Have you ever wondered how to use a cleansing balm? How about an essence or serum? And the big question every skincare newbie asks… what order should my skincare products be applied in? If you’ve been wondering about these questions, you’re not the only one. When you decide to implement a natural skin care routine, there are definitely rules about what to apply when and how often.
But why should you implement a natural skincare routine at all? Because it can slow down the aging process and give you that dewy, smooth skin we’re all looking for! In this handy guide to natural skin care, we’re going to talk about the most highly recommended natural skin care products, from cleansing oils to face masks. We’ll explain what order they should be used in and how they can help you meet your anti-aging goals.
Step 1: Cleansing
The first step in any skin care routine is cleansing. Natural cleansing balms are a great choice when implementing a natural skincare routine. Not only do they remove makeup without stripping the skin of moisture, but they also leave it soft and smooth. Cleansing balms are taking the natural skincare world by storm, but many aren’t sure how to use them. Look for cleansing balms made from natural oils that will cleanse the skin without stripping away essential moisture.
Cleansing balms are usually used in the evening because they’re so effective for removing oil, dirt, and makeup. Start by scooping a tablespoon of balm into your dry hands. Rub it between your fingers to emulsify it; it will become creamy due to the heat and friction from your hands. Massage it into your face, paying special attention to areas with makeup, even your lips, and eyes. Use a warm, wet washcloth to wipe the balm off, and you’ll be left with clean, soft skin that’s free of makeup.
For cleansing in the morning, natural face cleansers are a great option because they can be chosen according to your needs. There are formulas out there for every skin type, whether you want to brighten, smooth, or detoxify. Using a facial brush to apply your cleanser is excellent for removing dead skin to reveal a smooth, youthful complexion.
Step 2: Toner
Much like cleansers, there are natural toners out there for every skin type. Korean Beauty (K-Beauty) brands have developed natural toners that provide hydration, balance the skin’s pH, and even provide gentle exfoliation. K-beauty toners are formulated with herbs and hydrosols to nourish the skin, leaving it smooth, healthy, and glowing. Apply your toner twice a day after cleansing using either your fingertips or a cotton pad.
Step 3: Essence
Essences are another natural skin care product that many people aren’t familiar with. They are a bit like a thin serum that adds moisture to the skin, plumping it up so that it can make the most out of the treatments that follow. Popular essences, like May Coop Raw Sauce, are formulated with maple tree sap and herbal and fruit extracts that leave your skin looking youthful and radiant. Apply your essence twice a day, right after toning, using your fingertips.
Step 4: Serum
Those little, tiny bottles of serums you see on the store shelves might seem a bit intimidating if you don’t know how to use them. Natural serums could be your secret anti-aging weapon because they are layerable so you can customize them for your skin care type and goals. They leave your skin hydrated and supple, without being greasy. Not only that, but natural serums have smaller molecules, so they penetrate the skin better. Serums can be applied once or twice a day, following your essence, with clean fingertips.
Step 5: Moisturizers
There are two types of moisturizers you should be using every day, especially if you’re interested in anti-aging. The first one is eye cream. The skin around your eyes is thinner and more prone to fine lines and dehydration. An eye cream can provide hydration, protect the area, brighten, and even de-puff.
An all-over facial moisturizer is indispensable in a natural skincare routine. Choose a formula designed for your skin type. It will protect your skin while locking in all the active ingredients you just applied, preventing them from evaporating before they’ve had a chance to do their job. Apply your moisturizers twice a day, right after your serums.
Step 6: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is crucial, not only for preventing skin cancer but also for preventing the signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines. If you want to streamline the steps, Korean beauty brands make BB creams and cushion foundations that provide coverage and SPF all in one step. BB Creams take things a step further by incorporating natural ingredients for anti-aging, so it’s like getting three products in one. No matter what type of SPF you use, be sure to apply it every single morning before you head out the door.
Optional Extras to Step Up Your Natural Skin Care Game
The steps mentioned above should be part of your daily natural skincare routine, but there a few extra steps you can take whenever your skin needs an extra boost, or even when you just feel like a little extra pampering.
- Exfoliators: Natural exfoliators are made with fruit extracts and botanicals. They gently remove dead skin, allowing your treatments to be absorbed better. They also promote cell turnover and unclog your pores, so they’re great for anti-aging. Use an exfoliator two or three times a week after toning.
- Sheet masks: Sheet masks are a great way to incorporate natural ingredients into your skincare routine. They are usually formulated with highly-concentrated ingredients that you can customize to suit your goals and needs. Use them every day, a couple of times a week, or just for special occasions. It’s really up to you!
- Sleep masks: It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason! Your skin heals and regenerates while you sleep, so all-natural sleep masks are ideal for nourishing and regenerating the skin. They are used at night in place of your regular moisturizer, two or three times per week.
If you are concerned about anti-aging, consider switching to natural skincare products. They are much more nourishing and gentler than chemical-based products, so they’re perfect for aging skin. Remember, it’s never too late to implement a natural skincare routine, but the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see results!