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Your Skincare On Point – The Basics 101


December 31, 2022


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Getting the Most Out of Your Skincare Without Overloading Yourself with Products

The beauty aisle can be overwhelming. With all of the options out there, it takes time to figure out where to start when it comes to building a skincare routine. Do you need ten different products? Is more always better? Will anything actually work?

The answer to all of these questions is: it depends. Your skin is one-of-a-kind and will need different products than others, so consider your skin type when devising a skincare routine.

You might have ten different products sitting in your bathroom, or you could be using just three, but either way, your skin is not responding the way it should. What’s wrong? You’re probably missing something important. Going back to the basics is a great place to start.

Many of us overlook the essentials and jump into more advanced products without a foundation to build on, causing frustration later on.

The best way to describe this is the analogy of the roof of a house repair. If you notice that your roof is starting to leak, fixing the problem can be broken down into three basic steps:

1) Examine the damage and determine what needs to be repaired;

2) Patch up any holes or weak spots; and

3) Finish by applying a protective sealant.

In much the same way, the basics for a good skincare routine involve:

1) Determine your skin type – Do you have normal, dry, oily or combination skin? Knowing your skin type will help you choose the best products for your routine.

2) Cleanse – Cleansing with a supportive cleanser that is non-irritating is a gentle and effective way of caring for your skin.

3) Protect – Moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied every morning without fail to protect your skin.

Once you have the basics down, you can introduce more targeted products, such as serums, masks and exfoliators.

Let’s look at what you need to have in your skincare routine for it to be effective in more depth.

Decide what kind of skin you have – oily, dry or sensitive/reactive

Understanding your skin type is essential to create a skincare routine that works for you. Oily skin produces an overabundance of oil, making skin appear and feel greasy. In contrast, dry or dehydrated skin lacks moisture and often has a tight, stretched or flaky appearance. Reactive or sensitive skin challenges us all the more. It is prone to redness, inflammation, and irritation from external and internal factors.

Knowing your skin type will help you choose the right skincare products. Products designed for oily skin, like a foaming cleanser or clay mask, will be less effective on dry skin.

Likewise, an intensely hydrating cream might be too much for already well-moisturized oily skin.

Choose products that are right for your skin type and address any specific concerns you may have

When selecting skincare products, choosing those best suited for your skin type and any problems you might face is essential. While a product might smell great or offer a fancy ingredient list, it will only be helpful if it works with your skin. Figure out your personal needs and research the ingredients in each product you’re considering – they can make a big difference in improving your complexion or treating specific issues. Additionally, don’t forget to consult with professionals such as skincare experts or corneotherapists if needed to help pick the right product for you. Doing so can go a long way toward achieving better skin health!

Creating a healthy and balanced skincare routine should be easy and enjoyable. Starting with a fundamental three-step way of daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing is a good place to start.

The basics: cleansing, toning and moisturizing

Developing a basic daily routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin is essential for keeping it healthy. Each step complements the other to ensure your skin stays hydrated and free from impurities.

When cleansing, use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the natural oils from your skin. This will help preserve its natural balance so you don’t have an overly dry or oily complexion. A cleanser should leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, not tight or dry. If your skin feels dry or stripped after cleansing, switch to a gentler product.

Apply a toner after cleansing for an extra dose of hydration! Toning is important to help restore the skin’s natural pH balance. It can also help to remove any last traces of makeup or dirt. It prepares the skin to absorb the other products you use in your routine. Choose an alcohol-free toner, as alcohol can dry out the skin.

Finally, moisturize your skin to keep it hydrated and protect it from environmental damage. 

Make sure to use a moisturizer that is meant for your skin type– one that’s too heavy or rich could end up clogging your pores and causing breakouts…

It’s easier to summarise the cosmetic ingredients than to recommend and advise what to look for. Avoid sulfates, phthalates, colours, parabens, and synthetic fragrances.

Keep tweaking as needed.

Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Everyone’s skin is unique, so what works for you might not necessarily work for another person. Finding the right products for your skin type can take some trial and error, but it’s worth the effort!

If you wear makeup, make sure to remove it before going to bed.

Wearing makeup is a great way to enhance our features and show off our individual styles. Still, when it comes time for bed, it’s important to remember to remove it. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause breakouts due to skin pores being clogged from the day’s products and bacteria from your face mixing with the makeup left behind. Not only that, but sleeping in your makeup can also cause premature wrinkles and other signs of ageing. To prevent these issues and ensure proper nighttime skincare, take a few extra moments to thoroughly remove your makeup before snuggling up in bed!

Knowing when to add more products

Once you’ve established a basic three-step routine, you can add other products, such as serums, exfoliants, masks, and treatments. However, before adding anything to your routine, it is important to understand how the product works and its purpose. Adding too many products or using the wrong ones can do more harm than good. So only add what is necessary to your regimen and always pay attention to how your skin reacts.

If you’re struggling with acne-prone skin or blemishes, avoid using too much exfoliation and alpha-hydroxy cleansers, as they can make matters worse. An oil with sufficient lipids can do wonders for dry skin. 

Additionally, add in an SPF. When you live in a climate with high UV radiation, such as New Zealand or Australia, make sure to cover up and choose an SPF with broad-spectrum protection.

Sunscreen is vital to use every day, even when it’s cloudy or you don’t plan on spending much time outdoors. Sun damage can be cumulative, so it is important to ensure your skin is always adequately protected from the sun’s damaging rays. 

Remember, the basics are important for a strong skincare foundation – don’t skip them! Take your time to find the right products for your skin type, and be patient with yourself as you learn what works best. Over time, you’ll be able to develop a routine that is both personalized and effective.

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