Learning how to take care of your skin is essential to help your skin retain its youthfulness. If you are wondering how you can preserve your youth, developing a good facial skin routine is key.
Finding a good facial skin care routine can be intimidating. There are thousands of cleaners, lotions, serums, masks, moisturizers, and treatments out there. Deciding where to start can be overwhelming when they all claim to work.
Products that work for some people, don’t always work for everyone because each individual’s skin is different.
However, no matter who you are, there are 4 essential skin care steps that you need to be using every day. Those steps include cleansing, treating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin.
Focusing on these 4 steps will help you dial in your skin-care routine. It may take some time and a bit of experimentation, so it’s important to do your research. With a solid routine and proper research, you will be able to develop a regimen that will leave your skin feeling like new. Read on to get started!
Determine Your Skin Type
The reason some products work for one person and not another is that everyone has different skin types. Before you start buying products, you need to figure out what type of skin you have.
Generally, there are five different skin-types: normal, oily, dry, sensitive and combination skin.
Normal skin is well balanced and hydrated. Usually, these people have little to no breakouts or skin issues.
Oily skin describes people with excessive oil production. Pores appear larger, the skin is acne prone, the face is usually shiny, and the skin looks plump and young.
Dry skin, however, appears aged and brittle. Lacking in moisture, the skin can crack and look splotchy.
Sensitive skin manifests itself through redness, burning, itching, and drying.
Lastly is combination skin. Combination skin is a mixture of oily and dry places on the face. Usually, the oily areas include the “T Zone” or the forehead, nose, and chin. The oily areas are prone to everything that the oily skin type is, like acne and large pores.
Find the Ingredients That Work for You
Based on your skin type, you then need to do your research on what kind of ingredients you should look for in your skin care products.
For dry skin: Hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, glycerin, or urea.
Acne prone skin: Avoid mineral oil or petroleum jelly, and use hyaluronic acid, retinol, and salicylic acid.
For sensitive skin: Use natural products, unscented and free of harsh chemicals like alcohols or lauryl sulfates. Look for ingredients like green tea leaf extract and bisabolol.
These are just a few things to look out for when deciding on products. After you have determined your specific skin-care type, research more in-depth the products you should be using.
The Four Essential Facial Skin Care Steps
No matter your skin care type, your routine should include these 4 key steps.
Washing your skin morning and night should be your first step. Whether you apply make-up or not, washing your face at the end of the day is crucial. Throughout the day, your skin accumulates dirt, pollution, and bacteria.
Make-up, dirt, and bacteria are all things that can clog the pores and prevent your skin from breathing. They can cause break-outs and prevent your skin from properly repairing itself as well.
Be careful because not all cleaners really remove the grime of the day. A good way to test your cleanser is to rub a cotton swab across an area on your face after washing it. If make-up still comes off, then you aren’t using the right one.
Oil-based cleansers are great for removing oil-based products like foundation, concealers, or eye make-up. Water-based cleansers are good for removing every-day dirt and grime. Keep this in mind when looking for one to buy!
Make sure to also wash your pillow-cases and face towels frequently. Dead skin cells and bacteria can build up and also cause skin irritation if you’re not careful.
Next is treating your skin. This is the time to use products that really target your skin’s specific issues.
Serums are great for this. Serums are jam-packed with different nutrients that can help maximize results.
Retinol is great for hyperpigmentation, aging, and acne. Vitamin C reduces inflammation, brightens skin, and reduces discoloration.
Research your specific skin issues to see which serum is best for you.
After treating, you want to lock in all of those nutrients with a good moisturizer. This really helps the skin to soak in all it can from your products.
The moisturizer also keeps your skin soft and supple. You should moisturize both your face and neck.
You should also use a special eye moisturizer. The skin of the eye area is much thinner than the rest of your facial skin and is also more sensitive. It’s important to moisturize the area underneath and around your eye to prevent wrinkles and dark spots.
The last step in your skin routine should be sunscreen.
The UV rays of the sun can cause some serious damage, the most obvious being skin cancer. They can also lead to premature aging and dark spots.
Make sure to apply at least an SPF 30. Apply it 15 minutes before you head out so that it has time to fully activate.
For enhancing long-term skin resilience, getting treatments on a monthly basis can be really helpful. Meet with an experienced esthetician who can help pick the right treatment for your skin.
Dermarolling, chemical peels, facials, and stem cell therapy are all treatments that have been shown to boost collagen production and skin vitality. Check out this post by StemCells.LA to learn more!
Help your skin look better than ever with a proper facial skin care routine! Cleansing, treating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin will go along way to preserving your youth.
For more tips on how to keep healthy skin, read about the best vitamins for skin health.