At the end of the day, the last thing you probably want to do is slather product after product on my skin. Of course, we all want healthy, glowy skin, but a majority of us simply don’t have the energy for more than three or five steps, especially after a long day of work. Right? Incorporating clean, non-toxic products into your everyday routine could honestly be challenging but also very worthwhile — flawless skin don’t just happen by magic, you’ve got to put in the time and effort.
Thankfully, this simplified mantra was affirmed and makes this so unique is the holistic approach — looking at the person as a whole, not just at what’s happening on the surface. The approach is restorative and natural, using all organic, plant-based products combined with a personalized massage — it’s all about healing from the outside in, and the inside out.
What are the benefits of a basic skincare routine?
It’s safe to say, our skincare routines have gotten a little out of control with the number of products we’re using, and this is actually damaging the skin barrier. Our focus needs to be on feeding the skin, not depleting it with too many acids, etc. The skin must have oil, water, perspiration, and our own unique microbiome on the surface to be healthy. Using plant-based, phytonutrient rich products (while keeping the routine simple) is the best way to achieve this.
Two of the most important products are a person’s cleanser and their sunblock. Cleansing gently thoroughly prepares the skin for the rest of the nutrients that are applied in the routine. Also, if the skin’s microbiome/microflora is disrupted even slightly, over time it can cause skin conditions that could be so easily avoided.
While cleansing sets the important tone for the rest of the routine, the importance of sunblock to protect all of your hard work. Getting a little unprotected sun for the Vitamin D is perfectly fine, but after that initial 10-20 min, using a mineral based sunblock (instead of chemical sunscreen) actually is the biggest thing we can control in the journey to have our skin age well.
What does an ideal basic skincare routine look like?
- Oil or cream
- Exfoliant once or twice a week, if needed
5-step basic skincare routine:
Step 1: Cleanser
Your cleanser sets the tone for the rest of your routine. It’s important that your skin is free of all dirt and debris before putting anything else on it, or else it can get trapped in your pores. Don’t take the streets to your sheets — cleansing at night is so important for a healthy microbiome.
Step 2: Toners
Toner is an important second step, as it further cleanses your pores, and then tightens the appearance of them. It also can improve skin texture and radiance, if it’s the right one. This step quite literally sets the tone for the following products by giving the skin one last deep clean and smooth-out.
Step 3: Serums
Serums are thin, highly-concentrated products designed to deliver ingredients to the skin deeper and faster. Putting it on clean skin is important so that all of those active ingredients have a place to go. When used correctly, serums can protect your skin from future damage, restore past damage, and soothe any sensitive areas. However, it’s important to ‘lock in’ a serum by following it with a moisturizing face oil or cream, which is discussed more deeply in step 4.
Step 4: Face Oils or Creams
Choosing between a face oil or a cream really has to do with the skin type of the client, which is different from a skin condition. We are born with a certain skin type, so for example, a dry skin type would need an oil on top of a water soluble serum. Creams are nothing but suspensions of oil and water that have to be emulsified and stabilized. This also adds a whole lot of unnecessary ingredients that the skin has to work hard to assimilate, etc. and it makes the product more costly too.
Step 5: Sunscreen
Using a naturally occurring, mineral-based sunblock, because it sits on the skin and deflects the light by providing a true barrier against the damaging sun’s rays. Even better if it’s zinc-based and, whenever possible, non-nanoparticle because of the way it is absorbed. This last step is the final protective barrier to the rest of the good work you just did for your skin.
Bonus Step: Exfoliator
Exfoliating is not necessary but once or twice a week won’t hurt at all, it’s great to remove the dead excess skin cells. A good quality exfoliator with goat milk yogurt is great for your skin — the naturally occurring lactic acid in the yogurt can gently soften and exfoliate the skin. The probiotics also have the potential to help heal any dysbiosis on the surface of the skin. For people with sensitive skin or conditions like Rosacea, a soft wash cloth may even be enough. However, sometimes exfoliants are necessary.
We know you’re probably tired after a long day of work and just want to slip into your comfy bed but please don’t neglect your skin! This is not the time to be lazy — good skin is important, because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. When the skin gets dry or irritated by harsh soaps, cracks in the skin can occur. Soaps should be gentle and moisturizers should be used daily. An effective routine, even a simple and basic one can help prevent acne, treat wrinkles, and help keep your skin looking its best.