The Importance of a Good Skincare Routine
As most of us know, when we age, our skin starts to get dull, less elastic, and begins to wrinkle. So we want to start taking care of our skin as early as possible and in the best way possible to preserve our skin and slow down the aging process. Not only will your skin look its best in the long run, but the young and radiant skin you have now will look even better than it does. You only have one face, so make sure to take care of it before it is too late.
The first thing to do is always wash your face. Personally, I have found that one skin product you don’t have to spend a lot of money on is facewash. Any drugstore product will do, especially if has exfoliating properties. My favorite brands are Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, and Cetaphil. Following this step, one should always apply toner. I have found that a lot of toners can be harsh on the skin and dry it out, so instead of a conventional toner, I have started using a product called witch hazel. Witch hazel has endless benefits; it tones your skins, stops inflammation, and even shrinks your pores. Washing your face regularly and applying witch hazel can make a huge difference in one’s face on its own.
The second and equally important thing is moisturizing. Unlike facewash, investing in a good moisturizer is what can make a difference in what your skin looks like now and what it will look like later on down the road. You don’t have to spend $100 on moisturizer with diamond and pearl extract, but you will have to pay more than $6 for a moisturizer from Walmart or CVS. The one thing that has made all the difference in the world for my skin is my Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream. While it is $40 for one container, it is potent, and a little goes a long way. Plus, you can often find it on sale. Dry skin ages your skin, so finding an excellent, concentrated moisturizer which isn’t watered down (preferably with SPF to protect from any sun damage) is one of the best things one can do for one’s skin. Even expensive products can be low quality and watered down sometimes, so make sure you are paying for the quality of the product and not just a name brand.
Facial serums also goes a long way in skin care. They add extra moisture to one’s skin, and most serums are anti-aging, which will hopefully slow down the aging process. Serums are often expensive, but they’re worth the investment in your skin and overall confidence. Recently, I found a good vitamin-C facial serum from Radha Beauty for only $12. Vitamin-C is great for any skin type. It is anti-aging and prevents wrinkles. While the vitamin-C serum is excellent, you can also find great serums at Wal-Mart and Ulta. Finding the right serum depends entirely on one’s preference. Serum itself isn’t a necessity per say, but it is worth implementing into your skincare routine.
The last thing one should always do, which is often overlooked, is exfoliating. This should be done at least once per week. Facial washes with exfoliating properties are good for getting extra makeup and dirt off of one’s face, but not necessarily for getting all the dead skin off the face and making it smooth to the touch. You want something that will penetrate all of the dead skin on your face. Not only does dry skin age your face, but dead skin that just sits there will age your face as well, while also making it dull. DIY exfoliators are one of the best ways to exfoliate your face. You can use honey and sugar, coffee grounds and honey, or coconut oil and sugar; the possibilities are endless. People often forget this step or just won’t do it, but it is integral to the skincare process and ensures that your skin stays smooth and radiant.
Finding the best skincare routine for you and the products you should use can depend on factors such as your lifestyle, skin type, or even your preference on how a product works. We will all age gracefully one day. We will all get saggy skin and develop wrinkles, but proper skin care is still essential. One’s face has a lot to do with one’s confidence, so taking care of your skin and making sure that it looks it’s best will keep you looking young and radiant for as long as possible.