Facial Care Routine

Here it is, my weekly facial care routine. You asked for it and I’m happy to share. Now, this routine might seem extensive and time consuming at first, but once you get into the routine it becomes therapeutic and like a little gift to yourself.

Why this routine?

I spent a lot of time researching which cultures in the world have the best skin and why. Hands down it goes to the Japanese and Koreans. They have extraordinarily radiant skin and they’re very transparent as to why. First, they take great care with what they put into their bodies. It all starts with lots of hydrating water and good nutrition to keep the body supported and balanced. That means lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains and legumes and a variety at every meal. Rarely do they eat refined or processed foods. Oh, and even more rare is coffee and alcohol consumption, which are the skin killers.

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After they’ve taken care of what goes in their bodies, great care is taken to protect and preserve the skin by what goes on the body. They have facial massage regiments, as well, to tone and cleanse the facial lymph nodes (it feels amazing by the way). The process of skincare is clean thoroughly, nourish exorbitantly, and protect like the prize piece of real estate that your skin is. It pays off, their skin is gorgeous.

I have listed the products I use in this article (which contains affiliate links) and they’re also listed on my Favorite Products page. Hopefully, just seeing my routine will give you some insight into things you could add into your own routine.

Keep in mind do what works for you

Just because I’m sharing my routine and the product that I use doesn’t mean that it’s what you should do. Everyones skin is different and needs different things. Feel free to experiment and find what gives you the best glow.

Nighttime Routine

Step 1: Remove dirt and/or make-up

It’s recommended to use an oil cleanser for this step because the oil helps break down dirt and make-up. I have used any oil from my cupboard, but right now I’m using Organys Cleansing Oil. I wanted to try something different and I really like the way it smells.

Now would also be the time to do a facial/lymph node massage. It does take a good 20 minutes to go through the entire massage from start to finish. I try to get this in once a month when I think about it. I actually just follow along with Gagetlily’s YouTube video below. She’s amazing!

After you’ve massaged your face for two to twenty minutes. Wet a washcloth with really warm water, ring it out, and let it sit on your face for a minute to steam. Afterwards, just wipe the extra oil off with the washcloth.

Step 2: Water cleanse

It’s recommended to use a water based or foaming cleanser for this step. Yes, you’re washing your face twice. This will remove any extra dirt and oil from your skin.

I like the Ursa Major face wash for this step. Gently massage your face for one minute with gentle circular motions. Be gentle and relax your face; don’t crunch your nose or forehead… gentle and relaxed is your motto.

After you’ve massaged, gently rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Step 3: Toner

This step is extremely important. Do not skip this step. Toner is used to bring the skin back to it’s natural ph of somewhere between 4.5 and 5.5. Some Koreans actually have a 7 step application for the toner step. If you’re up for it, go ahead, but that’s too much for me.

I like using a 50/50 combination of Witch Hazel and Rose Water. I also use Pore Minimizing toner when I feel I need it too. You can use a cotton ball to apply the toner in a gentle upwards motions or pat it on with your hands. I prefer the pat method because then I’m giving my hands some love too and let dry.

Step 4: Essence

This will seem silly, but its kind of like a second toner. It’s more about correction and moisturizing, though, rather than balancing. I like this step especially at night to add a boost of moisture.

I have been loving the Missha Time Revolution essence. I feel like it really set’s my skin up for the next step too. Apply this in the same manner as the toner and let dry.

Step 5: Serum

Correction is the key here. Serums give you a boost of nutrients that will feed your skin throughout the night. I found this White Seed Brightening Serum and it’s exactly what my skin needed. I felt that the sun had really taken a toll on me and I needed some repair. It works awesomely. This get’s applied by gently patting into the areas you need it. Let dry completely.

Step 6: Masks

This step doesn’t need to be done every night. If I get a mask in 2-3 times a week I feel pretty good about it. Masks are used to give your skin an extra boost of nutrients. If I’m in a rush but feel I need an exfoliation mask I use the Dermae Overnight Peel. If I want a more corrective mask, such as hydrating or brightening and I have 20-30 minutes to relax I’ll use the Galm Up Sheet Masks. The’ve been working great and I like how there’s a variety to choose from. For this step, just follow the directions of your mask if you’re using. After removing the mask let your face dry completely.

Step 7: Hydration

Yes, I know you didn’t think it was possible but we are going to hydrate topically again. This Complete Moisturizer is the only non-vegan product in this routine because it does contain honey. I am looking for something to replace it, but it just works so darn great. If you have something you love I’d be more than happy to check it out. Gently tap this into your skin using your fingertips.

Step 8: Eye cream

You’re in the home stretch now. All that’s left is eye cream. This Maryann Organics Eye Cream is just the stuff that my eyes love. It really does keep wrinkles away. Pat this gently in around your eyes and you’re ready for sweet slumber. Congratulations!

Morning Routine

Step 1: Toner

I use the same toner I use at night here. Either the Witch Hazel and Rose Water mixture or the Pore Minimizing toner depending on how I’m feeling. Pat in just like you did the night before. You might be tempted to skip this step; I have been, but find that my skin is so much nicer throughout the day when I don’t.

Step 2: Sunscreen

This is another step you never want to skip. It’s so simple to just put it on. I really like this ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Zinc Oxide Sunscreen. It doesn’t make my skin feel dry and cakey like a lot of other sunscreens I’ve tried. Just pat it in like your moisturizer.

Step 3: Eye Cream

Your eyes need the hydration! The cream I use at night also works great for daytime so I just use the Maryann Organics Eye Cream for this step. Just like the night before I tap it in around my eyes. You did it! You made it through my morning routine.

A Final Reminder

Everyone’s skin is different and our skin changes during different hormonal fluctuations in our life, or ladies, during our time of month. Find the routine that works for you and remember that you’re beautiful no matter what your skin care routine is. Beauty comes from the love you share with others every day. Love your skin no matter which stage it’s in. Embrace the imperfections, such as acne, dark spots and wrinkles, they mean you’ve lived, laughed, loved and enjoyed life. Where it proudly!

If there are any skincare routines you do or products you use that work great for you, let me know about them. I love sharing those tidbits with others. You can let me know about it be sending me a message.

Stay beautiful inside and out,

Isabelle

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