A good, consistent skincare routine can help prevent and manage breakouts, dry flakes, large pores, pigmentation, and redness from acne which you can read more about here.
However, with so many different products on the market, it can be a real challenge to know what to use and what to avoid, how much, how often, etc. With the rise of internet influencers, skincare routines have grown more and more intricate and complex.
We’re here to let you know that you don’t need to break the bank or feel overwhelmed by skincare – there are only a few simple steps that really matter. Here’s what you should be focusing on.
The first one is obvious – wash your face! A good, oil-based cleanser should be used each and every day (especially before bed) to help remove your makeup and clean away any dirt from the day.
You might need to try a few different types and brands until you find what works for you based on whether your skin is oily, dry, a combination of both, or extra sensitive. Make sure to always cleanse your skin gently and with warm (not hot) water.
The second one is to wash your face – yes, again. Double cleansing is a method recommended by most dermatologists and beauty influencers too.
After cleaning away the dirt and sweat from your face with an oil-based cleanser, go back in for another wash with a creamy or foamy cleanser. This will help to remove the oily product from your skin and wash away any residue. Left behind from the first wash.
Using a toner after you’ve cleansed your skin can help to remove any final residue of the products from your pores and also helps to prep your skin for skincare steps to follow.
You can also pick a toner that is specifically designed to help aid with any specific struggles you might be having with your skin. They can help put nutrients back into your skin, offer nourishment, and balance your skin’s ph.
Next up is a moisturizer, which is a critical step even for people with oily skin. A high-quality moisturizer helps reduce the chances of your skin becoming excessively dry or greasy, which can, in turn, reduce breakouts and other skin problems.
Moisturizer also helps keep your skin young by fighting wrinkles and keeping you looking plump and glowy.
Contrary to what you might believe, the SPF in your daily moisturizer isn’t really enough to protect your skin from the sun when you head out for the day,
Apply a good facial SPF as your final layer of skincare product so that it sits on top of your skin and forms a protective barrier. This step is especially important if you’ll be going outdoors.
Once you have these steps in place, you can start considering adding additional steps like exfoliating and using face masks.
Use these kinds of products with discretion, and ask for advice from a professional before you start using any products you’re not certain of.