If you didn’t already know, I am a licensed esthetician, aka a skin therapist. A few years ago my skin was at its worst. I tried everything to help clear up my skin and nothing was really working. In the process of trying to treat my own skin, I found myself wanting to be apart of the skin industry.
At the time I was getting my undergrad in biological sciences to apply for PA school, but I quickly realized that I wanted to pursue a career as an esthetician. Best thing I ever did! Fast forward to now and I am still in the esthetics industry as an Esthetics Educator at the school I graduated from.
I am simply sharing each step I do morning and night and why I do it. Back in the day I was a hot mess and thought just washing my face with soap was fine, but now that I am fully educated on the do’s and dont’s, I have learned the importance of a healthy skin care routine. Yes, some days I would love to go straight to bed and skip all these steps, which does happen sometimes. I’m human yall! But thirty years from now your skin will thank you.
STEP 1: Cleanse (morning & night)
I cleanse every morning and I double cleanse only at night. When I double cleanse I use two different products. I first use an oil-based cleanser to remove my makeup on dry skin and then I’ll add water to remove it. I use pre-cleanse from Dermalogica which is not your typical oil. When you add water it will go from an oil to a milky liquid.
An oil like coconut oil doesn’t have any type of emulsifier in it, so adding water to it will not remove the oil and can potentially clog your pores. After the first cleanse, I use a gel cleanser to really clean my skin and prep it for rest of my skin care.
STEP 2: Exfoliate (twice a week-only at night)
This step is SO important and many people skip it because they feel it’s not necessary. Exfoliation is meant to remove dead skin by using a gentle scrub, enzymes, or AHA/BHA. Personally, I like to use Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids as my exfoliant because it can penetrate my skin a little deeper than a scrub or enzyme. As we age our cellular turnover slows down and our skin tends to look dull.
Cellular turnover is the process of your skin shedding by itself. Like what?! Isn’t that crazy? If you’ve ever wondered why some days your skin looks glowy and bomb its because your skin literally just got rid of your dull-dead skin. And that’s why baby’s skin is so soft and beautiful because they are shedding skin twice as much than an adult. So if you are over the age of 20, you need to exfoliate twice a week.
The benefits of exfoliating will leave your skin smooth, brighter, unclogged, and allow your products to penetrate a lot better. Who wants to spend all this money on skin care and not have it even penetrate the skin? No one does, so get that dead skin off! When it’s not an exfoliating day, go straight into toning.
STEP 3: Tone (morning & night)
Toning is meant to bring the pH of your skin back to normal. Nowadays, I’ve noticed that toners have evolved and have become more than just a pH adjustor. They now can give the skin a hydration boost, sooth the skin, carry anti-bacterial benefits, and etc.
The toner I’m currently using has niacinamide in it which is great for brightening, reducing the appearance of large pores, and has anti-bacterial effects. Its bomb.com!
STEP 4: Serum (morning & night depending on product)
Serums are going to be your specialty products. If you are trying to achieve something specific with your skin like lightening up sun damage, plumping any fine lines, and/or needing to build up more collagen in the skin, this is when you’ll apply it. Serums are going to have smaller molecules because they are meant to penetrate the skin deeper.
You NEVER want to put any kind of serum on after your moisturizer because moisturizers have a larger molecular structure and that serum will just sit right on top of it and be wasted. I currently use a hydrating serum because I live in AZ and my skin tends to get dehydrated. I also just started using the TNS Essential Serum from Skin Medica which is packed with peptides, antioxidants, and TNS (Tissue Nutrient Solution). Essentially, its the only serum you’ll need.
STEP 5: Eye Cream (morning & night)
I don’t know about you guys, but as I get older I’ve noticed that my under eyes are becoming darker and have a lot more fine lines than a couple years ago. If you are experiencing fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and puffiness around the under eye then I highly recommend getting an eye cream that will help correct your specific need.
STEP 6: Moisturize (morning & night)
Now there are different skin types, which means you could either be using a heavy cream if you’re more on the dry side, a lighter cream if you are a combo of dry and oily, or a gel-based moisturizer if you are more on the oily side. I am a combination of oily and normal. I get oily in my t-zone and normal everywhere else.
I am using a light-weight cream that has Hyaluronic Acid in it because my skin needs more water than oil. My skin already has the right amount of oil production (sometimes too much), so if I were to use a heavy cream that has lots of good oils, my skin wouldn’t be able to breathe and would eventually break out. Even if you are oily you still need to moisturize by using something that is light and breathable for your skin.
Like I said earlier, moisturizers have a larger molecular structure which means that everything you put on prior is now being sealed by your moisturizer. Without this step, your serums will just evaporate into the air and you wouldn’t be getting the full benefit from that product.
STEP 7: Sun Protection (morning only)
This is easily the most important step and I could go on forever about why it’s so crucial, so just trust me when I say you HAVE to do this step every morning. If you’re working outside, indoors, walking to and from your car, or any other activity where there is sun or fluorescent lighting, you need to be wearing SPF. When looking for an SPF you want to make sure that it’s a broad spectrum, mineral sunscreen.
Try to stay away from chemical sunscreens because your skin will still absorb the sun and then be reflected off. I use a tinted SPF 34 sunscreen that not only protects my skin from the sun, but also infrared. infrared is the actual heat you feel when you step outside on a sunny day in AZ.
That heat has been shown to also contribute to hyperpigmentation just as much as the sun does. You also want to make sure you’re using an SPF that is between a 34-50. Anything lower isn’t really doing anything to protect you from the sun.
Well, I feel like that was a lot of information and I could honestly go more into detail, but I wanted to share my process and how doing the right steps for your skin will change it for the good. I do these steps every single day and my skin has never looked so good. I can confidently leave my home without any makeup and still feel beautiful. Don’t get me wrong I love to get all dolled up, but somedays I just want to be bare face and feel good about it.
I’ve also had other treatments to help with my skin, such as chemical peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, and facials. My skin care routine not only helps maintain the benefits of a skin care treatment, but helps in prevention too. I hope ya’ll were able to learn something from this and if you have any questions please send them my way! I love talking about skincare!
till next time,