SKIN CARE ESSENTIALS: MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR YOUR ROUTINE
We all want clear skin and tend to think that can only be achieved with a cupboard full of skin care products. For most people, that’s just too expensive or too much stress. Your skin care routine doesn’t have to be over the top, but it should include these essentials. You need these basic beauty products for an effective skin care routine, to guarantee your skin is glowing and at its best in its natural state.
A good cleanser should be the first stop in your skin routine. It is typically used twice a day: at night to remove dirt or makeup from the day, and in the morning to clean out impurities and residues of your night cream.
Depending on your skin type, you may have to choose between a foamy (for oily, acne prone skin), and mild or milky cleanser (for normal, dry, sensitive skin), but you don’t want to go with a product that makes your skin feel dry and uncomfortable.
Wipes are also a good option if you prefer their convenience over the water-soluble cleanser.
It’s not uncommon for people to leave Toner out of their skincare regimen, branding it unnecessary. Truth is, a toner is very important. Not only does it remove any leftover residue, it has skin-repair properties that calm and rejuvenates your skin. Rose water is a natural, organic toner that can be used on any skin type.
It is important to shed dead skin at least once or twice a week, this is where exfoliator comes in. This prevents dead skin from building up on the surface, leading to dry, flaky skin or breakouts. There are two ways to go about exfoliating your skin: with a chemical exfoliator which dissolves the dead cells (for sensitive, acne prone skin), or with a physical exfoliator like scrubs which gently rubs away the old skin cells (for dry, flaky skin). People with normal skin can use either.
A serum is one of the most important products you can use on your skin. Serums can help resolve specific skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and blemishes, and dark spots. They have more active ingredients than moisturiser and give it a boost. Some serums are multipurpose while some serve a single targeted function — you can select a preference depending on your skin concerns. Apply serum morning and night, after your cleanser, and before your moisturiser.
A moisturiser will prevent dryness and keep your skin looking younger and moisturised. No matter the state of your skin, you need a moisturiser — it is non-negotiable.
If you have oily skin, you want a gel-like moisturiser that would hydrate your skin without adding more oil. For dry flaky skin, choose a heavy moisturiser that takes a while to get absorbed into your skin, and used more than twice a day. People with normal skin can stick with a light moisturiser.
Jojoba oil is a natural moisturiser that closely resembles the human sebum or oil produced by the skin.
Sunscreen should be at the top of your beauty regimen. The more sunlight damage to your skin you can prevent, the better your skin will be in the long run. Ensure you use sunscreen every day. It is your greatest weapon against dark spots, premature ageing, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
When choosing sunscreen you need to consider your skin type. For oily skin, go with a light lotion or powder. For dry, mature skin use a rich cream or heavy sunscreen with skin repair ingredients. People with normal skin can use a light cream.
To provide your skin with instant nourishment and care, use a mask a few times a month. Try to use hydrating, moisturising masks to leave your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated.
Finally, the age-worn advice — drink water. All your skin care routine will amount to nothing if you don’t ensure your skin stays hydrated by drinking at least 3 litres of water every day. Take care of your skin and keep it happy. Your glow will be televised.