I am back from hiatus to finish my quest of helping queens level up
via my experience with skincare.
If you have a different skin type as revealed by the test mentioned in the skin type test post I wrote previously, I must emphasize this documented routine will not benefit your skin.
Do Not Attempt.
Please wait for the skin type analysis & routine recommendations relevant to your specific skin type!
First, it is essential to review the structure of skin itself; more specifically, the differences between healthy skin and unhealthy skin.
In essence, healthy skin is visibly apparent as such primarily because it has a barrier with sufficient oil and water soluble compounds to ensure that the water and oil soluble nutrients your skin needs can be efficiently delivered to the deeper skin layers to ensure your skin can maintain elasticity, interconnections with neighboring cells, and water retention to continue optimal skin cell function.
Knowing each layer of skin is nice knowledge to generally have, but the main takeaway left to impart is that the skin is like a sponge. where it can absorb limited quantities of nutrient resources at a time.
These reasons are why successful skincare routines are designed to accommodate the daily circadian rhythm processes the skin undergoes throughout the 24 hr cycle.
Expect at minimum a morning routine and a night routine to take utmost advantage of the innate skin organ behaviors of each 12 hour phase of the day.
Combination skin is a bit tricky to learn to maintain, but there are essential rules that you can use to help find out what is effective for you.
In essence, the distribution of oil production in the skin is not ever uniform, which I often found in my informal experience to be a factor that contributes to eczema patches in the skin because the internal structures are not uniformly interconnected and not uniformly nourished leaving many exploitable vulnerabilities for bacteria to enter.
This inherent structural inequity means that exfoliation and pH stabilizing toner are essential for this skin type, yet it also needs ingredients that also benefit dry skin types too, since combination skin benefits the most from the mildest, gentlest routine as well to gradually increase its overall physical resilience to environmental strain.
gentle cleanser for removing some oil but not all at once.
once or twice a week: pineapple/papaya enzyme chemical exfoliant
pH stabilizing toner to whole face
Water based serum to whole face; need vitamin C here* if your skin is good with it. (This is where it would go if you are able to use it).
oily skin type oil-serum over whole face
moisturizer with viscosity lesser than dry skin type one and slightly creamer than oily skin moisturizer.
Optional: water-resistant makeup
pH stabilizing toner
oil serum - lavender
I expect to update this with ingredient recommendations and product links as my current tech permits.
thank you for your patience and I look forward to questions