Getting started on a new skincare routine can be confusing and intimidating, especially if you're not sure which products work best for your skin type. Instead of trying to figure out which skin type you are (leave that to a skincare specialist for now), we’ll cover the basics that are appropriate for everyone.
What You’ll Need and Why
A simple skin care routine would include a cleanser, an exfoliant and a moisturizer. We’ll go through each one of these steps in detail to ensure you’re doing them properly.
Someone once told me that they only use water to wash their face, and they didn’t understand the need for a cleanser. The reasons why cleansers are important are because they remove any impurities, dead skin cells, and other types of pollutants on your skin. Proper cleansing also helps to unclog your pores, preventing skin conditions like acne. Also when your skin is clean, it even allows you to better absorb your moisturizer. Make sure the ingredients in your cleanser don’t include fragrance, parabens. Many people find fragrances to be very irritating, and parabens are full of toxic preservatives.
How to Cleanse: Cleansing should be done every morning and evening- but especially at night! If you’re not getting rid of stubborn makeup and/or other impurities before bed, it can cause a build-up of oil on your skin, causing acne and spots.
If daily use of a moisturizer is already part of your morning routine, you are starting off on the right foot. Moisturizing helps to do the obvious, to hydrate, but also helps to minimize the look of wrinkles, soothe irritated skin and helps to clear up acne. Overall, moisturizing daily will just improve your skin’s healthy functioning and leave it feeling smooth.
How to Moisturize: Put a small pea-sized amount of moisturizer to your palm and rub your palms together, warming the moisturizer before application. Apply it to your skin in gentle circular motions all around your face, chin and neck area. Remember not to over-apply your moisturizer, this will end up clogging your pores and can leave your skin feeling and even looking greasy.
Simple Tips to Maintain Clear Skin
Suncreen is a must-have if you want to keep your skin looking young for years to come. Not only does applying an SPF prevent signs of aging like pigmentation, but it also prevents wrinkles and dehydration. Applying SPF over your face and neck can be done just after moisturizing and before applying makeup.
Skin hydration comes from more than just your moisturizer; it comes from within. Drinking your 8 glasses of water per day will definitely leave your skin looking radiant.
What to avoid
Avoid Touching your Face
By touching your face, you are transferring bacteria directly onto your skin, causing pimples and other unwanted impurities. If you feel the need to touch your face, do so with a tissue or towel. For those of you who are looking to remove access oil, try oil absorbent papers instead of trying to wipe it off yourself. Touching your skin will actually increase the amount of oil on the skin rather than reducing it.
Don’t Pop It
All of those unattractive pimples and black/white heads might be enticing to pop, but try and steer clear of this. You might think you’re getting rid of them, but you’re only giving yourself temporary relief. Popping and squeezing makes pimples stand out even further and might actually leave you with some ugly scars. Leave your pimples alone- they’ll eventually just go away leaving you with scar-free skin.
Cleanse, Exfoliate and Moisturize
Hopefully by using these steps you’ll be able to cover the basics for your new skin care routine and maybe in the future you can move toward a more advanced routine, with toners, serums and masks! But for now just remember: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize.