Skincare routines are a major form of self-love– you feel better in your skin when you give it the attention and care it deserves. Plus, you’ll reduce inflammation, avoid scarring, and keep wrinkles at bay!
But many are overwhelmed by the idea of a skincare routine. We’ve created a basic, universal skincare routine to help you get started. You can expand this routine for a special weekly pampering night or adjust as you learn how your skin reacts. But these tips are a great way to start!
Wash with the Right Cleanser
Your skin exists to protect everything inside you from dirt, germs, oils, and other contaminants– but that means your skin is also exposed to every gross thing. So even if you went to bed with a clean face, you still need to wash your face in the morning! Your pillow and sheets can press oils, allergens, and dust into your skin all night.
If you wear makeup during the day, always remove everything to avoid clogging pores and causing inflammation.
- Gel cleansers are typically used on oily and combination skin or breakout-prone skin. They clean deeply but may leave you feeling dry, so balance your routine with the right moisturizer!
- Cream cleansers are typically made for dry and sensitive skin types. They don’t foam and will leave your skin feeling hydrated. Be sure to use lukewarm water if you have dry or sensitive skiing– exposure to hot water makes dry skin drier!
- Bar soaps have little to no package, and the right bar soap is a great full-body option, including the face. We suggest shopping for a soap with soothing ingredients like milks, animal fats, honey, and other natural ingredients.
- Powder cleansers are potent and undiluted because they don’t have any water content, which increases potency and efficacy (and is better for the environment). A powder cleanser gently exfoliates while deeply cleansing all skin types.
Prep Your Skin for Deep Hydration
It’s essential to add a step between cleansing and applying your moisturizer. Mists (sometimes called toners) are another great way to boost your skin! Hydrating mists often incorporate vitamins and calming agents. And the spray application allows you to put a thin, even layer across your entire face.
Up your mist game by:
- Using mists containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These ingredients will give you the most significant impact and are safe on all skin types and sensitive skin while creating noticeable deep hydration! Like a great toner, they plump your skin cells to develop deep, lasting hydration.
- Using your mist as a setting spray. Double the impact of your hydrating mists by using them as your setting spray! You’ll add a final layer of hydration after makeup application and get a dewy glow to your look.
- Astringent toners aren’t the best toning option. Astringent toners are commonly available at drug stores and beauty suppliers, but we don’t recommend using them as your toner. They typically contain isopropyl alcohol which drys out your skin, and often have other ingredients that are common skin irritants. Do your research before using astringent toners, and use them sparingly!
Our new toner that is coming soon, comes in a misting spray for easy and even application and plumps up your skin cells for a healthy, hydrating glow.
Moisturize With the Best Ingredients
Water exposure dries out your skin– so after cleaning all the dirt, makeup, and irritating oils, we need to put moisture back into the skin. Not all moisturizers will help your skin glow, however. Using the wrong moisturizer can worsen acne or fail to hydrate your skin properly.
Shop informed with these pro tips:
- Natural ingredients can do so much more than hydrate your skin. Ethically-sourced ingredients like bovine colostrum nurture skin growth, offer protection from UV rays and deeply hydrate and pamper your skin. Colostrum is safe for all skin types and for the whole family!
- Lightweight cream moisturizers are perfect for oily or combination skin types. Look for the word “non-comedogenic” on the label (that’s a big word for saying the ingredients won’t clog your pores). If you’re trying to control acne outbreaks, you can look for moisturizers with anti-bacterial agents in them as well.
- Gel and cream moisturizers are perfect for dry or sensitive skin types. Gel moisturizers allow for deep hydration but don’t clog your pores like oil-based moisturizers often do. It’s safe on sensitive skin and will help prevent acne breakouts!
- Rich creams and ointments are the saving grace for extra dry skin and conditions like eczema. Check the label for healing agents like Vitamins A, E, and C, rejuvenating ceramides, and hyaluronic acid to help lock in moisture.
Do you find your makeup wears off quickly? It may be because you’re applying it too soon after moisturizing!
Leave some space between your morning skincare routine and makeup application (5 minutes should do it). A short break will allow the product to soak into the skin instead of leaving a slippery surface– makeup needs a dry surface to bind to!
Morning Routine Addition: SPF Daily and Year Round
Of course, we have to include adding sunscreen to your morning routine. Sunscreen is an essential step many skip or only do on sunny summer days. But UV light is just as powerful during the winter or cloudy days!
Tips for shopping for sunscreen:
- Use a minimum of SPF 30 for your daily sunscreen and pay special attention to your forehead and nose (they get the most sun exposure).
- Watch out for your skin type! Some sunscreens are oily and can clog pores, and others aren’t suited for sensitive skin.
- Use a misting sunscreen for quick and easy application. But make sure it’s a misting bottle– don’t use aerosol cans!
Don’t forget to protect the environment. Did you know that some common sunscreen ingredients are harmful to ocean habitats? Be sure to avoid ingredients like Oxybenzone and Octinoxate that are toxic to ocean wildlife!
Bonus Steps for Pampering Your Skin
Want to take your skincare to the next level? Then add some additional steps to your daily skincare, or use them weekly for a rejuvenating spa night!
Skin serums have concentrated active ingredients that sink quickly into your skin cells for a powerful boost. You’ll often notice they’re high viscosity, meaning they’re thicker like oil rather than runny like water.
It’s also lighter than most moisturizers and face creams, so it feels great on your skin. And because serums sink quickly into your skin, many see results faster!
Get the most out of your serums by:
- Getting ones with vitamins and protectants. Ingredients like Vitamins C and E, green tea, and ferulic acid boost skin growth and protect against UV rays.
- Shopping for your specific needs. Serums are most effective when used to treat your unique skin needs, including dark spots, chronic dryness, or dull skin.
- Knowing your limits. Serums often use common ingredients like retinol and salicylic acid– but these can be very irritating or even cause allergic reactions in some people. Try out new serums in small areas first, then shop for your comfort and skin needs!
No one likes dry, flakey skin– especially after putting on foundation and seeing the edges lift! Exfoliating your skin improves its appearance by removing dead flakes, assists in a deeper clean, and can improve moisturizer absorption.
Some popular exfoliating methods include:
- Facial razors: Facial razors remove peach fuzz, flakey skin, and surface-level blackheads. You’ll create a clear surface for makeup application and improve the effectiveness of cleaners, moisturizers, and serums.
- Facial scrubs: Scrubs use tiny beads or grains within a cleansing gel to polish skin impurities. Exfoliating scrubs can come in small to large grains, so if you have sensitive skin, use lighter scrubs (and sparingly)! Stay away from granular scrubs like apricot seeds– they can cause microtears in your skin! Instead, use finely ground seeds, rice bran, or beeswax seeds as the exfoliant ingredient.
Chemical exfoliators are a great option for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin. Enzymes like subtilisin are safe for all skin types, eat away dead skin cells, and even prevent hair growth!
Add Liquid Gold to the Whole Family’s Skin Care Routine!
At Nurst, we’re obsessed with providing loving care for healthy skin. So we use ethically and locally sourced bovine colostrum in our skincare line, providing vitamins, antioxidants, and other super-charged ingredients to care for the whole family.
Grown from a family-owned, regenerative Washington dairy, Nurst sprang up to use excess colostrum from dairy cows to heal skin naturally for the whole family. From farm to skin, shop our colostrum cream today– and watch for the rest of our skincare line dropping this year!