Skin Care 101: The Ultimate Guide For ALL Skin Types


I hate to be the one to break it to ya, but you’re doing it all wrong! From, washing your face to exfoliating, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t worry though, because your good sis has your back and is gonna make sure you get that glowing, “perfect” skin you dreamed of! Here’s the lesson on skin care 101, the things nobody tells you!

The Right Way To:

  • Wash Your face

I know you’re probably thinking you can’t be washing your face wrong, that’s not possible. It’s hard to believe that such a simple task can be done wrong, but is it really all that simple? This is how you’re doing it wrong, not using a face or baby washcloth and instead using a scratchy washcloth not meant to go on your face. If you’re not washing your hands before washing your face, ya nasty, haha. The right way to wash your face is to wet your face after washing your hands, use WARM water, rinse and repeat, and use the right cleanser for your skin type

  • Use Toner

Toner is a great way to shrink pores and balance the pH of your skin. The way you are using toner wrong is by not applying it between cleansing and moisturizing your face. Don’t use a toner that will dry out your skin, especially if you have oily skin doing this will only make your skin produce more oil. After washing your face, splash cold water on your face then pat dry with a face or baby towel. Then, dampen a cotton pad with the toner and gently wipe it over your face and neck.

  • Moisturize

Moisturizing is another task in the skincare routine that seems super simple but can be done wrong. There is much more to it than rubbing and repeating. People often underestimate the power of a moisturizer, but using the proper moisturizer will make your skin look plumper and smoother. The right way to moisturize is by using it 15-30 seconds after your toner, using the right one for your skin type, not using oil in place of your cream-based moisturizer and making sure you don’t rub it in too hard.

  • Use Serums

Serums or face oils are great for dry skin but don’t skip out on the serums if you have oily or combination skin. Most people apply their serums after moisturizer; This is NOT what you want to do. Serums especially are meant to penetrate deep into the skin, so make sure there are no barriers like a moisturizer that prevents it from soaking into the skin. Face oils can be used after your moisturizer though as long as you are using the right oil for your skin type.

  • Exfoliate

Exfoliating is just as important as the other steps in your routine. Some people may believe that exfoliating is bad for your skin when that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The problem is when people over-exfoliate or use a gritty exfoliator which will do more harm than good. Now, don’t think this means you shouldn’t exfoliate. Not exfoliating can actually stop your skincare from being able to absorb into your skin.

If you want a more in-depth article on skincare products and their uses I highly suggest

Skin Care can be A LOT, especially when I just told you everything you have done to take care of your skin is wrong. Sorry, not sorry! Haha! Now that we have covered the right way to do things, let’s go over the right products for each skin type.

Let me know my ultimate guide helped you! I sure would’ve appreciated seeing this when I was younger. A lot of the products listed below are for my girls on the budget, because Me Too *raises hand*.

Skincare Products Guide

Dry SkinOily SkinSensitive SkinCombinationNormal Skin
Derma E. Hydrating CleanserCeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser oily skin.CetaPhil Gentle Skin CleanserBliss Makeup Melt Jelly CleanserNeutrogena Face Foaming Cleanser
Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing TonerThayer Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe VeraAvène Gentle Toning LotionSK-II Facial Treatment EssencePixi by Petra Glow Tonic
Drunk Elephant: Lala Retro Whipped Cream Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing MoisturizerCetaphil Daily Hydrating LotionCetaphil Daily Facial MoisturizerBelif True Cream Aqua Bomb
Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Serumhe Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing SerumVichy Mineral 89 Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Seruml'oreal paris revitalift derm intensives pure vitamin c serum
MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil
SkinActive Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub
E.L.F. Online Only Gentle Peeling ExfoliantGlossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector

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  1. Thanks for the info on serums, I haven?t quite mastered this part of skin care, but I can say invest in your skin and it?ll pay you back! I love the breakdown of this!

    1. No Problem! ? Getting the skin of your dreams is definitely a loong process and an expensive one, haha. It can be hard to buy the expensive skin care products, but it’s so worth it.
      Thanks, for the feedback!

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips! I also watched a Jackie Aina video where she shared that a chemical exfoliant (face wash or serum) can help people avoid over-exfoliating. Just have to follow the use instructions 😉

    1. No problem! A chemical exfoliant is better for your skin than a physical exfoliant so I recommend those especially for beginners. I find the hardest part is implementing the tips into your everyday skin routine but ?perfect? skin is a process so go easy on yourself! ?

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