How to Build the Perfect Skin-Care Routine
A big misconception that most people believe about healthy skin is that it can only be achieved through DNA, being lucky enough to win the genetic lottery. Well, let us bust this myth right away! Though having good skin naturally is a good sign, it is not enough. Your lifestyle and habits have a significant impact on what you see in the mirror. Buying and applying the correct skincare products in the right order is what makes your skin supple.
However, the internet is drowning with all the how-to guides about the correct way to apply moisturizers and a dizzying number of opinions about various products. That is why we have come to rescue you from all that noise through this ultimate guide to building the perfect skincare routine, which will become your daily ritual.
Step 1- Cleanse
Cleansing is hands down, the most important step of our skincare, which we should never skip. Our busy schedules keep us running from one place to another, and needless to say, in doing so, our skin suffers the most. It accumulates dirt and gunk and secretes excess oil making itself prone to breakouts. Therefore, rinsing your face off with water and a small amount of gentle cleanser twice a day (preferably morning and night) should be your first step toward healthy skin. Choose the cleanser according to your skin type or to combat the targetted skin issue, and you're good to go!
Step 2- Toning
Did you know that the original intent behind inventing toners was to dry up oily skin and remove any extra dirt after cleansing? For some people, toner still brings to mind the strong smelling and slightly stingy astringent. But toners have come a long way. Toners of today are more like water-based skin care liquids known to deliver an extra shot of nutrients to the skin. Always remember to put a toner right after cleansing your face and before putting on any serums or oils. Use a clean cotton pad or your fingers to apply it directly to your skin.
Step 3- Moisturizing
All of us are guilty of skipping this step at some point in our lives. Skipping moisturizer devoids our skin from the hydration and nourishment it requires. Essentially, the main purpose of a moisturizer is to lock in the naturally found protective oils and other essential building blocks along with the skin care products in the outer layers of the skin. If you apply serums, you should apply moisturized after them and before putting any makeup on. Ideally, your moisturizer should have some SPF in it for added protection.
And last but not least- Never leave your house without putting on sunscreen. We cannot stress this enough! Sunscreen is an essential protective layer and should be an indispensable part of any skincare regime. Exposing your skin directly to the harmful rays of the sun makes it vulnerable to many problems such as rashes, sunburns and in extreme cases- skin cancer. If your moisturizer does not have SPF, do not forget to buy a broad-spectrum SPF.
Follow these tips to make your skin happy and healthy!