There are plenty of things we all take for granted. Clean drinking water, access to healthy foods.
Even being able to get out of bed in the morning. But perhaps the most taken-for-granted thing in our lives is (you guessed it) our skin!
Our skin is the largest organ in our entire body. And every day, it helps to protect us from the sun, dirt, and other environmental factors.
So it’s only fair that we take care of our skin in return, right? Well, one way for us to thank our bodies and our skin each day is through a daily skin care routine.
You might think you don’t have the time. Or, maybe you’re just not quite sure where to start.
Well, let us dispel those myths for you once and for all. You have the time. And after you read through this article, you’ll have all the helpful tips you need to get you started on your skin care journey.
So, are you ready to learn all the tips and tricks for proper skin care? And keep your skin looking healthy and happy?
Then read on, beautiful. And start a daily routine that reminds you that skin care is important and you are important.
Benefits of a daily skin care routine
The importance of a proper skin care routine cannot be understated. After all, healthy skin doesn’t just happen on its own.
Besides, don’t you want the minerals in your liquid foundation to have a perfect canvas prepped? Yeah, thought so.
#1. Skin cells shed daily
Yep, you read that right. You may have all the confidence in the world thinking you’re having a good skin care day today.
But tomorrow, you might be met with the sight of dry skin in the mirror looking back at you. Shedding dead skin isn’t anything to worry about though.
It’s completely natural. And it’s important for skin cells to replenish themselves.
But because your skin cells go through so much, they need a little extra TLC. Morning and night.
Think of it this way. After your dead skin sheds off, your new skin cells need a little welcoming into the world.
This might mean a cleanser or a moisturizer. Even some gentle exfoliation to wake them up and keep them looking and feeling smooth.
Without that extra care of your skin, your skin cells are just forced into the world with no protection. And that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, don’t you think?
And let’s be honest. That’s like going a day without your phone. (Starting to get the severity of it?)
Besides, a healthy skin care routine is about looking to the future. Because you never know what tomorrow will bring.
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#2. Every skin type is different
This also means that every skin care routine will be different too. You might have particularly oily skin that needs an extra wash here and there.
Or, you might have large pores that require gel-based cleansers. So don’t beat yourself up in comparison to that one friend who splashes water on their face and calls it a day.
Everyone is different. So the way you take care of your skin might look like other people’s skin care regimens.
But the important thing is knowing what skin care products you require to keep your skin healthy and clean. Having trouble in your search for the right products for your skin type?
Consider setting up a dermatology appointment. There may be other issues you wish to address like acne or aging.
Or maybe, you’re on the search to get rid of that extra oil that seems to leave residue on everything your face touches. Either way, pick up the phone.
Set up that dermatology appointment. Even ask for a free consultation.
There’s no harm in putting yourself first. Besides, if your skin could talk, she’d probably thank you for doing so.
#3. Prevention is easier than correction
We already talked about how much our skin cells experience throughout the day. But we didn’t even get into the effects of our environment!
Unless you live under a rock (literally), your skin likely protects you from the sun each day. But if you don’t protect your skin back, then there could be lots of damage control in your future.
This damage control could look like deep wrinkles, dehydration, and lack of body in your hair. Even acne scars or dry skin.
Luckily, a good skin care routine is perfect for preventative care. After all, doesn’t prevention sound far easier than battling all of those negative corrections we just listed off?
Using cleansers, moisturizers, and serums each day might sound like a lot. But think of it this way.
Would you rather spend 5-10 minutes each morning and night applying a cleanser and moisturizer on your face? Or would you rather let your skin go only to have to invest in invasive treatments down the line?
To each their own. But we think there’s a pretty obvious and important choice here.
Your skin care is a reflection of how you take care of yourself. So start setting some healthy habits now to mitigate any future damage later.
#4. Time for self-care is necessary
The importance of skin care goes hand in hand with the importance of self-care. A new buzzword, self-care really isn’t a new concept.
After all, a healthy lifestyle has never really gone out of style. But especially in this day and age, it is essential that we take care of ourselves for the sake of our physical health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health.
Yeah, there’s a lot to take care of. But one way to address all four is by taking care of your skin.
You might think that sounds too easy. Four birds with one stone?
But a good skin care routine can become far more than just a habit you engage in every morning and night. It can become a time of self-expression and self-reflection.
During these moments, you’re free to let your hair. Both literally and metaphorically.
Not to mention, you’re likely free from your phone. The importance of stepping away from the screen cannot be ignored.
Especially when the phone can dictate so much of your life. Whether it’s work-related or simply a matter of personal business.
But a good skin care regimen places your needs as a first priority. You can wash away all of the environmental stress of your day.
And you can replenish your spirit with a moisturizing serum before heading off to bed. If that’s not a spiritual experience, then we don’t know what is.
