Coming up with a skincare routine can sometimes be a daunting task, and not everyone has the time to keep at it on a daily basis. A lot of people start a routine without knowing much about their own skin, and what makes it misbehave. Less is more when it comes to setting a routine. You need to know your skin inside out and how to make it happy!
The three steps to healthy skin are to keep it clean, protect it from dehydration and the elements, and to address any problems that occur.
Keep it clean
As sebum is sticky,it attracts dirt and debris from the environment and needs to be removed with regular cleansing to prevent pores from becoming blocked. No matter how much you try it, you cannot stop sebum production or close the pores- they not doors. Using either a cleansing lotion, oil, or balm will give skin a deep clean while also nourish it at the same time. My current favorite is the Wild Rose Beauty Balm by Neals Yard. A gorgeous creamy balm the last traces of makeup and dirt. I personally don’t use it as a makeup remover as I feel it would be a waste,especially with the price tag. I normally cleanse then go over with the balm to make sure my skin is completely clean. I also use it as a mask when my skin needs that extra hydration. Personally I don’t encourage constant exfoliation,as I think the skin does a pretty good job on its own, if you treat it properly! That said, I do use a face cloth/muslim whenever I cleanse. This process will naturally remove excess dead cells. I use a scrub only very occasionally if my skin is looking a little dull.
Protect it from dehydration and the elements
There are two things that you can help you skin look and feel better: keep it moist and protect it from water loss. The main cause for dehydration is water loss (duh). I am sure we are all familiar with this, especially in the winter! I am forever fighting to keep my skin hydrated in this gloomy weather. Certain ingredients in skincare products have the ability to draw more moisture from the air to the surface of the skin, but they can’t take it any further, which is why we need a little extra help. This is where ingredients such as emollient come in, they help slow down the evaporation process whilst keeping the top layers of cells stay soft and supple. For this part of the routine its important to choose the right ingredients for your particular skin type. Using the wrong ingredients can cause the skin to breakout.
Address the problems
We are all prone to the occasional skin problem, whether its a single spot or a severe case of acne. Normally when a problem occurs in the skin is sometimes an indication of something that is out of balance at a deeper level: stress sometimes being one of the main cases. Speaking from experience, modern medicine and skincare focus mainly on fixing the symptoms and what you can see rather, than investigating the cause. We are all guilty of this,too, as our may concern is to get rid of the blemish in a quick fix. Whilst this can work in the short term, if the initial cause is not addressed then the blemish, in some form or other, will always reappear.
Once you have those three steps in practice, then the rest should fall into place very easily.