Whether you’re trying to develop a skin care routine, have a ton of products but don’t know how to use them, or just have a few random questions about how to enhance your skin, we’ve got you! Skincare can be daunting, especially if you’ve never really had a system in place or find that your skin is changing. The good news is, if you’ve got a skin care issue, we’ve got a solution!
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Main Takeaways: Everyone should have a skin care routine that they start earlier and adapt with age, there is a proper order in which to apply your products, and eye cream is necessary earlier than you might think.
Good to Know: Of the terms “natural”, “clean, “green”, and “organic”, the term “organic” is the only one that is regulated by the government.
What Is the Proper Skincare Routine/Order?
Although there aren’t a lot of hard and fast rules about skin care, when it comes to the order in which you use your products, there is a right way and a wrong way. A lot of this has to do with making sure you’re allowing the products to work at their optimum level. For instance, if you use moisturizer and then wash your face, you’re kind of missing the point of the moisturizer!
Here’s the order in which you should apply your skin care products to get the most out of them. And remember, to really see a difference in your skin, this should be done twice a day—once in the morning, and once at night!
1. Cleanse. Wash your face with a natural facial cleanser. All you need to do is put a few pumps worth of cleanser in your hands, add a little lukewarm water to get it going, and gently massage into your skin. Rinse if off with lukewarm water and dry with a clean washcloth.
This will prepare your skin for the next steps!
2. Detox with a mask. This is an optional step you can do one-to-three times a week. An effective, purifying mask draws out impurities, cleanses pores, and nourishes the skin so products like serum and moisturizer can really get in there and do what they’re supposed to do.
3. Tone. Spray a little hydrating toner all over your face. This will help control your oil, hydrate your skin, minimize your pores, and make your face feel super smooth!
For a little extra hydration, you can also spray a little on a cotton ball and press into problem areas, for example, anywhere you have fine lines and wrinkles.
Just remember to let your toner dry before you put on other products. It will only take a second or two and you can spend that time singing the first few bars of say, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” while you wait. (“Under My Skin”--see what we did there?)
4. Add serum. Using the right serum will help even and brighten your skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and soften the look of fine lines. Be on the lookout for a serum with vitamin C, a world-class antioxidant that will not only help protect your skin from environmental factors but will give it a fabulous glow! Also, see if you can find a serum with hyaluronic acid which not only helps draw moisture into the skin, but helps lock it in!
Glycerin is another great serum ingredient to look out for as it draws moisture from the skin up to the surface.
5. Use eye cream. Why eye cream before moisturizer? Because you’ll be a lot less tempted to try to use your moisturizer for your eyes! Moisturizers are great, but your eyes need special care!
A little goes a long way with eye cream so just take a small dab of a good eye cream on your ring finger (you have less control over your ring finger than your index finger so you’ll be much less likely to tug away at the skin), and gently dab it on the area around your eyes.
6. Moisturize. Like cleansing, this is a super-important step in keeping your skin healthy and looking its best. All you need to do is take a natural moisturizer and gently massage it into your skin.
Not only will this deliver just the right amount of moisture to your skin, it will help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Plus, it will even out and brighten your skin tone.
7. Treat yourself to a little extra spritz of toner. As long as you’re spritzing on a clean face, there’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to a little extra toner. It’s a lovely way to refresh after a workout or even just as a wake up in the afternoon!
What is the Difference Between Clean/Natural/Organic vs Regular Skin Care?
If you’re a beauty follower, you’ve probably noticed the terms “Clean,” “Natural,” and “Organic” being thrown around quite a bit lately but don’t necessarily know what they mean. Well, it’s no wonder you’re confused as the answer you’ll get might depend on whom you ask. As there are really no official definitions about some of these classifications, what we’re presenting here should be considered accepted definitions, rather than official terminology.
Here, we clear up the mystery between these seemingly similar terms:
Clean – You know the “Do no harm” vow that doctors take? That’s basically what “Clean” beauty is. A “Clean” product will not contain any ingredients that are likely to harm the skin, but that doesn’t mean it contains all-natural ingredients. A “Clean” product may contain synthetic ingredients, provided they do no harm to the body. “Clean” can also refer to the manufacturing practices and overall sustainability of a product
Natural – “Natural” beauty products, have mostly natural ingredients. And the term doesn’t mean much when it comes to sustainability. However, this term is not regulated and products can have synthetic ingredients.
Organic – The term “Organic” is actually regulated by the USDA. For an ingredient to be labeled as organic, it has to be certified by the USDA. That basically means no genetically modified organisms, no pesticides, no fertilizers, no growth hormones, etc. were used when growing that ingredient.
It’s actually rare that an entire skincare product would be certified as organic by the USDA since their certification is mostly geared towards food products. However, there are other organizations like Ecocert which do provide organic certification that are more specifically designed for skin care products.
If you’re looking for organic skin care products, just be sure to look for ones that have a certification.
Regular - “Regular” products can contain just about anything and everything, so if a product doesn’t specify one of these other classifications, check the ingredient list very carefully to make sure it isn’t filled with ingredients you don’t want. If the label says it’s full of parabens or fragrance, you might want to consider moving on.
