Beautiful skin is not simply a matter of DNA. It basically how you care and feed your skin. Although some persons are natural gifted with amazing great flawless skin with just little touch a lot is achieved. This brings us to what I termed skincare regimen, your daily habits, time cultivated, how you cater and pamper your skin. In fact, our skin is the mirror of our body which also reflects and tells more of our health inwardly and outwardly. There is a dizzying number of opinions on everything from how to moisturize to how to protect yourself from UV rays. Ultimately, caring for your skin is simply personal.
We all know a quick and balanced daily skincare routine is a good idea. Yea! Sure. But, with so many lotions, creams, and tips out there, it’s hard to know where to start! Plus, time is of the essence – no one wants to spend hours in the bathroom. I know practicing a skincare regime for some, can be really frustrating but all you need is diligence for continuity to achieve your goal. For every good thing, there is always a price to pay. you get hun? Well, we’ve got you sorted! From why we should use a toner, sunscreen, to tips on how to streamline your routine. Here’s everything you need to know on the skincare basics so your skin will be cleansed, feel refreshed and prepared for each morning, and cared for each night.
The goal of any skin-care routine is to tune up your complexion so it’s functioning at its best, and also target areas of concern you want to work on. “Beauty routines are an opportunity to notice changes within yourself,” says the San Francisco skin-care specialist Kristina Holey. As your skin needs shifts with age, so will your products. Still, she adds, “it’s not about creating perfection.” Here’s what you should keep in mind to sort through all the processes.
1. Mild Cleanser
Cleansing the skin on a daily basis (morning & night) is very crucial and beneficial for a flawless skin. Almost every lady wears makeup before leaving for work, our skin gets trapped with dirt from these makeup, sweat, climate, dead cells on the skin. Our skin needs some fresh air to breath freely. So we need cleansers that aren’t toxic and gentle to helps relieve it from being clogged.
Make cleansing step one of a Simple Skincare routine
Even if a few, short minutes is all you’ve got, freshly cleansed skin twice a day is a good place to start your routine.
It’ll prep your skin for your next skincare steps, meaning products like your moisturizer will work better. Missed your alarm? Speed things up in the morning and try a facial cleansing wipe while you brew your morning coffee.
Rocked a bold red lip today? A facial cleansing oil will melt away make-up remains without drying out your skin.
“Whether you’ve got three minutes or 15, cleansing should always be step one of a basic skincare routine”
What cleanser to choose from;
Try a toner to prep skin for moisturizer. Toners are not soap and have nothing to do with your change of complexion. It helps to eradicate dirt, dust, and impurities that can still be lingering after washing the face with a cleanser.
Toner balances the skin PH. Our skin is naturally acidic, typically with Ph 5.5 and cleansing agents which is in alkaline state alters the skin PH when used. Hence, when you use toner to clean your face, it restores skin back to its acidic state. I recommend the following
- For large pores, choose AHA’s toner to sheds off dead cells from the skin.
- Sensitive skin, choose toner with chamomile for calming and smoothing of the skin.
- For acne/ pimple skin and oily skin, choose a toner with salicylic acid or witch hazel to combats this skin challenge.
To tone or not to tone? It’s a personal choice but I deem it needful. We like to swipe a soaked cotton pad across the skin to help remove excess oils and dead skin cells and to keep our skin feeling happy! It’s great to help pep up and refresh skin especially if yours includes ingredients like Witch Hazel (to help tighten pores) and calming Chamomile. Running short on time? Save this step for the evening to remove any last traces of make-up at the end of the day.
3. Serum & Booster
Add serum or booster when you’ve more minutes to spare
Does your skin need a little something extra? We’re talking boosters and serums! During our course of daily activities going in and out of the sun, we tan and these blemishes need to be gotten rid of. These little skincare saviors are targeted products that contain active ingredients to boost your skin and give it more of what it needs to glow.
When to apply a booster? We say after cleansing (and toning) but before moisturizing.
If your skin’s feeling dehydrated and lacking in radiance (hello glow, where are you?)
Need to get out the door like, now? Add a dash to your moisturizer and apply in one go to save those precious minutes.
