I would like to introduce you guys to my personal journey and skin care guide. Let me introduce you all you Glamour Groupie University. I will take you through skin care journeys, guide you through best practices, tips for natural product usages, and product reviews from the Glamour Groupie Product line and other companies. It is my goal to get you on path to effortless and affordable glamour.
Great skin does not just happen because you are born with it. Your daily eating and drinking habits as well as your skin care routine impacts the skin you see in the mirror. There are hundreds of thousands of articles that tell you how to care for your skin. How you decide to proceed is a deeply personal choice. Glamour Groupie University serves as a guide to help you sort through all of the information that can be conflicting and confusing and lead you to develop your own routine and products that works for you.
There isn’t an end all be all for any set of products and there honestly isn’t one for your routine. However, there are a few basic steps that each routine should entail.
So, let me give you the first step to your journey to healthier skin… Honestly it is probably the best advice I will ever offer. Are you ready?
The first step to a great skincare routine is… Patience. Let me say that again, your skin will not change over night or within one week and probably not in the next month. So please, be patient, trust the process, and enjoy the journey. When you begin using products give the new products at least 6-8 weeks to see changes. This 6-8 weeks of product trial is a key component that will organically lead you to step two.
Step two is consistency. Results in your skin will only be noticed when you remain consistent in your routine. Once you embark on this journey to healthier skin the key to changes and success is developing a routine that you follow twice daily. Taking care of your skin every single morning and evening is the way to get results. Please don’t beat yourself up if your skin isn’t perfect after a few weeks, the best things come to those that wait. The ultimate goal of healthy skincare is to achieve an improved complexion.
So let’s take this journey to the next level. These next 4 steps are just the basics and you can add more to them as you learn more about your skin. These are the minimal steps anyone should ever take with their skin and these steps can be achieved in under 5 minutes. Which brings me to the importance of an easy sustainable routine.
I know that time is of the essence for the Glamour Groupie but, taking care of your skin is a must without demanding too much of your personal time. I must make note of the fact that my personal skincare routine consists of many more steps. These steps listed in this section are very basic and you must add steps that also address your unique skin needs and problems. For example, my personal routine consists of 10 steps that address my skin issues which include oily skin, adult acne, and hyperpigmentation. My ten step routine is not too taxing which takes me less than 10 minutes and has helped me change my skin over the past 2 years.
Alright, Glamour Groupies the moment you have all been waiting for a 4 step routine that results in healthier skin, selfcare and a few minutes of dedicated me time.
1. Cleanse : Why must we cleanse ? Glamour Groupies we have to cleanse twice a day in the morning and in the evening. In the morning you are removing sweat and oil from the time you spent getting your beauty rest. If you have a tendency to have dry skin rinsing your face in the shower with just water is perfectly fine for your morning routine. However, if you are anything like me and you have oily skin a gentle cleanser is extremely beneficial in the morning. The evening cleansing routine helps remove the pollutants, toxins, and dirt from your day. The evening routines also helps to wash away makeup, other products, and excess oils. Therefore, I cannot stress enough that if you want to achieve glamourous glowing skin you should never, ever, skip the facial cleansing at night. Recommendations: Glamour Groupies Grab a Hydrating Cleanser. Why? Because it is useful for all skin types. Need a recommendation Cetaphil has a great cleanser that I have been using for the past few years. Feel free to experiment but if you are looking for something tried tested and true for me and many others Cetaphil is a great go to option. The brand is a cruelty free brand, hypoallergenic, and is non-comedogenic which is important in skin care. I love this fragrance-free cleanser because it feels a lot like lotion, so it feels like my skin is being protected. .Also, this cleanser won’t break the bank and it is easy to find. For a price point of about $10 Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser can be found at most Drugstores, Walmart, or Target.
2. Tone: Why Must we tone? Toners are not necessary for skin health and maintenance but if you have oily skin and you are plagued by blackheads and whiteheads toners are lifesavers. For those of you considering forgoing the toner process keep in mind toners help prepare the skin for moisturizers and skin serums.
Oily is skin is great for looking young and I believe the fountain of youth lies within oily skin. Looking young because of oily skin is all fun and games until you are still breaking out like a teenager at 30 and 40 years old. As we age it becomes important for us to take care of our skin and adding a toner to your routine helps you do that by refreshing your skin without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. When you select the right toner, it helps balance the skin without drying or irritating it. Recommendations: Grab a toner that works for your skin types. I have very oily skin, so I created a toner that works great for my skin. It is available at www.GlamourGroupieCosmetics.com for $6.00 However, there are quite a few toners that work fabulously such as Fenty Fat Water Pore Refining Serum for $28. However, if you are looking for something with a lower price point or you can rock with some Thayer’s Lavender Witch hazel which sells for under $12 a bottle. Thayer's Lavender Witch Hazel
3. Moisturize: Why must we moisturize? Grab an oil-free, fragrance-free moisturizer. This step is also a great place to address your individual skin concerns that you have. This is done by seeking an ingredient that meets your specific skin care needs. Hey Glamour Divas, if you have oily skin this is not permission to skip this step . If you skip this step your skin will become dried out. If you are worried about breakouts.
Recommendations: An inexpensive option that I have started using is Clair Beauty Hemp & Rose Nourishing Day Moisturizer. It is available on Amazon for less than $15.00. My oily skinned Divas, I recommend finding a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer Pink Grapfruit for under $12.00 at Target or Walmart. This moisturizer is perfect for a quick energizing pick me with its citrusy scent.
4. Sunscreen: Last but certainly not least we need to talk sunscreen. Yes, I am even talking to black and brown women about sunscreen. Yes, we are ”melinated” and have some lovely protection from sunlight and UV Rays provided by our melanin. However, I must warn you that if you are stepping out of the house with a sunscreen you are doing your skin health a serious disservice. People of color typically discover skin cancers later which results indicate higher mortality rates. Therefore, you must protect your skin each and every day not just when the sun is shining. You can make your life easier by choosing a moisturizer with a SPF of 30 or higher. I have issues with hyperpigmentation, so I use a separate sunscreen on my face every day.
Recommendation: Neutrogena Clear Face has been my choice for a few years and is available for under $12.00 at Target or Walmart.
*****Remember that when trying out a new skin care routine or product give it time. When you are selecting new products choose products without too many ingredients and preferably with ingredients you can pronounce. Also, stick to products that work for you. Skin care is all about improvements and patience. So, please try a product for 8 to 12 weeks before switching. As a matter of fact, if you are trying out a product that promises you results that are immediate, I would advise you to not waste your money because there aren’t any instant and immediate results in skin care. Now the only time you should do an immediate product switch is if you have some sort of allergic reaction. Then by all means, you should discontinue use immediately. My final tips are to use your skincare products from thinnest to thickest. Basically that means use your cleanser, then move on to your toner, and if you use a serum use it before you use your moisturizer and finally apply your sunscreen if you are headed outdoors. Glamour groupie if you follow this routine you are on your way to healthier and glowing skin.
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