Every man & woman wants healthy, clean, and protected skin but few have the time or the patience to follow a complex and articulated Skin Care Routine. With this article, we will explain how simple steps can solve most of your skin problems.
Step 1: Before starting the Routine
Let’s start by taking into consideration the salient points to take into consideration if you want to start taking serious care of your appearance and your skin:
- How to choose skincare products?
- Start with the right mindset
- What is the budget for the skincare routine?
Before explaining the different steps, it is necessary to make a series of clarifications and a brief introduction on the choice of products, what is the most suitable mentality to start or how to create a dedicated budget.
The choice of products will largely depend on your skin type. This can be divided into 4 macro-categories:
- Normal: we mean an “endemic” skin, that is to say well balanced in its various functions (protective, trophic, secretory, immune). This type of skin appears neither too oily nor too dry.
- Dry: we mean a skin that produces a lower quantity of sebum than normal, this leads to a lack of lipids, that is to say, those substances that serve to keep the skin hydrated and to constitute its defensive layer. This type of skin can appear tight, rough, and dull.
- Oily: This refers to skin that, unlike the dry type, produces a high amount of sebum (seborrhea). This type of skin appears shiny and with very visible pores.
- Combination: means a skin that simultaneously has the characteristics of oily skin in some well-defined areas, while it is dry or normal in the others. We will then have a mix of the skin types we just talked about. This type of skin generally has extremely different characteristics between the so-called “T-zone” (forehead, nose, chin) and cheeks.
Learning about the characteristics of your skin is a huge step towards understanding its needs and therefore being able to take care of it in the best possible way.
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1. How to choose skincare products
Before using any product, if you have never used it before, it is strongly recommended to test it on a small area of the face that is not too visible to avoid or evaluate skin reactions, for example, any irritation or allergic forms. Also be careful to use several new products at the same time otherwise, in case of irritation, it will be difficult to understand what the cause was.
To conclude, Skin Care products are gender-neutral. The skin of men and women has very similar needs; the division of these is purely a matter of marketing or fragrance.
2. Start with the right mindset
Launching into the world of Skin Care with the wrong mindset can lead to a lot of confusion and frustration. It is easy to lose patience while trying different products that don’t always lead to the desired results. It is essential to already have an idea of what to expect.
- There are no miracle products or brands.
Skin Care consists of many trials and as many errors! The most popular products are not always the most effective or suitable for your skin, the only way to find the right solution is to proceed by trial and error until you find the most suitable products for your needs.
- Beware of recommendations
what might work for one person may not work for you or vice versa. Recommend your favorite facial cleanser to your friend may not have the desired results or even cause irritation, even if you have a very similar skin type.
You have to accept the advice very carefully and always check the products.
- Perfect skin does not always exist
We do not have very realistic standards for an ideal skin. We are confronted with images that are photographed with perfect light and angle and perhaps they have also had the help of photo-retouching programs such as Photoshop, as well as a good dose of make-up.
Even when we are faced with other people with beautiful skin, in reality, it is often the distance that plays an essential role in camouflaging and mitigating imperfections. Remember that it is normal to have some acne, some impurities, or a complexion that is not always uniform, we are still human beings.
- Wait for the right time
Some products have almost immediate effects, such as moisturizers that act immediately on dry skin. Others will give their first results only in the long term, which may vary from a few weeks to even months. Don’t rush and wait for nature to take its course.
3. What is the budget for the skincare routine?
Skin Care is an investment in yourself and in the health of your skin and as such requires a budget. Without proper testing, you could buy a cleanser that irritates the skin or a moisturizer that is too heavy and this will lead to spending more money to find a replacement.
Skincare is not a one-time expense; it will become an integral part of your monthly expenses and should be planned accordingly.
Many cosmetics companies will use marketing to induce you to buy extremely expensive or superfluous products. Before making any purchase, carefully study which budget is the most reasonable and best suited to your lifestyle and act accordingly.
Step 2: Skin Care Routine: What are the steps
Now that we have an adequate smattering of what this new practice is and how it should be addressed, we can go into the various steps of the Skin Care Routine by analyzing the most suitable products for each phase:
- Facial cleanser
- Moisturizing cream
- Sun protection
1. Facial cleanser
Throughout the day, the skin is exposed to dirt, bacteria, and airborne pollutants. To remove all these harmful substances, just start the Skin Care Routine with a face cleanser.
Using this product, in addition to preventing dirt and sweat from clogging the pores of our skin, will also increase the effectiveness of moisturizers, exfoliants, and masks. The best time to use the facial cleanser is before going to sleep to remove all the substances that have accumulated on the skin during the day.
As for the morning, depending on the needs of the skin, you can decide whether to use the cleanser (oily skin) or simply rinse with water (dry skin).
HOW TO USE IT:
First, wash your face using hot water or take a shower to dilate the pores. Then apply the cleanser and make circular movements all over the face. The whole process should take no more than 30 seconds.
Once finished, remove everything with a damp cloth or rinse with warm water.
Be careful not to overdo it, washing too often during the day can cause dry skin.
Whenever you cleanse your face of dirt or makeup with a cleanser, it also removes the layer of hydration that the body produces to keep the skin healthy.
The moisturizer is a fundamental step in the Skin Care Routine because it brings soothing vitamins and nutrients to the skin and at the same time creates a barrier that protects against toxins such as smoke and smog.
This procedure also helps to treat and prevent dryness, but also greasiness, the premature formation of wrinkles, acne, and the signs they cause. Skipping this step, especially after using chemical exfoliants, could make your skin dry, dehydrated, or dull.
3. Solar Protection
Regardless of the routine, the daily use of sunscreen creams is a great idea. Continued exposure to the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer, and the use of proper sunscreen is the best anti-aging and anti-wrinkle treatment you can provide your skin in the long run.
There are substances that can make the skin even more sensitive to sunlight such as retinol (effective anti-wrinkle with elasticizing properties and useful in fighting skin spots). If you plan to consider using them in the future, it will be imperative to always have good sunscreen on hand.
It is essential to ensure good coverage that the product used has an SPF rating of 30 or higher and that it provides adequate UVA protection.