Everyone should have some sort of self-care routine. This routine will differ from one person to another, as everyone’s different and has different needs. If you don’t have a self-care routine, or if you haven’t changed yours up in a while and it isn’t serving you as well as it used to, it may be time for a refresh and to come up with one that ticks all your boxes. For now, let’s focus on your beauty routine. Some people will have simple and basic ones. Some will have complex ones. What suits you best is entirely down to you as an individual! Here are just a few areas of focus that you might want to take into consideration!
When’s the last time you reviewed your skin care routine? All too many people buy certain skincare products and stick to them, not questioning whether they really still suit their skin type. Some of our skin will change over time, and we’ll need to use different products to accommodate these changes and provide our skin with all the care it needs. An important first step in determining what type of products you should be using is to figure out what your skin type is. There are four main categories that the majority of people will fall into. These are normal skin, dry skin, oily skin or combination skin.
- Normal Skin – “normal skin” is generally considered to be the most desirable skin type. It is generally balanced with few issues, resulting in few and irregularly occurring blemishes.
- Dry Skin – next, we have dry skin. This is a skin type that produces lower sebum levels than “normal skin”, which can result in a number of issues. Some to consider include dryness, tightness, flakiness and sometimes a dull tone and texture. If your skin is very dry, it may even feel rough to the touch.
- Oily Skin – at the opposite end of the scale, we have oily skin, which produces too much sebum. High sebum levels can give your skin an oily and slick texture, with skin sometimes even looking wet. You may find that you have visible pores and a generally greasy appearance.
- Combination Skin – the last skin type we’ll look at is combination skin. When you have combination skin, you may find a number of the skin types above in different areas of your face. For example, you could have dry cheeks, but an oily t-zone. This can make skin care a little more difficult, as you may have to use different products on different areas of your face.
Once you know your skin type, it’s time to do a little research into the best skincare products for each skin type. Start out by finding a good wash or cleanser that works for you. Then, incorporate a moisturizer. If you want to get more into your skincare routine, you may want to use toners, exfoliators, and a host of other products.
If you find that you have ongoing skin issues, such as spots, uncomfortable or painful dryness, or other issues that simply don’t seem to go away, regardless of what products you use, you may want to visit your doctor. You may find that you have a skin condition, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, or something else. Your doctor will be able to treat this condition professionally and may even refer you to a dermatologist.
Do you wear makeup? If so, it’s important to check through your makeup bag every once in a while. Few people are aware of this, but makeup does generally have a use-by date and will deteriorate or become packed with bacteria over time – especially if you don’t cleanse your brushes regularly. Go through your makeup bag and determine what needs replacing. Each item should have a use-by date on the packaging. If you’re unsure, it’s generally recommended that you replace your makeup every six months to one year. See this as a good opportunity to try some new products, shades, and colors. You can generally get some good reviews online on different platforms such as beauty websites, makeup blogs, and social media platforms. If you’re tired of doing your makeup and replacing your makeup, you may even want to look into Permanent Makeup.
Eyebrows go through constant trends. From pencil thin to thick and fluffy, chances are, you’ve tried a few. Whatever your chosen style, eyebrow threading could work well for you. Plucking can be inaccurate. Waxing can be painful. So, it’s not all too surprising that, nowadays, one of the most popular eyebrow treatments out there is eyebrow threading. Of course, threading is by no means a new practice. It is derived from ancient Eastern practice and has skyrocketed in popularity in the Western world over the past few years. When you get your eyebrows threaded, a professional will use a piece of cotton thread to gently pull hairs from your brows, accurately shaping them to your desired shape. Make sure to have a discussion beforehand to make your requests clear. This is a great treatment for those with sensitive skin who value precision! If you are looking for something that can give you the appearance of having more eyebrows than you do have, you may want to consider microblading. This is a procedure where a trained professional will make small incisions in your eyebrow and will insert pigment into these incisions. They will take the form of hair-like strokes, giving the appearance of bigger or fuller brows. This is a semi-permanent procedure, so make sure you’re using a good and recommended artist with an impressive portfolio.
These are just a few areas that you might want to take into consideration. Hopefully, they will serve as some inspiration and can help get the ball rolling on your own, personalized beauty routine that will meet all of your needs and tick all of your boxes.