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Skin Care Routine
Step 1: wash your face
First thing's first, I wash my face. I do this morning & night. Personally, I have sensitive skin so I try to use cleansers that are gentle, scent free, and don't contain syllic acid. My favorite cleanser currently is the Acure Super Geens Cream Cleanser. I usually try to wash for at least a minute and make sure to especially go over the places I tend to have break outs in.
Step 2: face mask
My favorite morning masks are the African Black Soap mask (linked in my favorites above) by Shea Moisture & the Mario Badescu Super Collogen Mask. My favorite night mask is the Watermelon Overnight Mask from Trader Joes. I try to do a face mask 2-3 times a week. The Shea Moisture mask is really good for evening out my skin tone, keeping my acne in check, & plumping my skin. The Mario Badescu & Trader Joes masks really help give my skin some moisture when it is going through a dry spell- especially the overnight watermelon mask.
Step 3: toner
Next I saturate a cotton pad with toner and wipe it on my neck & face in upward strokes. Toner is especially important for acne prone skin, because it helps to remove extra dirt, oil, & balances the pH balance of your skin. I make sure to allow my toner to completely dry after applying it before I move on to the next step of my skin care routine. The Shea Moisture toner I have linked above is amazing for oily acne prone skin. It helps wipe away all the excess in the morning & keep my skin mattified throughout the day.
Step 4: serum
After my toner has dried I apply a serum. Serums are meant to target specific skincare concerns, so when going to buy one look for one that is going to aim to fix your concerns. When applying make sure to apply in upwards motions. Pulling the skin down is more likely to create wrinkles over time.
Step 5: moisturizer
Next I apply a moisturizer to lock in all the nutrients from the serum & hydrate my skin. I have acne prone skin so I tend to gravitate towards gel based moisturizers. Typically thicker moisturizers clog my pores & make me break out. However, I also have eczema so there are times when gel moisturizers do not give me enough hydration. When this is the case I will typically use a thicker moisturizer before I go to bed so it can really soak in overnight. If I am wanting a sun kissed look for the day, I will mix in the Dr. Hauschka bronzing tint to my moisturizer in this step.
Step 6: sunscreen
Lastly, I apply a light sunscreen. Our face is one of the most vulnerable areas on our bodies when it comes to being exposed to the sun. To prevent aging, wrinkles, & fine lines, applying sunscreen can really help.
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Kansas City, KS
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