While some lucky people are blessed with genetically great skin, good genes and DNA is not the only thing that contributes to clear skin. The way you treat your skin, inside and out, and your daily habits, have a huge impact on the physical appearance of your skin. If you want to see a flawless reflection in the mirror, you will need to care for your skin. There are a million recommendations on what is the best way to take care of your skin and a million opinions by all the beauty influencers on the internet, but ultimately, caring for your skin is as simple as following the following three steps:
- Cleansing your skin
- Balancing the skin through toning
- Hydrating and softening the skin with Moisturizing
Cleansing your Skin
Every day our skin is exposed to a plethora of environmental factors, pollutants, dirt, germs, bacteria, and grease that needs to be removed. Washing your face is most the most fundamental way to cleanse your skin of all these impurities. You should wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed at night to prevent acne, dullness of the skin and clogged pores. Choosing the right formula for your facial cleansing products is important as you must select something that will clean your skin without stripping it of its natural, essential oils. Cerave or Cetaphil have good product lines for cleansers. You should also take care not to overdo it with exfoliating or abrasive scrubs.
Toning your Skin
The toners from yesteryear were generally alcohol based astringent products used to dry up oily skin and remove any leftover dirt. These days’ toners are more like supplements for your skin that deliver a boost of nutrients and helps your skin absorb nutrients from other products better. While selecting a toner look for one that had certain ingredients that you may be missing in your other products. Some ingredients to look for in a toner are:
- Alpha and beta hydroxy acids to remove impurities that clog pores, repair sun damage and minimize dullness.
- Hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration and subtly treat fine lines.
- Rose water and green tea extracts to combat inflammation, calm irritation and reduce redness.
- Vitamins E and C to fight aging caused by exposure to free radicals.
Toners should be used after cleansing your skin and before applying anything else on your skin. Most toners can be used morning and night, but those with exfoliating acids should be used only every other day.
Moisturizing your Skin
The basic function of moisturizing is to hydrate and soften the skin. Moisturisers work by preventing moisture loss through the outer layer of your skin. They also complement the natural oils and building blocks like ceramides naturally present in the skin. As we age, our skin loses its natural ability to retain moisture, a condition that is aggravated by activities like washing and exfoliating. You should choose a moisturizer appropriate to your skin type.
A good skincare routine helps to keep your complexion looking its best. Your skincare routine allows you to notice any changes in your skin, so you can troubleshoot accordingly. Following these three steps daily will serve to prepare and fortify your skin.