From oily and dry skin to acne-prone skin, during our adulthood, we’ve all felt like a teenager going through the tortures of puberty.
The truth is everybody experiences breakouts at least once or twice a year. We all test a variety of skincare products, hoping that one would stick.
But based on my experience, it wasn’t so much the trial and error process of testing different types of skincare products as it was about getting into the groove of a facial routine.
5 Steps That Will Help You Build a Facial Routine
Cleanse your skin daily
After a long day, your face has been exposed to a large number of bacteria-carrying products such as cellular devices, fingers, makeup brushes, oils, and fragrances just to name a few. Therefore, it is imperative that you give your face a good cleanse on the daily basis to prevent any rashes or breakouts.
Cleansing your face every morning and evening will open elevate your pores from bacteria buildup and help promote healthy clear skin.
Also, if you wear makeup daily, I recommend cleaning your face with a makeup wipe then cleansing your face twice to ensure the extra buildup is removed from your pores.
Exfoliate your skin every week
Aside from cleansing your skin twice a day, exfoliating your face a few times a week will help control acne breakouts.
Exfoliating not only helps with preventing acne, but it increases blood circulation, which helps give you that healthy, glowing skin that you are seeking after.
Additionally, bacteria can sometimes create a buildup that seeps deep into your pores and becomes very difficult to remove with just a facial cleanser. So ladies, exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Keep your skin hydrated
Drinking at least a gallon of water a day not only helps with weight loss, but it promotes healthy and hydrated skin.
Also, find a lightweight hydrator that will moisturize your skin, but most importantly won’t contribute to breakouts from irritating or clogging your skin.
Detox your skin
Be mindful that sometimes double (or even triple) cleansing and exfoliating won’t be enough to keep your skin free of breakouts. This is where the facial masks, homemade of course, can come in to save the day (and your face).
At least twice a week treat yourself to a homemade facial mask. They help hydrate your skin, clear congested pores and work as a proactive treatment for preventing acne.
Homemade Mask Recipe:
- Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal.
- After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt,2 tablespoons honey, and 1 small egg white.
- Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.) Recipe, per Reader’s Digest
Target breakouts with drying lotion
We all know that no matter how hard we try to prevent breakouts and acne from appearing on our face, they still creep up on us.
Sometimes change in hormone levels, frequent workouts, and dietary factors can contribute to a breakout
Using a drying lotion overnight will help target those breakout areas before they even appear. It helps eliminate redness and swelling. Overnight use also helps reduce blemish size and visibility.
Finding the right skincare product that works best for you isn’t easy. As an individual who has tested many products over the years and has finally found what works best for me, I learned it’s all about staying consistent with your morning and evening facial routine.
Find what products work best for you and stick with it!