Getting Started on a Daily Skin Care Routine
Healthy skin can help you look and feel good, and a smart skincare routine is a must to getting a clear, glowing complexion. Despite the seemingly endless array of products, tools and treatments, a healthy skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Below are the basic building blocks:
Everyday soaps can be harsh and irritating, so choose a cleanser that suits your skin type. Look for one that respects your skin’s normal pH balance and doesn’t damage its natural protective barriers. Especially if you have oily skin, opt for one specially designed not to clog pores (non-comedogenic) and that regulates sebum/oil. Try Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser.
Limit cleansing your face to twice a day (in the mornings and evenings). And after cleansing, be sure to pat skin dry. Avoid rubbing your face with your towel to ensure you don’t cause irritation.
If you have dry skin, apply moisturiser while skin is still damp. This helps trap moisture and keep your skin soft and smooth. You might think that oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser, but even if you notice that you have excess oil, you still do need to moisturise--even visibly oily skin can still lack water. Just be sure to use a non-comedogenic formula, as this means it’s specially designed not to clog pores.
Sunscreen isn’t just for hot days. Daily skin care routing involving the use of sunscreen regularly can help guard against free radicals induced by UV radiation, which can cause skin damage and aging. While SPF 15 is the minimum value you need for daily protection, sunscreens which carry an SPF of 30 (or higher) offers even better protection, and is the smart choice if you will be spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
Be sure to seek out a product with broad spectrum UV protection, to protect you from both UVA rays (that cause aging) and UVB rays (that cause sunburn). (1) And remember, while water resistance helps ensure that your sunscreen doesn’t wash (or sweat) off, extended exposure to the sun requires a second helping of sunscreen—so be sure to read the label and follow instructions for re-application.
Night skin care routine involving the use of a moisturiser before going to bed helps keep your skin hydrated through the night, and will help your skin feel balanced and smoothed when you wake up to face the world. Using a night moisturiser helps you take advantage of the skin’s natural repair mechanisms, which are more active at night.
Don’t ignore your peepers in your skin care regimen. The skin around the eyes is delicate and thinner than the rest of your skin, and using an eye gel or cream before going to bed at night helps to hydrate, brighten and smooth the eye area, and help prevent lines and dark circles.
Don’t forget your body
Though your face might be the thing you focus on when you look in the mirror, don’t neglect your body. Because we’re covered up most of the day, there is a tendency to give the skin on your arms, legs, back and trunk second priority—but this also can get dry and irritated.
Be sure to use a gentle body wash, and make it a habit to moisturise immediately after stepping out of the shower or bath.