It seems like everyone is in a hurry these days. Between work, caring for children and trying to have somewhat of a social life, many of us find it hard to squeeze in time for ourselves.
Treating your skin doesn’t have to take a long amount of time. As long as you use the right products, techniques, and are consistent, you should be able to see the benefits of your efforts in no time.
Let’s take a look at the basic simple steps in creating an efficient skincare routine:
The first thing of proper skincare is using an appropriate cleanser for your face according to your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, never use a cleanser for oily skin. Doing so will strip the little oils that are there and increase the dryness.
The same thing goes for oily skin, Never use dry skin cleansers on oily skin. It will only make the skin feel more greasy and will most likely cause breakouts.
Clean the skin in the morning and before bed to wash away any dirt and debris that has accumulated. A battery operated cleansing brush paired with your favorite cleanser works well to exfoliate dead skin cells and leave a radiant glow.
An important step, that is often skipped, is using a toner. Toners are an excellent means for balancing the skin’s pH after cleansing. When the pH is balanced, the skin is happy and there is less chance for inflammation.
Toning also hydrates the skin, which is very important after cleansing. Each toner has different ingredients and benefits. Do your research on which one is right for your specific needs.
3. Moisturize and Protect
If you want to eliminate a step in your daily skin care routine, choose a moisturizer for you skin type that also has a sunscreen added for daytime use. Protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, will prevent loss of collagen and elasticity, which reduces the formation of wrinkles.
Your night time ritual should also include a moisturizer after your face is cleansed and toned. Night creams are generally heavier and tend to hydrate more than day creams. They also often contain acids or Retinol to help smooth skin and dissolve fine lines.
4. Eye Cream
Incorporating an eye cream into your regimen is a quick way to reduce and prevent crows feet. You will find a number of different eye creams and serums on the market that serve different purposes.
There are creams that help eliminate dark circles and puffiness that are good for the morning. Others are geared more for night time use and are used for hydrating the fragile skin around the eye.
Now that you have developed a step by step plan of action, all you need to do is put it in motion. Create a habit by caring for your skin at the same time every day. Keep all of your products in a convenient location so you can access them easily.
Always be mindful to remove any makeup before you go to bed and moisturize in the morning and night and wear a good sunscreen when going outdoors.
Once you develop the habit, you won’t even think about working skincare into your schedule, it will just be a part of your daily life.
For further reading on how to care for your skin and look younger, check out: 3 Ways To Get Rid Of Undereye Wrinkles At Home and The Right And Wrong Way To Apply Foundation To Your Face.