This post is sponsored by Target.
I receive numerous compliments from friends and acquaintances on my "glowing skin," and questions about my skin-care routine. I usually begin my consultation by asking the person about their own routine and, surprisingly, a common answer is, "just soap and water." In many instances, these ladies are using very drying soaps such as African black soap (which I swear by) and calling it a day. This makes me cringe because I just know their skin is crying for a lot of TLC. I stopped by Target to see my local Beauty Concierge for the new year to find some new options for my everyday skin-care regimen. Are you following these six important steps?
Step 1: Prep
Hopefully you didn't spend the night in your makeup, but prep your skin for cleansing by using a Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelette to get rid of any excess. When you're at home, use it to remove your makeup and proceed with the rest of your routine. When you're traveling, my Beauty Concierge told me that it can be used as a makeup remover, a cleanser, and a toner.
Step 2: Cleanse
I've used African black soap for years, and I always recommend it to others. It seems like over the years women have caught on to this fabulous beauty secret, but they're skipping out on one super important step and leaving their skin thirsty. Try Shea Moisture's African Black Soap with Shea Butter for a little extra moisture, but you'll want to keep reading!
Step 3: Exfoliate + Mask
I recommend treating your skin to some exfoliation twice a week, but if you have super sensitive skin it might not be as often. My Beauty Concierge suggested the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub to detox the skin and remove the impurities that still lie deep within the pores. You want to make sure your pores are thoroughly cleaned to prevent those nasty breakouts from popping up.
Step 4: Tone
Rosewater, rosewater, rosewater! It's among my top skin-care recommendations for women. Make sure you're toning. There are several types of toners out there, but Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz is a natural option that will refresh the skin and prep you for moisturizing, whether you're getting ready for a day out or a night of beauty sleep. You can use a cotton ball to apply your toner or spritz it lightly on your face.
Step 5: Treat
Depending on your skin concerns, a treatment might be super helpful. Keep in mind that you don't exactly need to have a treatment for a successful skin regimen, but it's very helpful. Spot treatments, serums, and eye creams are among the popular ones. Personally, I use an eye cream because allergies can leave my eyes feeling super dry. I wanted to find one that wouldn't leave my lids feeling oily after applying eye makeup, so my Beauty Concierge suggested the e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream. It's extremely hydrating, and a little bit goes a long way!
Step 6: Moisturize
Black soap can be quite drying, so if you're not using a moisturizer with it, your skin is probably crying for help. Don't leave your skin high and dry! I have naturally have oily skin, so I have to find moisturizers that will hydrate and mattify, yet radiate my skin. The No. 7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Oily skin does just that! It also gives the protection of SPF 15 and is hypoallergenic.
I know this may seem like a lot of steps for one routine, but when you're consistent morning and night, your breakouts will be kept to a minimum. Yes, even those embarrassing PMS breakouts that look as though Mother Nature is creating a new constellation on your face! I dread those. It's a new year and time to glow up on your routine! What are some of your favorite skin-care products for refreshed, glowing skin?