A Quick Guide to Essential Skincare
Everyone wants that one magic product that does it all, but I'm here to tell you, that's just not real.
I'm going to be honest, but then again - when am I not overly transparent? Maybe too much so for my own good some time.
Anyway, as a skincare professional and someone who knows what good skincare can really do for you, writing this post was tremendously hard.
I really had a hard time dialing down skincare to what I deem the "basic essentials".
There were so many things I wanted to add.
But I went through all of my thoughts meticulously, piece by piece, so I could help those who want to get started with some of the basics.
Here are the results of what I decided is absolutely necessary.
It's imperative to cleanse your skin and to do so in the right way.
Otherwise, there's really no point of using any other skincare products.
Cleansers help to rid the skin of all the impurities and toxins that get in the way of good skin health and good skincare absorption.
You want to choose a cleanser that's best for your skin type. Find in depth recommendations for your skin type here: Dry, Oily, Combination or Sensitized.
To make it even easier for you, remember two things when choosing a cleanser.
- Stay away from foaming cleansers
- Use something that doesn't strip your skin
Some of my favorite all-around cleansers (that pretty much anyone can use) are SkinScripts Green Tea Citrus Cleanser and the Hale & Hush Quiet Wash
2. Eye Cream
The skin under your eye is thinner and less protected than anywhere on your body.
And it ages 36% faster than the rest of your face.
Simply using a hydrating eye cream or serum everyday will ensure adequate hydration and protection and will help avoid any further damage.
My favorite products are the Hale & Hush Brilliant Eye & Lip Serum (aka "Unicorn Juice") and the Hale & Hush Eye Mousse.
Moisturizer will help you to protect your skin's barrier and ensure it receives the nutrients and hydration it needs in order to function properly.
You can use one for both morning and night or keep separate formulas on hand to up your game a bit.
No matter what you do, be sure to change your skincare according to the seasons. Our skin changes and we need to change our products to ensure we get what our skin needs.
A couple really great moisturizers are the Hale & Hush Saffron Meristem Cream or Hush Hydrate Gel (this one can even be used as a mask, so 2-for-1!) and the Fountain of Youth Green Tea Moisturizer.
No one should be without sunscreen.
Sunscreen needs to be used all year long.
Wear it every day and reapply about every 2 hours.
Carry your sunscreen with you when you're going to be outside for an extended period of time.
The Hale & Hush Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen is by far one of the best sunscreens out there.
Not only does it protect from UVA and UVB rays like a broad spectrum sunscreen would, it also contains a special amino acid blend that protects your skin at the cellular level.
Plus, it's a Zinc Oxide (mineral based), which many more people can use without having a negative reaction and is better for you.
Now, you know I can't leave you without a bonus, so here it is.
If you are ready to go the extra mile and add something else to your routine.
Here are the top 3 things I think you should move towards after establishing your basic essentials:
Hope this helps to alleviate some overwhelm and get you started on your journey to your best skin!
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