Build a Daily Skincare Routine for a healthy looking skin
Build a Daily Skincare Routine for a healthy looking skin
Great skin is not only a matter of genes; in fact, how you treat your skin greatly impacts what you see in the mirror. Giving good care to our skin not only makes our complexion glowing for now, but it will make our skin look better in the future as well.
Before using any product or doing any DIY care to our skin, it is very important to know about your skin type. Usually, people have oily, dry, normal, or combination skin. Thus, what we have to apply to your skin depends on your skin type. Maybe a product effective to someone will not give the same effects on your skin.
So you should always use good quality products according to your skin type. Low-quality products will be ineffective as well as may cause harm to your skin. Let’s discuss some facts about skincare and its importance in this blog.
Know Your Skin Type
You can test your skin type at home by doing a physical test. At home, you can measure sebum production by your skin that will identify your skin type. Sebum is an oily, waxy liquid that our skin produces. The amount of sebum coming out of our pores determine our skin type.
You can gently press tissue or blotting paper on different parts of your face and then check the transparency of the paper under the light.
Basic Skin Care Steps
To tune up our complexion is the goal of any skincare routine. A daily skincare routine is important to maintain your skin healthy and helps you to have skin free from acne, scars, and dark spots.
But to have these effects, there is one thing you have to maintain that is consistency. Nothing can work if you apply it just once or twice. According to experts, a product should be used at least six months, twice or thrice times a week.
The basic main steps involved in the skincare routine are
The first step of any skincare routine is cleansing. Cleanser generally involves your daily face washes. Your cleanser should not leave your skin tight after wash. The right formula will cleanse your skin without losing natural oils.
If you do not wear makeup, no need to cleanse your face more than twice. Cleanse your face in the morning and then before you go to sleep to wash out all the excess oils and dirt that build up on your face throughout the day.
A wash for squeaky-clean feels make your skin over dry with no natural oils. Cetaphil is known to work best for all skin types.
Toning is an optional step, but if you are using toner, it would be the best. It helps remove the leftover oil and dirt after cleansing from your face and balances the skin’s pH.
You can use toner specially formulated for acne, containing salicylic acid for acne-prone skin, and hydrating toner to soothe and moisturize your dry and sensitive skin. Toning is done after cleansing and before putting on anything on the skin.
- Treating with Serums
Serums are our skin allies. No matter what skin type or age we are of, applying serums, elixirs of active ingredients reverse a lot of damage that pollution and sun cause to our skin.
Vitamin C helps to get rid of pigmentation and black spots. Hyaluronic acid prevents moisture loss, Peptides, Vitamin B3, and Retinol prevent skin sagging and lines, whereas Niacinamide improves acne with its antimicrobial effect.
To soften and hydrate the skin, moisturizing is the most important step of your skincare routine. Even people with oily skin types need to moisturize their skin, but they have to use non-comedogenic, gel-based, and lightweight moisturizers.
Whereas for the dry skin type, more cream-based moisturizers are beneficial. Lighter moisturizers are ideal for daytime use as they soak in quickly and will not cause piling under your makeup.
Sunlight is the main reason behind the premature aging of our skin. While you use different products on your skin, such as products for treating hyperpigmentation, daily SPF use is a must. Applying sunscreen (SPF 30) on your face, including the back of your hands and neck, protects your skin from direct exposure to UV rays under sunlight.
If you add these three steps in your routine as daily rituals, these are enough to fortify your skin and ground your body.
DIY Hacks to Avoid
You may get inspired by watching random DIY videos for different skin problems on social media. Also, people will suggest you many DIY ideas for any skin problem to get rid of these. But believe me, even if everyone is doing this, you should avoid these.
Because these hacks may harm your skin and make things even worse for a long time, some of the hacks you should avoid are:
- Baking Soda:Having a pH of 8, baking soda significantly decreases the water content of your skin and over-dries it.
- Toothpaste:Many people will suggest toothpaste for acne-prone skin, it may absorb oil and kills bacteria, but it will irritate skin badly.
- Lemon juice: Citric acid is too acidic for our skins; on exposure to sunlight, it will cause dark spots on the skin and cause irritation to the skin.
- Sugar: people use sugar for exfoliation, but it is too harsh for the skin as an exfoliant.
- Garlic: raw garlic can cause much harm to your skin like watery blisters, allergies, skin inflammation, and eczema.
When to Consult a Dermatologist?
When over-the-counter products are not giving enough effect on your skin problems, the first thing you should do is consult a dermatologist. For scarring, severe acne, and other problems, a prescription treatment of oral antibiotics, contraceptives, and topical retinoids becomes necessary.
As discussed earlier, using the wrong product according to your skin type will cause worsen blemishes, breakouts, or even severe redness. A specialist can prescribe you well according to your skin type and skin problem.
Just like the healthy growth of our body, our skin also needs nourishment for protection from harsh environmental and chemical factors. However, as we daily give food to our tummies, we have to care for our skin. Right products on the right skin types daily are the key to glowing and healthy skin.