THE BASICS

Your best practice skincare steps.

New to a routine? The basic steps take the guess work out of which product goes next.

Seasoned pro? If you have product overload or a tendency to overdo (guilty!) go back to the basics.

Admittedly, my vanity looks like my store. One of everything plus all the brands I am testing. It's easy to feel a little overwhelmed + be tempted to overdo but I know sticking to the basic routine is the best way to get the ultimate benefits for my skin. 

STEP ONE: CLEANSE

But first, wash your hands. I prefer to cleanse 2x per day. Some believe 1x is enough but since your skin naturally detoxes while you sleep, it's good to remove what comes to the surface, even if just a light sweep. Pro tip: Oil balm cleansers can double as masks. I love to use at night and leave on while I cook dinner or just unwind for the evening.

Beauty Mark Picks: Amly Reveal Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Macrene Actives High Performance Cleansing Treatment 

STEP TWO: MIST

This is the step most likely to get passed over but shouldn't be. Mists (aka toners with a spray application) are packed with powerhouse ingredients that hydrate, soothe, balance + prepare the skin for treatment. Pro tip: Mist throughout the day to reactivate product actives and give yourself a hydration boost.

Beauty Mark Picks: Venn Synbiotic Defense Mist, Irene Forte Helichrysum Hyaluronic Toner

STEP THREE: SERUM

Think of serums as the vitamins for your skin. Anything from a vitamin C, vitamin B, retinol or all-in-one serum that are meant to treat + heal your skin. Pro tip: Let the product absorb before applying your moisturizer. Oil based serums may take a few extra seconds, give them a chance to penetrate fully.

Beauty Mark Picks: Retrouve Nutrient Face Serum, Augustinus Bader The Serum

STEP FOUR: MOISTURIZER

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Can't emphasize this enough. Dry skin is usually inflamed skin. And inflammation is the root of most, if not all, aging issues. Be generous with your application. Pro tip: Don't be afraid to use a night cream as your day cream. The density of night creams is often what we need in dry climates, traveling and treating sun exposure.

Beauty Mark Picks: Ignae Night Complex, MZ Skin Hydrate + Nourish Age Defense Retinol Moisturizer

STEP FIVE: FACE OIL

Seal the deal + lock in all of the vitamins + hydration with a drop or two of face oil. Face oils create a healthy, protective barrier for your skin. Pro tip: Mix a drop into your moisturizer if you're short on time!

Beauty Mark Picks: African Botanics Pure Marula Oil, Ayuna Cellular Oil

JUST REMEMBER...

If all else fails, remember lightest weight to heaviest weight. 

I think the best skincare routine should feel like slipping on your favorite pair of jeans + t-shirt. Easy. Loving. Basic.