health & beauty, Skincare

My Skincare Routine– Great Starter Point for Beginners to the World of Skincare

Finally it’s time to talk skincare! In my post that went up almost a month ago, I talked about how excited I was to start the skincare routine that my esthetician, Skin by Sunni, recommended to me. In just one month of consistently keeping up with both my AM and PM routine, my skin feels a MILLION times different.

The pic on the left was taken on April 30.
The pic on the right was taken on May 12.

The side by side collage above is the difference in my skin after only 12 days. 12 days!!! Now, my skin is still far from perfect, but to see the progress so quickly gave me so much hope for what my skin can look like by the end of the year.

All products are used are from Bioelements, a brand I 1000% recommend. Bioelements has been around for almost 30 years and was first started by Barbara Salomone, who had the idea to provide estheticians with products and treatments designed to improve the skin. The products contain no artificial colorants, no synthetic fragrance/perfume, no harsh irritants, is not tested on animals, and is clinically tested for safety. Bioelements products are widely owned and used by estheticians across the country, and they also have a take-home line for people like you and I who need to do our skincare routine on the daily.

I believe the routine I do is a great starter point for anyone new to the world of skincare. Eventually, Sunni is going to sprinkle more products into my routine but she wanted to ease me into things. I have dry, sensitive skin, but most of the products I use are for both dry and oily girls.

Now let’s get to the routine.

AM Routine

Note: At the time that I ordered my products, the regular size of the Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil was sold out, so I got two mini bottles instead.
  1. Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil: A gentle oil that cleanses away makeup, dirt and irritating skin impurities. This unique blend of plant and olive oils repair your weakened skin barrier, reduce inflammation and fight free-radicals leaving delicate skin clean, soft and soothed.
    How to use: Put one pump of oil into your hands and rub together, which will cause the oil to become slightly foamy. Rub and massage it all over your face and neck for at least one minute, taking your time to make sure you go over the entire area several times. Rinse. Pat skin dry with towel immediately after.
  2. Equalizer Toner: Delivers needed hydration to re-balance and nourish just-cleansed skin, with softening ylang ylang, plus strengthening and balancing adaptogenic Chinese herbs. Refreshing, gentle, and alcohol-free, it helps prepare skin for the next product applied.
    How to use: Spray once on the left side of your face, once in the middle of your face and once on the right side of your face. Rub into your face quickly after. Do not wait for it to dry before moving on to the next step.
  3. RayDefense SPF Moisturizer: Provides protection for an active, outdoor lifestyle and prolonged sun exposure. This sun-smart technology is a dominant defense against the UVA and UVB rays that can cause early skin aging. Lightweight and hydrating, it protects without adding shine. Dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating.
    How to use: Use a dime-sized amount to rub across your entire face. Note that you should reapply every couple hours, depending on the amount of time you are spending outside. After this step, you can immediately start your makeup routine, starting with primer as this SPF doubles as a moisturizer 🙂
    Note: SPF is the key to healthy skin. If you don’t protect your skin against the sun, it doesn’t matter what you do, your skin will not improve. So make sure you are using SPF as much as possible!

PM Routine

  1. Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil: See above for description, directions and product link.
  2. Flash Foam Cleanser: Gives daily cleansing a boost of exfoliation with this flash foaming enzyme cleanser that washes away makeup, dirt and impurities. Each puff contains natural pumpkin, papaya and pineapple enzymes to gently exfoliate dulling surface flakes, leaving skin soft, smooth and refreshed.
    How to use: Use one pump to cleanse your face and neck. Massage onto the two areas for at least one minute. Rinse. Pat skin dry with towel.
  3. Equalizer Toner: See above for description, directions and product link.
  4. Oxygenation Moisturizer: A boost of stabilized hydrogen peroxide plus lavender oil diffuses directly into skin’s cellular layers – as the molecules “push” their way down, they transport active ingredients into the skin. Gives skin exhausted by age, stress, or smoke a clean, fresh feeling with refined radiance. Consider it a revitalizing breath of fresh air for sapped skin. 
    How to use: The moisturizer is packaged with a tiny spatula that gives you a reference to the exact amount you should use per night. Fill up the spatula, wipe the excess off on the side and then rub the moisturizer all over your face and neck.

All five of the products I ordered cost me about $230. My monthly facials with Sunni run me about $100, including tip. Skincare is not cheap at all, and you’re going to have to pay for the quality products and facials. I only bring up the price so none of you all have sticker shock if you do decide you want to start a skincare routine, because it can be costly.

General Skincare Tips

In addition to a consistent morning and evening routine, there are a few other things you can do to make sure your skin is healthy:

  • Change your pillowcase every three days. Your pillowcase is the perfect place for a buildup of oils, dirt, etc., which can then be transferred to your skin. Try to change your pillowcase twice a week to a new one to keep this from happening.
  • Keep your hair out of your face as often as possible. We all know how much product, oils and everything else we have in our hair. Try to keep it out of your face as often as possible, and pull it back while you sleep if you can as well.
  • Get a professional facial with an esthetician once a month, if possible. Almost every esthetician I’ve talked to recommends everyone get a facial at least once a month. This also gives them the opportunity to check to see how your skin is reacting to products, if they want to add anything to your routine, etc. Of course, do what you can afford. The average facial will run you $100/mo, so if you can budget for that, by all means do it!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Sunni had to close her spa and I have not been able to get a facial since February! 😦 I’m excited to say she is reopening on June 1, and I am booked for my next facial on June 3.

Over the next few months, I expect my skincare routine to expand and change as my skin needs evolve. I’m still deciding if I will update this post with significant changes or write a new post with the changes. If you have any preference or any questions at all, feel free to drop a comment 🙂

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