Skincare can seem a bit challenging with all this talk about 10- or (good grief!) 15-step routines. But a good routine only starts with a few basic products, and then working your way up to more specific skin needs. The key to a great-looking skin is knowing your skin very well and treating the areas that need more attention.
Before we dive deeper, let’s figure out what type of skin you have:
- Normal: Typically smooth with no excess oil or rough patches. Works with a variety of products because normal skin types have typically no skin issues.
- Dry: Skin is flaky and leaves uncomfortable patches. Dry skin types need strong hydration and moisturisation.
- Oily: Shiny look all over the face. Often causes acne and blackheads. Oily skin types need to balance oil production without stripping natural oils.
- Combination: Skin feels dry but has a noticeable shine on the T-zone area. Combination skin types require the same treatment as dry skin types but may also need other areas to be treated.
- Sensitive: Sensitive skin types may show characteristics of oily, dry and combination skin, but they often deal with a great deal of redness, irritation and itchiness. Products that have mild ingredients will work well for people with sensitive skin.
- Acne-prone: Acne-prone skin types may also exhibit sensitive, oily, dry or normal skin. It is recommended to avoid products containing alcohol or lanolin, as this may trigger more breakouts.
In this blog, we’re going to talk about the four necessary steps in an effective skincare routine. Caring for your skin—and doing it correctly—will not only improve the look and feel of your skin but it will also do wonders on your mood.
Step 1: Cleanser
A cleanser is the first step in forming your skincare routine. It is important to wash your face daily to remove excess oil, dirt, sweat and makeup particles that have accumulated throughout the day. Ideally, you should be cleansing twice during the day: one upon waking up and another before going to bed. Remember to choose a cleanser that hydrates and removes impurities without drying or irritating your skin. Your cleanser should also help maintain your skin’s moisture and pH levels.
Step 2: Toner
The toner is an essential step in your routine as it preps your skin for what’s to come. It helps “tone” back your skin to its normal acidity, calms your skin, and primes your skin to absorb the nutrients from your serums and creams more efficiently. Most toners also contain active ingredients that add extra hydration and nourishment.
Step 3: Serum
The next step is to give your skin the boost it needs by applying your serums. Face serums are made up of tiny molecules that can penetrate deeper into the skin and deliver high concentration of active ingredients. They are the perfect tool for targeting specific skin concerns, such as fine lines, redness, wrinkles and dryness.
Step 4: Moisturiser
It’s a moisturiser’s job to hydrate and nourish the skin, as well as to seal all the nutrients into the skin’s barrier. Aside from preventing fine lines and wrinkles, moisturisers are also packed with active ingredients designed to correct and target specific skin problems, such as brightening the skin, healing pimple marks and removing excess oil.
Remember to pick a moisturiser that will suit the needs of your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, choose a lightweight or water-based gel moisturiser as they are easier to absorb and won’t clog up the pores. If you have dry or sensitive skin, a heavier formulation could soothe your skin deeply and give it the right amount of hydration.
Our skin works double-time everyday fighting against harsh elements. So it deserves nothing less than the best care possible. This four-step routine sounds basic but they can do wonders for your skin.
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