Everyone knows how important a good skincare routine is, especially because today our skin ages quicker due to our unhelathy lives. Sugar, dairy products, food with high GI and bad habits related to water and antioxidants can cause our skin to age prematurely.
Nobody wants to walk around with loose skin, wrinkles and acne, do they? Today I will let you know how to make a perfect skin routine and I’ll also give you tips on what you should stay away from if you wish to have beautiful skin for a long time.
Let’s start with a skin routine that will suit almost everyone. Caution, if you have a medical condition like eczema or rosacea, you should consult with your dermatologist for sure!
A natural skin routine mostly works for everyone because we all come from nature and therefore things from nature don’t irritate us. Your routine in the evening should be a bit more complex than the one you do in the morning.
As a morning routine, we would recommend you to just clean your skin with water very gently so you don’t strip away the natural oils. You can, if you want, apply a toner to balance your skin and be sure to put on a daycream with some SPF to protect your skin from wrinkles.
However, your evening routine should consist of four steps:
Let’s go through them together.
One thing to keep in mind while shopping for a face cleanser is to find one that has low pH (our skin goes between 4.5 – 6.2) and does not have sulfates. If you are someone who wears heavy make-up or stubborn eye make-up, it would be good to do a two-step cleansing routine.
Start with a cleansing foam (camomille ones are great) and switch to a gel cleanser with low pH. If you have troubles with blackheads, you should try out argan oil and jojoba oil. Cleansing with oils is actually very useful because these oils have a structure similar to sebum so they can penetrate deep withing the skin and clean it better than you can!
Toning is very important and if you are skipping this step, that’s where your oily forehead comes from. A good toner balances out your pH and helps your skin balance out sebum which (if overproduced) can clog your pores and lead to blackheads and acne.
Apple cider vinegar is actually very popular as a toner and it also helps with natural exfoliation and hyperpigmentation. If you are someone with dark spots left from pimples and acne, you should try out this natural product.
Number one mistake people make when they are choosing products in this step is that they overdo it and choose to many or they combine products that can’t go together and cancel each other out.
There are a few popular things to use in this step and you should choose those that would benefit you the most.
Vitamin A (retinol) is beneficial in restoring youthful skin and it also helps in tightening it. However, if it is combined with AHA (a chemical exfoliant) it can lead to peeling and ends up as a complete catastrophe so watch out!
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is a very popular product that helps the skin clean from the insideand therefore acne sufferers with marks and active acne use it a lot.
Vitamin C is very beneficial for treating the outer look of the skin. It helps a lot with marks, hyperpigmentation, blotchy skin with patches and so on. It is mostly used as a chemial exfoliant, but it needs some time to start working so be patient.
AHA’s and BHA’s are acids, products that exfoliate your skin chemically. You should not mix them with vitamin C because they can cancel out what vitamin C is doing. However, chemical exfoliants are much better than physical ones because physical ones can lead to microtears in your skin and then lead to an infection.
AHA’s do surface work and BHA’s penetrate into pores.
Last step is…
Don’t forget to moisturize your skin with some great enriched face cream or aloe vera. It’s important to do this because if your skin is dry and flaky it means that bacteria can enter small tears inbetween the cracks.
And now, I shall gve you some advice on what you shouldn’t do to your skin.
Don’t ever use products that have alcohol in them or those products that leave your face squeaky clean. This isn’t good. It’s drying out your skin and creating a great surface for bacteria to be on.
Also, never aply vitamin A in the morning since retinol and sun don’t go really well together. Keep in mind that retinol and retinoids are made for your evening routine!
Remember: acne, blackheads, whiteheads, dryness and dehydration are all types of wounds on your fasce. Treat them like wounds and be gentle.