5 Step Skin Care Routine for Healthy Skin

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Happy Friday everyone!  Who’s excited for the weekend?  I know I sure am!

As I was thinking about what to write for this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, I was washing my face getting ready for bed.  Looking in the mirror, I thought what better than a post all about skin care?  Skin care is so important for everyone, men and women, and at every age.  I have 5 basic steps to my routine: cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize, and protect.  I think that each step is equally important in maintaining healthy skin, but the most important are cleansing, protecting, and moisturizing.  If you don’t do anything else, at least these three will keep your skin in line.  Treating and exfoliating help with skin turn over and building new collagen, which is extremely important as we start to age.  I think of these steps as special mini home spa moments.  A time to take care of myself, and unwind from a long day.

Cleanse – I cannot stress how important it is to cleanse your face every night.  Washing off what’s left of your makeup, and any environmental particles is a must.  Before I wash my face, I take off any excess mascara or eye line with Lancome’s makeup remover.  I find it’s the gentlest on my skin, not leaving me feeling dry to sticky.  I cleanse every single night with the Clarisonic device and CeraVe face wash.  The sensitive skin head for the Clarisonic is best if you’re going to use it on a daily basis.  My skin seems to get aggravated if I use the regular head too often.  It’s been a few years since I’ve used this handy little gadget, and I love it!  There are other less expensive alternatives if you’d like to give that a whirl instead.  This one is budget friendly, and I’ve heard good things about it.  I finish off with a Rose Water Spray that smells heavenly.  If I exfoliate, I’ll spray this after exfoliation.

Exfoliate – About two to three times a week I exfoliate.  I find my skin is more radiant, glowing, the day after I exfoliate.  A while back ago I got a sample of ExfoliKate, and I use in the shower after cleansing my face. This product tingles a bit, and may feel like it burns if you have sensitive skin.  So, just be aware of that when you try it out for the first time.   Two other products I’ve used in the past that I like are a) this Philosophy wash and b) this Aveeno scrub.  Both are great products that leave your skin feeling dewy, and renewed.  I’ve been thinking about purchasing the PMD system, it is an at home microdermabrasion device.  I’ve had microdermabrasion at a salon a few times, and I loved the way my skin felt afterwards.  If you’ve had any experience with this little nifty device let me know!

Treat – A little special treatment every once in a while goes a long way.  Depending on the time of year, and how your skin feels, give it a treatment once a week.  Origins really has some great products, and I’ve tested out a sample of this skin relief mask.  I find it is doing wonders for my skin in this crazy Florida weather, hot one day and so cold the next.  This pack of Glam Glow masks is great for picking and choosing something different each time.  I think it’s a bargain for being able to try all three of these.  So, get it before it disappears!  I know this one will go fast!

Moisturize – My skin is combination, oily in the t-zone area.  So, I’m always trying new moisturizer because some leave me too oily and some leave me too dry.  The closest I’ve found to perfect is Lush’s Cosmetic Lad, but I know it’ll be too heavy in the summer with the Florida humidity.  Currently, I’m testing out a sample of Kiehl’s moisturizer.  I really like it, and think I’ll buy a small bottle to continue using it for a while longer.  I also use this CeraVe lotion, on my face and all over.  It makes everything silky soft after using it a few days.  I bought it at a Pharmacy when I was visiting family in St. Louis because I forgot to bring lotion with me.  And, I’ve used it ever since happily!

Protect – I think that protecting your skin every single day is one of the best ways to combat the aging process.  My mom has melasma, and I have already started to see it start peeking its way onto my skin.  So, I protect my skin each and every day with a combination of these two products.  I use this CC Cream as a light base under my make-up.  And, if I’m going out without any make-up, I always slather on CervaVe sunscreen on before doing anything else.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday, and feel free to share your skin care tips with everyone below.

Xo, Maria

 

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15 thoughts on “5 Step Skin Care Routine for Healthy Skin

  1. In Cape Town, South Africa we experience similar weather so I understand your predicament with the moisturizer. I’ve been trying out the Ordinary day cream (spf 30) and night cream samples which are amazing. I received them a while ago and decided to give them a try this week. You can really feel the difference the very next morning after using the night cream. It’s definitely a product that I’d recommend. The website says that they cater for dry skin but I’ve got combination skin and it has been working wonders.

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    • Welcome! South Africa, yes, I imagine that the climate is very similar to the Central Florida area I live in. Most of the year is hot and humid. That makes having combination skin a challenge. By mid-day, I can look very shiny if a moisturizer is too heavy. I will test out the night cream, thank you so much for the suggestion! I hope you have a lovely day! XO, Maria

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  2. Great tips! I can not fall asleep if I haven’t cleansed my face! It gives me so much anxiety to think of leaving the makeup, plus all the general environmental junk that lands on your face on a daily basis (pollution, dirt, pet dander, etc.) on my face. It must be cleansed off before I can actually sleep, ha. I also don’t leave my house without some SPF on!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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    • Thank you! I can’t go to bed without washing my face thoroughly. On very long days, I feel grimy from all the environmental partials that I imagine have collected on my skin. And, in Florida you need a good SPF. So, remember to pack some on your up coming vacation. And, re-apply during the day. Florida sun and heat index can be a bit over bearing. So, be careful. You have such amazing skin! Hope you have a fabulous day. XO, Maria

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  3. Great post! I’ve been thinking of buying a Clarasonic for a while but haven’t been sure if it’s worth it. My skincare routine is so simple and plain compared to this! I posted it a few weeks ago, I guess I should probably update it!

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  4. My Clarisonic is my best friend when it comes to cleansing my face! It gets whatever treatment I’m using deep into my pores and just makes me feel beautiful.
    My favorite exfoliating treatment is from a company called TATCHA. They use the beauty regimen of the Geisha. It’s gentle yet powerful. Perfect for people with sensitive skin like me.

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