Skin care for me was a mystery until I got into my twenties. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of products on the market that claim to clear your acne, smooth your skin, give you fewer wrinkles and even reverse aging. I remember reading in teen magazines conflicting ideas on how exactly to take care of your skin. Through a lot of trial and error and sound advice, I have developed my own skin care routine that suits my needs. Follow my guide to helping develop your own plan to help improve your own skin.
Exfoliate Your Face
Exfoliating your skin is an element to skincare that I hadn’t really considered much when I was getting into skin care. Exfoliating is removing dead skin cells from your skin that have built up over time. You can use a facial scrub or a cleansing cloth with an exfoliating side. Pick one that is specifically for your face, because ones intended for the body are usually coarser and can irritate your skin. If you have sensitive skin like me, you want to avoid doing this too often. If your skin is excessively dry and not sensitive, you want to do this at least twice a week.
Use a Cleanser
Using a cleanser that is designed for your face will help remove dirt, makeup and oils from your face. Your face needs removed of debris in order to be healthy and be moisturized, otherwise you’re just moving the dirt and oils around your face when you apply moisture. Cleansing also helps prevents break outs which can occur when pores are clogged. Choose a cleanser designed for your skin type. I use a cleanser for dry and sensitive skin, but there are many for oily or normal skin. If you’re acne prone, choose a product with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which are known acne fighters. Wash your face in the morning and evening, and after work outs. I like using a creamy cleanser in the mornings and one with acne fighters in the evening to keep my skin clear.
Moisturize your skin every day, at least once, with a good quality moisturizer. I have dry skin, but its also sensitive and acne prone, so I don’t use thick creams. If you have normal or aging skin, a night cream is a great way to help give your skin a boost. Oily skin requires a very light moisturizer, so I recommend using one just in the morning. Even if you find that your skin gets oily, moisturizer will help balance the problem with consistent use. Once your skin learns its going to be consistently hydrated, it will stop producing so much extra oil.
Pick the Right Makeup
Makeup is something many people enjoy wearing on a daily basis but it can be very harsh on your skin. I recommend picking brands that are more natural or contain minerals that prevent your skin from becoming overly dry or developing acne. There are also makeups on the market that are for oily, dry or sensitive skin that can help make conditions better. Even acne prone people can choose a makeup containing acne fighters to clear your skin. Make sure that you always cleanse your skin at the end of the day thoroughly to get rid of any makeup residue. You don’t want your hard work with your skin care to be damaged by makeup clogged pores.
These steps can help you achieve a healthy skin with consistent use. Make sure to stick to your routine and don’t be afraid to try new products. If you will be outdoors for any extended period of time, make sure that you also add sunblock to your face to help block harmful sun rays and keep your skin looking radiant. In no time, you will feel confident about your newly healthy skin.