Clear and glowing skin isn’t just something you’re born with—it takes a lot of work and commitment. While things like diet and lifestyle play a massive role in the appearance of your skin, most of the heavy lifting is done by your skincare routine. A personalized and well-rounded skincare routine ensures that your skin is properly cleaned, moisturized, protected, and treated, but all of that sounds confusing and overwhelming.
With more and more people looking to build their skincare routines, it can be difficult to figure out where to start, especially with the rampantly conflicting messages being spewed by skincare brands and social media content creators. Fortunately, a bright and radiant complexion doesn’t require elaborate routines like they’d have you believe. Here are the basic things that you need to know to achieve your dreams of a healthy and flawless face.
This has to be the first step because it’ll help make everything that comes after much easier and less complicated. To figure out what exactly your skin type is, you can start by properly washing your face with a gentle cleanser. You mustn’t use an excessively harsh and stripping cleanser as this can tamper with the results of this little test.
Once you’ve washed everything away and dried yourself off, leave your skin for around half an hour without any products before assessing it. If your skin feels uncomfortable and tight, then you have dry skin. If your face is shiny all over, then you have oily skin. If you have some dry patches on some areas of your face and shiny ones on others, then you’re the proud owner of combination skin.
Finding the right cleanser is one of the most important things when it comes to building an effective skincare routine. By washing and ridding your face of any excess oil, dirt, pollution, and bacteria, your cleanser is pretty much the foundation of your entire routine. It sets a clean canvas and paves the path for the rest of your products and lets these absorb more easily into your skin, making them that much more effective.
When choosing a cleanser, it’s best to stay away from anything that completely strips your skin of its natural oils, even if you do have oily skin. While it may seem like a stronger cleanser will help break through all the layers of oil on your face and remove them, all it will do is deprive your skin and push it to overcompensate and overproduce oil. Along with that, you might also be left with some severe irritation, a compromised skin barrier, or some breakouts.
Moisturizing is a crucial part of any good skincare routine because it keeps your skin healthy and hydrated, while also ensuring that your skin barrier has everything it needs to stay strong and resilient against environmental aggressors. The formulation can vary depending on your skin type, with oilier skin benefiting more from water-based and oil-free moisturizers and dry skin favoring heavier cream formulas.
The sun is not on your side when it comes to your dreams of having the best skin possible. The harmful ultraviolet rays can cause some serious damage to your skin when it is left unprotected such as uneven pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and volume, and even skin cancer.
Make sure to always apply a generous amount of sunscreen every single day, even if it isn’t sunny outside. A good sunscreen should have a minimum of SPF 30 and broad spectrum protection at least, but everything else is pretty much up to you. From the formulation to the added skin benefits, it’s important to pick a sunscreen that you enjoy using because it’ll increase your chances of using it.