Well-groomed skin means fewer breakouts, less irritation and redness, and visible signs of ageing.
A good skin care routine is the cornerstone of good care. Well-groomed skin ensures that you suffer less often from pimples, less irritation and redness and that you can prevent visible signs of aging. A regular routine will ensure that you age gracefully for the rest of your life. Most importantly, taking care of yourself is a feel-good factor.
There is no one universal best skin care routine, because everyone’s skin is different. Instead, there are two key concepts when it comes to figuring out the right routine for you: skin type and skin concern. We are growing, evolving creatures and our skin is affected by everything. Seasonal changes, climate changes, stress, age, lifestyle changes and health issues can affect how skin behaves and what it needs
Skincare practices you need to let go of in 2023:
Washing the face too often: While washing your face helps keep your skin bacteria-free, washing too much can strip your skin of natural, beneficial oils. If you notice that your skin feels dry, tight and irritated, you’ve probably gone too far. So it is crucial to know how often you should wash your face to keep your skin healthy, clear and radiant. It is generally recommended to wash your face twice a day. Washing your face in the morning removes any irritants from the night and prepares your face for the day ahead. Washing your face at night is important because it ensures that you remove all the makeup, dirt, oil, and bacteria that have accumulated during the day.
Popping and Squeezing: Most people have the habits of popping, picking, squeezing. Popping pimples is a big no-no. Not only will it lead to infection, it can also lead to long-term scarring. The infection can also lead to more acne. It’s best to let acne dry naturally or use a pimple-drying lotion. Likewise, it’s best not to pop any blisters. The unbroken skin over a blister keeps it sterile, decreasing the risk of infection. Squeezing blackheads is also a bad idea. The oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that have accumulated in the clogged pore come out when you squeeze the blackheads. It can cause irritation, skin trauma, redness and scarring. The best option is to have them removed by a professional or to buy some good nose pore strips.
Excessive use of makeup: Unhealthy makeup habits can cause acne, aging and oiliness or dryness. Excessive use of makeup, especially foundation, can lead to skin irritation or breakouts of acne. Your skin renews itself in a cycle of about 28 days. Applying daily makeup can disrupt that cycle. The longer your skin can go without makeup, the better it regulates your skin’s temperature, oil control, hydration and natural exfoliation process.
Using too many serums: Simplicity is the key to a good skin care routine. Overloading your skin with different products is not very convenient and can have the opposite effect, especially if you use too many active substances in your skin care products. Excessive use of serums containing AHA/BHA products can cause irritation, inflammation, redness and even hyperpigmentation. A heavy moisturizer with an oil base or heavy occlusive ingredients (such as silicone or petroleum jelly) can cause blackheads, pimples, and acne.
Applying products in the wrong order: The order is important because it determines which ingredients and products soak into your skin first, which can ultimately affect how your skin looks and feels once your routine is complete. Applying in the wrong order can create a barrier on the skin and prevent active ingredients from penetrating the skin.
Skincare practices you should definitely adopt this year:
Get the basics right: Cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF (look for a minimum of SPF 30 and “broad spectrum” on the label) diligently are three essential steps to take on in the morning. At the end of the day, it’s important to remove dirt, makeup, and other irritants that have gotten on the skin. You can use the same cleanser morning and night. Add serums with ingredients like niacinamide and other antioxidants to address more than one skin concern. Finally, top off the hydration with a moisturizer.
Sleep, eat and exercise: We’re no stranger to all these celebrities talking about their “beauty sleep”. It’s the time when your body repairs itself. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles, dark circles and age spots. One should sleep at least 7-9 hours every day. Proper hydration is crucial for skin care.
Retinol and Vitamin C: Retinol, essentially vitamin A in its purest form, and vitamin C are excellent ingredients for reversing signs of aging and giving your skin a dewy glow. Retinol helps reverse the signs of aging and increases the cell turnover process to prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and pigmentation. On the other hand, vitamin C is a storehouse of antioxidants. It reduces the damage caused by free radicals, has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and moisturizing properties. It is best to use a product with vitamin C in the morning and keep the retinol at night.
(Input from IANS)