If your morning and nightly routines don’t include some kind of basic skincare regimen, what are you doing?
Proper skincare is such an important part of overall health, it can help prevent early signs of aging, and, overall, it gives your skin a much-needed refresh after a good night’s sleep or a day of environmental exposure.
But if you’ve never adopted a skincare routine, or if you’ve fallen off the wagon, these tips can help you determine the right products for you and how to implement them.
Step 1: Cleansing
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s important to wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after physical activity that causes sweating. Any more than this and you will strip your skin of its natural moisture.
If you have particularly oily skin, a gentle wash with a foaming cleanser and lukewarm water is recommended. However, if you have sensitive or dry skin, simply washing with water or a noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging) cleanser will do the trick.
Step 2: Balance
This step will not be necessary for every skin type, but if you find that your skin is imbalanced—meaning dry in some areas and oily in others—a gentle toner could help restore your skin’s natural balance of moisture.
Micellar water is a product growing in popularity for its benefits in removing makeup, cleansing, and moisturizing all at once. In an article from the Derm Review, micellar water is touted as a great product for hydration and can work wonders for people with more sensitive skin.
Step 3: Moisturize
It is truly important to moisturize your entire body at least once a day, especially after bathing. However, it is equally important to moisturize your face. Look for products with SPF and neutralizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid for a daytime moisturizer, and products with retinol—which helps restore cells damage—in a night cream.
Remember that everyone’s skin is different, and if you are having problems with your skin or are unsure about what specific products you should use, it’s best to consult a dermatologist.