Achieving great skin isn’t impossible. All it takes is a little bit of knowledge and a lot of discipline.There are tons of skincare routines and hacks out there along with a multitude of products. It’s easy to feel lost among all the choices you have. That’s why we have decided to create this basic skincare guide to help you get the skin of your dreams.
So, let’s begin.
1. Wash Your Face At Least Twice a Day
Cleansing is the most important part of every beauty routine. You should never go to bed without washing your face. Sleeping with makeup can clog your skin, cause premature aging, and even result in breakouts.
Although washing your face thoroughly using a gentle cleanser and warm water twice a day is great, double cleansing is the hottest new trend in skincare. It’s simple, yet so effective.
You first need to apply a light cleansing oil on your skin using your fingers. Massage your face in a circular motion for a good few minutes. Then, gently remove the oil using a cotton pad. The oil binds with impurities, makeup, dirt, pollution and sebum on your face and removes it effectively.
The next step is to wash your face with a cleanser suited to your particular skin type. Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a great option that goes well with all skin types. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins and comes with a rich creamy texture that doesn’t over-dry your skin.
Double cleansing works best as a night-time routine. However, if you’re short on time, at minimum do a one-step cleanse before going to bed and then again in the morning. If your daily routine exposes you to dirt and pollution, cleansing should be done even more frequently.
2. Apply a Toner
Toning is another important part of a good skincare regime. It follows cleansing and works as bridge between cleansing and moisturizing.
Toning your skin can remove any lingering make up residue, tighten your pores, and make your moisturizer penetrate more easily and deeply into the skin.
For acne prone skin, toners that are formulated with ingredients like tea tree oil, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid etc. work best. A lavender-based toner is great for very sensitive skin as it has a calming effect. Green tea, rose water, and calendula are also very effective.
Whichever toner you pick, just make sure it’s free from alcohol as alcohol can really disrupt your skin’s pH balance and functioning of sebaceous glands.
3. Moisturize Your Skin
Leaving this step out of your skincare regimen is the worst thing you can do for your skin. Moisturizing is essential to keep your skin healthy, wrinkle-free, and flawless.
There’s a plethora of lotions, creams, oils and serums available in the market. Choose something that’s perfect for your skin type. During the day, it’s best to choose a lighter formula preferably with an SPF. For the night, you can go with heavier moisturizers.
Your moisturizer should ideally be free from parabens, artificial fragrances, or any other chemical irritants. Natural oils like coconut, rose hip seed, avocado, almond etc. work as well as moisturizers. These ingredients are also part of many creams and lotions.
Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate by Eminence Organics is a mangosteen and lactic acid-based serum that promotes skin’s natural radiance. It also protects your skin from environmental damage, gently resurfacing the skin and refining pores.
4. Remove Dead Skin Regularly
We recommend exfoliating your skin about once or twice a week. Chemical exfoliators or chemical peels work better than physical scrubs as they’re less harsh. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids are excellent exfoliators. They remove all dead skin cells, unclogging pores and improving skin tone. They also promote the growth of new skin cells giving your skin a radiant glow.
Your exfoliation routine should include the face as well as your lips as lips are prone to get dry and flaky. Exfoliation can greatly improve your skin’s condition and help bring out your best skin.
5. Pamper Yourself with a Face Mask
Show your skin some extra love by applying a nice face mask every week. You just need 15-20 minutes and a face mask that matches your skin needs. The benefits are going to be endless!
Unlike the daily cleansing that you do to remove surface dirt, impurities, and makeup, a facial mask draws out impurities deep down in the skin layers. In addition, they exfoliate, hydrate, tone and protect your skin leaving it smooth, supple, and refreshed.
6. Don’t Step Out without Sunscreen
Ultraviolet radiation is your skin’s worst enemy. Using sunscreen is an absolute must during the day even if it’s not too sunny and you’re going out for just a few minutes. Just 10 minutes of exposure to harmful UV rays can start damaging your skin and add years to how you look. Therefore, a generous amount of sunscreen should be applied every day.
Always go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above. They will keep wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, and fine lines at bay.
Caring for your skin doesn’t mean spending a lot of money buying a range of different products. Just know your skin type well and pick a few best suited products. The key is to stay consistent and be very disciplined if you want to see great results.
Visit Skincare by Alana for all your skincare needs. They have a wide range of products for every type of skin. From toners to moisturizers, exfoliators and more, we have it all at one place. Call Skincare By Alana today at 888 222 0637 or to get a free consultation with one of our skilled estheticians. They will guide you in selecting the best products that suit your skin needs and your budget.