Your skin is one of the most vital parts of your body; hence, it needs appropriate care, which can only be achieved with a good skincare routine.
The truth is that each skin-care routine is necessarily as unique and individual as the person following it.
Skincare has become a necessity for most women; however, it has also gotten a little more intimidating and confusing for a beginner to get started and for anyone to understand how to create an effective skin-care routine that works for them.
Before you start a skincare routine, it is important to understand that there is no such thing as a single “correct” skin-care routine order, but there is definitely an optimal way to apply your products.
Additionally, it is also important to keep it simple and easy to follow.
The primary goal of any skin-care routine is to tune up your complexion so that it functions at its best, and work on areas you want to work on.
Some basic skincare routine for women includes:
This is the most basic and essential step of any routine, this is because every day, your skin is exposed to environmental pollutants, dirt and other germs that should be gently removed.
Cleansing should be done twice every day not just to remove the skin-care products and makeup that you applied in the morning, but also to cleanse your face off excess oil, sweat, dead skin cells, pollutants, and other debris that collect on the skin throughout the day.
Cleansing helps to avoid clogged pores, dullness and acne.
Another important skincare routine for women is toning their skin. Toning your skin can be done right after cleansing and before putting on anything else.
You can tone your skin with skin toners using a cotton pad and pass it over your face or pour a few drops on your clean palm and apply it to your face.
You can tone your skin twice a day in the morning and night, but you might want to use exfoliating acids only at night or every other day.
The next basic skincare routine is moisturizing your skin. The purpose of moisturizers is to hydrate and soften the skin.
Your skin needs to stay hydrated always and moisturizers assist in preventing water loss through the outer layers of the skin.
Additionally, moisturizers help retain the skin’s natural protective oil.
Skin naturally loses the ability to retain moisture as we age, and washing can strip your skin of its natural oils, hence the need for moisturizers.
Protect your Skin
This is the most important skincare because UV rays damage your skin. One of the ways to protect your skin is the use of sunscreens because they are your first line of defense and protection against skin cancer.
For effective protection of your skin, opt for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, and apply it daily (even when it is cloudy) before you step out each day.
There are different types of sunscreens, the Chemical-based and mineral-based. Mineral sunscreens work as a skin shield by blocking the sun’s rays from penetrating the skin.
On the other hand, chemical sunscreens protect the skin against UV rays by absorbing them, relying on ingredients such as octocrylene or avobenzone.
In conclusion, you do not necessarily need to see a dermatologist before starting a basic skin-care routine.
However, if you have sensitive skin or you can’t place your skin type or if you have a skin condition, it’s important you see a dermatologist before creating a skincare routine.Featured Image Source: Pulse Nigeria
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