Intro to Skincare: Basics and Essentials

The first video of my skincare series is up! In the video I talk you through some misconceptions and myths, so we can start with a clean slate. What’s next? You start building your routine. The very first thing you need to know is your skin type: dry, normal, combo or oily.

Dry Skin

Dry skin will feel tight and might be flaky. It might feel rough, and you won’t like running your fingers over it. Dry skin can’t handle matte products very well and can be sensitive. Makeup might look bad on your dry patches.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is smooth and will not be obviously dehydrated nor overly sticky or shiny. It is usually the hardest to recognize, as there aren’t many signs. This skin type can handle most types of skincare and makeup, but might still be sensitive to certain ingredients (allergies etc.)

Combination Skin

Combination skin is very common. Having combination skin usually means your T Zone (forehead, nose, chin) is oily while some other parts of your face are dry.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is easy to spot, it’s shiny and “greasy.” Makeup will probably not last on your face very well, and you need to powder things and have matte everything. 

Essentials: the basics of a routine

Now that you know your skin type you can start building your routine! There’s only 3 things I personally find essential.

Cleansing, hydrating/moisturizing and SPF. 

Those are also applicable to people with perfect skin or who don’t wear makeup. You don’t need anything else, but in my opinion you definitely need these.

CLEANSING

You don’t need a harsh acne cleanser, but please don’t use bar soap or body wash. The reason you need to give your skin a separate cleanse is because most body washes are way too harsh and heavily fragranced for the face, and bar soaps are way too drying. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive, just make sure it’s not sensitizing or drying.

Here are my recommendations:

First cleanse

A first cleanse, according to Korean double cleansing, is an oil or balm cleanser. This step also removes your makeup. This is not essential, but if you wear full face makeup you might really enjoy it.

Heimish All Clean Balm, +/-€13
This product is cruelty free and vegan.

The heimish all clean balm is my favorite cleansing balm so far. You rub it in and it melts off your makeup, and completely transforms when you add water. It rinses off without leaving any residue, which is usually the discomfort of oils. Similar products are the “Clinique Take the Day Off Balm” and “Banila co. Clean it Zero.” I recommend all three of these, but the heimish one is both most affordable and my favorite.

Second cleanse

The second cleanse is water based, like a gel or a foam. I have two top recommendations that I think are universal (all skin types) and have personally tried and enjoyed: the “COSRX low pH good morning cleanser” (€8) and the “Neogen green tea real fresh foam.” (€22)

I find neither of them to be harsh or drying, but I think they’ll perform nicely for people with oily skin as well. They’re gentle but definitely good cleansers, and they don’t attack your skin.

COSRX low pH good morning cleanser, +/-€8
This product is cruelty free and vegan.

HYDRATION AND MOISTURIZATION

I have two top recommendations here: for oilier skin I recommend the “COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion,” (€15) and for dry skin “Weleda Skin Food.” (€10)
Both can be applied twice daily. Other recommendations are the Embryolisse Lait Creme for severely dry skin, and Clinique moisture surge for combination and oily skin.

Keeping your hydration and oils in balance could do wonders for your skin, you’ll definitely notice the difference when you start properly moisturizing dry skin. Your makeup will benefit so much from it as well! A good skincare routine is the best base for good looking makeup, eliminating dry patches or excess oils could transform the look of your foundation entirely.

COSRX Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, +/-€17
This product is cruelty free and appears to vegan, unverified.

SUN PROTECTION

The last one is an absolute, neglected necessity. Sun protection works as great anti aging and prevents hyperpigmentation. For drier skin I recommend getting a thicker, more hydrating sun cream. People with oily skin might enjoy a thinner and less rich formula.

I personally suggest to get at least SPF30 as anything below that becomes ineffective very quickly. My biggest disclaimer is to BUY BIODERMAL IF YOU’RE DUTCH. Biodermal has some of the best sunscreen formulas I have ever seen, and they also do a matte and a moisturizing SPF specifically for the face.

For people who do not have access to Biodermal, the “COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (SPF50)” (€14) is my drier skin recommendation and “Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish (SPF50)” (€8) is my oily skin recommendation. Both should be fine under your makeup and look good seperately! I also recommend Shiseido in general.

COSRX Aloe Soothin Sun Cream, +/-€14
This product is cruelty free and appears to vegan, unverified.

And that sums it up for the first step we’re taking in skincare! The next YouTube episode and corresponding blog post will be up next week. Any burning questions? Please comment or message me!

Thank you always for your support.

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