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3 Steps to the Best Skincare Routine

So excited to share with you my 3 Steps to the Best Skincare Routine.  I find people often aren’t sure what a beauty routine is or where to even start.  Or perhaps they think they have a routine, yet instead it looks a little more chaotic.  In this post, I want to help you create a beauty routine that you not only love but that works for you.  I will also be sharing some of my staples in my beauty routine and how they create the base of it.  If it’s one thing I’ve learned since being in the beauty industry for over 14 years it’s that a beauty routine should not be ignored.

For this post I’ve partnered up with Beauty Heroes to showcase my faves and highlight why they make the staple list.  If you’ve followed me long enough, then you’re no stranger to Beauty Heroes.  If you are new, you can read up on this amazing company here.

Step 1- Identify What You Need

I love Beauty Heroes philosophy, “Use less and love more”. Beauty Heroes is so much more than just a green beauty subscription box.  They really raise the bar when it comes to challenging the status beauty quo of always needing more.  This phrase and mantra resounds in my head now more than ever!  In essence, the goal is to find the products that speak to you, work with you and that you love.  The end result is creating a beauty routine that is not only functional but one you enjoy.

For example, some people aren’t into having 7 skincare products.  They just want 3 that really work.  On the other hand, some love their skincare routine and couldn’t go without one of their beloved products.  The point?  Do you!  Create a beauty routine that feels right for you, not someone else.  After all, I truly believe that’s what holds up many people in having a routine at all.  They feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.  Know what you need, find it and use it.  Your body will thank you and so will your subconscious as you take a little time each day just for you.

Step 2- Find Your Favorites & Staples

If you’re wondering how to find those products think about what you always use everyday or what you find you want to use but might not have.  Maybe you have curly hair and a curl cream is a must, or maybe you have really dry skin and to not have a moisturizer would be the end of the world for you.  Find what you need and works for you.

That’s one of the reasons I love Beauty Heroes subscription box.  They deliver full size luxury green beauty products each month that work!  Often you can get a subscription box and it only gives you a trial size of many products.  You end up barely scratching the surface of what the product can even do.  In the end you end up feeling a little more overwhelmed and back at the same spot of trying to find quality products.  Enter Beauty Heroes!  Not only do you get an amazing box each month with their subscription service but they also have a carefully curated section of green beauty products in their online store.  You may be searching for a curl cream but haven’t received one in your subscription box yet.  No worries!  The great thing about Beauty Heroes is they’ve vetted the products in their store.  You simply can go there and search under hair and have their top picks.  It really doesn’t get any easier!

Another tip is to ask bloggers, search online for best natural curl cream or find natural hair companies and ask them about a curl cream.  You will end up finding the best natural curl cream out there and your hair will thank you!

Step 3- Commit To Your Routine

Once you know what you need and find the products you love, then it’s time to commit to your routine.  Often people complain about beauty results because they aren’t consistent with their routine.  The point of finding products you need and love is your more likely to stick with them, because you love using them and they make you feel good.  I like to have a morning routine and a night routine

Morning Routine-

My morning routine is all about awakening and prepping.  I love using a mask/cleanser as a morning ritual to awaken my skin and brighten it.  This gives my skin a glow but also mentally wakes me up.  I also like to prep it with a toning mist after to again awaken my senses and perk up my skin.  Then I apply an oil or serum for hydration.  This helps create balance and prep my skin before foundation.  My final step is to apply sunscreen to protect my skin throughout the day.  (As a mom some days I’m just at home and I may skip this step).

*My morning routine also includes exfoliating 2 times a week.

Night Routine-

My night time routine is all about restoring and relaxing.  At night I really like to take more time and savor my beauty routine.  It may sound funny but for me taking 10 minutes for myself at night really helps me mentally process the day and relaxes me.  Especially as a mom it’s easy to go throughout the day not really doing anything for yourself. This little act really creates a space to ease my mind.  I find myself looking forward to it every night.  Restoring my skin is an important part of my night routine.  After being in the elements during the day I like to give it the nutrients it needs to help restore it.  I love oil cleansing first to remove makeup and impurities.  Then toning with a mist for extra hydration.  Next, I apply an active serum.  This really does the main work at repairing and treating the skin.  Finally, I apply an oil to help retain moisture.

*My night time routine includes masking 2-3 times a week as well.

 Skincare Staples-

Ok, now that you know how to create your best beauty routine, lets dive into some skincare  staples in green beauty you should have in your beauty routine.  These are products every skin type needs.  They are what give you results and an effective skincare regimen.

