Guide To Finding The Best Skin Care Products That Work
Ahh skin, the largest organ on our body and the one with which we have the greatest love hate relationship. Skin is hard to neglect. It’s the first thing we see—more like inspect—in the mirror every morning.
Sometimes we feel like we’re on top of the world, and other times, we feel like everything is going downhill. If you’re anything like me, the way our skin looks and feels plays into the teeter-totter of my daily emotions.
When we feel good about our skin, we do everything in our power to keep it that way. Case in point:
- We increase our water intake,
- We change our pillowcases and bedding constantly
- Hit the gym a little harder
- Wash our makeup brushes more frequently
- Eat healthier
All that jazz! The list can go on-and-on forever, but I’ll spare you for now.
But what happens when one day we wake up and see the problems we tried so hard to prevent come back? Sometimes, we dismiss our hard work entirely and fall back into a self-loathing cycle until the next round of feel-good skin. None of these issues or breakouts are our fault.
We often feel forced to address blemishes when someone points them out—AS IF WE DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW! Like thank you for stating the obvious Aunty, do you feel better about yourself now? (rolls eyes) Okay, I’m going off on a tangent, but one of my biggest pet peeves is that we cannot fix skin irritations or breakouts in 5 minutes or even a few days!
So, ring ring, public service announcement time: DO NOT POINT IT OUT!
The same goes for those who are nosy about others’ insecurities and put others in the hot seat.
Now, back to regular skin care scheduling.
A concept about our skin I learned through being in the industry is skin care is that having troubled skin does not mean that we are unhealthy: “bad” skin does not equal bad health.
There is a stigma surrounding (very normal) skin problems or issues in our skin maintenance; we are doing something that is perhaps considered unhealthy. Feeling unhealthy compared to actually being unhealthy is, in truth, a crippling feeling. We feel like we’ve exhausted our resources only to come back to where we started.
We should be careful in how we treat ourselves during such sensitive periods in our life because the relationship we build with our skin at that time can be the healthiest or unhealthiest thing for us moving forward.
Our skin is always changing, and so are our resources. There are many routines, products, or brands that we always choose out of habit or preference. But, no person on this planet has the same epidermal composition.
Making small or significant changes in our skin care routines can keep us and our skin feeling fresh. It’s all about finding what works best for us.
Discover the factors that you need to consider when determining your ultimate skin care routine. Keep reading to find out:
- Your skin type
- The skin care mentality
- Planning your routine
How To Choose the Right Skin Care for You
Step 1: Determine Your Skin Type
Firstly, determine your skin type. As daunting as it may seem, it’s less overwhelming than you think! The main skin types are oily, combination, sensitive, and dry from what we typically know.
There are many resources to help you determine what kind of skin type you have. One of the easiest (and fun) ways is to take a skin care quiz.
Here are some popular quizzes from different beauty websites:
You can also visit the beauty world of YouTube and have skin care gurus, like Hyram, give you tips on determining your skin type.
Step 2: Making Time For Your Skin
Once you’ve determined what type of skin you have, the next question to ask yourself is how much time you spend caring for your face and skin. Since there are only 24- hours, making time for your skin care and balancing your daily life is essential.
Our skin has a natural circadian 24-hour cycle that is influenced by many factors:
All this is super tiring, and your skin absolutely needs to recharge at night!
If you’re a morning person, you will find how sensitive your skin feels when you first wake up. Here is where you can introduce a calming and anti-inflammatory product to gently wake your skin up, like Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow moisturizer
With natural sebum levels already beginning to sweep across your skin in the morning, focus on protecting it with topical antioxidants, oil balancing moisturizers, and sunscreen!
Sunscreen is our skin’s best friend. The product is incredible in how it offers protection against environmental aggressors, and of course, the sun.
Check out some of our favorite sunscreens right here:
I don’t know about you, but I feel like my skin always needs a refresher to come late afternoon. I find this is the perfect time to apply my heavier moisturizers, serums, and masks cause my skin will literally drink them all up!
I currently love the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial Mask from Youth to The People.
Then comes the end of the day, where again, our skin is at its most sensitive state. The evening is the time to revisit your calming and anti-inflammatory creams. Since nighttime is when our skin starts its rejuvenation period, priming your skin with your skin care products is like tucking it into bed along with yourself!
For more details about when to apply skin care products, check out Style Caster’s detailed hourly guide.
Step 3: Make a Skin Care Routine
Once you’ve determined your skin type and made appointments with your skin for some R & R (rest and recreation), the next step is to create your skin care routine! Here are three of the fundamental pillars of any skin care routine.
Cleanser: Typically, a good skin care routine starts with a cleanser. Cleansers are super important because they remove dirt, oil, and debris that pile on over-night and during the day. Using a cleanser is an excellent way to prepare your skin for other skin care products. Think of your skin like a blank canvas. Before you apply beautiful paint and create your masterpiece, you’d want a fresh canvas.
Toner: After using your cleanser, you might reach for a toner next. Toners are fantastic products that help close those pesky pores and help tighten cell gaps. By doing so, toners help protect your skin against impurities and environmental toxins that love to settle into said pores. Toners can even protect and remove harmful tap water toxins that remain on your skin after cleansing.
Moisturizer: After using your toner, your skin is prepped and primed for your moisturizer. Moisturizers are vital to maintaining healthy skin. Moisturizing with the right product for your skin type reduces your chances of developing skin problems. Moisturizing also helps your skin stay young by keeping it plump and hydrated. Choosing a moisturizer with vitamins, antioxidants, and naturally derived chemicals will help your skin incredibly. Natural, organic, and vegan moisturizers are growing popular for this reason.
Sign me up for a superfoods moisturizer, please. My skin needs it!
You can also (and highly recommended) use oils, serums, acids, and retinol/retinoids to enhance your skin care routine. While these products are unnecessary, they give your skin an extra boost on top of the typical cleanser-toner-moisturizer routine.
Additionally, you can and should change your routine and products whenever you feel your skin needs something new. You are your skin’s best friend (besides sunscreen, that is).
So, the beauty of skin care is that it’s ever-changing. You will never get bored while caring for your skin!
I hope this serves as a reminder to anyone who needs it: reach out if you ever feel overwhelmed or have concerns about your skin. Accept advice only when you ask for it—otherwise—call people out on their offensive behavior. And keep going with everything you’re doing because I trust you know what the best thing for your skin is!