You really want to start taking care of your skin but you’re new to skin care and you don’t know where to start? Here’s a guide to steps and products that can help take care of your skin well. In this article, a simple regime has been created to guide you to achieving the desired results.
- Use a good cleanser. It is important to understand the type of skin you have and be able to identify the products that work best for you. Oily, acne prone or congested skin will benefit from cleansers with salicylic acid; dry skin from cleansers that contain glycolic acid, lactic acid & ceramides, and dehydrated skin from cleansers that contain hyaluronic acid.
Knowing your skin types helps in the selection of the right cleanser that are not too harsh on the skin and tend to strip your skin of its natural oils. Naturally my skin is what I describe as congestion & acne prone so I always have a salicylic acid wash and then switch up to something more hydrating when my skin is “happy and calm”.
My favourite cleansers are Missha Near Skin ph balancing cleansing foam which gently cleanses the skin and balances its pHand the Clinique anti blemish solutions cleansing foam which contains salicylic acid that actively helps to fight my acne.
- Exfoliate. The base of glowing skin is exfoliation. In fact, I’m of the opinion that whether you have great looking skin or not, you should exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation is the process to removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin because when these cells are left unattended, they build up making the skin look dull and ashy.
Exfoliation is also necessary so as to make all the other products you use on your skin work better. I recently switched to chemical exfoliation which involves using acids to get rid of these dead skin cells and I love it. You can go the physical route using scrubs and sponges or the chemical route using acids like Glycolic, Mandelic, Lactic or Salicylic acid.
My preference right now is the Ordinary 25% AHA and 2% BHA peeling solution. Exfoliation with strong peels should be done at most 2 times a week and your skin should be hydrated well after each process.
- Hydrate. Well hydrated skin is healthy skin! Our skin needs a healthy balance of oil and water for it to function properly and protect itself. The sun and other harsh environmental elements can cause water to evaporate from our skin making it dry and dehydrated so it’s important to use products that help our skin retain its moisture levels. Products with Hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid which are humectants, help to draw water to the skin. Toners and essences with these ingredients not only help to balance your skin’s pH level but help to infuse hydration into your skin. Moisturizers and oils are also a good way to hydrate the skin and also lock in all the moisture gotten from your other steps.
- Protect. A basic routine is never complete without sun protection. The sun is the number one skin ager if the skin is not well nourished as it emits UVA and UVB rays which can affect the natural tones of the skin. If you’re just starting out, look for one that has SPF 30 or above, that is lightweight, has a broad spectrum (protects your from UVA & UVB rays) and won’t leave a white cast on your skin. My favourite right now is the Klairs Soft Airy UV essence. I love it simply because it is melanin friendly, light and gives me maximum protection.