Exfoliant-

This is a must if you want your skincare products to be effective.  An exfoliant gets rid of the dead skin cells and reveal new cells.  When you remove the dead skin cells your enabling your skincare products to not only work, because they’re not being blocked by skin that’s just sitting on top of your face but you’re also creating a smooth surface and a brighter more even complexion.  I mean who doesn’t want that?!  You only need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week depending on your skin type.  Over exfoliation can lead to sensitivities, so don’t over do it.  I pick two days of the week and add exfoliation into my morning routine.  It keeps it simple and easy to remember.

One of my favorite exfoliants in green beauty and a staple in my routine is The Active Enzyme Exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook.  This not only utilizes a mechanical exfoliant with crushed walnuts but also an enzyme exfoliant.  It helps even discoloration, remove dead skin cells and create a glowing complexion- it’s SO good!  Beauty Hereos carries this all star product in their store!  Snag it here!

Mask-

I often hear people say what does a mask really do?  My response- so much!  Masking can impart key nutrients to the skin, give you a glow, even skin tone, improve hyper pigmentation, draw out impurities and so much more.  Finding the right mask may seem daunting but it’s all about addressing your key skincare concerns.  If you really just want glowing skin, opt for a hydrating mask.  If detoxifying your skin is top priority, look for masks with clay and minerals to draw out the toxins.  Whatever your skincare need is, find a mask suited for that and then use it 2-3 times a week.  Just like exfoliation, I pick 2 days of the week and set those as my mask days.  It’s something I look forward to and creates a little ritual out of it.

One of my favorite masks I found through Beauty Heroes is Mahalo’s The Bean Antioxidant Mask.   It like a thick mud but not drying like you might assume.  It goes on easy and then dries.  However, my skin doesn’t feel dry after using it.  Instead, it feels like it just received a surge of adrenaline to the skin- in the best possible way!  I know, weird way to describe it but my skin is more awake and the blood flow to the skin is so apparent.  It was as if my skin had a good workout and is shining from the inside out.  It smells divine.  A sweet smell with notes of cacao and vanilla, ylang ylang and sandalwood.  My skin also feels much smoother, and clear.  I literally can see sun spots fading after using.  It’s evident the mask actually gets in and detoxifies the skin.  Snag the mask here!

Active Serum-

A serum is something that delivers the active ingredients directly to your skin cells.  This is where the real magic happens when it comes to seeing change and results with your skin.  A serum may contain an active form of vitamin c or hyaluronic acid.  It’s a potent blend of antioxidants that go in to repair and rejuvenating cells.  Want help with aging, dark spots or acne?  Serums are the products that will be the game changers.  I apply my serum after my toning mist.

Well, for starters it melts right into your skin.   No oily residue at all.  Perfect for at night, and during the day before makeup.  It evens my skin tone, my skin has never looked better-I know big statement but it’s true.  I have this one spot on my left cheek side and it has some hyper pigmentation and it faded quite a bit after I had been using Maya Chia.  My skin looked less red and just overall smooth.  Trust me when I say I get a lot of product to sample as a beauty blogger, so when I actually go through a product it’s a big deal.  This serum is on the last few drops.  It’s filled with vitamin C, CoQ10 and the beloved antioxidant asthaxanthin.  This serum doesn’t mess around and truly delivers!  Great for even the most sensitive skin types.  I even use it under my eyes and it works.  Say goodbye to dark circles.  Guys, this stuff is the real deal.  It has a slight pinkish color which actually gives your skin a glow-I love it! Get The Super Couple Serum here!

Face Oil- 

Oils and serums are different.  An oil usually doesn’t contain the active ingredients like a serum would.  Not that it doesn’t help facilitate change but it’s not as active as a potent serum.  Oils are essential for hydrating the skin and bringing moisture balance.  They are also incredibly soothing too.  Contrary to popular belief oils aren’t just good for dry skin but for oily skin too.  Oil dissolves oil friends!  I know sounds crazy but it’s true.  Oils are really cure alls for many skin aliments from dry skin, irritated skin, aging skin and acne.  You can call it your one hit wonder!

A favorite oil of mine is Maya Chia’s Pure Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil.  It has a heavier feeling and is more moisturizing than The Super Couple Serum.  Especially great for those with dry skin that can’t quite get hydrated.  It also works amazing on fine lines.  Although it is heavier, it still absorbs so well.  Your skin feels plump and soft.  A rich, extremely hydrating oil, that absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel greasy, and makes you look younger…what are you waiting for?!  This is great for even the most sensitive skin. Get your Supercritical Chia Oil here!

That’s what my skincare routine looks like.  See any faves?  Not a Beauty Heroes member yet?  Sign up here!

 

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