If you are wondering why a skincare routine is so important, you aren’t alone. Many people just wash their faces in the shower and that’s it. But having healthy skin is good for your overall wellness, making a routine essential.
Skincare is important to many people and is growing in popularity with easy-to-find how-to videos. The main goals of a skincare routine are to provide healthy and youthful-looking skin while preventing further signs of aging.
Whether you are thinking of starting a routine or looking for upgrades to your existing one, read on for more information about finding the right skincare regimen for you.
Why is a Skincare Routine So Important?
Your skin is the largest organ you have. So, when it’s healthy you’re going to feel and look better. And as mentioned earlier, good skin care can also help slow the signs of aging, making your skin appear younger longer.
But the key to achieving all these benefits is having a good routine.
When you have the right habits in place, you’ll see better results and find it easier to stay consistent.
When To Get Started
It’s never too early to start a skincare routine. Things like cleansing and moisturizing are the basic elements of skincare that should be taught to children from a very young age.
By the time kids reach their pre-teens, it is strongly recommended that a good routine be established.
The teen years can be tricky when it comes to skincare. Acne is more prominent as hormone levels fluctuate during puberty.
Teen skincare is complex, but flawlessly clear skin is possible with the right tips.
The Foundation of Good Skincare
Possibly the most important thing that you can do for your skin is to get a good cleanser. Find a face wash that is made for your skin type.
Whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin, there are a wide variety of products targeted toward providing balance.
Once you find a cleanser that works for you, wash your face with it in the morning and night. Both times, AM and PM, are essential to keep your skin fresh and clean.
If your cleanser is still leaving mascara or foundation behind, put these makeup removal methods to the test.
In addition to your cleanser, the right moisturizer is crucial to your daily skincare routine. Your moisturizer should also be tailored to your skin type, using heavier moisturizers for dryer skin, and lighter ones for oily skin.
Establishing a Routine
When it comes to your skincare routine, it’s a good idea to think about your goals and base your routine on them.
If you’re looking to get rid of dryness, begin to use a moisturizer.
If you want to combat aging skin around your eyes, use the right formula of antioxidants.
But the most important part of establishing any routine is breaking it down into doable doses. Biting off more than you can chew can easily lead to a lack of motivation.
Consider your skincare regimen in terms of what you will do in the morning and night. But also plan for the weekly face mask and the monthly feel-good treatments that give an extra boost, like facials.
AM and PM Routine
It’s best to have a different skincare routine for the morning and night to ensure a complete regimen. The two routines target different skincare goals.
Your morning routine should focus on protecting your skin from the sun and free radicals. Always start fresh by washing your face to remove oils and dead skin (yes, they are there morning and night).
If you plan to keep your routine basic, grab a moisturizer with sunscreen, apply, and go.
Do not underestimate the power of SPF. Staying safe in the sun is one of the best things your can do to keep your skin (and body) healthy.
If you’ve mastered the basics and want to do more, add a serum to the morning plan. Vitamin C is a great way to boost your skin’s radiance while protecting it from free radicals that cause wrinkles, dark spots, and saggy skin.
Always apply any serums after washing your face but before moisturizer.
Your nighttime routine should be about repairing and replenishing your skin. After a good clean, some people go straight for the moisturizer. But toners are a good way to help get rid of any excess oils and dirt that didn’t come off while washing.
Toners also helps to soothe your skin after washing. Get a toner that provides your skin with a refreshing balance.
Next, you’ll want to apply eye cream for a pain-free way to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Then reach for any reparative serums to speed up the regenerative process overnight.
Finally, choose a lotion or a cream that is thicker to lock in the moisture all night long.
Add Some Extra Oomph
There are a few tips that can take your basic skincare routine to the next level. The first tip—exfoliate. Yep, it’s really that important!
Washing your face removes some build-up of dead skin but not all. Exfoliating a few times per week can help increase your skin’s ability to regenerate. Removing dead skin makes room for fresh new cells to take their place.
It’s good to exfoliate at any age as it helps with acne, skin tone, and signs of aging.
Another way to boost your routine is by using a face mask. Face masks help with a variety of skin issues including acne, dryness, excess oil, redness, and even sagging skin.
Depending on your skin type and sensitivity, use face masks a few times a week. Try using a pore minimizer one day and a hydrating mask a few days later.
Regularly scheduled facials will also keep your skin in top condition. Getting a facial once or twice a month is a great way to repair damage, reduce aging, and prevent acne or dryness.
Just A Reminder
We said it before but it’s worth mentioning again. You shouldn’t have a skincare routine that is too complex. If there are too many steps involved, it can be overwhelming, and you’ll have a hard time keeping up with it. Less is more.
Keep your supplies clean. Make sure your brushes, sponges, pillowcases, anything that comes into contact with your face on a regular basis, are kept just as clean as your face. They absolutely will transfer dirt and bacteria to your skin.
And finally, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated will work wonders for your skin, and there is no cost involved. If you’re well-hydrated, you’ll be healthier, and that will translate to your skin.