The Basics of Skincare 101


Skincare is one of those things that many are concerned about, but most find it difficult to maintain! There is no single skincare routine that can fit in every person’s skin needs and type, which is why YOUR routine needs to be fully personalized. At some point in your life, you have probably asked a friend for a product recommendation that worked wonders for them, but it did nothing for you. Here is a simple 4-step Skincare formula that is completely customizable. Whether you have young or mature skin, whether you are male or female, this formula will help you navigate what kind of products you should implement in your daily routine! 

Step 1: Cleansing

    If you are a makeup lover and you wear makeup daily, cleansing your face is crucial. Recently, the double cleansing method has gained major popularity. Personally, I have tried this method and found that it works great at deep cleaning your face. This cleaning method is composed of two parts, hence the name. The first step is usually done with some sort of makeup remover such as a cleansing balm, cleansing oil or micellar water. Depending on your skin type, you can choose one of these products. If you have oily skin, go for micellar water and if you have dry skin, use a cleansing oil or balm.  One of the more common makeup removers are makeup wipes, which can be harsh for your skin and bad for the environment. Even if you are not a makeup lover, using an initial remover is recommended as it cleans surface level material such as sunscreen and skin oils. The second part of this step is using an actual skin cleanser which will remove excess sebum, deep clean your pores and remove any stubborn makeup that is left. There are as well different types of cleansers such as gel-based, milky cleansers, foaming cleansers and the list goes on. Again, according to your skin type you can choose the type of cleanser to use. Gel-based cleansers are amazing for oily skin, and milky cleansers are great for dry skin, as they are not overly stripping. 

Step 2: Treatment

    Treatment has got to be the most tedious and complicated part of one’s routine. Come back to BIBO Weekly next week where we will do a “deep dive” explaining all things exfoliators, retinols, serums, and masks. Stay tuned!

Step 3: Moisturize 

    Many believe  that the secret to eternal youth is an amazing moisturizer! Whether you have dry or oily skin, you should always use moisturizer. There is often a misconception that people with oily skin should not moisturize their skin, however this is only counter-productive. Moisturizing your skin actually leads to less skin oil production as your skin detects the moisture balance on your face! The best thing to do is choose a moisturizer that fits your needs. If you have dry skin try out a heavy and cream based moisturizer, and for people with oily skin a lightweight and gel-based moisturizer would be the best fit! 

Step 4: SPF

    SPF is one of the most important, yet most overlooked parts of a skincare routine. If you followed all of the steps above and perfected your routine and you don’t use SPF then all of your efforts will be in vain. Our skin is very sensitive and the sun has the potential to cause serious damage. SPF protects you from both UVA and UVB sun rays which facilitate the aging of the skin and not to mention have carcinogenic properties. We often neglect SPF because of its white cast and strong smell, but many skincare brands have developed lightweight and protective SPF that have a moisturizer-like texture. Remember: Apply a generous amount of SPF DAILY!

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