READ: Facial oil cleansing
Moisturizing is the super-important finisher in any daily skincare routine. It important to stay hydrated and I termed it food for the skin in as much as water is very necessary for the skin, so it is a moisturizer. It aids supple, soft and smooth the skin.
A moisturizer – you guessed it – will help protect your skin from losing moisture (keeping it feeling supple and plump!). A not-so-great moisturizer? Will likely leave skin still feeling tight and dry, and breakouts can happen as your skin tries to adjust. I recommend non-comedogenic moisturizers mostly for oily skin and fragrance-free for sensitive and normal skin. Look out for ingredients like Vitamin E, Glycerin, Pro-Vitamin B5, and Borage Seed Oil, collagen, aloe vera which are all great moisturizers for your skin. We like to warm up our moisturizer between palms before applying – it smooths on a treat!
How to Pick a Moisturizer
“Everyone needs moisture, but the texture of your moisturizer will differ depending on your skin type,” Mattioli notes. Consider this your cheat-sheet, courtesy of Dr. Nazarian.
|SKIN TYPE||MOISTURIZER TYPE||FUNCTIONS|
|Oily||Gel moisturizer||This is a mostly water-based option that’s lightweight and absorbs quickly.|
|Normal/Combination||Lotion||This is your classic moisturizer level. It feels more moisturizing than a gel.|
|Dry||Creams||This is more oil-based and heavier than lotion.|
|Inflamed and sensitive (not acne-prone)||Balm||This is more like cream, a balm is good for extremely dry skin types but got a heavier texture.|
5. Facial Mask & exfoliators
There is a need to exfoliate at least 2-3 times weekly to shed off dead cells stocked up in the skin. This helps to glow and rejuvenate the skin and unclog pores. To minimize cost there are several kitchen-friendly facials masks you can make at home easily or you can purchase exfoliators over the counter at cheap prices.
Ok, we know, not quite part of a daily skincare routine but these few steps are great if you have more time – your skin will love you for it!
A deep cleansing clay mask is ideal if your skin is a bit oily – plus it’ll help shrink the look of pores and eliminate impurities and dead skin cells. An exfoliator?
A scrub uses tiny particles (like rice powder, sugar) to help gently buff away dead skin cells from your skin revealing brighter skin underneath.
When exfoliating, we like to give our hairline some attention – especially around our neck and ears – as sometimes, skincare products and make-up can build-up here.
The trick? Keep these skincare steps to once or twice a week and start slowly at first so as not to irritate your skin. It’ll help keep skin feeling calm (and soft and smooth too!).
The best way to start a daily skincare routine? Now you know! It won’t take hours and one thing’s for sure – it’ll be easy-peasy when you have these basics sorted.
6. Face Steamer
Facial steaming is a process of steaming your face to easily get rid of excess sebum, dirt, and makeup clogged on the skin. This way your skin pore open up, relaxes and breath, making moisturizer effective when applied. All you have to do is get a pale of hot water and cover up with a towel wrapped over your head bend to the pale for 15 -20 minutes. Rinse out the sweat on your face with cold water to close up the enlarged pores or you can apply egg white to tighten and firm your pores.
7. Protect With Sunscreen
Almost all skin experts advise the use of sunscreen: that sunscreen is, hands down, the most crucial skin-care product. It’s “of utmost importance as part of your year-round regimen,” Dr. Charles points out. “Daily and consistent sunscreen use helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, textural imperfections, and changes in the appearance of pores over time. More importantly, daily sunscreen use can help to prevent the formation of certain skin cancers.” To make it easy to remember, experts recommend using a daily moisturizer with a built-in broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30.
Decoding Sunscreen Formulas
There’s a lot of debate over which sunscreens are best and safest for your complexion. You have two types of ingredients in formulas:
- Chemical ingredients, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are absorbed into your skin to counteract the damage from ultraviolet light
- Lightweight, easy to apply and transparent on the skin.
- It can irritate and cause reactions in those with sensitive skin.
- Certain ingredients like oxybenzone have raised health concerns and carry a “high hazard” rating on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
- Physical ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, that sit on top of your skin to deflect or prevent UV rays from entering your body.
- Very little risk of irritation or health concerns.
- Often leave a white or grayish tint on the skin, particularly in those with darker skin tones.