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Look Your Best by Developing a Daily Skin Routine

I don’t always have the smoothest skin or clearest complexion in the world, and I blame genetics. If I don’t stick to a daily face routine, my face breaks out. In the summer, it’s super oily, and in the winter, it’s super dry. If I don’t keep up with it, it’s generally just gross.

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Photo by Lexy Cummins.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It protects and keeps internal organs at a regulated temperature. It is exposed to the sun’s UV rays and wind and is in constant contact with germs and other impure particles. And, yet, it is often forgotten about and not taken care of the way it should be.

Taking care of your skin by following a daily regimen is probably one of the most important things you can do to ward off early aging, dry skin and other skin maladies. The only problem is there are so many choices when it comes to skin care, and skin care products aren’t always cheap.

In the chart below, I have shared my daily skin routine products and do-it-yourself recipes.

I use DIY
Makeup Remover Spectrum Naturals Coconut oil – 14 oz.

$6.98

1 cup water, 8 drops baby oil, 1 ½ tbsp. baby soap
Cleanser Yes To Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser

$8.99

¼ cup Castile Soap, ¼ cup chamomile tea, ¾ tsp. hazelnut oil
Mask Freeman Feeling Beautiful Purifying Clay Mask Acai

$3.99

1/3 cup cocoa, ¼ cup honey, 2 tbsp. sour cream, 3 tbsp. oatmeal

My skin routine helps keep my skin looking its best and everything I use is within my budget. Every morning, I wash my face with the cleanser and then apply the toner, moisturizer and sunscreen. It is important to apply sunscreen every day, even in the winter or on cloudy days because the sun’s UV rays still shine down.

At night, before anything else, I use the makeup remover. You should always remove any makeup before heading to bed. According to Mary Kay, your face ages a week every night you sleep with makeup on. I then use the cleanser followed by a mask. I use a mask twice a week and remove it with warm water. I use a facial scrub to remove any dead skin once a week, then the toner and moisturizer before heading to bed.

This might be a lot for someone who is not used to using this many products every day. I suggest you start small. Use the cleanser, the makeup remover and, if you wear makeup, the sunscreen and the moisturizer. Also, keep in mind that not everyone’s skin is the same and you should be buying products based on your skin type—oily, dry, sensitive or combination. If you have severe acne or other skin issues, you should talk with a dermatologist before trying out products on your face. Don’t be afraid to test different products out. Sometimes it takes time to find a product that you absolutely love.

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