Taking care of your skin
If you haven’t noticed that there are loads of benefits to skincare, maybe consider re-reading that previous section. Okay, are you back with us now?
Good. Now that you fully comprehend all the benefits in store, it’s time to set up a solid skincare routine.
We said earlier that skincare looks different to everyone. And that still remains true. But below are some of the foundational points you’ll want to hit.
A good skin care routine will always start with a cleanser. Cleansing agents can remove any dead skin, pollutants, oil, dirt, or bacteria.
They can treat acne or enlarged pores. They can even get rid of any other negative factors you’ve been exposed to within your environment.
The menu of skin care products can seem somewhat daunting. But here’s a couple of tips to keep your skin healthy no matter what skin type you have.
Sensitive skin: Find a cleansing agent that is fragrance-free. You’ll want something as gentle as possible.
Oily skin: Choose a cleansing agent that is oil-free. No need to add even more oil to your skin.
Dry skin: Look for an alcohol-free cleansing agent. Alcohol will just dry you out even more.
Face toner is a great optional step to add to your skin care regimen. Especially if you’re looking for tighter pores!
Toner is essential for calming your skin after cleansing. And it can help to smooth over any rough patches while restoring nutrients.
Typically, toner comes in a water-based liquid form with essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, or aloe. But there’s still a long menu of face toners out there.
Oily skin: Literally, any toner. Especially if you wear makeup and want to unclog those pores. Not to mention setting a nice foundation for your primer!
Acne-prone skin: Find a toner with salicylic acid. This will help to dry out any bacteria that would otherwise encourage acne to keep growing.
Not everyone needs to or wants to exfoliate. And that’s totally fine!
But if your skin care products just aren’t going deep enough for you, consider exfoliating. Only once or twice a week though.
Exfoliating your body boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage. And it can help skin cells turn over more quickly, combatting the aging process and the presence of wrinkles.
Dermatology experts say that those prone to blemishes will most benefit from exfoliation – especially when the exfoliating agent is natural. But even if you’re looking for an instant glow, exfoliation can greatly enhance your skin care regimen.
Every good skin care routine is going to incorporate a moisturizer. In fact, you should use your moisturizer after every time you wash your face.
That’s right, even if you have oily skin. You might think that’s counterintuitive.
But your skin still requires an abundant amount of hydration. Moisturizing your face and body every day can combat any wrinkles or age spots.
And it keeps your skin looking healthy. Not to mention how much that can do for your confidence.
Dry skin: Use moisturizers with higher oil content. Something creamy to make sure your body soaks up all of that glow.
Oily skin: Yes, oil-free moisturizers do exist! Even try finding a water-based moisturizer with an exfoliant ingredient as well.
Sensitive skin: Anything without fragrance. But any moisture of any kind will help your skin repair itself and stay healthy.
Are you the kind of person that only wears sunscreen on a beach day? Well, consider every day a beach day because excluding sunscreen from your skin care routine is not an option!
Nope, we’re not taking any arguments. So consider this the end of the line.
Sure, the body soaks up tons of vitamins from the sun. But too much sun exposure can damage your skin almost to the point of no return.
Some moisturizers include sunscreen in their formula. But it’s always best to include a separate sunscreen in your skin care regimen as well.
Nothing protects your skin like sunscreen. After all, that’s literally what it was made to do.
So get that broad-spectrum protection going. And always make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 or higher.
If you thought the world of skin care couldn’t get any more fun, then buckle up. And say hello to serums!
Serums are skin care products that deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients. They’re lightweight and can easily tackle specific areas that cater to your needs.
But they’re not the most important part of your skincare regimen. Leave that to your cleanser and moisturizer.
Just think of a serum as the cherry on top. Besides, it’s always fun to browse for new products on your phone. Online shopping is a form of self-care too, right?
Make your skin feel important
You might never have paid attention to your skincare routine before this. But there’s true value in making sure that your skin feels important and like it’s serving a purpose.
Like we said at the beginning, skincare is something we all take for granted. And yet it’s such an important part of our lifestyle and overall health.
Too often, skincare is presented as something vain. Heck, even being conscious of one’s skin is considered too wrapped up in oneself.
But you have the power to shift the narrative. Your skin has been dying to get your attention.
She rashes, she dries out, she screams for hydration! And all you need to do is take a little time to care for her.
She is your skin. And she’s the only skin you’re ever going to have.
So challenge yourself to up your skincare game. And focus on taking the time for yourself.
Get to know your skin. And maybe you’ll discover something new about yourself through your skincare routine.
Skincare reminds us that we are important. That our skin is important.
After all, it’s the very thing that carries us through this world. So treat your skin to the very best and discover the best skincare routine that there is for you.
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