Taking care of your skin is crucial to looking and feeling good. Whether you are trying to control oil, prevent acne, or prevent wrinkles, caring for your skin is a necessary step of your daily routine.
Are you wondering what products are missing from your skin care routine to make it as effective as possible? The answer requires an examination of the products you already use in the process.
If you wear makeup, a facial cleanser is not going to remove all of it from your face reliably. Unless you buy a cleanser that specifically states that it also removes makeup, you won’t be able to truly clean your face, and the residue may affect your skin’s health. Using a makeup remover in addition to a regular facial cleanser should be atop your skin care priorities.
Speaking of which: a facial cleanser might be the most critical part to your skin care routine. It helps to keep your skin healthy and your pores clear, and controls the natural oils that your face produces. Of course, finding the right cleanser for your skin is a crucial part of optimizing your skin care.
For example, if you suffer from acne, finding products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is a good choice. A cleanser that includes these ingredients not only will it help to clean your skin, but also provides a layer of medication that can help to treat and prevent existing acne.
If, on the other hand, your skin is oily or dry, you want to be sure to find cleansers that don’t add to the problem. Instead, find one that strikes the balance of hydration and cleansing your skin to be healthy.
This step is very important in your skin care routine, although you may not use it every day. Whether you use an exfoliating scrub, a mask, a tonic, or a brush, exfoliation will help to keep your skin healthy, radiant, soft, and smooth.
To exfoliate, a clarisonic brush is a great tool to use. You can use it in conjunction with your cleanser, but the brush works to get your face wash to deeply penetrate your skin. While allowing the soap to penetrate your skin, it also works off the loose, dead skin cells on the surface. Removing these skin cells promotes healthy new cells to come to the surface, giving you a more radiant appearance. Exfoliation also helps to prevent wrinkles and keeps your skin both firm and healthy.
Although some people may think that toners aren’t a necessary step in your routine, they do benefit your skin. Toners work by helping to balance your skin’s pH level, and remove additional dirt and bacteria that are still lingering on the skin.
When incorporating this step into your skin care routine, it’s vital to find a toner that will actually benefit your skin and not irritate it or have no effect other than providing a nice smell. For example, many toners include witch hazel as an ingredient, but it can actually be harsh on your skin, potentially causing redness and irritation if your skin is sensitive. It’s important to find toners with ingredients like antioxidants, which will help to clean the skin and tighten pores, but also provide healthy nutrients.
Adding moisture to your skin is vital for all skin types. That may come as a shock for those who suffer from very oily skin, which is why it’s vital to understand how oil differs from moisture and hydration. If your skin produces oil, don’t take that as a sign that it is hydrated and moisturized. Cleansers and toners can help to control your oil, but you still need to moisturize in order to provide the hydration that your skin craves.
The skin needs moisture in order to stay soft and smooth, and letting it become overly dry can lead to premature wrinkles, unhealthy skin, and an unpleasant texture. Finding a moisturizer with antioxidants will help your skin look and feel its best. Regardless of your skin type or situation, you don’t want to forget this step. Hydration is crucial to keep your skin balanced, healthy, and looking good.
Always remember this step when you going through your morning skin care routine. It’s easy to forget about sunscreen in the morning, especially if you are just getting ready for work instead of a day on the beach. But even when you don’t think your skin will be exposed to the sun extensively, it will still receive exposure to sunlight and all the damaging rays that come along with it.
Sunscreen will not only help to prevent sunburn, but also protect your skin from further damage and the onset of early wrinkles. Adding this step to your routine ensures that you can go into any day confident knowing that the sun will not be a damaging entity for your skin.
The best skin care routines occur twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. That rhythm will help to keep your skin clean, moisturized and soft, and protected. By taking the time to take care of your skin, you will keep it looking good and feeling good while helping to prevent premature aging.
Are you using all of the above steps and products in your daily routine? If not, you may need to take a closer look, and make adjustments. By finding the perfect products to work with your skin type, you’ll be glad to finally have a complete skin care routine. To learn more about how we can help you achieve that goal, please contact us.