With all of the skin care advice out there, it can be difficult to sort through what’s helpful and what’s not. Therefore here we’ve compiled several basic skin care truths that you can take with you (no matter what type of skin you have!) and incorporate into you’re routine.
There’s no one size fits all.
When it comes to skin care, there’s no one solution for everyone. Because there are so many factors that affect a person’s skin (skin type, genetics, diet, sensitivities...etc.), what works wonders for one person’s skin may not cut it for another. While we have to pay attention to our skin’s needs, we’re each going to have to figure out what works best for our skin. For example, someone may find that using all natural ingredients really works for her skin, whereas another person may need special treatments or prescriptions to target particular skin issues. In all, stay open to different skin care methods and be willing to try different things if your current routine is not working for you.
Complicated isn’t always better.
There are so many different types of skin care routines-everything from the basics to 10 step routines! It can be confusing to know what’s best for you. While it’s often quite satisfying to watch beauty gurus go through their extensive skin care routines, that’s not the only path to clear, healthy skin. Some may find that adding extra steps to their routine helps them to maintain clear skin. For example, double cleansing, serums, masks and other treatments. This is where you’ll really need to pay attention to your skin’s needs. If you suffer from chronically clogged pores, you may want to consider adding in an extra step such as using an oil-based cleanser or balm to breakdown your makeup, sunscreen and other stubborn products before you go into your deep cleanse. If you have very sensitive skin, you may find that the simpler the better when it comes to both your products and the amount of steps in your routine. Again, this is not a one size fits all, although please do not fall into the trap of thinking you need to have a 12 step routine to have good skin care. Sometimes a simple routine + consistency is all you need!
Consistency is Key.
What could be more important than the steps in your skin care routine or even the products you use? Consistency. This factor can get even the best of us. As difficult as it can be to stick with a skin care regimen day and night, predictability is one of the best things you can offer your skin. Skipping steps, using makeup wipes instead of cleansing, or sleeping in your makeup can easily cause clogged pores and breakouts. Keeping your skin in a strict regimen is almost like training a puppy. The more consistent you are, the better the behavior. While no one’s skin is perfect, keeping the basics consistent-cleansing in the morning and at night, applying sunscreen and moisturizer, and exfoliating regularly goes a very long way with your skin.
The best products are not always expensive.
Following beauty gurus religiously may leave you feeling like you have to spend a fortune on your skin care in order to have quality products. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Price is not always an indicator of quality. You may be surprised at some of the ingredients in the most expensive products and vice versa. The key when it comes to buying the right products is paying attention to the ingredients. When you’re considering a new product, you’ll want to go directly to the ingredients list and look at both the active ingredients and the first few ingredients in the product (these are the main ingredients and the one’s you can expect to have the most effect). If you’re unsure about an ingredient, do your research before you hand over your card to ensure that it’s going to work for your skin’s needs.
Your skin care routine starts with what you eat.
You can use the best products in the world but if your diet is lacking key nutrients, your skin will not operate at its peak health. You need to give your body the nutrients it needs to work productively. Ensuring that your diet is full of color will help to make sure your packing in those nutrients. Bright colored fruits and vegetables are the most rich in essential nutrients and antioxidants. Try to limit your sodium intake as well as the amount of alcohol you consume. Both of these can lead to dehydration and puffiness in the skin. To combat these factors, drink plenty of water throughout the day. For more on this, check out our tips on how to create a skin-healthy diet.