Your Guide For A Basic Skin Care Routine

For those of you who do not know, I am a Master Esthetician. I graduated Esthetics school back in December of 2016 with 1200 hours and I have absolutely loved it! Not only do I enjoy what I do now, but I loved being in school and getting to learn so much about skin care. With that being said, I also love educating others and helping them to feel more confident in their skin so I thought I would put together a basic step-by-step to help you with your skin care goals!


Cleanser- There are 2 basic types of cleansers: Cream and Gel/Foaming. Cream cleansers are best for dry or aging skin. Gel and Foaming cleansers are going to work well for oily and acne prone skin. It is important to wash your face at night and in the morning, especially if you wear makeup, work out frequently, or have a job where your skin gets dirty. Pretty much- just wash your face.

Toner- Toners help to refresh and cool the skin. Again, there are 2 main types: Hydrating and Astringent. You want to go with a hydrating toner if you have dryer skin or combination skin. An astringent toner will help out more if you have oily skin as it will help take excess oil from the skin.

Moisturizer- The dryer your skin, the thicker and creamier you want your moisturizer to be. Consistencies range from thin lotions for oily skin to rich butters for very dry/ aging skin. You want to use some type of moisturizer even if your skin is oily. Hydration may help to balance out your skin and help even out oil production.

Exfoliation- It is important to exfoliate 1-2 times per week (depending on the type of exfoliation you are doing. If you get chemical peels done- this will be less frequent). You can use a chemical or mechanical exfoliation. Chemical simply means that the ingredients in the product slough off dead skin cells without any abrasive items like beads or salts. Mechanical is when a product uses beads, sugar, salts, or anything else abrasive to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells to keep the skin brighter, firmer, and helps manage break outs by keeping the skin clean.

From here you can start adding in any serums, eye creams, or specialty products you want! These few steps are just the foundation to help you get started with taking care of your skin. Let me know if you have any questions!

Future Esthetician

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I am so excited to start this next chapter of my life!

After being in school for 4 years and changing my major just as many times, I had my Associate’s Degree and no idea what I really wanted to do for school. I had a lot of different interests but every time I changed my major to try something out, I ended up frustrated and changing my major again. Last year, I was telling Wesley that I was thinking about changing my major again and he told me ‘This is it. Every time you change your major you have to pretty much start over with your classes. Whatever you pick next, you have to stick with.’

So, after that, I started thinking about all the things I enjoy continuously learning about. What kinds of things do I like that I had not thought of doing before? I kept coming back to skin care. I have always loved skin care and it is something that I enjoy learning about.

Why had I not thought of this before??

Of course I should be an esthetician! It is a job I could do anywhere, I can learn new things all the time, and I could go so many different directions- I could work in the spa industry or the medical field or work in education etc… So yeah. I am so excited to start school NEXT WEEK! And I am so thankful that I can start my education at Aveda Institute!

Nightly Beauty Rituals

Having some kind of nightly ritual for your skin is so important!

So many companies and websites have discussed the importance of going to bed with healthy, clean skin. These companies include: Allure Magazine, RealSimple, Fitness Magazine, and I found this awesome article on Huffington Post

“According to researchers at the University of California-Irvine, new skin cells grow faster while you sleep, so a good evening facial routine should be a high priority. At night, the goal is to repair damage from the day’s pollution, sun and stress, as well as to hydrate since you lose more water from your skin as you snooze, according to cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Doris Day.”

Since I am a skin care addict, I thought I would share my nightly beauty routine!

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#1 – Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleaning Towelettes – I’m one of those people who shower at night. So, I normally get all my make up form the day off in the shower. However, if I ever have any left over eye makeup (such a pain to get off), I use these towelettes and I love them! Burt’s Bees has always been a favorite of mine and the fact that they have an entire line for sensitive skin makes me like this company more!

#2 – LeeAnni Eco Go Away Gloomy Day – This stuff is amazing! It goes on so smoothly and is so light on my skin. I use it before my moisturizer and it has really helped my skin look brighter and just feel better. Also, I love products that have fun names!

#3 – Tucker Ashley Advanced Peptide Eye Complex – I got this Tucker Ashley product from subscribing to Ipsy. A little bit goes a long way with this particular product, which I love. I have never used an eye cream regularly before and this one has definitely made me realize how much I need one! I use it every morning and night and I am so sad my sample is almost gone!

#4 – Tucker Ashley Perfecting Moisturizer – I also got this product from Ipsy. I try out different moisturizers often because I love trying things out and finding new products I love. In the past, I have used Alba Botanica; but, when I got this in the mail, I was so excited to try it out! This moisturizer is so light on my skin and does not make me feel greasy or oily at all! I may have to purchase this again when my sample runs out 😉

So, this is my nightly routine! I stick to it every night, which I think is important, and then I have a different routine for the morning. Does anyone have any other tips or thoughts for what you do at night for your skin? Hope you had fun learning about some products I love!