What you do on a daily basis will determine how well you can preserve the beauty and youthfulness of your skin. Of course, there’s the matter of the genetic lottery where a chosen few are just too blessed to have poreless, baby skin that seems to stay forever.
Whoever may have given you your set of DNA, everything boils down to how you take care of your skin. The use of skin care and beauty care products that are the best match for your skin, the proper way of applying them and the frequency by which you, do all contribute to how you look today (and the near future).
There are basically three main steps to every beauty routine :
Cleansing — Washing your face is the primary and most important part of your beauty regimen. Your skin is exposed to tons of dirt and pollutants every day, even without leaving the house. Cosmetics are also common culprits that should never be left on overnight. They are made up of chemicals that should be washed off the soonest time possible, preferably upon getting home.
Wash your face gently, don’t scrub, twice a day, morning and night to avoid clogged pores which result in whiteheads, blackheads, and acne.
Facial cleansers are your best helpers in this aspect. Find one that suits your skin type and is gentle on your sensitive facial complexion. Exfoliating scrubs, especially abrasive ones should only be used once a week at the most.
Toning — Toners used to be alcohol-based astringents that remove excess dirt after washing and strip it of natural oils leading to dry skin. Toners have now been reformulated to act as supplements to replenish your skin with nutrients that may have been lost or those which are not found in the other products included in your routine. Toners balance out the skin.
Toners are applied right after washing and before anything else touches your skin. Contrary to what you may have been used to do, the most efficient way to apply toners is to directly pat over your entire face and neck after pouring some on your fingers instead of on cotton balls. This too can be done morning and night.
Moisturizing — Hydration for your skin.
Moisturizers are recommended for use every single day the whole year round no matter the season. Its main purpose is to prevent moisture from escaping the surface of your skin to maintain a subtle and soft complexion. Your natural oils are being constantly stripped off your skin. The resulting dry skin, if not prevented, is what will give in to the appearance of fine lines giving a clue as to what year you were actually born into.
Choose a moisturizing cream or lotion that comes with SPF 30 – 50 for protection against ultraviolet rays that sun exposure provides. Sun protection is what all dermatologists agree to be the most crucial of all skincare products. It not only keeps you looking young, but it also protects you from developing skin cancer in the future.