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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
Please let me know in the comments below.