Whether you are someone who chooses to wear makeup or not, and regardless of gender, it is vital that you have a skincare routine in place to keep your skin clean and healthy. Many people choose to cater their choice in skin products to their skin’s specific needs. Everyone’s will be different, however, your skin will fall under one of these categories: Dry, Oily, Combination or Dehydrated. If you’re not sure where your own skin falls, a quick google of the symptoms of each may make it clear for you, or a visit to your local dermatologist. Once you are aware, you can choose products that target your problem areas. Here are the basic steps to a routine to get you started if you don’t already have one in place.
First off before starting your skin care routine is it essential that you remove your makeup. You may think this counts as the first step of your routine which is cleansing, however, if you are cleansing just to remove your makeup, then that doesn’t actually clean deep down into your pores. You are really just taking off the first layer of grime and leaving all the rest – this could be the main reason as to why your current routine is not quite working for you. Taking the time to remove your makeup with either an oil-based cleanser or a micellar water like Bioderma, will gently remove all of your makeup ready to start taking care of the skin underneath.
Like previously said, this is the first step to any basic skincare routine. This is going to open up your pores and remove any of the dirt th
at has built up over the day: dead skin cells, any left-over makeup, sweat and blemish-causing bacteria. This can help prevent skin conditions such as acne. You should really cleanse your skin every morning and night, and after every time you work out. However, if you have sensitive skin, a double cleanse may cause you to become extremely dry, or produce excess oil. In these cases it is advised you cleanse once daily in the evening.
Using a toner after cleansing helps to tighten and close the pores, reducing the ability of impurities settling into the skin and causing a breakout. It also helps to restore the natural PH balance of your skin which could have been disrupted by cleansing. Toners can also help to prevent ingrown hairs if you shave, wax, or thread, any facial hair due to the common ingredient of glycolic acid.
Oil or Serum
No matter what skin type you have, there will definitely be an oil or serum on the market to fit your main skin needs. Oils are extremely versatile, and you may find that each popular skincare brand has quite a few to cover all customer bases, so choosing one can be a little overwhelming. The same goes for serums. To start off, you can use a naturally sourced oil like tamanu oil, or a smart serum like Clinique’s that has a special technology to cater to each person’s individual skin needs. Once you start to learn and become more aware of what your skin is craving you can choose oil or serum that caters particularly to that need. Whether it is anti-blemish, anti-ageing, brightening, correcting – you will find a product that works for you and shows you visible results after just a few uses.
To finish off your routine, you should always use a moisturiser. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, or you have naturally oily skin, a moisturiser is still an essential part of your daytime and evening routine. It not only helps your skin to stay young, but it also helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and imperfections. Of course, it will prevent dryness and keep your skin hydrated to avoid excess oil. If you do wear makeup, having well-moisturized skin will aid you to achieving a smooth and flawless base application.
It is common that you’ll apply sunscreen to your body before going into the sun. However, our facial skin tends to get forgotten about, even though it is the most sensitive. Not only do you need to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, but the sun also causes our skin to age a lot quicker, so protecting it is essential if you don’t want to see fine lines setting in before you turn 30.
Even though you may not have given a second thought to your skin before, it is never too late to start trying to take care of it.