Are you skipping some very important steps in your beauty routine?
Because just like a fine wine, it’s always nice to feel like you’re getting better with time.
However, it takes work. If you want to look effortlessly beautiful all the time, save that mantra for when it’s time to apply your makeup.
Otherwise, you’re going to need a consistent routine that will help you maintain and exude radiance and beauty.
In order to cultivate the right beauty routine, consider the following 9 steps for your beauty routine.
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Treat your skin delicately, and it will thank you. Makeup wipes are too harsh to remove makeup. Instead, use a cleansing oil to gently loosen up the makeup and debris from the day.
Even if you have oily skin, cleansing oils work wonders. Once you’ve massaged the cleansing oil into your skin, rinse it all off with warm water. Then, cleanse your skin with your cleanser of choice.
Once you’ve finished cleansing with a cleanser, use a white washcloth to gently make sure everything is removed.
A double-cleansing ritual is one of the most effective beauty steps to include because it allows you to make sure nothing is left behind.
2. Moisturizing Creams
Find moisturizing creams that work for your skin type. Creams that contain collagen and hyaluronic acid are always great to include as well.
It’s perfectly normal to use a specific moisturizer in the morning and a different one at night.
As the colder seasons come, your skin requires more moisture as there’s less in the air.
Use creams that meet those needs. It’s also wise to apply your cream while your skin is still damp from cleansing. That will help to lock in the moisture.
3. Chemical Exfoliation
When you’re ready to slough off dead skin, you need to maintain a practice that happens once or twice a week.
At one point, the beauty industry experts encouraged the use of physical exfoliants like salt scrubs and sugar scrubs.
Now, those are discouraged because of their ability to create micro-tearing on the skin. You don’t want to overdo it though. Focus on chemical exfoliation. There are certain products that contain AHAs, BHAs, and other powerful acids that will aid in the removal of dead skin. I
t’s also great to find an esthetician who can help you through the process with professional treatments.
Pay attention to what your skin responds to most, and treat it accordingly.
4. Good Rest
If you’d like to speed up the aging process, get less sleep. It’s one of the best ways to damage your skin.
A lack of sleep can lead to more fine lines and wrinkles.
As you get less sleep, your body can become more inflamed. Inflammation leads to acne, the breakdown of collagen, puffy bags, and dark under-eye circles.
Serums are often associated with older women, but the best-looking skin needs a good serum.
Start with a Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C serums are excellent for maintaining a rapid cell turnover rate. When your cell turnover rate happens quickly, the new skin cells create that radiant glow most women are looking for.
If you’re dealing with skin discoloration or an uneven tone, keep a really potent skin serum in your arsenal to correct it.
Hydration is one of the most essential beauty steps. From an internal perspective, make sure you’re drinking enough water on a daily basis.
Drink according to your weight. This means you’ll want to drink half of your body weight in ounces. If you weight 160 pounds, drink at least 80 ounces of water every single day.
Eat hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumbers to increase your water intake. Watermelon is known to really help increase the circulation of blood which is essential for healthy skin.
Eliminate dehydrating options like coffee and alcohol. If you choose to drink either option, don’t drink on a regular basis. Treat them like occasional treats. Both are known to dehydrate and age the skin.
From an external perspective, be mindful of how dry the air is in your home. Purchase a humidifier, and place it near your bed at night. Your body loses water as you rest, so this step will help to replenish and hydrate the skin overnight.
7. Proper Extractions
Nobody really likes to talk about this but ideally, it’s great if your professional esthetician can take care of your extractions.
Unfortunately, there are times when you’re in a rush and need to get rid of that pus in that pesky pimple or it’s out of our budgets.
Adult acne is a common issue though, so it’s best to know how to handle it when it persists. If you have a pimple, don’t pop it before it’s ready. Don’t pick at it. If you persist in picking at it, it’ll leave a scar long after it’s gone. Once it seems as though the pus is ready to come out, steam the skin.
After thoroughly washing the hands, use a soft washcloth to pull your skin taut. You can also use q-tips. As you pull the skin taut, the pores will release the excess pus, oil, or debris that’s hiding behind the pimple.
Once the area is clean, use a medicated acne treatment as a salve in that area. The active ingredient in most of these treatments is benzoyl peroxide.
Once the treatment dries, use sunscreen and a discoloration treatment to prevent scarring.
Sunscreen is definitely a non-negotiable in your beauty routine.
Even if you maintain an extensive list of steps for beauty, you’ll undo it by stepping outside without sunscreen.
Many people underestimate the power of the sun’s rays. Even on a cloudy day, it’s essential to wear sunscreen. If you’re suffering from skin issues like hyperpigmentation or melasma, avoiding sunscreen will make those skin issues more intense and pronounced on the skin.
Find a sunscreen that works for your skin type. Then, make sure it’s at least SPF 30. To take it a step further, find makeup foundations and powders that come with SPF. There are plenty of tinted moisturizers with SPF on the shelves.
If you can reapply some SPF at lunchtime, that will reinforce the protection of your skin from the sun. It might sound like a step you can skip, but do not skip sunscreen application. Skin cancer is deadly and avoidable with proper care.
It’s a great idea to do a mask once or twice a week. The right mask can serve as a deep treatment for your skin.
The key is to find a mask for your skin type. If you have dry skin, a clay mask won’t be what you want. On the other hand, a clay mask is perfect for a woman with oily skin as it effectively pulls the excess oil and impurities beneath the pores.
Don’t overdo it with the masks by using them every day. You’ll wreak havoc on your skin.
Focus on steaming your pores before you use the mask. It’s important to make sure it gets under the surface. Then, once you’re finished using the mask, thoroughly cleanse the skin to make sure you’re left with clean, refined skin.
As you repeat this process on a weekly basis, you’ll give your skin the tender, loving care it deserves.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different products and treatments. Read reviews to figure out which products, foods, and systems will work best for what you need.
A woman who’s cultivating a beauty routine in her 20s will have a different routine than a woman who is in her 50s. Ultimately, once you find the right routine, stick with it. As you remain consistent in your efforts, you’ll achieve an undeniable glow for ages to come.
Tell me, what effect have you noticed with your active beauty routine?
Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a home and lifestyle writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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