How Do I Minimize the Look of Wrinkles?
The age-old question of how to minimize the look of wrinkles is one that’s been asked since the dawn of time! Thankfully, modern beauty products—along with some very sage advice—have finally risen to the challenge! Here are some thoughts about how to keep those wrinkles looking so tiny no one will ever know they’re there.
Moisturize – A good moisturizer will not only make your skin feel more hydrated, it will get under it and plump it up so your wrinkles are less visible. Aside from the fact that using moisturizer regularly will help make your skin look its best, using a little before you go out will give you that little extra plump!
Stay out of the sun – Did you know that depending on skin type you can get a bad burn in just 15 minutes? And that exposure to UV light is the primary cause of wrinkles? If that doesn’t make you grab a hat and get out your sunblock, we don’t know what will!
Seek out Vitamin C – Vitamin C is a true miracle worker, caring for your skin with natural defenses and known for brightening the skin and softening the appearance of fine lines.
Hydrate problem areas – Areas like the lips or the eyes are especially vulnerable to fine lines and wrinkles so give them a little extra hydration. Use an eye cream and a lip balm to keep them moisturized.
Eat well – The saying goes that you are what you eat and that’s especially true when it comes to your skin. Eating junk will make your skin look like junk so go strong on the red bell peppers and blueberries, both of which are very strong in antioxidants (which help protect skin from environmental factors) and slow on the sugar and alcohol.
How Do I Reduce Puffiness Around My Eyes?
We’ve all woken up in the morning, looked in the mirror, and found that our eyes look as if they’ve been stung by bees. Luckily, there are ways of getting that puffiness under control before you have to log on!
Use an eye cream – Nothing will reduce the look of puffiness faster than an eye cream, especially one that contains green tea which is exactly why we put it in our Eyes, Eyes, Baby Eye Cream!
Use green tea – Don’t have eye cream on hand? Take a couple of green tea bags, put them in boiling water. Once they’ve cooled off, put them on your closed eyelids. They’ll bring the puffiness down in no time!
Use spoons – Don’t have green tea? Run a spoon under cold water and put the convex side on your eyes. It’ll take a while to get the puffiness down but if you turn on a little music and give it some time, you should find your eyes look a lot better!
How Do I Even My Skin Tone?
Anyone over the age of 30 knows that skin tone, like skin, has a tendency to change. Luckily, there are ways of evening it out if you’re consistent with your product usage.
Use a serum with vitamin C – There’s a good reason we packed our serum with vitamin C. It’s well-known that vitamin C helps even out skin tone and leaves it much brighter.
Use a moisturizer with vitamin C – We know we keep harping on vitamin C but when something works, why not stick with it? That’s why we made sure vitamin C was in our moisturizer—to help even out skin tone.
What are the Most Essential Skincare Products?
The basis of every good skin care routine is a good set of products that are right for your skin type and aren’t so complicated you’ll want to throw them out the window after a week. Starting with great products is like starting a meal with great ingredients. The better the ingredients, the better the meal will be.
Here are the basic skin care products you should have in your skin care routine:
A natural cleanser. It probably goes without saying, but your skin care routine has to start with a clean face. A gentle, natural cleanser that also takes off make-up is definitely your best choice.
A toner. Today’s toners do everything from protect the skin from control excess oil to moisturize. In fact, they help prepare the skin so that when you put your moisturizer on, it works even more effectively. Plus, a little toner feels fantastic, so why wouldn’t you at least give it a try?
A serum. Serum may seem a little “extra,” but given how much it does for the skin—from reducing dark spots to softening the appearance of fine lines—there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to incorporate it into your skin care routine.
A moisturizer. Having a skin care routine without a moisturizer is like having a kitchen without a stove. Hydrating the skin is one of the best ways to fend off aging and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. To really get the maximum effect of a moisturizer, try to find one that not only provides moisture but locks it in!
An eye cream. The area around the eye is extraordinarily sensitive and ages very, very quickly, so treat it with care by incorporating a really good eye cream into your skin care routine.
Sunscreen. Just as there is no such thing in life as too much cake, there is no such thing as too much sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun with a good sunscreen should be as vital a part of your skin care regime as washing your face.
What age should I start building a skin care routine?
As early as possible! Anyone past their “tweenage” years should be using good skin care routine on a regular basis with natural products that are right for their skin type.
That said, if you don’t already have one, it’s never too late to start! If you’re new to skin care, our Starter Set is the perfect thing to get you going! It’s got all our essential products in it (our mask is sold separately), so you can get your skin care routine up and running right away! Our products are completely natural and made for all skin types!
Not ready to make that much of a commitment? Try our Sample Pack with just enough for a day or two worth of skin care.
When should I start using eye cream?
The short answer is “yesterday” but since that’s not possible, let’s just say that if you’re in your 20s, it’s time! The skin around your eyes starts developing fine lines and wrinkles even before your 20s so protect it by using a really, really good eye cream twice a day.
So there you have it—your most common skin care questions answered. As you can see, if you have really great products on hand, and you just follow a basic, twice-a-day skin care routine, it takes minimal effort to have your skin looking its best in no time!