Developing a regular skin care routine is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it is responsible for protecting the body from the outside world. Having healthy skin also helps in making you look better and healthier. Read on to find out how you can develop a routine for a healthier and better-looking skin.
In this article:
- How Does Skin Become Unhealthy
- Skin Types and Skin Care Routine
- How to Establish a Great Skin Care Routine
How To Start A Daily Skin Care Routine For A Healthier Glow
How Does Skin Become Unhealthy
People really do notice unhealthy skin. In fact, one study shows that people view acne scars negatively. People also notice wrinkles, rough spots, dry patches, and other skin problems.
Many factors play a role in the health of your skin. Dirt can clog your pores and cause acne, for example. Exposure to too much sun and wind can dry your skin. Fortunately, a regular skin care routine helps protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun, wind, dirt and more.
Skin Types and Skin Care Routine
Your skin type plays a big role in the health of your skin. Oily skin is prone to acne, while dry skin can develop scaly patches. Genetics play a role, too. You inherit your skin type from your parents. If your parents both have oily skin, for example, you will probably have oily skin too.
There are four basic skin types: normal, dry, oily, and combination skin.
1. Normal Skin
Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. You have normal skin if you have no blemishes or very few blemishes. Normal skin means you have no severe skin sensitivity, so your face rarely feels tender or itchy. If you have normal skin, you have tiny pores and a radiant complexion.
2. Dry Skin
You might have dry skin if you have a dull, rough complexion or red patches. Your skin may be dry if you have nearly invisible pores or visible lines. Dry skin can crack, peel or itch. It can also become irritated and inflamed.
3. Oily Skin
You may have oily skin if you have enlarged pores, a shiny complexion, pimples, blackheads or other blemishes. Oiliness may change according to stress, hormones, humidity, and other conditions.
4. Combination Skin
Combination skin can be dry in some spots and oily in others. If you have combination skin, you might have oily skin on your nose and forehead but have dry skin on your cheeks.
Each skin type requires a slightly different skin care routine, so your skin care regimen may be different from another person’s skin care schedule. Your skin care regimen may even change as you age, as aging skin requires different care than younger skin. Your skin care routine must also fit your lifestyle – you may prefer taking two showers a day, for example. That’s why you have to develop a skin care routine that matches your own skin type, age, and lifestyle. Copying a particular regimen from someone else might not be as effective on your skin.
How to Establish a Great Skin Care Routine
You do not have to establish a 200-step skin care routine to have healthy skin. In fact, your skin care routine should have only three basic steps – cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Cleansing washes away dirt, grime, and oils that can clog your pores. Toning balances your skin. Moisturizing softens and hydrates your skin. Do these three basic steps to get healthy skin, but you will need to develop a skin care routine that fulfills your own unique needs.
1. Develop a Skin Care Routine According to Your Skin Type
This is especially important if you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin.
- Dry skin – Limit showers and baths to once a day. Take shorter showers and baths. Use gentle soap and avoid deodorant soap. Do not scrub when you wash or dry your skin. Smooth on a moisturizer immediately after you dry off. Re-apply moisturizer as needed throughout the day.
- Oily skin – Limit showers and baths to no more than two each day. Use a gentle cleanser. Do not scrub your skin while washing or drying. Never pick or pop pimples, as these slow down healing.
2. Be Consistent
Establish a routine and stick with it. Skin care treatments usually work best when done once or twice each day. Doing something every day also helps you develop the healthy habits you need for good skin.
3. Give It Time
There is no such thing as an instant fix when it comes to healthy skin. Give any changes to your skin care routine about six weeks before you assess the results. The only exception is if you experience rashes or other skin problems following a change to your skin care routine.
4. Use the Right Cleanser
If you have oily skin, foaming liquid breaks down dirt and oils from your pores to give you healthy skin. On the other hand, cream or lotion cleansers have glycerin or Shea butter to soothe dry, red skin. At the same time, oil cleanser is good for sensitive skin.
5. Tone Your Skin
Toners are like supplements you rub on your skin. The thin liquids of toners deliver nutrients and help improve the way your skin absorbs other products. Toners containing alpha and beta hydroxides to gently remove dead skin cells. Those with hyaluronic acid plump up your skin. Meanwhile, toners with rose water, green tea or purple tea calm skin irritation. Those with Vitamins C and E fight free radicals that can damage your skin.
Apply a few drops of toner to your palm or to a cotton ball and rub on your face once or twice daily as directed.
6. Use the Right Moisturizer
Use a water-based gel moisturizer if you have oily skin or a lotion moisturizer if you have normal skin. For dry skin, however, you need cream and soft creams, as they are heavier than lotion. The heavy texture of balm is best for inflamed and sensitive skin, but not for skin prone to acne.
7. Incorporate the Use of an Eye Cream
Eye cream can soothe dark circles from visible veins or skin discolorations. Use eye creams containing caffeine, peptides, or hyaluronic acid if you have inflammation or bags under your eyes.
8. Keep an Eye Out for New Products
Dermatology experts learn more about skin care every day. Many new products are available today, such as moisturizers and supplements that contain purple tea. The purple tea extracts in these moisturizers and supplements are naturally rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This means these new products can protect the skin from inflammation and free radicals that lead to tired-looking, unhealthy skin.
Before starting your skin care routine, you need to know your skin type first. Watch this video from Glamrs:
Using a daily skin care routine can help you improve the health and appearance of your skin. For optimal skin health, perform your skin care routine every day. Your daily regimen can help you love the skin you have.
Have you tried purple tea as part of your daily regimen? How has it helped you get healthier skin? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!