Skin Care as Self Care

Skincare and self-care go hand in hand. 
It’s a moment of self devotion, tending to your largest organ (your skin!) It’s a way to start a busy day with a fresh face and fresh mindset, and to wash the day away and begin relaxing your body for bed at the end of the day. 
Our skin also protects us energetically - as our largest organ it’s how we interact with the world. Our skin can also act as an energetic shield, and because it absorbs so much of what we come in contact with, attending to the physical barrier helps support our energetic boundaries. Taking care of our skin can be considered magical hygiene.
Skincare can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it, but there are a few basic steps that are an accessible starting point for folks looking to develop a skincare routine. 
Start with freshly washed hands, hair up (bonus points for cute headbands) maybe a cup of tea or water, and let’s get started! 
Step 1: Oil Based Cleanser - Using two types of cleanser may sound like unnecessary work, but it is actually a more gentle way to cleanse the skin. First, use a moisturizing oil-based cleanser to gently remove makeup, excess sebum, and pollution from your day. Oil adheres to oil, so massage a small dollop onto dry skin, taking extra care with the delicate skin around the eyes. Rinse well with water and watch all your makeup melt away. Wild Grace's Blue Chamomile Cleansing Oil is the perfect gentle cleanser for this step. 
Step 2: Water Based Cleanser - Now that your makeup is removed, we can get around to actually cleansing the skin. A gentle, simple soap works for this step best - Seagrape’s best sellers are perfect for facial bars, as they have active ingredients that are specially formulated for common skin issues. Golden Milk has turmeric and coconut milk that can soothe red or irritated skin, Indulge has red clay and goat’s milk for a gently exfoliating experience for dry skin, and Charcoal Detox has activated charcoal that can help pull impurities from pores for acne prone skin. 
Step 3: Toner - Your skin is clean, prepped, and ready to absorb products! Toner is designed to help prep your skin and pores to better absorb moisture - delivered by moisturizer or serum in your next step. Think of your skin like a sponge, a dry sponge takes significantly more water to properly rehydrate but if it's already damp, absorbing more is easy. A basic rose water spray is the perfect gentle, hydrating toner! Hydration, anti-inflammatory, and luxurious. Just a few spritz and you're ready for your next step. You can also use a gentle hydrosol for this step. 
Step 4: Moisturizer - A step that does not need much explanation, we want to end our routine with our thickest product so it has the most time to absorb. A moisturizer delivers hydration deep into your pores plumping your skin cells so your skin looks dewy and soft. Moisturizer is especially important for those of us with oily or acne prone skin - if your skin is dehydrated it will produce extra oil in an attempt to hydrate, which just leads to clogged pores and more irritation! We want to help our skin by leaving it balanced and hydrated with a final layer of moisture. Seagrape's Pomegranate Facial Serum is the perfect blend of light and hydrating oils for this step. 
Step 5: Sunscreen - The final layer for your daytime skincare routine should be sunscreen! We’ve put all this energy into perfectly cleansing and hydrating our skin, let’s protect it from the sun’s damaging rays! 
DIY Step 6 - Exfoliation
About 1-2 times a week, add a step 2.5, exfoliation (so do this after you’ve cleansed, but before toner and moisturizer.) Exfoliation is important because it helps slough off dead skin cells that can clog pores, encourages cell turnover by increasing circulation, and makes your skin extra bright and glowy. A scrub is a super easy skincare treat to DIY, mix and match based on how your skin is feeling! In the winter, try something extra scrubby to help with dry skin - like a mixture of coffee grounds and honey. Summer calls for an extra dose of hydration after being in the sun, try green tea powder and jojoba oil. This is your routine and you can make it all your own! 

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