Skincare products are indispensable for maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance, and skincare routines have emerged as one of the most popular topics in recent times. With hundreds of skincare products being marketed daily and countless influencers endorsing various skincare steps and routines, it can be overwhelming to discern what to do and when to do it.
Therefore, my dear, in this article, we will direct you to the basics of skin care products that you can’t do without if you want to have healthy skin. We will explain the benefits of each step and provide you with some tips and tricks for different skin types and concerns. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, you will find something useful, exciting and interesting in this article. So let’s get started!
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How Do I Choose My Skincare Products?
To keep your skin healthy, fresh and radiant, you need a routine that suits your needs. The correct skin care routine begins after you know your skin type, and what skin problems you constantly suffer from and cause you inconvenience. From here you can start choosing the skincare products that suit you and help you solve recurring skin problems, as well as knowing their correct order.
We have prepared a rich article for you through which you can find out what your skin type is in easy ways at home. You can read it here: Body and Skincare Routine – Your Comprehensive Guide
A skincare routine is a way of life, as buying a lot of products and using them once or twice a month will not solve your problems, and excessive use of unnecessary products will give the opposite result and cause your skin problems to worsen. Therefore, we have provided you with this article to help you start choosing the skincare products that are appropriate for you.
Now that you know what your skin type is and have identified the problems you suffer from, you can choose the skincare products that are appropriate for your condition and you will know the correct order of use. Follow us to learn more about these products.
4 Essential Skincare Products in Your Routine
A good routine can help you get clear, radiant skin and feel comfortable and wonderful, but the routine should not be too complicated and do not require purchasing dozens of unnecessary products. You should know that the effectiveness of the product is never related to its price. Just because the product is expensive does not mean it will help your skin, and just because the product is vegetarian does not mean that it does not have any side effects and does not cause allergies.
In fact, you only need 4 products and you can find them at reasonable prices to get the best results. We will take you with us to learn more about skincare products in the correct order and choose the ones that are most suitable for your skin.
Cleanser is one of the most important skincare products and the first step in the daily skin care routine, because it works to remove dirt stuck on the skin from the surrounding environment and oils that the skin naturally secretes. It also removes the remnants of makeup and previously used products, making the skin clean and ready to absorb the products that we will apply later.
There are 8 types of cleansers that you can choose from according to your skin type, including:
- Gel Cleansers:
It has a gel-like consistency and is water-based. This type of cleanser also contains moisturizing substances such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, so it is gentle on the skin and does not cause dryness.
- Cream Cleansers:
Their texture is creamy and water-based, but this type of wash contains moisturizing oils and skin emollients, such as shea butter, and vegetable oils such as argan oil or jojoba oil.
This type of cleanser is suitable for you if you have combination or dry skin.
- Oil Cleansers:
It is completely oil-based, unlike gel or cream cleansers. This makes it excellent for removing waterproof makeup residue. You can use any water-based cleanser afterward to remove any oily residue that may be left behind after use.
This type of cleanser is suitable for you if you have combination or dry skin, because it leaves a light layer of moisture after use.
- Foam Cleansers:
Foaming cleansers have a very light texture and are gentle on the skin. Their foamy texture provides gentle deep cleansing of the pores and removes excess sebum without drying or irritating the skin.
Therefore, this type of cleanser is suitable for you if you have oily and acne-prone skin.
- Clay Cleansers:
These washes mainly consist of kaolin, bentonite, and green clay, which play an important role in deeply cleaning the skin’s pores, rebalancing oily skin, and also helping to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
Therefore, this type of cleanser is suitable for you if you have oily skin because of its properties that absorb excess oils. People with other skin types can also use it, but only once or twice a week.
- Powder Cleansers:
These cleansers consist of 100% dry ingredients, so you add a little water until a foamy paste is formed. They may also contain fine physical exfoliants, such as rice bran or clay, to help gently remove dead skin cells.
Therefore, this type of cleanser is suitable for you if you have oily and acne-prone skin.
- Micellar Cleansers:
It is a water-based formula made of micelles, which are groups of cleansing molecules that bind to impurities and remove them. All you have to do is soak a piece of cotton in micellar water and then pass it over your face to remove oil residue or cleanse your face in the morning.
This type of cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and you can use it as a face wash and waterproof makeup remover.
- Bar Cleansers:
They are solid bars composed of moisturizing materials and are soap-free. They differ from bars intended for the body, which cause dry skin. This type of wash is suitable for you if you have dry, combination, or normal skin.
When purchasing the appropriate cleanser, it is important to follow the instructions on the packaging. Should the cleanser be applied to dry or wet skin? Can you use it daily or not? Following the instructions is the basis of your skincare routine to get the best results. Now let us move to the next step.
Serum is the second skincare product and is applied after washing the skin with the appropriate cleanser. When you choose the appropriate serum, it must target one or two of your skin problems and be suitable for your skin type.
Now we will enumerate for you the most common types of serums that you can use depending on your condition, including:
- Anti-Aging Serums:
Anti-aging serums help prevent signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also plays an important role in renewing skin cells and stimulating collagen production, thus obtaining fresher and more radiant skin.
Examples include serums that contain: retinol (vit A), vitamin C (vit C), grape seed extract, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).
- Skin Brightening Serums:
This type of serum works to unify skin tone and lighten pigmentation and dark spots. Examples of serums containing: licorice root extract, green tea extract, and antioxidants such as vit E and vit C, niacinamide, and kojic acid.
