Skincare basics you need to know
No doubt, a skincare routine could mean a million different things. It's all about different kinds of products, depending on what type of skin you have. Are you applying the occasional acne-fighting sheet mask? Do you put on patches for your eyes, face toner, and buy other different products? Let us break all the moulds and get into skincare 101!
Basic care, which will allow you to get maximum profit with a minimum effort, consists of four stages: cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting.
Even if you have multiple products on your skincare shelf, you can still damage your skin by not using your skincare products one at a time. There are only three things you need for a solid skincare morning and night routine:
1. Cleanser that matches your skin type
Cleanser facilitates the removal of dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. Throughout the day the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells. Cleansing helps manage pH levels of the skin; enabling sufficient water and product retention.
Here are some of the top cleansers.
Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser
Dr Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Enzyme Foam Cleanser
Neutrogena Skin Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser with 2% PHA
Eau Thermale Avène Tolérance Extremely Gentle Cleanser
2. Moisturiser to reinforce your barrier
Moisturising every day can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful to the skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.
Using a daily moisturizer ensures that the skin's blemishes are camouflaged. The skin on your face, ears, neck, and chest are very sensitive to environmental changes and are the most frequent areas of the body known to develop skin cancer. These areas of skin also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore need moisture to repair themselves, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. Also, the massaging effect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
Find the perfect moisturiser for you by reading this helpful article by Vogue UK
3. SPF to protect your skin from the sun (always in the morning)
Sunscreen protects your skin and reduces your risk of developing skin cancer and skin pre-cancers. ... Applying SPF in conjunction with other sun protection behaviours - like wearing dark clothing and sunglasses - reduces the harmful effects of sun exposure.
How do I choose the right SPF for my face?
When choosing the best sunscreen for the face, opt for a high SPF of 30 or higher which easily absorbs into the skin such as sunscreen gel SPF 50 especially for oily skin.
This is the basis for skincare. Everything else is just extra but not necessary.
When doing your skincare routine use products in order from thinnest to thickest consistency
Instead of rubbing your face when applying products, you should be pressing them into your skin
Your undereye area is the most sensitive skin on your face, this is why it's important to be gentle and not rub your eye
All of the products that you apply to your face should be applied to your neck
Sometimes If you mix too many products the chemicals won't react well together and will do more harm than good
Avoid products with alcohol in them
Apply SPF every day regardless of whether it is sunny or not
Be yourself & radiate beauty!
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