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When it comes to skincare, choosing from a list of products can feel downright confusing. Picking just one from rows of cleansers, toners, scrubs, moisturizers, and serums can appear a daunting task. While you spend time checking out one product after the other, the question remains the same – which skincare product is right for you?
Well, the answer depends upon the type of skin one possesses and the season of the year. While skin types can be broadly classified in dry, oily, combination, acne-prone, and sensitive, the basic skin care routines throughout the season stay the same.
Just a few adjustments and you’re sorted.
Cleansing is the most important step for any skincare routine. It will remove makeup, dirt, excess oils, and build-up on your skin.
Toner is an optional tip but it helps achieve the skin’s pH balance. You can either spritz a mild toner on your face or take a small amount on a cotton pad and swipe it all over the face. A good toner tightens pores over regular use and lends an enviable glow to your skin.
Exfoliation once a week
Using an exfoliator once or twice a week will help remove dead skin cells and keep your skin looking brighter. If you have sensitive skin, a very gentle exfoliation such as a lower percentage glycolic acid would be best suited. However, don’t scrub your skin too hard or too often with an exfoliator as this can damage your skin.
Moisturiser and SPF
The main purpose of moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin. More specifically, finding the right formula is key here. It must nourish and restore your skin efficiently without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy.
The sooner you start using sunscreen, the better your skin will look and feel in the long run. The UVA and UVB rays of the sun result in ageing, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and of course, skin cancer, which is why wearing sunscreen must be an indispensable part of skincare.
You need to be 100 per cent sure that the products you choose have no harsh chemicals and contain all-natural ingredients or the power of superfoods.
This means choosing skincare products the same way you will choose your platter – healthy, colourful, and nutritious.
Instead of just consuming superfoods such as avocado, kale, oats, honey, goji berries, and more, which are packed with antioxidants, why not try applying them in the form of skincare? Using such products can protect your skin from the damage caused by free radicals.
Here are a few tips to help you further your skincare routine via some lifestyle changes:
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals, smoking, pollution, and sunlight.
Drink plenty of water
Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, tired, and slightly grey. You should drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
By getting the heart rate up and improving blood circulation, exercising can help to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin – a big anti-ageing secret. It keeps your skin healthy and promotes the production of collagen and new skin cells to help you with glowing skin.