Developing a skincare routine can help you manage any skin conditions you might have and help you achieve clearer, healthier skin. Before you develop one of your own, however, there are a few things you should take into consideration. Take a look.
To achieve clearer, healthier skin, here are a few things you should take into consideration before you develop a skincare routine of your own.
1. Know Your Skin Type
Before purchasing any products for your new routine, find out your skin type so you know what ingredients will be most beneficial for your skin. For example, someone with dry skin isn’t going to use the same products as someone with oily skin. Below are the different skin types.
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Sensitive skin
- Normal skin
- Combination skin
Figure out what type of skin you have using the day test or the wash test, or go to a dermatologist if you’re still unsure. Then, look for products with ingredients that cater to that type.
2. Consider the Ingredients
Once you know your skin type, research which ingredients are best for your skin type. Some ingredients are better for dry skin while others are better for oily skin. The following short guide can get you started.
Dry skin: Shea butter, marula oil, hyaluronic acid, urea glycolic acid, ceramides, occlusive agents
Oily skin: Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, glycolic acid, clay, retinol, salicylic acid
Do some additional research if you need to so that you can create the best skincare routine for your skin type.
3. Stick with the Basics
Since you’re new to skincare, it’s best to stick to the basics. You don’t need a ton of products for your skincare regimen to be effective. The most basic steps you’ll take include washing your face in the morning and at night with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type. For dry or sensitive skin, stick to a gentle cleanser. For oily or acne-prone skin, look for an exfoliating or acne-fighting cleanser (something with salicylic acid). Follow up with a toner, serum, or spot treatments if you want to (it’s not necessary, though). The final step is to use a moisturizer and sunscreen. At night, you’d do the same thing, except obviously, you won’t need to put on sunscreen.
4. Do Some Experimenting
Finding the right products for your skincare routine could take some time. Don’t be afraid to try out different products until you find your holy grail — the products the truly make your skin happy. You might consider a line of products for your regimen or you might want to pick and choose different products from different product lines. It’s all up to you. Do whatever you need to do to find the right products (and the right ingredients) for your skin type and your unique skincare issues. Even if that means keeping a journal of how your skin reacts to certain products.
Now that you know what it takes to develop an effective skincare routine, you can start creating a skincare routine of your own.
Developing Your Own Skincare Routine
Now that you know what it takes to develop a skincare routine that’ll give you the healthiest, happiest skin, you can start creating a skincare routine of your own. If you still have any questions, don’t be afraid to do a little bit of research to quiet any concerns that might be lingering on your mind. After your research, you should have enough information to address any skincare issues and start loving the skin you’re in.
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