The Importance of a Good Daily Skin Care Routine
A healthy skin care routine should include two kinds of products—moisturizing and cleansing. But how do you know which type to use when, and how often? This article gives you all the information you need on what to look for when choosing a moisturizer, cleanser, exfoliator, toner, serum and sunscreen to help keep your skin looking young and healthy. Plus, we tell you about the top three over-the-counter products that can be harmful to your skin—and what to avoid in the future!
Step 1: Cleanse
Gently removing makeup, dirt and oil from your skin is an important step to start with in any skincare routine. Warm water and soap are great for general cleanliness, but to deeply cleanse and exfoliate your skin you’ll need to use a cleanser that removes impurities without drying out your skin. Look for hydrating or gel-based cleansers to replenish moisture as you wash; foaming or creamy products should be avoided unless they’re specifically formulated for dry skin. Our Citrus Cleaner is perfect if you want something refreshing that won’t strip away natural oils. This cleanser helps eliminate residue while refreshing tired, stressed out skin with citrus essential oils and vitamins B5 and E.
Step 2: Exfoliate
If you want clear, glowing skin it’s best to exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliating scrubs help remove dead cells on top of your skin which can clog pores and lead to breakouts (not to mention dullness). Use an exfoliating scrub like our Coffee Bean Caffeine Scrub 2–3 times per week—it will leave your face feeling fresh and revitalized! Just apply it like you would any other facial scrub then rinse off after about two minutes.
Step 3: Tone
After cleansing, follow with toner. Your skin’s PH balance is thrown off by cleansing, which means it’s vulnerable to breakouts and other issues. A toner helps restore your skin’s pH level so that you can lock in moisture from serums and moisturizers. Use it with a cotton pad after cleansing and make sure to use one made for your particular skin type; for example, oily skin should avoid products containing alcohol or fragrances. Step #3: Exfoliate: You might not think about exfoliating every day, but it’s an important step in your daily routine. When you wash your face at night, dead skin cells are sloughed off—but they don’t all get washed away. The next morning, those dead cells can clog pores and cause irritation if left on your face overnight (or worse). That’s where exfoliation comes in: It removes those dead cells so they don’t clog up your pores.
Step 4: Moisturize (Optional)
Most people think that after they wash their face, they are done with skin care. Although washing your face is incredibly important, it’s also essential to moisturize after you wash. Washing and moisturizing in one fell swoop is an ideal daily routine skin care tip as it can help make you look younger while also keeping your skin healthy. For dry skin, use a good lotion or cream. If you have oily skin, try an astringent toner or gel-based product that doesn’t contain oil. Be sure to moisturize daily! Like anything else in life (good health, exercising), sometimes we need to remind ourselves of things on an almost daily basis for them to sink in and become part of our routine!
Step 5: Protect from UV Rays
Your skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation for about 60% of your life. It is essential to protect your skin from UV rays to prevent damage and premature aging. There are two different types of UV rays that can be damaging: UVA and UVB. UVA is responsible for wrinkles and premature aging while UVB causes sunburns, photoaging, and melanoma. It’s important to protect yourself from both kinds of rays when you are going outside. If you have sensitive skin, or if it tends to burn easily then a sunscreen with an SPF 30+ may be necessary for everyday use. For those who don’t need such high protection, a daily moisturizer with an SPF 15 should suffice. Regardless of what kind of sunscreen you choose, make sure it is labeled broad spectrum so that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. You should also apply at least 1 oz (30 ml) to all exposed areas 15 minutes before going out in the sun (for example on your face, neck, ears, lips and hands). Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. This will ensure maximum protection throughout the day.
Step 6 (Optional): Treat, Repair and Prevent with Products
Start with cleanser, moisturizer and SPF. Now that you’re keeping your skin clean, hydrated and protected against UV rays, it’s time to focus on treating specific areas. Whether you want to tackle pesky acne or get rid of wrinkles around your eyes, dermatologists agree on three products every skincare regimen should include: retinoids (for anti-aging), salicylic acid (for acne) and sunscreen (because sun exposure causes skin damage). Use these in conjunction with SPF every morning. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB protection) product with an SPF 30 or higher daily. The only exception is if you are planning to be outside for less than 15 minutes during daylight hours—then just use an SPF 15 product.
These are the basic daily routine tips to take care of your skin healthy.