If you are new to building a skincare routine, then it is best to start off slow and get your basics down before you start layering your routine with different serums and treatments. The 3 most basic and important steps to any skin care routine are:
Cleanse (in both the am & pm):
The use of a good cleanser can greatly improve the look of your skin as it helps remove dirt, dead skin, and other impurities. You do not want to be applying a moisturizer over unclean skin. Some people may find that skipping a cleanser in the AM and opting for just water can help the condition of their skin (depending on your skin’s needs and skin type) – it can be worth playing around to find what works for you. Make sure the water isn’t too warm – hot water can strip skin of its natural oils leaving your skin feeling dry and tight.
Moisturize(in both the am & pm):
The use of a good moisturizer helps draw and lock moisture giving your skin a hydrated and healthy look. It is important to choose a moisturizer according to your skin type as those with normal to dry skin generally use moisturizers that have a thicker base and contain oils to keep the skin barrier strong preventing water loss. Those with oily and combination skin use lighter moisturizers that are oil free and are sometimes water or gel based.
It is important to try different products to find what best suits you.
Using SPF is the most important step of any skincare routine. The UV rays of the Sun can damage skin, accelerate signs of aging, cause unwanted dark spots and hyper pigmentation. To prevent this and keep your skin looking young and healthy it is recommended to use a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 to 50 on a daily basis. Make it a part of your daily morning routine and replay throughout the day every 3-4 hours.
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