Any beauty expert would agree that maintaining a healthy skin care regimen is one key to having beautiful skin. But with so many products now available, what will help you find the set of products for your beauty regimen?
Determine your skin type
One of the most overlooked factors when developing a healthy skincare routine is choosing products that work for one’s skin type. Apparently, a product created for oily skin will surely not benefit for someone with dry skin. For this reason, you should first identify your skin type — oily, dry, acne-prone, sensitive, combination or normal.
Know your skin’s specific concerns
Before choosing the products for your skincare regimen, also take into consideration your skin’s particular needs. Doing so will help alleviate your skin problems. Do you have reactive skin? Then steer clear of products with essential oils. Does your skin start to show some signs of aging? Then look for products with super moisturizing benefits.
Basic daily skincare must-haves
After considering your skin type and specific skin concerns, now get to know your daily skincare staples:
Every skincare regimen starts with a facial cleanser. Cleansers wash away dirt and oil on the surface of your skin. Even if you have oily skin, you should wash your face no more than 2 times a day. Over-washing sends a signal to your skin that the oil is being stripped. Your skin then thinks that this oil needs to be replaced so it produces more oil.
Focus on facial cleansers that do not dry your skin. So, stay away from cleansers with sulfates—the reason why cleansers foam. Sulfates are so alkaline and so strong that they can irritate and temporarily damage your skin barrier.
Dr. Alicia Zalka, a Yale-affiliated dermatologist considers toner a second step in the cleansing process. She added, “…it can help remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may lurk on the face after washing”.
What’s more, toner offers extra skincare benefits as it contains hydrating and soothing ingredients giving your skin a healthy complexion. It also balances the pH level of your skin and preps your skin for moisturizer.
Look for alcohol-free toners that contain vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc and or glycolic acid. Again, choose the right product according to your skin type. Dry skin needs moisturizing ingredients while sensitive skin needs soothing ingredients.
Moisturizers boost your skin’s hydration and prevent your skin from flaking and dullness. For longer-lasting moisturization, look for moisturizers that contain humectants such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and propylene glycol.
Also, consider moisturizing your neck, chest, and hands—areas where signs of aging are more visible. And don’t forget to apply moisturizer in upward strokes to combat sagging skin. Lastly, always use a fragrance-free moisturizer if you have sensitive skin.
Last but not the least part of your basic skincare regimen is sunscreen. The right sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays which penetrates when your skin is exposed to the sun. It prevents your skin from tanning, premature aging, and lowers your risk of skin cancer.
Following are ingredients of an effective sunscreen:
- Titanium dioxide
- Avobenzone (also parsol)
- Zinc oxide
- Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC)
Also, look for sunscreen lotion that is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so you don’t get rashes and clogged pores. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen half an hour before exposing yourself to the sun.
Specifically, look for sunscreens with a rating of SPF 30 and above. This means you are protected 30 times longer before your skin starts to burn. And as always recommended, reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Interestingly, some dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen indoors. A few skin diseases like melasma can be triggered by heat or UV exposure. And chronic exposure to some types of indoor lighting may alleviate the condition.
Pampered skin is beautiful skin
Achieving beautiful and healthy skin is never a daunting task if you know what your skin needs and the right products for your skin type. That being said, healthy and beautiful skin is 100% possible.