Skincare Routine is often neglected when it comes to beauty regimens. It’s easy to focus on your hair or makeup, but skin health should be at the top of your list. Your skin is your largest organ, and it does so much for you. From protecting vital organs to fighting off pimples, skin is integral to your health. Fortunately, skin also loves taking care of itself!
Follow the steps below for skin that’s glowing in only six steps: a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serum, SPF, and sleep.
Cleansers clean skin by removing dirt and makeup. It’s essential to find one that works with your skin type. Some cleaners are too harsh on sensitive skin or don’t get rid of heavy enough makeup residue. Your skin can be damaged if you over scrub or use the wrong products! I recommend starting with small steps when selecting any new product. You can also use skin wipes, but since the skin is porous and absorbs things that touch it, skin wipes should be used sparingly.
Toning skin is the next step for any skin type. Toner balances the skin’s pH level to remove excess dirt and oil. It also helps skin stay hydrated by acting as a hydrating layer of moisture between skin and products used after it.
Toners can contain alcohol, so make sure you find one that doesn’t over-dry skin. I recommend looking for skin products that have skin hydration, like rosewater or aloe vera.
After cleansing skin with your favorite cleanser, use a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated! The moisturization helps leather resist acne and prevents wrinkles. It doesn’t take much product to get the job done. A lot of products are way too heavy for the skin.
If you notice that your skin feels tight after putting on moisturizer or that the cream leaves a residue behind, it’s time to look at new options. When selecting new moisturizers (and cleansers), make sure they’re suited for your skin type and meet all of your needs.
Apply an anti-aging serum
Serums are skin potions in a bottle. They contain skin superfoods like vitamin C, which prevents the skin from aging. Other serums focus on skin repair or hydration and come in a range of products to suit your skin needs.
An anti-aging serum can boost skin radiance while helping prevent wrinkles. Though there is no fountain of youth, skin can be kept looking young and fresh. By combining the skincare routine listed above with an anti-aging serum, skin is primed for a night out or an office meeting!
Protect skin from the sun and smog
Sun damage is a leading cause of skin cancer. Regular use of SPF will help the skin protect itself against harmful rays. It would be best to be especially careful in the summer months when skin is more likely to burn. Any product that claims to give skin “instant luminosity” or says it will make you appear younger should probably be avoided.
Not only do these products contain harmful ingredients, but the FDA does not regulate them, so there’s no guarantee what’s really in them! I recommend going with simple skincare products instead of anything “cosmetic.” Cosmetic skincare products are designed for making skin appear different from how it usually looks, whereas basic skincare keeps things the way nature intended. Anything that makes skin look unnaturally flawless should be a red flag.
Get enough sleep
All skin types need sleep! Sleep is the skin’s time to rest and repair. The night skincare routine can’t be overlooked, even for those with oily skin. Sleep deprivation causes the skin to age faster and increases skin oil production. It’s another harmful factor in skin damage from the sun and smog. Moisturize before going to bed and use skin products that help skin repair rather than cause skin damage.
You might have a routine for your body, but what about your face? It’s essential to take care of it from the inside out. Your skin is an organ and needs just as much attention!
A few steps you can take are cleansing with gentle cleansers like Dove Gentle Exfoliating Foaming Face Wash or Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, toning with witch hazel (or other natural alternatives), moisturizing with oils like jojoba oil or coconut oil, using a sunscreen every day before heading outside, and staying hydrated by drinking lots of water. Use these tips as inspiration when creating the nighttime skincare regimen that works best for you!