I typically blog about fitness, the mind-boy connection, nutrition and mental fortitude as it relates to physical training but rarely do I ever write about daily practices such as skincare. Granted, I’m far from an expert about skincare products or skin health. But, I am however, an expert on my own approach to skincare.
Unlike most people, I don’t have a litany of skin care products under my bathroom counter, nor do I subscribe to a regular skin care regimen. My routine changes from time to time but the common theme is that it’s always pretty basic. My underlying philosophy when it comes to my health is: always treat yourself from the inside out. I believe that when you eat a healthy diet, drink a lot of water, physically train, meditate, journal and so on, the results reflect outwardly in your appearance.
In any event, I present to you my daily skincare routine:
Step 1: Cleanse
First things first. Cleansing always takes precedence. It sounds obvious, but some people insist on going without cleanser each morning. Their reasoning is that they wash their face each night. Not me…I wash my face in the shower every morning (and every night) with plain old soap. CBD or Black Soap to be exact. I like it because it’s simple, natural and keeps my face feeling moisturized when I’m done washing.
Step 2: Toner (Sometimes)
After cleansing, your skin should be smooth, fresh, and clean. That’s when you reach for toner, which is a thin veil of hydration that should always pre
cede moisturizer. Toners are great products to use, and are typically formulated to remove sebum, oil, and dirt from the pores. I find this particularly helpful after a workout when my skin has a build up of oil and sweat. My toner of choice tends to be rosewater because of it’s beautiful aroma, natural properties and of how it removes oil and dirt from the skin.
Step 3: Moisturizer
The purpose of moisturizer is to keep your skin balanced, hydrated, and plump. I apply this immediately after either cleansing with soap or after applying toner. I recently began using jojoba oil for both my skin and hair. Jojoba oil is a humectant. This means that it works to seal your skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture. This may help prevent bacterial infections, acne, and dandruff from forming. I find that it’s super light, odour free and helps with dryness.
So there you have it…my extremely simplistic approach to healthy happy skin. Use it as a guide as you work through your own routine.