Many people often ignore that the key to having healthy and good skin is oftentimes missing out on a basic skincare routine that you should be practicing.
It is understandable how people often tend to neglect the idea that skincare should also be part of their regular daily routine due to the grind of everyday work and living.
Basic skincare should form part of a person’s way of life since having healthy skin is also a good way to ensure healthy living, which also contributes to ensuring preventive measures against health-threatening conditions like skin cancer and other skin –related diseases.
The first skincare step to consider would be cleansing.
There are a lot of skin cleansers available on the market, especially drugstores, department stores and your esthetician in spas, salons and skincare centers. Awareness should also be the responsibility of everyone before even going through this process.
Take for example the importance of knowing your skin type, which is key to also knowing which type of cleanser to use.
This is important since there are a variety of skin types and subtypes that have appropriate cleansers. Using the wrong type of cleanser for the wrong skin type could cause more harm than good. Imagine using a cleanser meant for acne skin on someone who is dry and dehydrated. That’s a recipe for a compromised barrier.
Among the most common skin types are oily or dry skin, for which varying subtypes also apply, which affects the secretions of the skin’s sebaceous glands, causing either an over production or an underproduction of the skins natural oils.
When in doubt about determining your skin type and what cleansers to use, you may seek the advice of an esthetician to make you more confident about the cleansing skincare routine you are going to pursue.
A good next step would be exfoliation, but only once a week. This is the process by which dead skin is scraped off or removed from the outer surface, intended to clear the outer layer of the skin from prolonged exposure to dead skin cells that could impede the regeneration of healthy skin.
Among the most common exfoliation methods include microdermabrasion, derma-planing, retinoids, enzymes or chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion usually involves using either scrubs, for which most believe should be done once weekly. But make sure to use scrubs composed of tiny grains, since coarse grains could scar the outer layer instead of just removing dead skin cells. Professionally you can get a microdermabrasion using either medical grade crystals or diamond tipped wands to exfoliate and suck up the debris, or non-suction for compromises skin.
Retin-A, retinol, and retinaldehyde on the other hand, works by removing the top layer of skin cells, especially dead cells, and at the same time, promote the regeneration of collagen in the skin and works by preventing the rapid breakdown of the skin’s structural fiber causing fine lines and large pores as we grow older.
Last is a chemical peel, which is a process administered by a licensed esthetician, which provides better results compared to over –the- counter chemical peel treatment kits.
Chemical peels usually take an hour or so but can achieve maximum results of making the skin look younger and shave anywhere from five to 15 years off your face, depending on using recommended home care and package options.
The third step would be moisturizers and like cleanser they come in a wide variety for the different types of skin. All skin needs moisturizer . Let me repeat this… ALL SKIN NEEDS MOISTURIZER. When an oily skin person tells me they don’t use a moisturizer, that’s why their skin overproducing oil. And likewise an oily persons skin can be dehydrated and lack water. Dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water.
There are other things you could add to achieve perfectly healthy and beautiful skin, like serums, but this is about the basics. We’ll talk more about serums later.
Lastly, always make sure to apply sunscreen, especially when you are constantly exposed to the sun.
This is mainly so because the sun can add years and even cause the skin to dry rapidly, causing wrinkles and can even bombard the skin of dangerous doses of ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer.
It is important to be aware of these basic steps since skincare is more than just leasing the eye with aesthetics, but essentially so since basic skin care you should know about is also a key contributor to a healthy and productive way of life.
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