Proper skin care is important because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. When the skin gets dry or irritated by harsh soaps, cracks in the skin can occur. Cracks in the skin make a person more prone to infection. Skincare products should be free of scents or perfumes. Soaps should be gentle and moisturizers should be used daily.
Daily Skin Care
Develop a daily skin care routine that cleanses, moisturizes and protects your skin. All skin types can benefit from a gentle, non-drying cleanser, an exfoliant and broad-spectrum protection from sun damage. Choose cleansers that will remove dirt and bacteria while moisturizing the skin with emollients ( a preparation that softens the skin) and humectants ( a substance, especially a skin lotion or a food additive, used to reduce the loss of moisture). Even if you’re not prone to breakouts, a topical exfoliant such as a lotion with alpha hydroxy acid will remove sun damage and keep skin supple as you age. Finally, using a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays daily will prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.
Your Daytime Regimen
According to Dr. Rogers, the morning routine is all about protection from the sun, pollution and the elements.
STEP 1: CLEANSER
In the morning, start by splashing your face with warm water or, if you must, wash with a gentle face cleanser designed for your skin type.
it opens your pores to allow the products to penetrate into the skin and work through.
There are many effective cleansers out there but if you are on a budget here is a highly recommended cleanser for skins of all type. Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser is our go to product. it's a mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. In fact, it's gentle enough for a baby's delicate skin. Designed specifically to work for all skin types, it is a simple, yet highly effective way to care for your skin. But there are so much more to choose from.
STEP 2: TONER
While it doesn't physically “shrink” pores, a toner 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 issue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern.
“Toners were created to help return the skin’s pH after it became too basic from harsh soaps,” explains Dr. Rogers. Though toners are not a must, here are a few that we recommend.
STEP 3: ANTIOXIDANT SERUM
Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns, so it’s better to keep them as close to the skin as possible. “A serum is a skin care product with a gel or light lotion consistency that contains a high concentration of ‘performance ingredients,” says Debra Jaliman, MD,
Antioxidant Serums are key ingredients to help with the following :
-Reduced appearance of wrinkles
-Repair of sun damage
Dont be frightened by the sound of it all, a serum is not the most luxurious item to own, and you can find many at a affordable price.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
According to board-certified dermatologist Annie Chiu, it’s vital to apply an eye cream at least every night, if not twice a day, starting in your 20s. “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. “Regular use of eye cream over time will keep the eyelid skin elastic and can improve or prevent against some fine lines or collagen loss. Remember: Nothing is magic. Results don’t occur overnight,” Dr. Chiu adds.
STEP 5: SPOT TREATMENT (OPTIONAL)
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, according to esthetician and acne specialist Ashley Wiley. “Any cream that comes in contact with it before it has completed its work will likely inhibit the active ingredient from working properly.”
Remember that acne spot treatments can dry out your skin, so always apply only on spots where you need it.
STEP 6: MOISTURIZER
Even though your body has its own natural lubricating system consisting of glands that secrete oil (or sebum) to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and infections, yes, everyone needs a moisturizer, even if you have oily skin.
Most experts recommend that the best time to apply a moisturizer is while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you go through applying your serum and treatment, the sooner you’re able to lock in 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 ingredients in it won’t interfere with the active ingredients in your spot treatment.
Here are some of the top moisturizing face creams that works well dry,oily and sensitive skin.
Step 7: SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen should be the last step in your daytime skin care routine if you’re using a physical or mineral sunscreen, which works by physically blocking the UV rays. This step becomes tricky when you’re using a chemical sunscreen.
Dr. Rogers explains: “Chemical sunscreens have to be absorbed into the skin to be effective, so applying after your moisturizer will delay and hinder that. However, if you apply your chemical sunscreen before your moisturizer, your moisturizer will not work as well either because the skin is coated with chemical sunscreen.”
So now you are all set to either step directly out the house with that fresh glowing carinbean sun kiss skin or your face is ready to apply a whole beat makeup look. Remember especially if you are a makeup lover, skin care is extremely important because the makeup that you are wearing usually penetrates and clogs the pores resulting to hyperpigmentation , acnee breakouts, and major damage to your face in the future.