Well. Who doesn’t want healthy, glowing skin? While some people are blessed with flawless skin, most of us who are not (including me!), are willing to try almost anything to keep our face spotless and radiant. So before we go in depth into what products to use, I would like talk about basic skincare regime that we all should be following.
The first step in the basic skincare regime is cleansing. It is the easiest one in all the steps and most people follow it quite easily. However, what you might not know is you could also under-cleanse or over-cleanse your face! I would recommend to wash your face twice a day, morning when you wake up, and night before you go to bed. Over-cleansing it will make your skin dry as it strips of the natural oil from your face and signals your oil glands to double up its production to restore your skin moisture! My beautician told me that I have normal-oily face and advised me to double cleanse my face with the same cleanser, but IMHO it makes my skin flaky! It was sometime ago, and ever since then I have changed my products that suits my skin better, and I will blog in the next few posts 🙂
Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing the healthy skin underneath. This is a very important step that most people are not aware of, or even worse, skipped it knowingly! There are two ways of exfoliating your skin, through mechanical or chemical means. Mechanical exfoliants is the act of physically scrubbing on the skin with facial scrub with tiny grains… is the most common and cheapest methods. Chemical exfoliants are scrubs with containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, etc that loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to ease away. I loved both methods, since the curious me have bought many many types of exfoliants (I will do the product reviews!) however most importantly is to start exfoliating your face! I would recommend once a week, because over-exfoliating your skin would make them dry and flaky as well, and you don’t want that, don’t you? 🙂
Toner is a liquid that helps to close the pores on your skin, to avoid attracting dirt and to give your skin a tighter, firmer look. However, avoid (at all cost!) toners with alcohol in it, as it will strip away all the oil on the surface, leaving your skin dry and irritated. Some experts say toners have no effects on your skin, but I would say give it a try first before making your mind up! I personally feel toner preps my skin for the next part of the regime and allows the moisturiser to fully absorbed into the skin.
Eye Cream & Moisturising
The skin around your eye contains no fatty tissue and therefore is very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. When fine lines begin to develop, moisturizing eye creams will give plump, soften and refresh the area around your eyes and temporarily help hide those signs of aging. I have started using eye cream since I was 22 (broke but vain though haha) because I believe that the first signs of aging will be seen within the eye area and I swear by it ever since! Not to brag, but I pride myself by having no visible fine lines around my eye area and my beautician once commented that my eye area looks plump and healthy! 🙂
Next, moisturising your skin is an absolutely essential step of your skincare regimen. No matter how lazy you are, you need to slap on some moisturiser on your face! Moisturiser acts as the protective layer between your skin and factors like pollution, overexposure to sun, harmful effects of sun and wind, etc. Lack of moisturiser will speed up aging, especially for people with dry skin! (beware!) People with dry-normal skin can opt for creamier moisturiser and people with normal-oily skin should go for waterbase moisturiser.
Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight can cause permanent damage to the skin, sagging skin when it loses elasticity and form wrinkles. That is why we need sun protection on our face! I never go out of the house without it (alright, sometimes I do :P) and at minimum I will put on a SPF 30 sunscreen. I know there are sunscreen as high 150SPF, but according to an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) spokesman, James M. Spencer, MD., an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. Anything beyond that is just silly, as all sunscreen products may never guarantee 100% protection. I would recommend putting on at least a SPF 30 sunscreen protection before going out!
So, these are the few steps in a basic skincare regime that I have followed religiously. Stay clean, stay moisturised, stay sun-protected! Slowly I will be blogging on products that I use daily! 🙂 Stay tuned!