Perfect skin doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it a result of a simple soap and water routine. In this article, we will talk about the different steps you should take in order to have your own skincare regimen.
Building a skincare routine can be tedious and quite expensive so it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. But the thing is, if you want that perfect skin that almost doesn’t age, then you’re going to have to take much better care of it. Washing your face with regular soap won’t do your skin any good, in fact, it can make it worse.
Despite your skin type, using a gentle cleanser to wash your face is always the best way to go. The goal of a cleanser should be to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. You’d want to cleanse twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed. That said, let this also be a reminder to never sleep without washing your face. Failing to do so will lead to clogged pores and dull skin. Also, a clean face allows all the other skincare products you use afterward to really penetrate into your skin and work much better.
Once you pat your cleansed skin dry, use a toner. Toning completes the cleansing of your skin. It ensures that all the dirt and impurities, that the cleanser may not have completely gotten rid of, is gone. Make sure to avoid toners with alcohol and ethanol ingredients as these tend to suck out moisture, making your skin extra dry.
Whether you think you’re too young or your skin is too oily, everyone needs to moisturize. Just like when we drink water when we’re thirsty, our skin needs hydration too. Find a moisturizer that would suit best for your skin type. For instance, if you have acne-prone or oily skin, a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer work best.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re using the most expensive skincare products or you wash and moisturize religiously. If you don’t protect your skin, you won’t see results. The sun can easily damage your skin in only 15 minutes, and it can cause lasting effects such as sunspots. Wear sunscreen every day with an SPF of at least 30. If you know you’d be outdoors for a certain amount of time, make sure to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours.
You don’t need to wait until your fine lines and wrinkles are visible to start using anti-aging products. Professionals recommend starting anti-aging treatments as early as 25 years old. Make sure to read the label and try certain products first before splurging on expensive brands. If you’re clueless as to where to begin, start with eye creams and moisturizers that have anti-aging properties.
Exfoliating is a crucial step in any skincare routine. For this, you can either opt for a facial scrub or use a facial brush. The latter can be more expensive, but it’s a great investment since you could just use your regular cleanser with it. It’s highly recommended to exfoliate the skin at least 3 to 4 times a week.
This is optional, but if you’re always on the go and don’t have enough time to layer on your skincare products, a facial sheet mask is a great choice. These are the ones that come in packets with the sheet soaked up in skincare “juice”. All you have to do is pop it on your face and wait for the recommended time to leave it on. Then, simply remove the sheet and massage the residue of the product to your skin.
This is also optional and intended for those who have targeted problems such as acne. If you suffer from acne or any other kind of skin problem, invest in quality treatments and use as recommended.
Aside from the rules, the key to building a routine is to make it your own. Personalizing your skincare makes it more fun for you and make it feel less of a chore. There are many steps to follow and quite a lot of products to buy, so it’s important to keep in mind that you are doing this for you and the skin you want to have. And remember, beautiful skin requires commitment.