GETTING STARTED ON YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Identifying your skin type is the most essential step before you build your skincare routine because your skin type will determine the products you need for your core skincare routine.
Once you determine your skin type, the next step is to find out what skin concerns you have, which can vary from one to a combination of problems such as acne scars, acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, open pores, blackheads etc. Understanding your skin concern will help you determine what key ingredients/treatment products you may need to use to address these concerns.
If you’d like to know about the differences between skin types and skin concerns in detail, give this post a read.
Creating a balance of products you need for your skin type and the additional products you may need to address your skin concerns will help you to create the best skincare routine for you.
A good place to start is to simplify your skincare regime, work your core basics right and work your way to building a three, five or a ten step routine. While it’s tempting to try everything all at once, it becomes difficult to identify which product maybe causing you breakouts or irritating your skin. So primarily, it’s important to get your basics right i.e. Start with your cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen before adding serums, toners and all the other steps one at a time.
Why we emphasize on adding one product at a time is because this will help you find out which products or ingredients may be triggering your irritation.
Pick a cleanser with a low pH 4.5-5.5, such as the Purito From Green Deep Foaming Cleanser and the Benton Deep Green Tea Cleansing Foam that effectively cleanses your skin without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Most people with oily skin prefer strong cleansing products that will keep their skin squeaky clean but that really make things worse. Using harsh cleansers and products that are high on the pH scale can cause imbalance in the skin’s pH.
A good cleanser is one that doesn’t leave your skin dry, greasy or tight.
Whether you have oily, dry, sensitive skin, there is a moisturizer for all skin types. Remember the best moisturizer is the one that suits you the best.
Try to look for these product textures if you have:
- Oily skin/Combination skin: Lightweight serums, thin, matte finish lotions and gel based moisturizers like the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel or the Etude House Soon Jung 10 Free Moist Emulsion.
- Dry skin: Rich emollient creams such as the Purito Deep Sea Pure Water Cream and the Missha Super Aqua Ultra Hyalron Cream.
- Normal skin: Soft, light weight moisturizers/lotions like the By Wishtrend Acid Duo 63 Hibiscus Cream and the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream.
Make sunscreen your best friend. Find a sunscreen that suits you the best and apply it religiously day in and day out, be it a cloudy day or a rainy day, 365 (sometimes 366) days a year.
Sun damage is the number one cause of age spots, wrinkles, premature aging and skin-cancer. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays is critically important if your goal is to have healthy, young-looking for skin as long as possible.
WHY YOU SHOULD STICK TO A SKINCARE ROUTINE
One of the most important components to having a good healthy skin is to have a routine and to stick to it, to persevere even when you don’t feel like it. We are all guilty of going to bed sometimes without proper cleansing after a long day at work. If you look at your beauty regimen not as a challenge but as merely part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower, it becomes so much easier to stick to it. So make sure to double cleanse and apply a good moisturizer before going to sleep. Your routine should be so deeply ingrained that you just do it no matter what.
Remember a healthy glowing skin does take time and dedication and the older you get, the more disciplined you have to be.