Everyday Skincare Routine

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Positive daily habits can lead to great skin. Regularity means consistent results, and the best results for smooth, healthy-looking skin is a routine that repeats itself every day. One thing to keep in mind is to have a series of steps that you would go through. These steps make the routine easy to follow and repeat. With this in mind, three main steps that are simple and easy to follow are Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing.

CLEANSING
Washing your face.

It’s essential to remove the dirt, makeup, and oils from your skin every day, using a face wash or cleanser that’s the best for your skin type. Makeup wipes won’t constitute a good cleansing. Wipes just clean the surface dirt and grime. You could be leaving behind residue that’s not good for your skin. A good cleanser will be gentle on your skin but will also remove the deeper dirt and oils. A gentle cleanser with anti-aging peptides is best. You can also use SilcSkin’s Cleanser, which is formulated to be used on the face and the body. It’s a very gentle cleanser yet highly effective, removing even the toughest waterproof makeup without drying out your skin.

Apply the cleanser to dry skin first. Doing this lets the oils, dirt, and debris be removed more easily. If you wet your face first — before you apply the cleanser — you will not be giving the cleanser the full ability to adhere. After applying the cleaner to your dry skin, wet your fingers with warm water and massage the cleanser into your face using a circular motion. Doing this will emulsify the cleanser and loosen up the dead skin cells and impurities on your skin.

Rinse well using lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean, soft towel. Use lukewarm water. Hot water can leave some skin (sensitive skin) dry and irritated. If necessary, repeat this process one more time. Sometimes twice washing can remove that tough cellular debris that can clog pores and dull your complexion. Your skin should now feel a little taut, a signal that it’s time to apply skin toner. 

TONING
Balancing your skin.

Toners are used to remove any residual cleanser or makeup that might have been left behind. Using a toner helps the skin feel refreshed, and it also increases the blood supply to the skin. A toner also helps restore the skin’s natural PH levels and leaves the skin clean, clear, and ready to be hydrated.

Toning is essential because it keeps the pores breathing and is more receptive to the nourishing care that comes from using a good moisturizer. Toning the skin is done using a skin tonic, and there are two types available: 

Alcohol based astringents: Commercially produced products. Usually recommended for oily skin.
Herbal skin tonics: Tonics containing natural ingredients such as rose, honey or mint.

MOISTURIZING
Hydrating and softening your skin.

It’s always advisable to moisturize your skin as soon as you dry off after using your cleanser. Damp skin is more receptive to topical treatments, and the occlusives in the moisturizer help to seal in water. According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at the Mount Sinai Hospital: “Moist, hydrated skin is more likely to absorb the topical ingredients applied to it as compared to dry skin,” he explains. “Studies have shown that applying a moisturizer immediately after bathing results in greater hydration of the skin compared to delayed moisturizing.

The same is likely true of other active ingredients found in skincare products. My best advice is to apply your skincare product immediately after padding the skin dry from cleansing.” It makes total sense. All moisturizers are made of three types of ingredients: 

Occlusives: Protect your skin and retain moisture.
Emollients: Repair damaged skin cells.
Humectants: Increases the water content.

The moisturizers will have a different combination of these three formulas to target different layers of the skin. You should choose the moisturizer that is right for your type of skin. Apply a cashew size amount of the moisturizer into your palm and start moisturizing your cheeks first. The cheeks are typically the driest part of the face. Then move to the forehead area, and eventually to the nose, around the eyes, chin, and neck.

The goal of a skincare routine is an opportunity to notice changes within yourself and tweak things to make sure they work for your personal needs. There’s no such thing as a perfect skincare routine, but you can achieve outstanding results with dedication.