How To Build a Skin Care Routine
Step number one of building a skin care routine is to identify your goals. Do you want to reduce acne, oiliness, or redness? Or do you want to slow down and minimize the effects of aging?
Step number two is to determine the kind of products you need. If you want to reduce skin redness, look for products that offer anti-inflammatory and anti-redness benefits. Choose natural skin care products to ensure you don’t experience any unpleasant reactions. Many chemical-based ingredients are too harsh and can irritate the skin. At the very least, watch out for alcohol, fragrances, parabens, and sulfates, four ingredients that can cause adverse reactions.
Finally, it’s time to build your routine. Here are four essential steps to include in your skin care routine.
Wash Your Face
The first step of every skin care routine is to wash your face. In the morning and before you head to bed, massage a gentle cleanser into your skin. Rinse it off and then pat dry with a soft towel.
Think of this as priming a canvas for painting. Washing your face removes dirt and grime from your skin and makes it easier for other products, such as moisturizer and sunscreen, to penetrate deep into your pores.
A couple of times a week, exfoliate your skin with a physical or enzyme exfoliator. Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells. It leaves your skin extra soft and smooth. However, make sure not to exfoliate too often. The beads and acids found in most exfoliators can damage your skin if you use them too often.
After washing your face and exfoliating, apply a light but powerful moisturizer to your skin. Moisturizers prevent skin dryness, encourage faster cell growth, and keep your skin looking bright and youthful.
Finally, make sure to use a product that offers protection against the sun. The sun’s UVB rays can seriously damage your skin—they cause sunburns and are the main culprit behind most forms of skin cancer.
Ideally, you want to use products that have an SPF (sun protection factor) rating of at least 30. Products with an SPF of 30 and above will block 97 to 99 percent of the sun’s rays.