Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so why is it that we so often don’t take proper care of our skin? It goes through a lot on a daily basis, which is why it’s so important to take care of it from your face to your feet. For this Wellness Wednesday, we’re going to jump into some skincare tips and tricks to help you keep your skin healthy and glowing year-round.
Let’s start with your face. First things first, if you are using a regular soap or body wash on your face, stop that right now and go out and buy something made for your face. The skin on your face is not the same as the skin on your arms or legs, and those products aren’t made for the delicate nature of your face.
Now that you have a proper face wash, you’ll want to use it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Then you’ll need a toner, I prefer Witch Hazel because it’s all natural and works well for all skin types whether sensitive, which mine certainly is or even more dry skin.
You then need to moisturize, yup, that’s right, even if your skin is a bit more on the oily side, you’ll still need to moisturize it, just carefully check which type of moisturizer and make sure it’s designed for oily skin and won’t cause more issues for you.
Finally, follow it up with a serum. I started using one by Drunk Elephant, and it’s suitable for all skin types, and I am absolutely loving it. I use it once a day, and it’s amazing. It helps reduce any fine lines/wrinkles that may be appearing as well as moisturizes my skin without leaving it feeling oily or looking shiny.
The suggested tips above are just bare minimums of what you should be doing for your skin, depending on your skin type, you may need to do more and use more products. I often use rose water with my skin because it is more sensitive, even to things I eat, and I often have to deal with redness and irritation from makeup and environmental factors, even just from something like a scarf touching my face. Rose water is also my go-to as a makeup setting spray because it keeps my makeup in place, while also making my skin smell and feel great.
For others, you may be using another type of wrinkle reducer, an eye serum or something else depending on your age and skin damage. You’ll also want to use a sunscreen daily, whether it’s in your foundation or you put it on separately, make sure that’s a part of your daily routine.
Alright, now that we got past your face, caring for the skin on your body is a little easier and requires less potions and serums. For the rest of your skin, it’s a lot less demanding, but it also is exposed to a lot, so you’ll want to make sure to really treat it to the best products you can find.
For body wash, I use SheaMoisture in Coconut and Hibiscus scents. It’s all natural, so I know I’m not putting artificial fragrances or chemicals on my skin to be absorbed. It also works great, and smells amazing!
Once your body is all clean from a wash or soap, make sure to follow up with lotion, especially on parts of your body that are more prone to dryness. Legs, elbows, knees, hands, those areas are all more likely to have issues with dry skin, especially during the winter months. I even knew someone whose feet were super bad and dry, and she had to put lotion on the bottom of her heels multiple times a day to try to battle her dry skin there. If you have an issue with that, make sure to include your heels in the areas you put lotion on.
Once a week it’s good to use a loofah or scrub to help remove excess dead skin cells from your skin. A dry brush is also good for that and helping improve circulation. Whichever you choose, make sure to be gentle. Afterall, you don’t want to remove all of your skin, just the loose dead skin that could be causing some acne on your back, arms, legs, etc. Also make sure to be careful doing this while shaving your legs, you can create some nasty irritation on your legs that may take a while to heal.
Those are the bare minimums of taking care of your skin and helping it to remain in the best shape possible. If you prefer to do more, then definitely do more for your skin. However, make sure you are at least doing the bare minimum and using the right products for your skin type. If you aren’t sure what type of skin you have, see an expert, you can ask your dermatologist or you can even go to a makeup counter, and they’ll be happy to assist you with determining your skin type and then finding the right products for your needs.