My Favorite Form of Self-Care: Skincare
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I’ve always loved skincare products and routines. The esthetics section of beauty school thrilled me and doing facials was one of my very favorite parts of the process!
In this season of staying in, and hopefully being able to take a moment or two out from your day for self-care, I’d recommend taking a look at what your skincare routine has been and perhaps how you can adjust it (if necessary). I have a daily, “quick and easy” skincare routine and then one that takes a bit more time on those days I have or want to spend more time on my routine. Evenings, though, are some of my favorite times to do a face mask or go extra heavy on my moisturizer.
If you are new to setting up a skincare regimen, a few great products to start with are a moisturizer, exfoliator, and eye cream. From there you can add in any serums, toners, face masks, or extra solutions that you want based on your skin goals.
Here is a peek at my morning skincare line up:
I use the clips to hold my hair back without leaving creases, and the small rollers are a new + fun extra that I’ve started to use more often. I , then follow that with Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream (there is also one with SPF called the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25. Afterward, I’ll apply some of the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate and use a roller around my eye area. The coolness of the roller helps depuff and soothe when my face feels puffy in the morning.
One tip I learned from a makeup artist is to apply your makeup primer as the last step of your skincare. Doing so helps give the primer time to settle into the skin before you apply foundation on top of it, and also makes sure this step isn’t forgotten! I cannot tell you how many times I forget to apply my primer when I sit down to do my makeup.
And this is what I like to use in the evening if I’m doing an “at home facial” experience with a mask:
I like to exfoliate first, to get all the dry skin off so my mask can penetrate deeply. Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask for any time my skin feels sensitive and fragile. It restores moisture nicely and makes my skin feel brand new the next morning. If I’m using this mask I’ll usually leave a little behind as “moisturizer” overnight, but in the case that I’m not using this mask, I’ll apply a healthy amount of Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream. This product is so deeply hydrating, and my skin feels wonderful in the morning. And finally, I cannot go to sleep without slathering the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask all over my lips!I love the
A few tips for your self-care skincare routine:
One. If I have extra time, do a facial massage.
When you are giving yourself a facial massage, only use the pads of your fingers. Direct the product in toward the center of your face instead of pulling out or down. Spend time drawing big circles around your eyes, pressing a little deeper on the start, middle, and end of your brow bone. Bring the product down onto your neck, and also up to your temples, rubbing small circles around your temples too! There isn’t much to it, but I promise it’ll feel really nice!
Two. A face mask forces you to slow down a little bit and hopefully sit still to rest. If you aren’t sure what to choose, opt for a hydrating and restoring mask if you are doing it in the evening, and choose a glowy or oil-absorbing mask if you are doing it in the morning!
Three. Try to set up a schedule or skincare routine for the week. If you don’t have a plan to stick to, you may forget to use a product that you have! In general, exfoliating once or twice a week is a good place to start, and try doing a face mask once a week. Maybe make it a Wednesday night thing do you have something to look forward to during the mid-week slump. Don’t forget about the rest of your body either! I used to do a “Saturday morning body scrub” routine every Saturday but I’ve fallen out of that habit. I need to find a night of the week to get that going again!
This post was sponsored by Sephora.