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Flawless Skin Care Products.

I was very excited to start writing because I’m about to reveal my secrets to flawless skin.

Before we start talking about my flawless skin products, I’ll first of all elaborate more on different skin types because this will greatly determine how successful you are in achieving a flawless skin.

There are 4 skin types namely: OILY, COMBINATION, NORMAL, and DRY.

It’s very easy to determine what kind of skin type you have. All you need to do is examine your skin after you have washed it.

Verify if your skin feels oily, dry, normal or a combination of oily T-zones and dryness for the rest of the face.

It doesn’t matter what type of skin care you have, what really matters is that you know the various steps needed to get flawless skin.

Many people only use 3 steps for their skincare routine ( Cleanse, Tone, and moisturize), but this is not sufficient.

The most simplified version I’ve come up with is CLEANSE, EXFOLIATE, TONE, MOISTURIZE, and PROTECT.

1) CLEANSE

There are many cleansers on the market such as foam cleansers, gel cleansers, lotion cleansers, and even milk cleansers.

Your skin type will determine what type of cleanser you choose.

For instance, if you have dry skin, I will advise you to avoid foam cleansers because it will leave your skin feeling dry.

Similarly, if you have oily skin, you will need to avoid milk cleansers because it is too moisturizing, which will lead to pores clogging and eventually breakouts.

Therefore, USE A SKIN CLEANSER THAT MATCHES YOUR SKIN TONE.

In my case, I have very oily skin and the cleanser I use is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser.

I’ve spoken about this cleanser at length in one of my posts.

==> Go here to view this post.<==

2) EXFOLIATE

No matter your skin type, YOU NEED TO EXFOLIATE EVERY SINGLE DAY.

The life cycle of the cells of your skin is 28days. This means that after 28days, new skin cells are produced and the old/ dead ones fall off.

The only way to ensure that all the dead skin cells has been removed from the surface of your skin is to exfoliate.

Failure to remove dead skin cells ==> blocked pores ==> breakouts, blackheads, etc.

I currently use this natural sugar and honey scrub called Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator.

==> Go to my other post to learn more about this natural scrub. <==

 

 

3) TONE

What is the use of toners?

Sometimes, our cleansers make our skin acidic (PH scale 0-6) or basic(PH scale 8-14).

PS: The PH scale measures the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.

What toners do is bring back our skin to normal (PH scale of 7).

The toner I use is the

Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera.

This toner doesn’t only maintain our normal PH, it also gets rid of any residue from makeup and cleanser still lingering on the skin.

It also sets the foundation for my moisturizer to be absorbed into my skin.

Witch Hazel, a component of this toner is a plant which has effects in calming inflammation, decreasing oil and reducing redness on the skin.

 

4) MOISTURIZE

There are several types of moisturizers in the market ranging from serums to hydrating lotions, emulsions, not forgetting creams.

I know, sometimes it can be overwhelming. I felt the same way until I became familiar with them.

The key to determining which moisturizer to use on your skin is by first of all thinking of your skin as a sponge. YES A SPONGE.

A sponge absorbs whatever you put on its surface, same goes for your skin.

Your skin will absorb liquid faster than cream and paste.

A mental representation should look like this.

SKIN <== LIQUID <== CREAM <== PASTE.

If you have dry skin, you should use a liquid based moisturizer as it tends to get absorbed by the skin faster.

For oily skin types like myself, I use the Clinique moisturizing lotion by day and the Clinique moisturizing cream by night.

I use the lotion by day because I tend to get very oily after I have applied my makeup. So, the lotion gets absorbed very fast preventing any extra oil from being added to my makeup.

Similarly, I use the cream at night because it has a thicker consistency. I intend to lock up the moisture which has been stripped by my cleanser. Besides, I know that an unsettled sleeper like myself will leave most of the moisturizer on the pillow. So, a thick moisturizer will last long on my skin till dawn.

 

 

5) PROTECT

Protecting your skin is very important because, without it, you’ll basically just be wasting your time in achieving that flawless¬†skin you’re looking for.

Sunscreens, (just like their names) screen/shield your face from the damaging effects of the sun.

I use the Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion.

I have a detailed explanation about this sunscreen in another post.

==> Click here to go to that post <==

 

 

In a nutshell, the 5 steps to achieving flawless skin are Cleanse, Exfoliate, Tone, Moisturize, and Protect.

It doesn’t matter what products you use, just stick to these 5 steps.

PS: Flawless skin will not be handed to you on a platter of gold. Consistency is the key to achieving it. You need to be prepared to invest your time into it. Even after you have achieved your desired results, don’t slack giving room for laziness to creep in. Keep going and make it a part of you.

Taking myself, for example, I go through these 5 steps every single day.

Some of my friends say that I should Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize like 3 days in a week, then the remaining 4 days of the week, I should go through my 5 steps.

