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Beginner Basic Skincare Routine: 3 Step Skin Care Routine

Creating your own skin regimen can be confusing. How do you know which steps are necessary and which ones you can go without? A 15 step skincare routine?! Who actually has time for that? Here are the 3 most important steps for an easy routine that will keep your skin clear, soft, and healthy!

Step #1: Cleanse

It’s essential to cleanse your skin of make up, dirt, bacteria, etc. that can clog our pores after a long day. Most people prefer cleansing morning and night while others simply prioritize it at night.

If you have dry skin, you may want to try skipping cleansing in the morning. Instead simply splash your face with water as your first step. But those with oily, combination, or acne prone skin should consider cleansing both morning and night.

Whichever you choose, make it the first step in your routine and remember to never skip cleansing at night. After a long day we’ve been exposed to air pollutants, sweat, dirt, makeup, and random debris that will easily clog pores.

Washing your face with something like our Cedarwood Bar Soap is a simple place to start. Our soaps are specifically formulated for face and body use. It cleanses without stripping skin of essential oils needed for healthy skin. Not to mention it’s super easy to use in the shower or on the go.

Step #2: Tone

We think every skin type can benefit from a toner (especially if you’re wearing make up or SPF during the day). You’d be surprised after cleansing how much dirt and/or makeup still wipes off from using a toner.

They have other amazing benefits too like reducing the appearance of pores, evening skin tone and reducing inflammation. This is a fun step where you can shop around and find a product that suits your skin type. There are a ton of different kinds of toners like exfoliating toners for acne or hydrating toners for sensitive skin.

If you have combination, acne prone, or oily skin look for something like our Raw Juice kombucha toner. Our After Sun Warrior may be better if you have sensitive or dry skin.

Step #3: Moisturize

Regardless of your skin type you need a moisturizer. Yes, I’m looking at you oily and acne prone skin. Over washing your skin only leads to more problems. The dryness makes skin think it needs to overproduce oil which will lead to more breakouts and clogged pores.

To avoid this, use a non comedogenic moisturizer which will keep your skin supple, soft and balanced without clogging pores. Our Luxe Velvet is a great place to start for any skin type. It’s similar to a balm consistency that softens, fights fine lines and wrinkles, and evens skin tone.

If you have oily or sensitive skin you may want to try the Morning Dew instead. It has a gel like texture that you may prefer while still giving your skin all the same benefits.

Bonus Step: SPF

If you’re going to be in the sun for the day then an SPF is important to protect your skin! Free radicals from sun exposure damages skin leading to early signs of aging, dryness, and dark spots. We recommend a mineral based sunscreen to avoid toxins commonly found in chemical SPF. Apply as the last step in your routine.

Remember these important tips

Less is more:

A huge mistake I see people making is trying too many new products at once. Try one new product at a time so you can tell what is or isn’t working for you. You also don’t need an insane 12 step routine if that isn’t for you. The more products you add into your routine, the higher the chance of ingredients reacting poorly to one another.

Consistency is key:

One of the best pieces of skincare advice I ever received was to stay consistent with my routine. It’s easy to sleep in your makeup after a long, exhausting day. But, taking the extra few minutes to cleanse, tone and moisturize will make a world of a difference.

It takes time:

I know, I know, we all want to see instant results, but real results take time. Every product and ingredient is different, but expect to see results in about 4-6 weeks. It is possible to notice results quicker, especially when looking at moisturizing or exfoliating. Other concerns like evening skin tone, acne, etc. can take longer.

Use these tips to start crafting your essential skin care routine. Then, once you’re comfortable you can start incorporating extra steps like serums, eye creams, etc.

Once you figure out what works for your skin it can actually be fun to try new products and new ingredients. Some that we’ve been loving lately are Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. Let us know if you have any further questions on skincare basics!

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