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A Great Skincare Routine, Step By Step


A few months ago a New York Times article popped up in our social feed that broke down the best way to form a daily skincare routine. It was chock full of great tips and a simplified approach, so we wanted to share a few gems from it here. To read it in full (and we suggest you do!), follow this link: How To Build A Skin Care Routine -- T Magazine

First and foremost, everyone has unique needs when it comes to their skin. From sensitive to oily to combination to any range of dermatological issues, you'll need to explore skincare options that are best suited to your skin type, and occasionally consult with a doctor for certain conditions. That said, there are three basic steps for everyone.

Step 1: CLEANSE

Every day we're exposed to lots of environmental gook that needs to be washed off, but without removing all the healthy, natural oils our skin produces. Choose your cleanser based on your skin type. Micellar water is a great recommendation for any skin type, but others may surprise you. Not familiar with cleansing oils yet? These are great options for sensitive skin types, as they remove dirt gently and the oil actually absorbs other oil. Those with dry skin can check out creamy cleansers that contain ingredients like shea butter or glycerin, which help clear away impurities while imparting hydrating emollient benefits.

Step 2: TONE

Wonder if you really need a toner? A good one will actually help boost your overall regimen by balancing skin and helping the other products penetrate the skin, while also adding more glow-enhancing ingredients to your daily routine. A hydrosol, or flower water, is an excellent way to add more botanical benefits to your skincare. Hydrosols are the aromatic remains produced as a by-product of the essential oil making process, and those remains infuse the water with powerful, skin and soul nurturing properties.

Rose water is most notably famous for its calming, skin-softening effect and fragrant scent, but others deserve just as much recognition: earthy, herbal-scented Melissa (lemon balm) or resinous, woody Frankincense also has a calming, toning effect and is a great choice for oily or blemish-prone skin. These hydrosols, along with witch hazel (which also helps condition and cleanse the skin) are the main ingredients in our three types of Flower Essence Face Mist, toners that are also enhanced with aloe vera and other botanical extracts like chamomile and calendula.

Use your toner after cleansing, but before serum or moisturizing. Hydrating hydrosol-based toners and mists are also great ways to freshen and hydrate throughout the day, particularly during the drying air of winter.

Step 3: MOISTURIZE

Serums will provide your skin with potent doses of ingredients, while a moisturizer works to prevent water loss in outer layers of the skin, according to the Times. Every skin type will want to moisturize, but choose the right one: oily skin types should look for a lightweight gel moisturizer while dry to sensitive types will want to increase the consistency to an oil-based cream or a soothing balm.

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Don't forget to add some kind of sun protection to your daily routine, and treat yourself to a face mask once a week or so. Clay face masks absorb oils and help to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving you with a healthy glow. Clay masks with charcoal are especially purifying for the skin--activated charcoal binds to debris and helps pull it away. Other clay masks are infused with botanical elements, like our Lavender + Hibiscus Face Mask, which features fresh ground lavender buds and hibiscus powder. It smells heavenly and the flower particles help remove dead skin and boost radiance.

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Intention crafts botanically based skincare and bath and body care using the finest ingredients, opting for organic or culinary grade ingredients whenever possible. Each small batch is handcrafted in the southern Adirondacks. 

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