- Acne Fighting Serums:
This type of serum works to combat the appearance of acne by reducing the appearance of large pores and reducing the secretion of excess oils.
The most important substances included in its composition are: salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA), glycolic acid, zinc, and plant extracts such as tea tree, thyme, cucumber, and green tea.
- Hydrating Face Serums:
Moisturizing serums moisturize the skin from deep within, so it is important to use a moisturizing cream afterwards to maintain hydration.
The most important materials included in its composition are: argan oil, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, rosehip oil, ceramides, rose water, jojoba oil, and vit E.
- Exfoliating Face Serums:
Peeling serums play an important role in the daily skincare routine, as they work to remove dead skin cells and renew skin cells, which helps in lightening pigmentation and dark spots and reducing the appearance of signs of aging.
The most common substances included in its composition are: retinol, glycolic acid, and lactic acid.
It should be noted that you must pay attention to the information written on skincare products and follow it, as some serums you must apply to skin wet with water, such as hyaluronic acid serum, in order to increase the absorption of the serum and thus provide higher hydration.
Identifying your skin problems is one of the most important elements in choosing the appropriate serum for it, but using it alone is not enough. You must follow it with the daily moisturizer that is appropriate for you, and we will help you choose it now.
Moisturizer is one of the most important skincare products because it works to preserve substances previously applied to the skin and thus increases their effectiveness. It also works to preserve moisture in the skin, giving it a brighter appearance.
Types of moisturizers differ from each other in texture and materials involved in their composition. Here is a summary of the types of moisturizers that you can include in your skincare routine:
The lotion has a light texture and therefore its moisturizing effect fades quickly. Therefore, it is suitable for those with normal and combination skin. You should be careful that it does not contain substances that clog the skin’s pores.
Its texture is heavier than lotion and lighter than ointment, and its moisturizing effect lasts longer. It is suitable for all skin types, depending on the materials included in its composition.
It has a heavier texture, which helps it maintain moisture in the skin and is therefore best suited for you if you have dry skin.
Moisturizer must be applied daily in the morning and evening. You can choose the moisturizing cream according to the ingredients in its composition to support the work of your serum. Here is the following article to learn more about the types of moisturizers: Night and Day Cream to Moisturize and Nourish the Skin
You may be wondering why sunscreen is among the basic skincare products, and we have to tell you that taking care of your skin and using the most effective products will not give any results without your commitment to sunscreen.
Being exposed to direct sunlight for long periods without protection will lead you to many problems, the most important of which are:
- Signs of premature skin aging.
- Skin pigmentation and dark spots.
Therefore, it is important to apply it on a daily basis before exposure to sunlight, and even when you are indoors if your home is exposed to sunlight, and you must renew it every two hours. Through this article, you can learn more about sunscreen: Get to Know the Sunscreen
General Tips for Skincare
Following a daily skincare routine and using the right skincare products in the right quantities may not be enough to get healthy skin. There are many factors that play an important role in the freshness of your skin, so we will give you the most important tips that you should follow:
Studies have shown that lack of sleep increases the secretion of inflammatory compounds in the body that may cause acne to appear or worsen, if present. So include 7 to 9 hours of good sleep every night in your skincare routine.
- Choose types of makeup that do not clog pores:
- Don’t mess with your skin:
You should resist playing with the pimples that appear on your skin, as playing with them may lead to increased contamination of them with bacteria from your hands, thus increasing the risk of infection and scar formation.
There is a link between stress, acne, and skin fatigue, so when you are going through difficult and stressful circumstances, you should resort to healthy ways to relieve stress, such as exercising, doing breathing exercises, yoga, and others.
- Reduce your sugar intake.
- Stop smoking.
The Right Age to Start Using Skincare Products
There is never too early to start using skincare products. Even children can practice skin care by washing their faces when they wake up and before going to sleep and applying sunscreen during the day, but you must choose skincare products that are appropriate for your skin problems and your age.
Teenagers, for example, may need skincare products that help fight acne and are suitable for oily skin, while adults focus more on skincare products that support their skin as they age, so build a routine that works for you based on the information we provided previously.
I want to tell you that seeing a model’s perfect skin in an ad might make you want to buy the product but don’t be fooled, it takes a whole team of designers and professionals to make them look that good, graphic artists can digitally remove pimples and freckles and lighting experts also use light and shadow to bring out a model’s best features.
You are beautiful with your natural skin, its wide pores and shiny areas. Do not make these pictures a target for you. In reality, there is no perfect skin. Take care of your skin for yourself and choose the appropriate skincare products for it. To be happier and more radiant, follow us to learn more about topics that interest you related to skin and beauty, and from me and from the magazine. We wish you a happy, bright life.
Frequently Asked Questions about Skincare Products
Does the way you sleep affect your skin?
Yes, sleep over time can change the look and feel of your skin, because your face is pressed against your pillow every night for several hours, and eventually can cause wrinkles, so it’s important to change your pillowcases every 1-2 years to help boost support for your skin.
Should sunscreen be applied in cloudy weather?
Yes, even in the winter months, dangerous UV rays can still penetrate clouds and even windows, leaving you vulnerable to skin damage such as pigmentation and wrinkles.
What is the appropriate age to start using anti-aging products?
You can start using anti-aging skin care products in your twenties, as collagen production in the skin decreases and you need products that stimulate its production, such as retinol.