- Know your skin type – and how to treat it effectively.
All the best skincare gurus have a very intimate knowledge of their unique skin type and how to treat it. That means if you want to take control of your skincare, you have to know your own! A lot of people aren’t aware of their skin type, therefore they aren’t washing and caring for their skin correctly.
The easiest way to determine your skin type is to give it a wash - nothing fancy, just the mildest cleanser you have. Then wait. Give it a good thirty minutes and don’t put anything else on. That means no makeup, no lotion, no nothing. Once your thirty minutes is up, take notice of how your skin feels. Does it feel tight, especially when you smile? That’s a clear sign that your skin is dry. Examine your face in the mirror, does it look shiny? That’s a good sign your skin is oily. Are you noticing dryness and shininess? Then you probably have combination skin. Seriously, it’s as simple as that! Once you figure out your skin type, you’ll open things up to a whole new world.
- Know your essential ingredients
Now that you’ve got your skin type down, you’ve got to figure out what good stuff is going to make your skin happy. Natural ingredients are so important to the overall health of your skin, but choosing the wrong ones can be disastrous! For example, coconut oil is a super buzzy ingredient that a lot of skincare gurus have in their arsenal. It’s a great moisturizer for dry skin, but it might not be the best treatment for oily skin. Oily skin is better suited for lighter natural moisturizers like Aloe Vera or Shea Butter. Choosing the right ingredients to best treat your skin type will have you well on your way to guru status.
- Know how to stick to a routine
To be your own beauty guru, you may not need the overloaded, multi-step skincare routine you might see on social media or beauty forums. Above all, the best thing you can do for your skin is to find a consistent and effective daily skincare regimen that you can commit to. A good general rule is: Cleanser, serum, moisturizer, SPF, in that order. Start with these simple steps every day and ease into a routine. Another thing to keep in mind: It can take up to six weeks to start seeing improvement in your skin - nothing is going to happen overnight! Be patient, and start working in more advanced steps into your regimen as you get more comfortable.
- Know who to follow
Now that you’re well on your way to guru-hood, it’s time to spread your wings! Finding the right inspirational figures to follow on social media might require a little research. Be on the lookout for bloggers and YouTubers who have the same skin type as you - their routines will definitely be more effective. Be on the lookout for professionals too, sometimes estheticians and dermatologists have great content to follow. You can even start building your own community. Share your journey with skincare dedicated Instagram handle or YouTube channel of your own. You’re a skincare guru now! It’s time to show off!
What steps are you taking towards your own skincare guru status? Let us know in the comments below!