We all know that a good cleanser and moisturizer will help our skin look good.
Let’s face it (no pun intended), we all want velvety soft, smooth skin with zero breakouts.
Whether you have a regular skincare routine or not, there are definitely some skincare dos, don’ts, and common mistakes that can lead to the appearance of larger pores, breakouts, and, dare we say… premature aging.
Follow these tips to keep your skin healthy.
Why Do We Need Skincare
Having a daily skincare routine is really important. Not only will using proper skincare practices keep your skin healthy, but it will also help keep your skin from aging earlier than it should.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It is important to take care of it. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to have a regular skincare regime.
- Proper skincare methods keep your skin healthy and in good condition. Your skin sheds skin cells constantly. You can prevent wrinkles and acne, and keep your skin looking great by taking care of it.
- Preventing skin problems is easier than correcting them. Daily skincare practices at home are much easier and less expensive than having to visit a dermatologist’s office later to correct skin issues.
- Take care of your skin now so that it will look good later. A lifetime of caring for your skin will add up to big rewards when you become older.
- A skincare routine can help create other healthy routines also. Hair care, scalp care, and oral care are all examples of this.
- Confidence alert! Maintaining healthy skin will give you a confidence boost, and who doesn’t like to feel good?
There are three major skin types. Most people fall into one of these categories. It is important to know what your skin type is so that you can choose the right products for your skin.
- Oily: Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum (oil). This type of skin is usually prone to breakouts, large pores, and shininess. Makeup may tend to wear off after a few hours of wear with oily skin.
- Dry: Dry skin is usually caused by genetics. However, harsh weather and sun exposure can lead to drier skin as well. Dry skin is usually flaky, feels tight, irritable, and may have dry patches.
- Combination Skin: Combination skin is both oily and dry. It tends to be oilier in the T-Zone. The T-Zone is the area of your face that forms the letter “T” (forehead, nose, and chin). Combo skin is drier in the U-Zone, which is the cheeks, mouth, and eye areas. Skincare habits usually have to be adjusted to fit combination skin’s needs.
Sensitive skin can occur in any skin type and usually requires careful consideration when choosing skincare. Sensitive skin tends to become irritated easily by certain chemicals in skincare products or becomes red and swollen easily.
Common Skincare Products
You’ve probably heard of or use facial cleansers, moisturizers, and acne creams, but some of these other skincare products may be new to you.
We are going to explain what some common skincare items are and how and why they’re used. This will help you avoid making skincare mistakes with these products.
A good quality cleanser is vital in maintaining healthy skin. Cleansers aren’t a one-size-fits-all product. Choose a cleanser that is right for your skin type by reading labels.
- Oily/Combination skin should choose a cleanser that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic means that it won’t clog your pores.
- Dry skin should choose a moisturizing cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
- Skin with active acne should choose oil-free, non-comedogenic, acne-specific cleansers.
- Sensitive skin should always choose fragrance-free.
Choosing your moisturizer carefully will make all the difference in how your skin looks and feels. It will also help your makeup glide on smoothly.
- Oily/Combo skin should look for a moisturizer that is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and water-based. Light formulas are often better for oily skin rather than rich, creamy ones.
- Those of you with dry skin should seek out moisturizers that are formulated to lock in moisture. Look for creams containing hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or mineral oils.
- Sensitive skin should always choose fragrance-free and examine ingredient labels for irritants such as alcohol.
- Acne-prone skin should avoid heavy, creamy moisturizers. Always opt for oil-free and non-comedogenic, always. Fragrance-free is also a plus.
Serums are highly concentrated liquid or thin jelly-like potions that are applied directly to the skin right after cleansing and before moisturizing. They usually address a specific skin concern such as fine lines, brightening, and even redness.
- Oily/Combo/Acne-prone skin should look for ingredients like vitamin C, which reduces inflammation, increases collagen, and enhances your skin’s repair process.
- Dry skin should opt for ingredients including vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, or glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin. Hyaluronic acid is great for retaining moisture in the skin.
Serums are great for anti-aging benefits too. Read labels to find out which serums target specific concerns.
Exfoliants are magical for removing dead skin cells and revealing glowing skin. Exfoliation is recommended two to three times per week to revive dull skin. It is recommended for all skin types, but again, ingredients are key. Sensitive and acne-prone skin should especially pay attention to these ingredients. Exfoliation should be done after you cleanse and before you apply your serums and moisturizer.
Sunscreen is a must, and it is recommended for all skin types, all the time. A daily SPF of at least 30 is recommended by the FDA and dermatologists. Protection from the sun is important in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging.
Read ingredients to look for an SPF that is oil-free for oily and acne-prone skin types. There are also sunscreens designed specifically for sensitive skin, so check the label for that if needed.
To Sum It Up
Knowing your skin type will make it easier to know which products to choose when it comes to skincare. There are lots of options on the shelves today, and packaging can be a big distraction. A pretty package doesn’t always mean it’s the perfect product. Make sure you always read labels and stay well-informed.
Remember that removing your makeup at the end of each day is not optional. Clogged pores and premature aging of fine lines can occur if you continuously sleep with your makeup on.
We have made it easy to remove your makeup with Cotton Candy Cloths. These are super convenient and reusable, so you’ll be set every time you need to remove a full beat.
One side is designed to remove your makeup, and the opposite side exfoliates. It’s a two-in-one product for makeup removal. When you’re finished, you can simply place the cloth or pad into its wash bag and toss it straight into the washer. They can be washed and re-washed for up to six months.
Skincare is important because it makes you look and feel good. Make it easy with Glamnetic.
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