Updated: Sep 7, 2020
If you are new to skincare this is a good place to start your journey! Please enjoy this 5 minute read, and let us know if you have any questions!
Your skin will be one of the four skin types: normal, dry, oily or a combination of these. Understanding which skin type you have will help you to choose the right skincare products.
Normal is the term used by dermatologists to refer to well-balanced skin. Normal skin has:
a velvety, soft and smooth texture
good blood circulation
a fresh, rosy color uniform transparency
Dry is used to describe a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands. It coats, moisturizes, and protects your skin.
Oily skin is caused by over production of sebum. This over production is known as seborrhea. Causes of Oily skin vary, but can include:
hormonal changes and imbalances
comedogenic cosmetics (make-up products that cause irritation)
Combination skin types are as the name suggests. Skin that consists of a mix of skin types.
An oily T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dryer cheeks indicate the so-called combination skin. Other combinations include:
enlarged pores in the T-Zone area perhaps with some impurities
normal to dry cheeks
When starting your skin care routine for the first time, or when changing a routine, you may notice your skin is a little irritated. This is common, but there is a difference between normal irritations to using products and the product itself begin the issue.
Everyone's skin is unique, just as it's needs, so a product that works well for your friend may not work as well for you. Just like when choosing makeup you'll go through a lot of trial and error until you find the ones that work for your skin. The same can be said for skincare products.
We recommend that you start with a gentle cleanser, and to use cool water and not warm. Warm water can irritate your skin, especially if you have dry skin, and can cause pores to open up and collect what you put on it. Gentle cleansers should be used at least once a day or up to twice a day, depending on your skins needs. The debate on whether to cleanse in the morning or at night really doesn't matter, so long as you begin cleansing in your routine.
Follow up with a moisturizer and sunblock, and try this for a few days. if after cleansing and moisturizing you find your skin is irritated, dry, or overly oily chances are the products you are using are not meant for your skin type. See the last section of this blog for our recommended products and tips for both saving money while trying products, and how to commit to having healthy skin outside of a skincare routine.
For most a routine may start first thing in the morning after they wake up. You spend 5 minutes or less cleansing and applying products so you can then go about your day knowing your skin is taken care of.
Others may choose to start a skincare routine in the evening, cleansing and applying a night cream before bed. This is a great way to keep your skin healthy and clean and allowing time to revitalize your skin while you sleep.
If you can, we recommend trying to get into the routine of doing both a morning and evening routine. This allows you to prep your face for the day, and then remove makeup or harmful bacteria in the evening.
No matter what time of the day you can begin this journey the important thing is that you start! Taking care of your skin, especially as a cosplayer, is so important!
We highly recommend having a cleanser in your arsenal. You may choose to add Toner as well, but as long as you have a good cleanser to start you are already on your way to taking good care of your skin! Some good starter cleansers we recommend are linked below.
We recommend getting a sample size, so that you can give it at least a week's try and not waste a lot of money on product you may find you can't use. Our Gentle Cleanser comes in a sample size, and you can get a starter kit of samples for $10 HERE.
The next product we recommend you invest in for your skin is HA Serum.
Hyluronic acid does not occur naturally on the surface of your skin, but when applied via skin care, it's a wonderful moisturizing ingredient. When you apply HA, it works as a humectant. Humectants basically pull water from the environment into your skin and are very hydrating.
On the market HA serums can go anywhere from $12-60+ for a 1oz bottle. A little goes a long way, and although an investment we highly recommend you look into getting this wonderful serum! Our HA Serum is comparable to the high grade ones already on the market but at a fraction of the cost. You may also be interested in these other great brands:
You can exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week as long as your skin can handle it, otherwise push for 1 time a week. Exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by enhancing absorption. Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts.
Our product doubles as both an exfoliate and a mask and contains no added fragrances, which can lead to breakouts on your skin. We also recommend checking out the following brands for exfoliating products: