Skincare has been part of human hygiene and grooming routines for thousands of years, and they just seem to be getting more and more complex.
Most of us invest a whole lot of money into buying skincare products, and even try to adjust our diets. The he truth is, it’s not going to work if you don’t do it right.
Thanks to Chrisla essentials, SYM brings you the perfect skincare routine for all skin types without leaving a dent in your pocket.
For maximum benefits, we need to stress the necessity of having BOTH a morning and a night time skincare routine.
The morning routine is all about protecting your skin from all the harshness of the day like dust, the sun rays and pollution.
The night time routine is there to help in the process of repairing and nourishing the skin after a long day.
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to skincare routine is, “What is the correct sequence of applying the products?” No need to worry, we’ve made it simple for you.
- use serums
- eye creams
- spot treatments
- face oil
Night Time Routine
- use serums
- eye creams
- spot treatments
- face oil
When you start with your skin care routine, it’s advisable to have a fresh, clean face free from dirt and grime, a cleanser gets rid of all that trouble. One of our favorite cleansing method is the “Double Cleanse Method”.
The double cleanse method consists of using two cleansers, first an oil based cleanser and then following up with a water-based cleanser. Some affordable oil-based cleansers are Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, just to mention a few, it is most likely to be a product you already have at home. You can find good water-based cleansers ranging from N$80 to N$150 at your nearest Dis-Chem or Clicks stores.
The oil-based cleanser clears off make-up, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin, while the water-based cleanser removes sweat, bacteria and old skin cells from the surface of your skin.
If you have an oily or acne-prone skin, simply befriend a facial toner. It cleans out your pores and corrects your PH balance by removing excess dirt. Clogged up dirt in your pores causes frequent acne breakouts, but with Chrisla Essentials Rose Water Facial Toner, you can expect a glowing and dewy skin. Rose water is a great ingredient in a facial toner because of its antibacterial properties that helps to heal scars, cuts and wounds. It’s anti-inflammatory properties aid in reducing redness and itchiness from irritated skin and gets rid of acne and eczema.
Serums are concentrated nutrients, dehydrators and antioxidants that your skin needs to heal and produce new skin cells.
Instead of just sitting on the surface of your skin like a moisturiser, the serum gets absorbed deep into your skin. It helps your face feel firmer and smoother, making your pores appear smaller. The Forever Young Face Serum by Chrisla Essentials is great because it is made of natural essential oils that aren’t only good for your face but for your hair too! Their concentrated formula aids in hair loss, balding and thinning edges.
Make sure you apply these before your oils and moisturisers, because eye creams are usually thinner and lighter than moisturisers. Here’s the secret, lighter products can’t penetrate thicker products, so light ones always go first.
Since eye creams are usually on the pricier side of skin care, we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity for a DIY dupe! Get yourself some fresh Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil or Shea Butter and you’re good to go! It’s that simple.
- Aloe gel helps to keep the skin supple and smooth, while providing anti-inflammatory effects that help with those puffy under eyes.
- Coconut Oil is an amazing natural and gentle anti-inflammatory product. It moisturises, helps to lighten the area and prevents wrinkles!
- Shea Butter enriches the skin with vitamin A, E, and F. The butter aids in the production of collagen so your skin gets tighter, fading away wrinkles.
The Chrisla Essentials ‘Spots Be Gone Serum’ is perfect for getting rid of those pests’ scars and spots that just won’t go away. It’s made from essential oils that help treat dark spots and also helps with the production of new skin cells.
Other DIY spot cream options include using a cotton suave and applying either lemon juice, baking soda, aspirin or tea tree oil directly onto the spot. This works wonders for spots because they contain either cyclical acid, citric acid and other anti-inflammatory properties that help get rid of dark spots and scars really fast.
This is a very important step in your skin care routine that you absolutely cannot afford to miss because a moisturiser seals in all of the products underneath it, to make the process even more effective. No matter how oily or dry you think your skin is, moisturising your skin is a must. A good moisturiser is light, hydrating and non-greasy.
Try to find one infused with SPF 30 at least, just in case you’re planning on not using a sunscreen, which we don’t recommend.
Face oils are your sealants, make sure all the products are locked in. You don’t need to buy any expensive ones either, have a look in your kitchen for some Virgin Olive Oil, extra virgin is the best, or some Coconut Oil and you’re sorted.
Now just because oils are light it doesn’t mean they can penetrate. Products can’t penetrate oils, so apply the oil last and have it absorbed by the skin rather than clog your pores by applying it first. This step is best before bed because the oils keep the other products locked in as your body works and repairs itself while you have your beauty sleep.
Retinol is pretty much vitamin A. It gets rid of wrinkles and giving the skin a dewy and young-looking glow. If your skin is prone to acne, then this is your hero.
We recommend that you start using this in your 20s and 30s because it might be too harsh for the younger skin types. It takes about 3 to 4 months to completely get rid of skin problems, but good things come to those who wait.
Sunscreen goes on last because unlike all the other products it doesn’t need to get absorbed into your skin, it’s just a protective layer, one that is crucial to having a perfect skin. In a country as hot as Namibia, you would not want to be roaming around in the UV rays with your bare skin.
The skin care guru Dr. Gohara says, ” The absolute bare-minimum SPF you need on your face is SPF 30.” Which means that the SPF 15 in your foundation doesn’t make the cut.
We can all use and buy skincare products but the secret to getting the results is CONSISTENCY. These products need time to work on your skin and show you the glamorous results we all wish for. Lastly, make sure to drink lots of water every day, don’t sleep with make-up on, and be consistent with your routine.
by: Ndapewa Nombanza