Starting a skin care routine or creating a new or different skin care routine can seem a little scary and daunting. We are here to help with a few tips and helpful facts to help get you started on the right path.
The first thing you really need is to understand your skin and what type of skin attributes your skin has. Skin types span from dry and flaky to oily and sensitive to normal. Once you have determined your skin type or what your skin needs to be healthy, you will then choose products that will best compliment your specific skin type. You may have more than one skin type. Also, don’t forget that your face is not the only skin you have, your whole body needs attention to be as healthy as possible. For example: a person may have normal skin on their face and most of their body, have an oily “T-zone” (forehead and down the nose to the lips), and have dry elbows, knees and heels where the skin cracks if not continually cared for and moisturized. Your skin type(s) may vary and differ depending on the time of year, time of month, during times of taking different medications, or other isolated issue with the skin that is tentatively short-lived such as: sun burn or chapping or dryness due to travel or extracurricular activities (skiing, surfing, bungee jumping, skydiving, etc.).
It’s All Routine, Routine, Routine:
Once you have determined the skin type that you have or the skin issue you are experiencing, it is important to decide on a routine and stick with it. Consistency is key when you have the right routine and products for your skin. Dermatologists say that it takes around two (2) months for the active ingredients in products to start making a difference in your skin or for results to being taking effect. That means that your routine needs to be, well, routine! Be sure to choose a routine and products that fit to your schedule and your ability to stick to what you start. If you are an on-the-go type person, then a complicated, lengthy routine would not be a great fit for your lifestyle. Instead, you should focus on a simple, but still effective routine that not only fits your lifestyle but also your skin type and needs.
Simple Is Bliss:
Use the KISS method: Keep It Simple Smarty! Although you may be tempted to have an extravagant skincare routine with a lot of different products and multiple skin-loving ingredients, your skin will delight in a more simple routine. Basically, your morning routine should consist of cleanser, moisturizer, and a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 30. Your easy-evening routine should consist of a cleanser, any skin-type-specific serums, toners, essences, or treatments, and a moisturizer.
Special Skin, Special Ingredients:
There are certain ingredients that are good for certain skin issues or skin attributes. But, which ones are good for you? Here is a list that may help:
- Signs of aging: Retinoids, Sunscreen, Niacinamide, Ceramides, Vitamin C;
- Acne: Retinoids, Chemical Exfoliants, Benzoyl Peroxide, Azelaic Acid;
- Scars and discoloration/hyperpigmentation: Vitamin C, Chemical Exfoliants, Retinoids, Sunscreen, Hydroquinone;
- Dry and Sensitive Skin: Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene Oil, Niacinamide, Ceramides.
Fact vs. Fiction
Products come in many shapes and sizes. Knowing which ones will work and which ones are not worth your time is a matter of research and time. Do not just rely on the advertisement or the box to make your choice. Even after you make a choice, keep in mind that the active ingredients take about two (2) months to show any results. Just like when you start a diet or start a workout routine. It takes time and patience for your hard work to payoff.