HOW TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HEALTHY
Many of us grow up thinking that we need makeup to look pretty, but what many of us fail to realize is that beauty lies in the simple things, such as a basic skincare routine. A skincare routine serves as the true foundation for looking healthy and young. Many also realize that a good skincare routine can upgrade your makeup game, because it brings out your true blank canvas.
Skincare does not necessarily need to take long. All you really need are three steps, which include the right cleanser for your skin type, a moisturizer and sunscreen during the day.
You can find your skin type by washing your face with a gentle cleanser and waiting for about an hour away from the sun without applying anything. After the hour is over, if your face looks shiny, then you have oily skin; if your face feels constricted and forms wrinkles when there is movement, then you have dry skin; and, if you have both oily areas and dry areas on your face, then you have combination skin. Finally, if your skin has no such effects after the hour, then you have normal skin.
If you do not have a gentle cleanser, you can also determine your skin type by examining your pore size. The bigger your pores, the more likely your skin is on the oilier side. The smaller your pores, the more likely your skin is on the drier spectrum.
After you have found out your skin type, you then need to find the right cleanser to clean your skin. A foaming cleanser is great for oily to combination skin and a gentle gel cleanser is great for dry skin. If in doubt, an oil cleanser is great for all skin types, because it binds to the oils on your skin, removes dirt and excess sebum from your pores and will turn milky when wet to easily wash off.
Next, all you need is a moisturizer that contains hydrating ingredients. Two examples of such ingredients are niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, which traps moisture.
This leaves sunscreen as the last step. What you really want to look for in a sunscreen are the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They cause no irritation to any of the skin types and will reflect both UVA and UVB rays, while also being better for the environment.
Finally, many people tend to believe that a skincare routine should have a multitude of steps. However, the complexity of a routine is entirely up to each individual, because not everyone has the same skin concerns. For example, if you have acne, you should try to include a product that contains salicylic acid—but be careful to incorporate it into your routine slowly. If you have aging skin, you should look to add retinoid into your skincare routine—but start with a product that contains a lower percentage of the ingredient so that you can grow accustomed to it.
Overall, we should try to keep our skin’s pH balanced. Always treat your skin with caution, and if you are trying a new product, make sure to patch test it in case your skin has any allergies or rare reactions.