and there. To combat this I'll change my moisturizer or make face and body scrubs that are oil based instead of drying masks.
The key is to pay attention to the minor changes in YOUR skin so that you can keep skin looking 100 year round.
This does not mean that your entire routine needs to change, just swap out your face wash or moisturizer.
Check out this recipe for my fall/winter go to face mask. The Vitamin E oil will leave your skin feeling baby soft and supple.
1 tsp Bentonite Clay -(I use Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay)
1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
2-3 drops vitamin E oil- (I use Radiance Platinum)
The four types of skin are Normal, Dry, Oily and Sensitive.
Each type is defined by specific characteristics and are pretty easy to identify.
You experience patches of both oily and dry skin. This is common and best solved by multi-masking to address dry and oily areas. Wash your face with a lightweight and fragrance free face wash and moisturize with a light oil like Vitamin E or jojoba oil to keep dry areas moisturized. These oils are lightweight enough to not clog your pores.
Lucky you! You have nearly perfect skin. You have little to few imperfections, no severe sensitivities and small pores. To maintain this skin type, avoid over-doing it with the products and keep your routine simple.
You have small pores, but experience dull, rough, or sensitive patches. Your skin may feel tight at times and have little elasticity. Stay away from drying products like benzoyl peroxide and fragranced face lotions. Use products like Cetaphil or CeraVe, which are made for sensitive skin.
Your forehead shines bright like a diamond and it's okay because I have this skin type too. You have enlarged pores and are prone to blackheads and pimples. To combat these symptoms wash your face at least twice a day and use lightweight, unscented moisturizers.
Your skin is sensitive and delicate as a flower. You are easily irritated by almost any product and may experience dryness, redness, burning or itching. This is usually triggered by using products that are fragranced or are made with harsh ingredients. Try a brand like CeraVe or Cetaphil, they are fragrance free, lightweight and made specifically for sensitive skin.