Updated: Jan 30
Are you taking good care of your skin? When was the last time you cleansed, toned, and moisturized? And have you done it in that particular order? Are you aware that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It reflects your overall health, it is the first barrier against all intruders, and whether you like it or not, you are the gatekeeper. Do you know that a good skincare routine replenishes the skin, rids it of pollutants which ultimately reduces aging? Everyone wants baby bottom cheeks, acne-free foreheads, and that supermodel's body with the face to match. Yes, I'm talking to you, you want that youthful look, don't you? but unwilling to do what is necessary to achieve it. In this post, I will share some valuable information on how to perform C.T.M and its benefits. Hold up! C.T.M? What is that? C.T.M is the abbreviation for Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturising. Yes, C.T.M is a thing!
I think this is the ideal skincare routine everyone should practice. It is simple and takes roughly 10 to 15 minutes. First, You begin with a good cleanser, after, you add a toner to further clean out your pores and to get them tight, and then culminating with a hydrating moisturizer. An exfoliant is also used but more infrequently. For all my makeup lovers, this skincare routine is right for you, trust me! With all that foundation, concealer, blush, eyeliner, I could go on and on, if not properly removed, over time, your pores would be reminiscent of a clogged Coronary Artery. Skin Attack anyone? I know, I know, with all the stresses of managing work, children, a never-ending pandemic, and the other individual nuances of life, I get it, we are all strapped for time, but when do you get time to practice some good old self-care? By the way, I'm not just talking to the females, Men have skin too, after all, we all have to get comfortable in our own skin. Your skin will appreciate you for it.
So let's break it down, here's my 4 Step daily skincare routine; CTM is really 3 steps but I've added exfoliation as the 4th because, in my humble opinion, it is essential. All products featured are items I enjoy using that works for me, I have oily to combination skin. But when purchasing your skincare products be familiar with your skin type.
Step 1. Cleansing
Intended to clean something thoroughly, in this case, the skin, cleansing is a light washing of the face with a soap-based solution. Always use a cleanser that matches your skin type, whether that be normal, oily, dry, sensitive, or combination, there is a cleanser out there for you. Cleansing your face twice daily removes grime, dirt, makeup, excess oils, and other impurities. I will unpack this topic in another post.
Establishing the perfect skincare routine isn't expensive at all. You can find affordable products with premium quality, online or at the drugstore, I will suggest a few.
How to cleanse your face (how I do it):
Before cleansing the face, please ensure that your hands are washed properly.
Wash off any excess makeup and dirt before cleaning by lightly washing your face with tap water.
Ensure face is damp before adding cleanser, this gives a smoother application and distribution of the product.
When washing your face wash in a circular motion, gently massaging the cleanser into the skin. (avoid getting the product into eyes)
Always rinse with warm water. ( Water temperature should be warm, cold water removes grime poorly, hot water may irritate and excessively dry your skin)
Always remember to at least cleanse the skin before applying makeup even though I strongly recommend performing a full C.T.M.
Cleansing the skin before any makeup application is such an essential step and must always be practiced. In another blog post Makeup Equipment Every Makeup Artist Needs and Their Uses I wrote on the importance of having multiple facial towels to use after cleansing along with disposable tissue and wipes in the event that you are doing makeup prep on multiple clients and not just yourself.
When the skin lacks moisture and isn't hydrated properly there will be a build-up of dead skin, Ewww!! This dead skin clogs your pores and then peeling of the skin occurs. Even though it shouldn't be done every time you perform your skincare routine, this step plays an integral role in your overall skin health by scrubbing away those clingy dead skin cells. But sometimes, exfoliation can be too much, making you end up with over-exfoliated, sore, and irritated skin. Be sure not to over-exfoliate, excessive scrubbing will damage your beautiful skin. I recommend exfoliating twice per week to regain that glowing vibrant skin.
How to exfoliate;
Use your finger to apply a scrub Exfoliant
Apply scrub into the T-zone areas (Forehead, cheekbones, nose bridge, and chin) don't be too rough.
Try to exfoliate for about 30 seconds. Don't and I repeat do not exfoliate if you have broken skin, wounds, an allergic reaction on the skin, or sunburn.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
There are many affordable exfoliants you can find on at the drugstore or online.
Step 3. Tone
This step helps to balance the skin pH, reduces oiliness and bad ance that can lead to skin infection. Toning helps to prep your skin for the final step which is Moisturizing. A toner is somewhat similar to an astringent, usually water-based solution that works to eliminate irritants and even out skin tone. They are usually tolerated by all skin types.
This is how I tone;
Apply a small amount of toner onto a cotton pad, if too much lightly squeeze to remove excess.
Pat the toner into your skin, you want to pay keen attention to your T-zone areas, forehead, chin cheekbones, and nose bridge. These areas are normally oily.
Avoid mouth and eyes.
Lovies, remember not to skip this step, it is essential. It removes minerals and other chemical residues that may result from using tap water during cleansing. Below is an example of an affordable toner I use daily.
Step 4. Moisturizing
When you add moisturizer to your daily skincare routine, the beauty fairies sing songs of joy! the simple act of moisturizing prevents dryness, wrinkles, flaking, and breakouts. Always keep your skin hydrated I have oily to combination skin
How I moisturize;
Apply a small amount of moisturizer onto your clean finger.
Use the tip of your fingers to gently massage moisturizer into your skin. ( when massaging, you lift the face, don't pull it down.)
Massage your cheeks to temporal areas, pull from the center of your chin to the jawline, then lift to your ears. When massaging the forehead, lift up to the hairline.
Other Moisturizer products I use,
Doing a daily skincare routine doesn’t seem all that difficult now, does it? Try doing this 4 step routine yourself and let me know how it went with a comment below. Be sure to do C.T.M (cleanse, tone, and moisturize) twice daily and remember to only exfoliate twice weekly as per my recommendations. I have outlined a basic skincare routine you can trust, along with some budget-friendly products. Now that you are familiar with prepping your skin before applying your makeup, visit my blog post, How To Apply Makeup Step-By-Step For The Beginner. here I detailed a step-by-step approach to applying your makeup in layers.
I am waiting, I am anxious to hear all about your journey to fabulous skin. Stay tuned for my blog on the different skin types, in which I will go in-depth on the skincare products that are ideally suited for each.
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