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Smooth Skin for the New Year

A well-prepared skincare routine is imperative if you want smooth, clear skin year-round.

While the type of skin and genetics have a lot to do with how shiny and youthful your skin may look and feel, there’s a lot you can do to ensure you have the healthiest skin possible. The following is a breakdown of the basic requirements for a successful skincare routine.

The first step is to remove any makeup. Use a gentle makeup remover to get the job done. SilcSkin’s Cleanser does a fantastic job of removing even the toughest waterproof makeup without drying out or irritating the skin. The pores on your skin are responsible for purging any toxins. If these pores are clogged with makeup, dirt, sweat, and/or dead skin cells, it can lead to pimples, blackheads, and acne. Use a gentle cleanser on your face. Avoid harsh bar soaps. Use lukewarm water for best results, and scrub your skin gently. Use your fingertips, gently massaging for a couple of minutes.

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Toning completes the cleansing process by conditioning your skin. It’s meant to be used after cleansing but before applying any serum or moisturizer. Toner can positively affect the appearance and tightness of your pores, and it also adds beneficial vitamins and minerals to your complexion.

Exfoliating encourages healthy skin turnover, relieves the congestion of the skin pores, and eliminates buildup. Exfoliating also helps stimulate collagen synthesis, which helps improve the skin’s texture, keeping the skin looking plump. The dead skin is removed with exfoliation, revealing brighter, healthier, undamaged skin and a smoother and more radiant complexion. Be gentle when exfoliating. Scrubbing can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier — the best way to clean skin is with your fingertips, gently massaging for at least a minute or two. Look for ingredients in your cleansers that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, or fruit enzymes. These products work their way into the skin, removing dead skin cells and providing a healthy glow.

A face treatment consisting of a mask is encouraged. Face masks contain many vitamins and nutrient-rich ingredients that can effectively be absorbed into the skin, helping it look healthy and resilient. Masks also help keep acne and dark spots at bay.

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Moisturize your skin every day. You can find many benefits to using high-quality facial moisturizer each day. Moisturizing your face will help you to look and feel younger. You will have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. All of these things are important if you want to look as young as you can in the future. A strong and healthy barrier enables the skin to retain moisture better and repel external irritants. Look for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, antioxidants, and ceramides for optimal hydration and nourishment. These ingredients help attract and retain moisture in the skin, promoting hydration from within. While some moisturizers are suitable for day and night use, consider using a lighter moisturizer with SPF for daytime and a richer, more nourishing moisturizer for nighttime. Nighttime moisturizers often contain additional ingredients to promote skin repair and rejuvenation while you sleep.

Keep in mind that the type of skin you have may dictate that you personalize your skincare routine. If you have normal skin — you have even moisture and hydration with a uniform texture — you may experience occasional dryness or oiliness and an odd breakout. Normal skin looks and feels healthy but may experience mild dryness or oiliness and occasional breakout, particularly when exposed to environmental stress.
If you have dry skin, you may have nearly invisible pores. Use moisture-rich products like oil or cream cleansers and daily moisturizers to replenish skin throughout the day. Use a rich night cream to repair skin while you sleep. You can also use SilcSkin’s Hand & Body Treatment as an overnight cream to hydrate your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crepey skin — a symptom typical of dry skin. If your skin is naturally oily, you need to control excess oil and maintain skin’s hydration. When dehydrated, the skin will react by producing more oil. Counteract this by hydrating skin with a lightweight moisturizer containing humectants like botanical hyaluronic acid. Also, consider adding an oil cleanser to your skincare routine.