Skincare Newbie? This Post’s for You!

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Skincare is one of my favorite things, but it can also be one of the most intimidating areas if you’re new to it. I have TONS of blog posts and videos on various skincare issues and topics, but I realize even that can be intimidating if you don’t even know where to start. So that’s where this post comes in! So sit back, relax, and get into this skincare education! Make sure you bookmark this post and share it with your homies.

Figure out your skin type.

Knowing your skin type is key to figuring out which products are better to use in your routine. Note that your skin type is also affected by the seasons—you might need lighter products in the warmer months and even more hydrating products in the colder months. Your skin type can also change as you age—for instance my skin isn’t as oily at 38 as it was in my teens or in my 20s.

You can get a general idea of what your skin type is by taking this quiz from esthetician-backed skincare brand Rene Rouleau.

Skincare Routine Basics.

A basic skincare routine is to cleanse, treat, and moisturize (plus protect with sunscreen during the day). Your skincare products can change slightly from day to night. Likely you’ll use the same cleanser, but your treatment products and moisturizer may change. This is for a number of reasons. One is because some skincare products/ingredients shouldn’t be used during the day. Another reason is because the skin goes through a renewal process at night and you might use “heavier” products at night to help aid in this process.

Here’s a chart you can pin or print out to help you figure out the order to use your products.

Here are some blog posts to read about starting a skincare routine as well as a few on my own skincare routine and how it can change with the seasons:

click on any title to head over to the post

The Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

The Difference Between Toner, Essence, and Serum

Need Help with Your Skincare Routine? Read This

Here’s What You Need in Your Nighttime Routine

Retinol and My Nighttime Routine

Are You Properly Cleansing Your Skin?

The Problem with Makeup Wipes Part 1; The Problem with Makeup Wipes Part 2

Let’s Talk Proper Makeup Removal

The Moisturizer Switch-Up (why switching your moisturizer each season is important)

Why is Your Skin So Oily? A Checklist

Here’s Why Your Skincare Products Might Not Be Working

The Problem with Black Soap

Serums and Other Treatment Products.

Do you NEED a treatment product? Maybe. It depends on your current skincare issues. Treatment products are always going to depend on what your current skincare needs are—and your needs can and most likely will change.

Serums are a type of treatment product. It’s an overall category of products that have a similar consistency. There are serums for hydration, serums for brightening, serums for dark spots, serums for acne, serums for wrinkles, etc. Serums are typically very fluid although some may be watery and some may even feel sticky. Because of their consistency, serums are able to penetrate the skin in a way other product forms cannot. For example, look at the consistency of a serum and how it sinks into the skin. Now compare that to a moisturizer. Serums are better able to penetrate the skin and are widely used because of this.

READ: A Refresher on Serums

Typically serums are used daily (but make sure you read the product’s instructions to be sure), but there are other treatment products you might not use as often. This can include masks, peels, and acne treatments. You want to refer to the directions on these for how often you should use them.


Routine exfoliation is important because cleansing alone can’t get rid of things like excess dead skin cells that sit on top of the skin’s surface which can block your shine literally. Excess gunk on your skin can also clog your pores which can lead to issues like acne.

You can read more exfoliation in the linked post and videos.

Exfoliation: Chemical vs Physical


Adult acne. PHEW. I’ve written so much about it that I’m just going to give you the links and skip the summary…lol.

How I Treated My Adult Acne

Cystic Acne

Why Am I Breaking Out? 5 Things Causing Your Acne

Dark Spots.

Dark spots are SO annoying. But I also have some intel on how to get rid of them for you, so click below and get your life, boo.

Girl, *THIS* is How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

Everything I Did to Get Rid of My Dark Spots


Listen, you need to wear sunscreen during the day. The sun’s harmful rays are the biggest culprit behind the breakdown of collage, the protein in the skin that helps keep it snatched. Not only that but if you’re dealing with dark spots, you don’t want them to get even darker thus making your routine even more frustrating. Plus some skincare products make the skin more sensitive to the sun. And most importantly, you need protection against skin cancers. I used to lead with this, but there are so many people who tune this out and don’t listen to anything else I say after it. So I lead with the cosmetic reasons :/

While people with deeper skin tones may not get skin cancers as often as our white counterparts, it progresses at an alarming rate. Why? Because we’re not as inclined to check our skin for signs of skin cancer and neither our many of our care providers.

In order for you to wear sunscreen, you have to find one that feels good on and works with your lifestyle. I’ve tested a bunch over the years—mostly chemical but a good amount of physical sunscreens. Check them out below!

Non-ashy sunscreens

You Need the Pros.

The internet will have you thinking everything should be a DIY, but not with skincare, boo. You should call in the pros to enhance your skincare routine and for advanced issues. An esthetician who has proven receipts working with darker skin tones is someone you’d see once a month or so for facials and maybe other skincare treatment that they recommend for your skin. An esthetician can also help you figure out what to use in your skincare routine. But again, make sure you find one who has extensive experience working with darker skin tones.

Ditto with dermatologists. A dermatologist is also a good ally in your quest for better skin. If you have advanced issues that aren’t responding to over the counter products or if you have a skincare condition that requires care (eczema, chronic acne, etc) you definitely want a great dermatologist in your pocket. BUT you want someone with RECEIPTS that they have extensive experience working with darker skin tones. Some of these people will jack your skin UP. If your derm or esthetician is on some “We are the World” mess talmbout “I don’t see color,” RUN!!!!??????

No for real, there are things you just can’t do on darker skin than you can do on white skin. Last thing you need is to make your condition worse or ADD more conditions to what you’re already dealing with.

So do your research to find an esthetician and/or dermatologist in your area who fits the criteria. And no, I cannot recommend anyone for you—yes, I go to a bomb derm and know some dope estheticians that have been on my Youtube channel, but I like them for *me*—doesn’t mean they’re going to be what *you* need. Take the time and research who the right people are for what you need.

Skincare is like a part time job, man. Even if you have decent skin, you still need a routine to keep it that way and to protect it. Some people think my skin is perfect, but girl, it ain’t always sweet.

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