Great skin starts with a personalized skincare routine – a set of products that work best for you. A personalized skincare routine can help you achieve soft, radiant skin, while the wrong one can exasperate existing problems and even create new ones.
But with so many products on the market, it can be extremely challenging to find the best treatment for your skin. Then there’s the issue of cost. Sure, you can shell out thousands of dollars for some of the most advanced products on the market, but is that really practical for everyday products such as face wash, toners, and moisturizers?
The good news is that finding the right skincare routine doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Over the years I’ve come to depend on many makeup artists and skincare specialists to help me find a routine that works best for me. So what’s the secret to creating the perfect skincare regime? With the help of my good friend and celebrity makeup artist Evelyn Ramirez (Instagram/evilyn_mua), I’ve come up with three tips to help you design and implement a skincare regime that works for your skin type and pocketbook.
Discover your skin type.
It’s no secret that there are many different types of skin. The problem is that most of us don’t know our skin type, and if we do, we don’t keep that in mind when we’re shopping for a facial cleanser or toner. “It is important and necessary to know your skin type,” says Evelyn Ramirez. “Knowing your skin type will help you make the proper decision when it comes to skin care or treatments.”
So what is the best way to discover your skin type? Ramirez recommends a simple test you can do at home. Wash your face in the morning, pat it dry, and take a few pieces of rice paper or tissue paper and press on different spots on your face. If your skin is oily, the paper will stick and pick up oily spots and become translucent. If the paper doesn’t stick or pick up any oily spots, your skin is likely dry. If it sticks in your t-zone area (forehead, nose and chin) then you have combination (or normal) skin. Most women have combination skin.
Focus on your skincare goals.
In addition to discovering your skin type, it’s also important to identify the skin issues you want to change or improve. Do you have uneven skin tone? Do you have dull skin? Whether you want to even out your skin tone or smooth out a few wrinkles, identifying your skincare issues can help you find products that not only work with your skin type but also feature ingredients designed to improve any issues you might have. Ramirez adds, “Remember to use skin care products that works together—it is pointless to use one skin care product that will cancel another out.”
Determine your budget.
Even the best skincare routine can be the wrong one if doesn’t fit your budget. Figure out how much you can and want to spend on skincare treatments, and find a set of products that match your budget. Saying yes to products within your means ensures that you stay on track with your finances as well as your beauty routine. You’re more likely to stick to a routine if you can afford it on a regular basis.
So which products do I use on the days of my photo shoots? Here are just a few of the skincare products Ramirez uses to pamper and prep my skin for the camera:
- Tom Ford Beauty Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme
- Mac Lip Conditioner
- Mac Strobe Cream
- La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream
- Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
- Chanel, Hydra Beauty Gel Yeux Hydration Protection Radiance Eye Gel
About the author: An international model, Kaki West has been featured on 16 magazine covers including the men’s magazine FHM. She is also a talented SAG actress and television host, currently interviewing celebrities for RealTV Films and Fox Sports. Kaki spends most of her time between her two favorite cities: Los Angeles and New York City.