What Your Skincare Routine Should Include
This guest post was written by Kels of the blog, It's A Kels Thing.
Skincare is so important, but so personal, which is sometimes why it can seem so overwhelming. In this post, I am going to explain what should be in your skincare routine to keep it simple, yet effective. The most important part of creating a skincare routine is figuring out what your skin type is because everyone’s skin is different and it will help you find the products most suited to you. The most common skin types are dry, oily, and combination, every single one of these can also include sensitivity, for example, I have combination sensitive skin, I have reactions even to cotton wool, which makes it sensitive, I get an oily t zone (forehead, nose, and chin) but dry cheeks. Keep in mind that your skin type can change throughout your life, due to the season, hormones, or age.
The most known step of skin care is cleansing, but do you cleanse properly? If you're makeup wearer, or if you wear sun protection (which we will get into) you should remove the makeup / SPF first, and then cleanse. The best way to do this is with a balm, or oil, as the balm/oil will emulsify with the product on the skin, think of it like a magnet, once everything is removed from the surface of your skin, you can work on cleansing the deeper layers of your skin and your pores, with any cleanser of your choice, making sure that it is suited for your skin type.
There’s a lot of controversy as to whether toners actually do anything, but I love using them, you can get so many that target different skin concerns, toners remove any residue leftover from cleansers, and also resets the PH level of your skin, you can get toners that hydrate, control oiliness that soothe, there’s so many out there.
A lot of people think that toners are just for aging skin, but, just like toners, they have so much to offer. I think of serums as an extra little blanket of nourishment for my skin, if I’m investing money into my skin, it’s a serum I’ll look into. Serums can help oil production, moisture levels, skin concerns, and aging. Serums can sometimes be a little bit heavy, so I tend to only use them at night time.
Even if you have oily skin, you need to moisturise. If you don’t moisturise, your skin will produce more oil to make its own ‘moisturiser’, making oily skin, oilier. If you have oily skin, there are lighter moisturisers on the market, these often soak straight into in the skin, and have a gel-like texture.
Exfoliating is so important to make sure you get rid of any dead skin cells. There are two different types of exfoliators, physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are your more traditional face scrubs, these scrub of the dead skin cells from the top surface layer of your skin to help renew, I wouldn’t recommend a physical scrub if you have sensitive skin, you also shouldn’t use a face scrub more than two times throughout the same week, even if it’s marketed as a daily scrub as that can cause irritation and damage.
Chemical exfoliators, also known as a BHA, PHA or an AHA, are direct acids, I know that can sound scary, but as long as you slowly introduce acids into your routine, they can do your skin the world of good. The majority of chemical exfoliators can be used on all skin types as long as they are used properly. The acids in these penetrate the skin and renew the cells further down into the skin and pores, getting rid of any dead and damaged skin cells. Direct acids can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so please ensure you use sun protection.
This has been mentioned several times throughout this post, but it’s just so important, although the sun does great stuff, to our health and well-being, it can be so damaging. Sun rays can cause dryness, aging, irritation, sensitivity, and sunspots. If you are to take anything away from this post, please make it be that you will wear SPF every day.
I hope this post has made your skincare routine easier and has made skincare a lot less intimidating for you.
All The Best, K x