2(X)IST Skincare: A Simple But Game-Changing Self Care Routine

Posted by Livia Bernard on


Self care. A phrase that we’re all familiar with these days. There are many ways to practice self care to treat and improve mental, and, physical health. Many believe that eating nutrient dense foods and exercising is a form of physical self-care (which we would totally agree with), but another important form that we feel strongly about is skincare. 

Incorporating just a few simple steps into your daily routine can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin, and even your overall comfort and confidence level. We asked a few of our friends to tell us why they enjoy taking care of their skin morning and night. 


“Skincare should be fun and all about self love and care! When I perform my daily skincare ritual I feel balanced and it really puts me in a positive mood!”- Andru via @prince.andru on Instagram


“I started using skincare products to treat my acne but it’s become a passion project to always keep my skin in the best condition I can.” -David via @davicrocket on Instagram


“I never had a skincare routine, but I wanted to prolong my tan after vacationing in the hot sun so I decided to give a quick 3 step process a shot. Not only did cleansing, treating and moisturizing everyday preserve my darker coloring but my face was glowing. I was even thinking clearer and ultimately found I had more energy” - skincare beginner @ 2(X)IST 


Let us introduce you to our four-step process: 1. Cleanse 2. Exfoliate 3. Shave 4. Moisturize.

Keep in mind that the order is purposeful and important to follow for maximum benefits. 




The skin on our face is sensitive and needs to be tended to differently than the skin on the rest of our body. It goes through more on a weekly basis than we realize when we: walk outside in the sun, sweat from a workout, pull on a shirt, style our hair, and believe it or not, bury our face in a pillow every night. Ingredients like charcoal, aloe and green tea work well for all skin types to effectively wash away dirt and oil without stripping or over-drying. If you’re using hand soap, strongly scented body wash or absolutely nothing on your face right now...you don’t have to tell us, just quietly add our Charcoal Face Wash to your cart for a cleanse that your skin deserves. Dampen your face, then work a dime-sized amount of product into a lather between your palms before applying to the face in circular motions. Rinse with water, gently remove with a damp washcloth or dramatically splash your face as if you’re in a commercial. Ooh, so fresh.




The skin naturally sheds and refreshes itself but it gets “lazier” the older we get, and that process can take up to 3-5 weeks. Dead skin that’s still hanging around can clog pores and block newer, fresher skin from being able to take in important beneficial ingredients from moisturizing products. This in turn leads to very dry, textured skin.  Exfoliating is an important step to include, no matter what skin type you have.

Along with boosting the absorption of creams and serums, it also improves skin texture and appearance. However, as we mentioned above, our skin is delicate so picking an exfoliator that isn’t too harsh is essential. Rough exfoliators can rub skin raw and prevent acne prone skin from healing due to the heavy abrasions. Our Charcoal Exfoliating Scrub contains perlite, a mineral extracted from volcanic rock, which is gentle but effective and additionally an environmentally safe exfoliation alternative to plastic microbeads. Refresh your skin 2-3 times a week to look and feel like you scrubbed years off your face.




Beards are in like never before but if you prefer to be clean shaven, or if you shape your beard at home, you’re going to need a good shave cream. Using just water on the face can cause irritation, razor bumps and an uneven shave (which is never a fun experience). To prevent this, use a shaving cream that will soften your facial hair and also protect the skin underneath. Our creamy formulation, full of nourishing ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Glycerin, works to moisturize, hydrate and provide a dynamic shaving experience. Drugstore fluffy foam is fun, but not as functional when it comes to getting smooth results.   




No skincare routine is complete without a moisturizer. This final step of your regimen will lock in all of the effort you put in leading up to this point. Without it your skin is more like a dehydrated raisin, more prone to lines and wrinkles, when you really want to be hydrated and glowing like a juicy grape. Let's circle back to our chat about cleansers for a moment to remind ourselves that the face needs special treatment compared to the rest of the body. A body lotion is not going to cut it; you need a blend of hydrating and nourishing ingredients to cultivate fresh, radiant skin. Our Face Moisturizing Gel has coconut water, vitamin E oil, and squalane to lock in all the nutrient-rich ingredients now deep in your pores, leading to a spectacular finale to an intelligent skincare regimen. 


A little goes a long way in terms of skincare, especially if you aren’t currently taking care of your skin on a daily basis. 2(X)IST was founded asking the question: what is this product’s reason to exist? Our aim always is to create products that are simple to use but also offer high quality, effective ingredients that won’t complicate your daily routine. 


We hope that 2020 is the year you fall in love with self-care through new fitness, nutrition, and skincare routines, ultimately leading to a happier and healthier you! 


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