You might be feeling like your skin isn’t where you want it to be, it might be dry, oily or dull. It’s likely that you’ve been sticking with it for over a month (not including prescriptions) and your skin isn’t how you want it to look. Its time to change your skincare regimen! We’re going to help you identify the perfect skincare routine.
Step 1: Identify your skin type
If you don’t already know your skin type, and have been purchasing products based solely on reviews, it’s time for a big change. Everyone’s has a different skin type, and knowing things like how your skin distributes oil, reacts to chemicals in products, and deals with the climate you live in, is of utmost importance. Looking at this diagram should be able to help you identify your skin type:
Step 2: Identify if you have sensitive skin
Now that you know your skin type, you need to figure out whether or not you have sensitive skin to determine the intensity of your skincare routine. A quick test to determine if you actually have sensitive skin is to run your fingers across the side of your face with light to medium pressure. You’ll know the skin is sensitive if it turns red. If you have a darker complexion, you’ll be able to tell if most skincare products you use sting or cause redness.
Step 3: Do you have any skin issues?
Do you have acne, the occasional pimple, rosacea, dry/flakey skin, or just seeking a general face wash for issue-free skin? Determining what you’re trying to work against is crucial prior to hunting for products. For example, if you have cystic acne, benzoyl peroxide (deep oxygen-based bacteria eliminator) is your most effective option, whereas with more superficial acne, salicylic acid (light exfoliator) and general cleansers will get the job done. Be sure to know what you’re working with.
Step 4: Find A Cleanser
Now that you have a fundamental knowledge of your skin, it’s time to choose step one of your routine – a cleanser. Various cleansers suit different skin issues, so it’s important that you find one that works for you. If you have non-sensitive acne-prone skin, benzoyl peroxide will be a life saver.
Step 5: Get a great toner
A good toner is one of, if not the most important step in your routine. After washing your face, your skin’s natural oils are stripped, leaving your pH balance all out of whack. Without toning, your skin will do its best to rectify the issue, and that could mean producing more oil to counteract your product(s). When you use a skin-identical toner, balance is restored to your face. Do note, different toners suit different skin types, and using the wrong one will leave your skin either too oily, or too dry.
Step 6: Do you need to moisturise?
Contrary to popular belief, a moisturiser is not always required in your skincare routine; It all really comes down to your skin type, the products in your regimen, and the time of day. If you have dry skin though, a moisturiser is crucial, depending on how emollient your sunscreen is. It’s always best to search for a non-comedogenic moisturiser that is optimised for your skin type. Just like a toner, the wrong moisturiser will leave your face looking oily and poses the risk of increased breakouts.
Step 7: Sun Protection Factor
Sunscreen is something many people take for granted, but regardless of how cloudy your neck of the woods is, you need to wear one. Not only will you prevent sun damage and scars because of it, but you’ll also keep your skin looking younger for longer.
Now go on and get the right skincare for you!
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