If you’re like most people, your skincare routine is minimal at best. No matter what uncertainties lie ahead, creating a routine to reconnect with your skin, and yourself, through an at-home facial is important; not only for the health of your skin, but for your mind as well. Right now, we may need that more than ever.
Depending on your skin type, this routine can vary for everyone. It can also be customized. Whether it’s all of these steps, or just a few, it’s important to establish a skincare routine for every morning and/or night to keep your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Before being able to thoroughly cleanse your skin, you should remove your makeup. Unlike facial wipes, using an oil-based cleanser will deeply purify pores and nourish the skin, while keeping its natural moisture barrier intact.
Next, you’ll need to use an everyday cleanser. You can use either a foaming cleanser, or a cream cleanser. This is the most important step in your routine! Clearing your skin of unwanted build-up and debris will open your pores and allow any other products to absorb deeper into the skin. We recommend cleansing for at least one minute to make sure everything gets removed.
The Mangosteen Resurfacing Cleanser is a great option, and it also doubles as an exfoliant!
Exfoliating is an important step in your routine, because it helps to remove any dead skin cells and miscellaneous debris that are clogging your pores.
There are two basic types of exfoliants: chemical and manual. Chemical exfoliants are better for those with dry or sensitive skin, as some physical exfoliants can cause irritation. Depending on your skin type, you can incorporate this step into your routine every day or 2-3 times a week.
This step may not be essential for your everyday routine, but if you feel like your pores need a deeper clean, incorporating steam is a great option. At Brick Canvas Spa, we generally use a steamer during our facial treatments. If you don’t have access to a steamer, you can still re-create the same effect at home.
Bring a pot of distilled water to a boil, and then transfer the boiling water into a large bowl. Add a few drops of your favorite mood-boosting essential oils. Find a comfortable place where you can sit, with your face over the steam. Drape a towel over your head to hold in the heat. If the steam starts feeling a bit too hot, be sure to pull your head back for a bit. Relax for about 10-15 minutes, then remove your face from the steam and lightly pat your skin dry with a towel.
Toners are great because they are very versatile. Apply 2-3 sprays to revitalize your skin and increase its hydration levels. We recommend carrying a toner in your bag for a mid-day refresh. It can also keep your make-up intact!
The toner we recommend, and even use after our massage services, is the Stone Crop Hydrating Mist.
After your skin has been prepped, you will want to use a serum. This can help with dehydration, rosacea, problematic skin, and balancing oil production. It is the most concentrated skincare product you will use, and should only be applied to skin that has been cleansed.
This is the final step in your daily routine, which will help lock in all of the beneficial ingredients from your other products. Deciding on a moisturizer depends on your skin type and any concerns you may be having. Consider using a moisturizer that also contains sunscreen, because your skin needs all the help it can get when it comes to blocking harmful UV rays.
Finally, Discover More Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy.
Having a daily routine is the first step toward your best skin. However, there are other ways you can reach your skincare goals:
Drink TONS of water! Your skin loves to be hydrated.
Use sunscreen every day– not just when you’re out in the sun. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Sun damage may not always be visible to the naked eye – but it’s there.
Consider using eye cream. Didn’t catch enough ZZ’s? Don’t let everyone else know! Eye cream can help you stay fresh-looking. And, on that note…
Get enough sleep! Sleep is the magical time when your body recovers from its daily adventures. Your now-pampered skin will be able to rejuvenate as you sleep, and you’ll see the rewards in the morning.
Practice self-care. Along with getting plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet and take time to de-stress. Your skin will thank you.
During your stay at home, find ways to pamper yourself. Establishing a skincare routine is a great place to start. From all of us at Brick Canvas: be well!