How To Develop A Skin Care Routine
Developing a good skin care routine is a necessity if you want to have good looking skin for a lifetime. Knowing how to take care of your skin and more importantly, knowing how to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturizer, and protect your skin on a daily basis truly pays off. You will help your skin defend against external damage from the sun and your skin will be cleansed and hydrated to remove excess oil, dead skin cells, sebum, dirt and sweat, revealing radiant skin for years to come. Find out how you can develop the right skin care routine for your skin type and age in our article below.
Determine Your Skin Type
The first important step to developing the right skin care routine is to know your skin’s needs. Not using the right products can thwart your efforts to achieve glowing and well-protected . A visit with a dermatologist is your best best for determining your skin type and assess your skin’s texture and needs. But if you’re looking to buy a product in a pinch, there are general indications that should help give you a gauge of your skin type.
If you have dry skin your skin lacks natural oils and feels dry to the touch. In certain instances your skin might experience flakiness or tightness. You will need to pay special attention to how you moisturize and hydrate your skin as it may have a tendency to feel parched and look deflated. You should gravitate towards gentle and non-abrasive products that won’t dry out your skin further or imbalance your skin’s barrier function.
Typically someone with combination skin has an oilier T-zone and drier cheeks and forehead. Your skin care routine should help balance. Use mattifying yet hydrating products so that the drier areas of your skin don’t become too dry and you can help keep shininess at bay in your T-zone.
If you have sensitive skin your skin reacts easily to products and outside influences and you are likely to experience irritation, redness and breakouts. There are certain precautions you can take to keep your skin from flaring up. Use gentle products with nourishing formulas that can cleanse your skin without irritating it. Use lukewarm instead of hot water when you cleanse and always make sure to moisturize.
Oily skin is often shiny and features excess oil to the touch. Cleansing skin regularly and with the right products is essential to keep oil at bay. Since oily skin doesn’t need more oil using oil-free products are ideal.
Normal skin has a balanced amount of oil and is typically not shiny, dry, or sensitive to the touch. Normal skin is typically free of major blemishes and has an even-toned and healthy-looking complexion.
How To Take Care Of…
1. Oily And Combination Skin
Cleansing is crucial when you have oily skin, and formulas with ingredients such as glycolic and salicylic acid are your friends when it comes to face wash and cleansing products. Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel formulated with salicylic acid and infused with charcoal helps deep clean pores and lift excess oil from your skin’s surface. It also helps to diminish the look of pores and mattify skin’s overall appearance.
Keeping up with regular exfoliation is important for oily skin because dead skin cells can mix with oil and sebum, which can lead to clogged pores. Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub is formulated with salicylic acid and helps keep pores clean and lift dead skin off of skin’s surface. This cleansing formula also lifts oil and sebum to keep pores free of gunk and smooth the look of skin.
If you want to touch up your oily skin on the go use Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes. These will help you remove any excess shine from your skin while you’re away from home. They’re a great way to freshen up oily skin and ensure that you look flawless while traveling, before or after a workout, or before a makeup touch-up during the day.
Your moisturizer should be lightweight and oil-free. Don’t make the mistake of avoiding moisturizer because you think that oily skin doesn’t need it! Oily skin needs hydration, and lack of moisture can cause oily skin to produce more oil in response. Look for a hydrating gel moisturizer or oil-free lotion to help keep your skin hydrated, supple and soft to the touch.
2. Dry And Sensitive Skin
For dry and sensitive skin, look for products that are nourishing and won’t dry out your skin. A lotion cleanser such as Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser has a creamy hydrating texture that won’t dry out skin. Its formula is fragrance and dye-free yet still powerful enough to remove makeup, dirt, sweat and even waterproof mascara. To use apply the lotion cleanser to one or two cotton pads and then gently glide the cleanser over your skin to cleanse, refresh and restore your skin.
3. Normal Skin
If you’re one of the lucky people with normal skin, it can be fairly easy to manage your complexion with the right products. Use a refreshing antioxidant formulated moisturizer such as Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub which is an award-winning gel scrub that deeply cleanses and polishes skin revealing redined pores. Infused with peppermint for an energizing pick me up, this product can help your skin appear more radiant.
How Age Impacts Your Skin Care
As we get older our skin changes and can start to look different. Environmental factors such as regular unprotected sun exposure and pollution might have taken a toll on our skin. Naturally as we get older our skin loses elasticity and becomes saggier in terms of texture. Our surface skin cell turnover slows down so our skin is more likely to look dull and can feel coarser to the touch. We are also more likely to notice dark spots through years of unprotected exposure to the sun. Eventually, fine lines are likely to start cropping up particularly in areas with a lot of motion such as our eyes (crow’s feet) and mouth (laugh lines).
The best way to prevent your skin from aging prematurely is to be religious about wearing broad-spectrum SPF. Sun exposure is the biggest factor in how quickly our skin ages and not wearing SPF (even when it is cloudy) can reveal itself on your skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, dark spots and in the worst case skin cancer. You should be wearing broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher every single day on exposed areas of the skin. If you are spending a day outside make sure to apply and re-apply and don’t forget your chest, hands and neck as those areas are also at risk of showing signs of aging, such as dark spots. If you develop dark spots you can treat them with a dark spot corrector such Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Corrector which can help fade the appearance with continued use over time. Formulated with antioxidant Vitamins C and E, pine bark essence and lipo-hydroxyl acid (LHA), this product promotes surface cell turnover and revealing brighter, younger-looking skin.
Another important step to keep skin from showing the signs of premature aging is to enlist antioxidants into your skin care routine from an early age. Antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals which are tiny particles that harm our skin and can accelerate skin aging. Incorporating antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, retinol, green tea, wild berry or reservatrol can help prolong your skin’s youthful appearance. You may want to try using both an antioxidant-formulated product with SPF such as Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF15 to help protect your skin from environmental influences and protect it from the sun’s damaging UV rays. This product can help skin look brighter and smoother.
Developing the right skin care routine is key to having beautiful skin in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. Cleaning your skin, protecting it from the sun’s harmful UV rays and environmental damage, and hydrating your complexion can help your skin look youthful and healthy-looking for as long as possible. Make sure you have the right products for your skin type and that you commit to good skin care habits on a daily basis. Daily effort will be rewarded on your skin for decades to come.