I’m sure that I’m not the only one that was trying to find anything and everything to do to stay busy and entertained while staying quarantined at home. For me, skincare was one of the things that I spent a good chunk of time focusing on.
At the beginning of summer, I noticed that my skin was breaking out in a way that I’ve never seen before. I tried searching and searching for ways to get rid of my acne, and I knew that having a proper routine was important, but I never knew how to get started. While searching for a miracle cure for my acne, I found Hyram’s channel. And this is where things changed for me.
For those of you who have never heard of Hyram, he is a skincare specialist on Youtube who gives advice and guidance about different products and the good and the bad of each of them. After watching some of his videos, I also found other Youtubers dedicated to educating viewers about skincare, such as James Welsh and Susan Yara.
After months of trying to take their tips into consideration while creating a skincare routine for myself, I finally have one that I am content with.
As a reference, I have oily-combination skin. Right now, my basic skincare routine includes:
1. First Cleanser - Micellar water or Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm
2. Second Cleanse - Youth to the People cleanser or Fresh Soy Cleanser.
3. Chemical exfoliator - Paula’s Choice BHA Gentle Exfoliator (Not needed, but it’s great to exfoliate once in a while. Make sure to not over-cleanse though as it can be damaging)
4. Niacinamide - The Ordinary Niacinamide (Not needed, but it’s supposed to be great for dark spots.)
5. Moisturizer - iUnik Centella Calming Gel
6. Sunscreen - Purito Comfy Water Sunscreen
Note that my skincare is not perfect, but these are just some products that I have grown to like and seem to work for me. However, everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to certain products. What might work for one person may not work for another.
Nevertheless, I think learning about skincare and the different ingredients in skincare is beneficial. While having a routine and taking care of your skin doesn’t guarantee that you won’t ever get acne again, there is still a noticeable difference in your skin’s appearance and feel. Not only are you restoring it, but taking care of your skin can feel therapeutic too.
To get started, I would say to do research and find recommended products for your skin type. From there, you can test a few different products out and see what works best for you. A good skincare routine typically involves double cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen. Everything else is just an extra added benefit.
A Quick Warning: It might all seem confusing at first, but trust me it's worth it.