The thing is, I can’t take any chance of messing up the excellent job I’ve done so far, besides I’m not complaining.

How many steps do you use in your skincare routine?

What do you really think? Is 5 steps too much?

Please let me know by leaving your comments in the box below.

 

PEARL

Since the tender age of 8, I have been accustomed to handling health care products to the extent that I know many cheap products which could help other families like mine save more. That is why I decided to give back to my community by posting lists of cheap healthcare products.

24 Comments

  1. Hi Pearl! Thank you for your thorough post. I was not aware of the 5 steps that you outlined here. Do you think that following your 5 steps will help alleviate acne?

    • Hi Mike,
      I know that it can be a little hectic to commit to these 5 steps.
      But I have incorporated it into my daily activities that it feels normal like eating everyday.
      Following these steps helped alleviate acne for me.
      The only way to know for sure if it’ll work for you is to give it a try because we all have different skin types.

  2. Pearl,
    Thanks for sharing your skincare routine. I myself am super lazy about my skincare routine and mainly wash and moisturize, skipping the other steps. Would you say that those steps are absolutely necessary for everyone or a specific type of skin? I tend to have combination skin and it’s very sensitive to chemicals as well.

    • Hi Kate,
      I was in this same exact location you are right now some time ago.
      I skipped steps and I was even lazy up to the point that I sometimes went to bed without even washing my face… HAHAHA, a horrible idea.
      Then, I made the decision to “TAKE THE BULL BY ITS HORNS”.
      I treated my skincare routine like a life or death situation (I know, kind of extreme, but it worked for me).
      Mind you, it took about 2 weeks for me to start seeing results.
      Now, to answer your question, I think these steps are absolutely necessary for all skin types.
      What really matters is the type of products you choose to use on your skin.
      It’s very important that it matches your skin type.

  3. Thanks, Pearl for this post. I never do any these steps properly. Mostly I will be too lazy to do them. Applying too much cream will not make the skin too dry? I have experienced dry skin after using certain products.

    • Hey Kavitha, just a pea-size amount of cream is needed.
      If you apply too much cream, you’ll just be wasting it.
      On the contrary, applying too much cream may block your pores leading to acne.
      Maybe the problem of your skin drying out came from the product you chose.
      I’m suspecting that one of the products you’re using contains alcohol.
      Verify by screening the product information.
      I also experienced a lot of dry skin when I was using an acne treatment that contained alcohol.
      What I did was tackle the underlying problem causing the acne.
      Which was maintaining clog-free pores at all times using these 5 steps.

  4. Just out of curiosity, if someone was exposed out in the sun for too long and they naturally have a darker complexion, would you recommend a certain product to have their complexion return back to it’s original state or should they just wait it out?

  5. Oh you too? Yeah mine happened when I was in Nigeria for the summer, it was always 103 degrees out. You know I’ve seen Palmer’s Skin Success a few times at Walmart, but the link you shared looks like it offers a better deal. I’ll see if it works out. Thanks a lot for your advice.

    • Yeah, that’s why I’m here… to offer CHEAP HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS that I’ve actually tried and works too.
      I’m glad I was helpful.

  6. Hello, Pearl,

    I liked your last post on this website. You explain very well what skin care is all about and also offer the products for it. Are all products on a natural basis? Maybe it’ll give you more traffic.

    All the best,

    Bogdan

  7. Hi Pearl!
    I started laughing when I got to the toner part of your explanation because I realized that I’d been using it for years and had no idea what it was for. lol. Thanks for explaining how moisturizers work exactly too. That really makes sense to apply a light moisturizer during the day, especially if I’m wearing makeup and then switch to a thicker formula at night. Great info!

    • HAHAHA, Jennifer, I can relate with you.
      When I started watching videos about skincare, I was totally lost because I didn’t know how they worked.
      It was until I did extensive research. Then I understood how to incorporate these products into my own skincare regimen.
      And I’m glad to say my hard work paid off.

  8. Pearl,
    You say exfoliate every day? I was under the impression that we’re to cleanse every day and exfoliate at least 2x’s a week.

    Anyhoo, I appreciate this regime. I’m sadly lazy about my face.

  9. Very interesting. I found if I exfoliate every day, my skin becomes super dry. So I’ve cut it back to once a week. That helps me so much better that way. But I’ve always been rather lax when it comes to skincare.
    I am in my 50’s now, would you still suggest your stated regimen for older skin?? And those same products?
    Just curious,
    Laura

    • Hi Laura,
      The dryness you’re experiencing is probably coming from the exfoliating product you’re using.
      I’m saying this because the scrub I use (Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator) is a scrub made up of natural sugar and honey.
      The sugar gently exfoliates while the honey is antibacterial (kills bacteria)
      My regimen is great for all skin types regardless of age.
      However, the products you use matter as some are great for particular skin types.
      I have oily skin and these are the products I use for my regimen.

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