So you've heard about all the bad stuff in your personal care cabinet and now you want to clean it up. Or you’ve never had a skin care routine but now that you are noticing some fine lines you think it’s time. Perhaps your skin just doesn’t look as vibrant as it once did.
But where do you start?
This is a question we get asked often and with over a dozen products in our line alone it can seem daunting.
The best place to start is with what we’ll call a “Basic Skin Care Routine.” No need to go crazy to start, there is always time for that later. Your Basic Routine will simply include only a few select types of products and will become the foundation that you can build upon later or once you start to see some amazing results.
As a preface, let’s get this out of the way…
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and is the barrier between your body and the rest of the world. Sometimes it’s busy cleansing itself and other times it absorbs the elements around you. When your skin absorbs water and healthy oils, this is a good thing. When it happens to be toxicity in our environment (and skin care) it’s definitely a negative. So it has never been more important to know what is in your skin care and be sure it is not laden with toxic chemicals and preservatives. A basic rule is if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin.
Steps to a basic skin care routine
Here are 5 easy steps to starting your personal Basic Skin Care Routine:
1. Know the skin you are in
Before you can choose the products for your routine you will need to identify your skin type. What skin type are you? Do you have normal/combination, oily, dry, sensitive, mature, or aging skin?
If you’re not sure what skin type you are, no worries, you can check out how to identify your skin type here. Once you know the skin you are in you can look for the products that will support the issues your skin type has.
The skin on your face is more delicate than the rest of your body and so your bar of soap that works great for the rest of you just isn’t going to do it for your sweet face anymore. Look for a cleanser that is gentle enough on your skin and yet tough enough to take away the day’s wear and tear when you use it. And yes, that includes your make-up.
Our cleansers are gentle enough to keep your skin soft and supple and tough enough to get (most of) your makeup off. To better remove your makeup, try our Restorative Cleansing Oil. This lightweight cleansing oil is formulated with organic golden jojoba oil, clarifying tea tree oil, and nourishing castor oil for dewy, conditioned skin.
We have a cleanser for every skin type. If you run on the oily side, we would definitely recommend our Citrus Mint Cleanser. With bold citrus overnotes, this one will surely perk you up in the morning and will leave your skin clean (even better after a sweaty workout to re-invigorate all your senses.)
For those with more sensitive to aging skin we love our Aloe Herb Cleanser. This product is suitable for all skin types, gentle and creamy, and always leaves your face feeling lusciously soft and silky.
If you're looking for a richer experience, try our Phytonutrient Cleanser. This lavish concoction of nutrient dense herbs and moisture-binding mango seed butter helps deliver essential hydration for a calm and more restored complexion. We love using our cleansers in the shower. Fit them into your morning and evening routine for the best results.
Have you noticed the first few fine lines? Is your skin dull and lackluster? Don’t worry we have something for that. For those with signs of aging or the beginning of fine lines, a little loving is in order.
Using an active blend of vegan stem cells and antioxidants, our Citrus Stem Cell Serum is a great way for your skin look firmer and tighter. High in Vitamin C and with the essential oils of lavender and sandalwood, our Citrus Stem Cell Serum will make a noticeable difference in the way your skin looks when used continuously over the course of 30-40 days.
Serums are a powerful step to your skin care routine because it can help restore and hydrate the skin, especially our Anti-Aging Serum and Probiotic Serum with Tremella. Pump a couple of drops into the palm of your hands and apply to the face and neck. Apply morning and evening after cleansing for brighter, more luminous skin.
Ever notice how brittle a dry sponge is? This could be compared to how your skin looks and feel without moisturizer. Heat, weather and a host of other environmental factors cause skin drying.
First and foremost hydration begins within, so make sure you are drinking enough water, this alone can literally pump up the appearance of your skin. After cleansing and applying your serum, take a few drops of one of our facial oils to moisturize and finish off by applying it to the face and neck.
What beauty regimen would be complete without a big beautiful smile? Of all the things that can transform someone into a beauty, a radiant smile takes the cake. When you glow from the inside out, you can confidently beam a big smile to the world.
What about you? Do you have a Basic Skin Care Routine or do you find yourself confused about what to use, where and when? Share your comments below.
We, at Annmarie Skin Care are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, just like you—so in addition to creating the best natural skin care possible, we are committed to creating a better, more sustainable—and in turn, more beautiful world.
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