The internet is awash with various recommendations on how women can achieve flawless skin. New products are constantly hitting the shelves and it might be confusing on where to start when trying to come up with a simple skin cake routine for yourself.
In this blog we have put together the basic routines as you develop or start your skincare journey:
STEP 1: CLEANSER
In the morning, start by splashing your face with warm water and wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.
STEP 2: TONER
Most people choose to skip toners, partly because there’s a lingering assumption that most toners are harsh and irritate the skin. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore. While they don’t physically “shrink” pores, the new breed of toners can serve multiple purposes, like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids. Additionally, each type of toner is intended for a different skin tissue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin.
STEP 3: ANTIOXIDANT SERUM
Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns. There are various serums available in the market today, but for daytime, it is recommended that you use antioxidant serums, which provide a variety of benefits from blunting your skin’s inflammatory response to neutralizing damage from UV rays and environmental pollutants.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
It’s vital to apply an eye cream at least twice a day, starting in your 20s. It is mostly a night routine step but can also be done in the morning. It’s about maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid skin. Improving the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance later on. For best results, consistency is key.
STEP 5: SPOT TREATMENT
As acne spot treatments differ in active ingredients, check your product packaging or consult your dermatologist for the best way to apply it. Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, a common acne spot treatment ingredient, has a one to three hour working time.
Remember that acne treatments can dry out your skin, so always apply only on spots where you need it.
STEP 6: MOISTURIZER
Yes, everyone needs a moisturizer, even if you have oily skin. Even though your body has its own natural lubricating system, consisting of glands that secrete oil to maintain a protective coating against harsh conditions and infections, you will also need extra hydration due to the havoc that the sun, weather and harsh chemicals wreak on the skin.
Most experts recommend that the best time to apply a moisturizer is while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you apply your serum and treatment after your face-wash, the sooner you’re able to lock in the much-needed hydration with your moisturizer.
If you’re using an acne spot treatment, you may want to skip those areas when applying your moisturizer to make sure the moisturizer’s ingredients shall not interfere with the active ingredients in your acne treatment.
Step 7: SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine. Sunscreen works by physically blocking UV rays. Whether you are using a regular, mineral or chemical based sunscreen. For those who like using chemical based sunscreens, try to look for a formula that offers moisturizing benefits, so you can get your daily hydration needs while protecting your skin.
Most importantly, beyond all the steps shared above, ensure you are eating healthy, and drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water, remember your skin needs.
Remember you can stock up on your beauty essentials from the following stores at The Junction Mall: Goodlife, Healthy U, Carrefour, Seacret, Yves Rocher and Maybelline
Wishing you a successful skin care journey.