Overly complicated skincare routines can sometimes do more harm than good with the different product combinations you could be using. Skincare experts will always tell you to keep your routine simple, and keep it basic. A basic, well-crafted Creating a basic skincare routine can take as little as just four steps.
- Cleansers – Never wash your face with soap because the chemicals and ingredients found in soap can be harsh to your facial skin. Cleansers on the other hand are specially formulated to be gentle and thorough. to properly use cleansers, make sure your hands are clean before applying the product. A little bit of product goes a long way. The recommended amount is about the size of a dime. You can use either gel or foaming cleansers, depending on your skin type. There are different types of cleansers for the morning, or the evening too. Your dermatologist can identify what type of skin you have, and what cleanser is best for you.
- Serums that target specific issues – Serums are skincare products with concentrated active ingredients that treat skin issues, like blemishes, acne scars, inflammation, and even wrinkles. Serums with vitamin C are high in antioxidants and can lower the tendency of inflammatory breakouts. Vitamin A-based serums, or retinols, can help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. The best time to use serums is just before you sleep. These concentrated substances aid in the time when your skin repairs itself.
- Moisturize – You don’t want to have dry skin. Having dry skin means you are prone to acne breakouts, inflammation and even the formation of wrinkles. Hydrating your skin regularly means it will be able to protect itself better from harmful bacteria, dirt, and from day-to-day exposure to pollution. There are many types of moisturizers – from heavy oil-based to lighter water-based moisturizers. During the summer, you want to switch to the lighter products, while the oil-based ones are more effective in the winter when the air is a lot drier.
- Sunscreen – This might be the most important part of your skincare routine. Protecting your skin from the sun’s deadly UVA and UVB rays is essential. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with sufficient SPF (30 and above), and make sure you re-apply every couple of hours. Remember that even if the sunscreen’s bottle says “water resistant” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t re-apply later on. Sun protection is in general, very crucial, in protecting your skin from premature signs of aging. Wrinkly skin can be in-part blamed by how long you spend under the sun’s rays.