If you have never put any thought into a skin care plan, you are not alone. Fortunately, it is never too late to start a skin care regiment, regardless of age or gender! However, it is strongly encouraged to get started on one as soon as possible. It only takes a few simple steps to create your own skin care routine that is unique to your skin type and nourishment needs. Then overtime, you can make adjustments based on your results, experience, and any professional advice you receive from your licensed dermatologist or esthetician.
Continue reading to review a beginner’s guide to basic skin care, and gain ideas on how to get started on your very own routine!
The level of skin care you require will largely depend on your skin type. Not sure what your skin type is? Ask your licensed dermatologist or esthetician for advice, or read our blog, “Which Skin Type Are You?” for help making a determination. Once you know your skin type, you can begin to shop around for the right products.
Understanding the Basics
The products you will need for basic skin care include a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. These three products will get you started on the path to developing a fuller skin care regiment that targets more specific skin issues, such as dryness, oiliness, aging, discoloration, and acne. You can either stick with the basics, or build upon them with target-specific products like exfoliators, acne creams, anti-aging serums, retinols, sunless-tanners, and more.
The key to choosing a quality cleanser is avoiding products with harsh ingredients, such as alcohol or high-strength exfoliants. If you prefer an exfoliating cleanser, be sure to choose a products that uses AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) exfoliants, which are safer and gentler on skin. While using an exfoliator, always scrub gently so you do not irritate or damage your skin. Also when choosing a cleanser, it is best to stick with a cream-based product. Bar soaps can be especially harsh in skin, and leave behind residues that dry out all the moisture.
Toner is a great skin care product to add to your basic skin care routine, but it is also optional. Toner is a product that removes leftover dirt and oil from your pores that your cleaners did not get. This makes it a good fit for those who wear makeup, or sweat throughout the day. If you are prone to acne and similar skin blemishes, is it good to use toner. To use toner, apply it with a cotton ball or tissue in between washing and moisturizing your face. Be sure to choose an alcohol-free product to maintain moisture in your skin.
Moisturizing the skin after cleansing and applying toner is an important part of the skin care process. Never skip out on moisturizing, and always be sure to choose a quality product that does not contain any harsh ingredients or fragrances. It is strongly recommended to use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen; at least 15 SPF, and preferably 30 SPF or more. Although most moisturizers come with sunscreen, it is important to always check the label to be sure.