Skin care is not just the use of products to cleanse and moisturize the skin. The process also includes diet, sleep patterns, exercise habits and stress levels of the individual. Skin care is not the same for every person as it depends based on the skin type of the person.
Normal skin tends to not have oily/dry patches and it is well balanced. Such skin looks radiant and smooth with minimal blemishes. People with oily skin on the other hand need to be a little careful as the excess oils and impurities can clog the pores that can lead to breakouts. Those with dry skin are prone to dry skin patches that can get irritated. Pores generally feel tight and skin is stripped off of its radiance, making it look lifeless.Prepping your skin for the day ahead is essential, so here are our recommendations for the products to use and the order in which to use them…
Any good skincare routine starts by cleansing. It sounds obvious, but a lot of people think you don’t need to cleanse in the morning, but you do! If you don’t have much time, use a cotton pad soaked in micellar water.
Next, it’s time to tone. Toners get rid of any residue left on the skin after cleansing. They also tighten the skin and pores, locking in moisture and removing any oil. Some toners contain hydrating and soothing ingredients, which makes them ideal for sensitive skin types.
For best effects, eye cream should be the first cream you apply in your routine, so you’re giving it time to sink into the delicate eye area.
If you like to use a serum, this comes next in your routine. There are many types, tackling different skin concerns, from acne and dark spots to dullness and anti-ageing. They’re lighter in consistency than moisturisers, so they penetrate deeper into the skin and are good for oily skin because they won’t leave it feeling greasy. Formulations with glycolic acid or retinol (sometimes called vitamin A) will help smooth skin while preventing clogged pores.
Next, apply your moisturiser. Using a moisturiser locks in the products you’ve used underneath them and works to protect your skin.
Although moisturisers with added SPF are better than using no sun protection at all, separate SPFs are more effective at protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sunscreen is the ultimate anti-ageing product.