7 Skin Care Routine Essentials

Your Guide to Skin Care Routine Essentials

Skin Health Hub Skin Health 7 Skin Care Routine EssentialsCaring for your skin is not that complicated and nor should it be that expensive. Follow our 7 skin care routine essentials list for tips on skin care to highlight the importance of following a skin care routine to ensure your skin looks healthy and glowing from the outside.

Before you start with a skin care routine, you need to know your skin-type. Is it oily, dry, sensitive, and normal or a combination of these? If you are unsure of your skin-type or find your skin responds differently with the changes in Seasons, you may need to select different skin care products to suit these changes.

Our suggested 7 skin care routine essentials are:

Cleansing

If you don’t start by cleaning your skin then the dirt and oil from your skin will not be extracted and anything you try to put on top of your skin (think make-up or moisturizer) will be ineffective.

The three main ingredients of a cleanser are oil, water and surfactants (wetting agents). The type of cleanser you choose will depend on your skin type. If your skin is oily it may benefit from a gel, foaming cleanser or facial cleansing wipes whereas a cream cleanser may be better suited for a normal to dry skin.

You might want to try a couple of different types of cleansers before you find the one that suits you or use a different cleanser at different times of the year. Using a cleanser should be quick and easy so whether you use cotton wool pads to cleanse or you like to cleanse in the shower, you should use luke warm water as hot or cold water can both cause damage to your skin.

If you wear a lot of eye make-up you may need to invest in an oil-free eye make-up removal lotion in addition to your cleanser.

Exfoliation

Removing dead skin cells by exfoliation is the best way to facilitate the skin’s natural maintenance process of removing skin cells which are naturally shed every 28 days. Not only that, exfoliation will also increase the effectiveness of your skin care products.

Generally, exfoliation should take place just after cleansing. So, whether you choose to exfoliate using products with exfoliating granules or by using a manual exfoliation devise to slough off dead cells be careful not to overdo it as this can lead to redness and dry patches of skin. As a guide, exfoliate 4 times per week for oily skin (particularly in hot and humid weather) and 1-2 times per week for normal/dry/sensitive skin.

Toning

In a previous article on Skin pH Balance we explain the reasons why it is so important to use a toner after your cleansing routine. With a simple spritz of your toner you able to quickly restore and maintain the balance of your skins pH and prepare the skin before adding moisture. You can also spritz during throughout the day to keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.

Serums

Using a serum or gel before moisturizing is a great way to give your skin a boost. Vitamin infused oils will help repair your skin as it hydrates.

Moisturizers

This is one of the most important steps in skin care. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize. The function of your moisturizer is to seal the moisture in your skin cells and attract moisture (from air) when it is needed.

Day and night moisturizers are different as they need to perform different functions. As such, your day time moisturizer may be lighter in consistency and contain a sunscreen whilst your night cream may be thicker in consistency and contain more ‘active’ ingredients to restore and repair the skin when you sleep.

Application Tip: Your moisturizer is best applied when your skin is still damp after cleansing and toning.

Extras

This is where skin care can get complicated, but it need not be. Incorporating an eye cream, neck and décolletage cream, hand cream, sunscreen or lip balm are simply a part of your skin care equation – especially as you age.

Monthly Skin Boosters

If your time and budget allows it, have a salon facial every 4, 6 or 8 weeks apart. This will take your skin to a new level and escalate your home care routine. You can also achieve a salon facial at home by setting-up a pampering session at home. Soak in a bubble bath, apply a facial mask and relax. Moisturize your whole body with a body cream and add a serum and night cream after your mask to ‘lock-in’ hydration.

It seems like everyone has an opinion on how to best care for your skin. Some people believe that a skin care routine is a waste of time and money, whilst others believe in applying a cream or lotion on their skin every now and then if it ‘looks like’ it needs it. Then there are those who are ‘skin care junkies’ and read everything they can get their hands on, love sampling new products and have a bathroom cabinet full of different skin care brands.

One simple truth is you can’t expect to have the skin you have/had in your 20’s to be the skin you will have in your 40’s, 50‘s and beyond without caring for your skin. So, experiment with various skin care products follow our 7 Skin Care Routine Essentials and find what gives you the best results.

If you feel you would benefit from some expert advice, book a Virtual Consultation On-Line with a Qualified and Professional Aesthetician. For information on what is involved in our in-depth personalized analyzes into your unique skin visit: http://skinhealthhub.com/skin-type-assessment-consultation

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