If you suffer from spots, acne, dry or dull skin, or any other skin problems, it might be because you have not implemented a good skincare regimen… yet. Healthy, clear skin glowing with youth and vitality is achievable by anyone, all you’ve got to do is adopt healthy skincare habits. Follow our advice, and watch your skin reap the benefits.
#1: Use skincare products appropriate for your skin type
The skin on your face is extremely sensitive and may not agree with all the types of skincare products out there. If you’re afflicted with acne despite washing your face twice a day and generally taking good care of your skin, it might be time to change your skincare products to something a little milder.
Determine your skin type. Do you have oily skin, dry skin or combination type skin? (Combination type skin refers to those who have an oily T zone, but the rest of their facial skin is dry). Once you’ve figured this out, make sure to buy products suited to your skin type.
Sometimes, your skin might react badly to a certain brand of skincare products. When this happens, change brands immediately.
#2: Wash your face twice a day
Everyone washes their face in the morning, but you need to wash your face every night too. Your face accumulates dirt, oil and bacteria throughout the day and you need to wash that away every single night. Make sure you remove all your makeup - your skin needs to breathe too.
If you’re too tired or too busy to wash your face, face wipes can be used as a substitute occasionally. Keep them by your bedside table for a quick wipe-down before you collapse into bed, but don’t make this a habit! Water still works best to get rid of all that grime.
#3: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the power of exfoliating - not only does it remove dead skin cells, it unclogs pores too! It helps keep your skin smooth, soft and supple by improving blood circulation and reducing acne.
Ideally, you should be exfoliating twice a week. Don’t exfoliate too much either - you could strip away your new skin cells along with your old and your face will be raw and sensitive for a few days.
To exfoliate properly, simply take a little bit of the exfoliant with your fingers and rub it into your skin in circular motions, Rinse off with cold water and gently pat your skin dry.
#4: Mask frequently
Don’t underestimate the power of face masks . There are so many types out there that target so many different problems - dull skin, dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, blackhead-prone skin, whitehead-prone skin etc. Masking twice a week is the best way to ensure your skin stays fresh, hydrated and healthy.
Opt for a mask that suits your needs. Keep in mind that clay masks are better for oily skin and mud masks for dry skin. Peel-off masks are best for blackheads while sheet masks are simply convenient - all you have to do is take them off, no rinsing or anything of the sort required. Alternatively, you could always DIY a face mask at home with simple ingredients from your kitchen such as honey and avocado.
#5: Stock up on sunscreen
Prolonged exposure to the sun can seriously damage your skin - not only can UV rays cause cancer, they can also cause age spots and premature wrinkles due to drying your skin out. Avoiding too much sun is the best idea - this can be easily achieved by wearing shades and a hat whenever out and about on sunny days - but you should always have a healthy supply of sunscreen with you.
A sunscreen of SPF 20 should be sufficient for a regular day out, but if you’re going to the beach, you should opt for a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. You’ll need to reapply every few hours, especially if you sweat or engage in water-related activities. This way, your skin will stay smooth and hydrated and those pesky UVA and UVB rays don’t stand a chance.
Your face and body need to be moisturized regularly - every time you shower, actually. Water strips away the natural oils your body produces, and they need to be replenished. In fact, not moisturizing your face can lead to blackheads as when your facial skin feels dry, your body will produce extra oils which clog your pores and form blackheads.
Moisturize your face and body when you step out of the shower. Damp skin is the most receptive to moisturizers and will absorb it the fastest. Get into the habit of moisturizing regularly and your skin will turn soft and supple within a few days.
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