Skin care does not need to be complicated. In fact, the more complicated it is, the less likely you are to do it consistently and consistency is key. We are going to make it simple for you with a 5-step skin care routine to keep you looking –and feeling—your best.
Step 1: Protect. Whether or not you work outside, you need to apply sunscreen. There are so many options for sunscreen applications from the quick-dry sprays to the daily facial moisturizers with sunscreen in them. Sun damage not only ages skin, but you are exposing yourself to an increased risk of skin cancer. Depending on the SPF level (SPF 15 is the minimum), your activity during the day, and the type of protectant, you may want to reapply it around lunchtime. Sunscreen does wear off and you need to be sure to keep that protection throughout the day. For many women that wear makeup each day, applying a sunscreen moisturizer is a great solution to apply first before applying your makeup. Protection your skin from the beginning will preserve its beauty.
Step 2: Moisturize. It does not matter if you have oily skin or dry skin or whether you are 19 or 99 years old. Having and maintaining a daily moisturizing regime is a key element in putting your best skin forward. You do need to be careful on what moisturizer you use. Make sure you are getting the right brand and composition to complement your skin type. If you are looking for a couple of buzz words for a basic moisturizer, look for “oil-free” and “fragrance-free”.
Step 3: Exfoliate. Exfoliate daily, but be sure to do it gently. Even for those with dry or sensitive skin, you should still exfoliate. Highly granulated face washes when combined with instruments, such as the rotating bristle-brush heads in common acne-prevention kits, can be too abrasive for your skin. Over exfoliation can trigger skin reactions, so gentleness if the key. If you want to have that ultra-clean feeling while also reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots or sun damage, you may want to try microdermabrasion. Your dermatologist can perform this procedure and it is suitable for all skin types.
Step 4: Hands off. Don’t touch your face with your hands. Think of all of the things you have touched today before reading this article. Now think of the last time you touched your face, even to rub your nose. All of that is now on your face. In addition to all of the things you have touched, your hands produce a lot of oil. These oils will transfer and may cause breakouts. You may also be wearing hand lotion that will not mix well with your face’s sensitivity.
Step 5: Reduce products. Do not use products with harsh chemicals as they will dry out your skin. If you wear makeup, be sure you are checking the ingredients. If you see “paraben-free” or “all natural”, you will probably be okay. Here is a good general rule to follow: the fewer the chemicals you exposure your skin to, the healthier it will be and the better it will inevitably look.