TOP ESSENTIALS FOR A GREAT SKINCARE ROUTINE.
Skincare is the order of the day now, but it should be more than just a trend to you. Keeping your skin supple, youthful, and fresh are goals that should long overstay this current skincare fad. This is why you need to actually know a little bit of the workings behind an efficient skincare routine.
A great skincare routine is more than buying pricey products and slathering them onto your skin. Granted, this may give you your desired results at the time, but the reality is that you really have no clue what the future holds for your skin. Understanding the key pillars of skincare will have you creating a skincare routine that works with even the most basic of products. You can build a minimalist but highly effective skincare routine this way.
A lot of times, people get into a skincare routine that has no allowance whatsoever for their own skin type and get upset when things don’t go according to plan. Before you even think about purchasing new products for your skin, the least you can do is find out your skin type. This will help you easily navigate the shelves upon shelves of products you will eventually have to sift through to find an adequate fit.
There are some essentials to building a skincare routine that cannot be traded off even in the many years to come, and they’re explained right below.
The Top 6 Essentials Of Any Skincare Routine
Any halfway decent skincare routine must include cleansing. This is the step that helps to take off excess oil (sebum), external dirt, and makeup. A good cleanser will take all these excesses off efficiently but mildly. That’s a lot more than anyone can say for most regular bar soaps. Your face has a lower pH level than the rest of your body, and so it needs a cleansing agent that addresses that specific need. Sometimes, we’re able to find bar soaps that are sufficiently mild, but most people don’t even lookout for that. That’s why it’s advised that even when you do wash your face in the shower, you should have a dedicated mild cleanser that you use just on your face. Oily skin types benefit from using a more foamy type cleanser, while normal, dry, and sensitive skin types lean more towards milky, cream cleansers.
Toners are a very important part of a good skincare routine because of all that they do. They usually go on right after cleansing and they can help remove any left-over dirt on your skin, as well as lessen the appearance of pores with religious use over time. Toners can be applied in many different ways, from using a cotton ball, to even spraying/misting them onto your skin. Toners are also supposed to be mild, but there are a lot of harsh, drying ones currently in the market, so it would do you good to steer clear from those. Ingredients that you should be on the lookout for are alcohol or ethanol.
The internet has been on Pharell’s tail for a long time now just trying to understand why he doesn’t seem to age! Back in 2019, he gave an interview saying he basically exfoliated like crazy every day. While we’re obviously going to take that with a pinch of salt, you can already tell how important proper exfoliation is for your face. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. You can achieve this mechanically by using abrasive face scrubs, or chemically through the use of chemical peels. Now it’s important to note that it’s not advised that you exfoliate every blessed day –no. Rather, incorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine and it should come up no more than thrice weekly. Exfoliation can be traumatizing to your skin, especially when you use scrubs. Chemical exfoliation is a bit more tolerable and you could possibly take your weekly total up to four times if that’s what you use.
Hydration is an absolutely essential for a great skincare routine. A lot of people overlook it or mix it up with moisturizing (which we’ll get to in a moment), but they’re not the same thing. Hydration focuses on supplying water and hydrating elements to your skin. Essentially, it’s the process of watering your skin, and hydration is particularly important because it keeps the skin youthful. Drinking sufficient water helps, but hydrating from the outside can be a total game-changer as well. A great, versatile, natural hydrator is rose water. You could use plain rosewater or products that have it as an active ingredient. Rosewater is also great because it doubles as a skin toner. So if you’re on a budget, you just saved yourself some cash. Facial masks often fall under this category as they are really powerful in delivering hydration to areas that need them the most.
Moisturizing is the process of replenishing and preventing dryness. It goes hand in hand with hydration. Imagine it this way, hydration is watering your skin, and moisturizing is sealing in the hydration and then some. Facial moisturizers are usually emulsions of oil and water that help to supply essential nutrients and such to your skin (think vitamins, essential oils, and helpful chemical compounds). Facial oils typically also fall into this category because they help to seal in moisture and they also come packing their own infused benefits. You literally cannot build a working skincare routine that does not have room for moisturizing, it’s very essential.
I think we all knew this was coming. Sunscreen at this point should be an absolute no-brainer. The sun isn’t going anywhere, so you might as well get with the program. UV rays are real and ever-present, and ever-damaging, so sunscreen shouldn’t be something you’re sleeping on. There’s a whole article on this blog about just how essential sunscreen is to your skin and skincare routine. Check it out!