The harsh truth we have to face is that we’re not getting any younger. As we mature, our body changes, and our skin loses its elasticity, becoming more prone to wrinkles, dryness and sunspots. Your daily habits have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. Ultimately, as our mind needs to be fed and pampered, so does our skin. Here’s what you should keep in mind when developing your daily routine for healthy and beautiful skin.
Know your skin type
Depending on your skin type, there are products and techniques your skin will either benefit or experience a negative impact from. The right beauty routine starts with knowing what kind of skin you have. Only then you’ll know how to take proper care of it. The most common type is combination skin – oily in some spots, typically nose and forehead, and dry in others. For flaky or rough skin, you’re looking for products for dry skin type. If you have big pores and visible greasiness, your skin type is oily. For those whose skin is prone to burning and itching, look for products which are specifically made for sensitive skin. Once you’re familiar with your skin type, you’ll find the right products and come up with an effective daily routine for keeping your skin healthy.
Find your perfect facial cleanser
The first and most important step in keeping our skin healthy and youthful is proper cleansing. With all the dust and bacteria we’re constantly exposed to, our skin needs to be cleaned in depth and regularly. However, there is such a thing as too much cleansing, which can have a counter effect on your skin health. The right formula cleanses your skin without stripping essential, healthy oils, which protect you from dryness and external bacteria. So, take it easy with exfoliating scrubs, especially those with crushed walnut shells or other abrasive ingredients – they should be used only once every week or two. In accordance with your skin type, choose your perfect facial cleanser. For instance, when it comes to acne-prone skin, it’s all about using quality acne products which are suitable for your skin type. Foaming liquid cleansers are the best choice for getting rid of puberty pimples or adult acne because they help break down dirt and excess sebum from pores. However, micellar water – the phenomenon of the 21st century – is good for basically any skin type. So, when in doubt, this soap-free option, a staple of French beauty routines, is your go-to.
Feed your skin
Besides hydration, cleansing and toning, your skin needs to be fed as well. Literally fed. Instead of products high in calories and low in nutritional value, switch to superfoods such as acai, goji berries, and chia seeds – add these to your daily diet and preserve the beauty and youthfulness of your skin. Incorporating fresh veggies, fruits and, most importantly, fatty acids – most commonly consumed through fish or algae powders – provides your skin with necessary vitamins, minerals and oils to stay hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays and other external factors.
A common flaw in daily skin routines is skipping moisturizer because you believe you’re either too young to need it, or that your skin is too oily and hence moisturized enough on its own. All skin types need to moisturized, and this is an essential part of a successful skin beauty routine. According to your skin type and your preferences, find the best moisturizer, but make sure it contains skin-repairing ingredients such as glycerin, sorbitol, urea, or propylene glycol. Keeping your skin moisturized prevents dryness, bruising and tearing. Also remember that different seasons require different skin routines and hence different moisturizers – for instance, your skin needs heavier moisturizer during the winter.
Use a sunscreen
Spending time in the sun will increase your risk of skin damage, in the form of rapid aging, developing brown spots, or frequent flakiness. The highest UV radiation exposure is in the morning and mid-afternoon, so make sure to apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and seek shade at all times. No matter how excited you were for the sun to finally kiss your body, you need to be careful and moderate with sunbathing, because otherwise, your skin might suffer permanent consequences.
The health of your skin depends on many factors, including the effort and dedication you invest in your skin regime. You do age and your body does change over the years, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that your skin will have to lose its youthfulness and beauty. Take note of the tips above and preserve the glowing and young-looking skin as you age as well.