One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to develop and stick to a skin care routine. A regular routine can give you healthy skin and keep it looking its best. There are many different ways to create a skincare schedule, so it can be tailored to meet your specific needs. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of having a routine that works for you and how to create it.
Your skin is one of the first things people notice about you. Having a system to care for your skin can help you maintain a healthy, youthful-looking appearance. It definitely helps with slowing down the signs of aging. A good routine can also help you prevent or manage skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
People notice your skin. It is an important part of how you look. Someone with healthy, glowing, lovely skin will always be more attractive. To achieve good skin consistent care is essential and so establishing a regular skin care routine makes that happen.
At its most basic every skin care routine needs to include cleansing and moisturizing. Depending on the needs of your skin, your time and budget you can also include steps to remove makeup, exfoliate, tighten pores and sunscreen.
Assess your skin type: Oily, Dry, Sensitive. Look at your lifestyle and the condition of your skin. For example: Do you wear makeup? Are you outside in the sun a lot? Are you willing and have the time for a complicated regimen? Lastly, skin care products can be expensive. Pick products that you both like and can afford.
Understand Skin Care Routine Importance
When it comes to your skin, consistency is key. That means sticking to a skin care routine even when you don’t feel like it or don’t have time for it. It can be difficult to stick to a routine, but the results are worth it! Here are some tips for staying on track:
-Set aside time each day for your skin care routine. Preferably twice a day as you should be at least cleansing 2x a day.
-Find products that you enjoy using and that work well for your skin. This is one reason I enjoy using products with essential oils as they make me feel good when I use them.
-Keep your skin care products in a visible place so you remember to use them.
-If time is a factor don’t try and implement a complicated routine with lots of different products. Keep it simple.
Understand Your Skin Type
There are several primary skin types and you should know which is yours. Once you have determined which skin type you have then you can choose products that will give you an effective skin care routine. For example, if you have dry skin, you will want to use products that are hydrating and will replenish your skin’s natural oils.
If you are unsure of your skin type, you can consult with a dermatologist or esthetician. They can help you assess your skin and recommend products that will work well for you.
Your skin is not too dry or too oily. You don’t have much of a problem with breakouts or flaky skin. Choose a routine that you like as your skin is more flexible in its requirements.
With dry skin, your skin may be itchy and flaky. In cold weather, it can even hurt and probably chaps easily. Mature skin that is dry tends to wrinkle easier. Make sure an include moisturizing steps both morning and evening.
If you have oily skin then you tend towards having shiny skin with excess oil particularly around your nose and on your forehead and chin. You may have issues with acne or breakouts even as an adult. Don’t think that you should not moisturize. Your skin will just try and compensate if you are always stripping away the oil. You still need to moisturize, but choose something natural and consider including exfoliating at least once a week. Exfoliating will help slough off the dead skin cells and leave your skin fresh without stripping it of natural oils.
If you have sensitive skin, then almost everything irritates it and you may have allergic reactions to many things as well. Scents, textures, ingredients can all make your skin itch or even breakout. Pay close attention to the ingredients in your products. All natural with no synthetic fragrances or other ingredients would be best.
Once you know your skin type, you can start to put together a skin care regimen that will work for you.
Steps to Creating the Right Skin Care Routine for You
Here are some tips on how to create a skincare routine:
-Start simple and then build from there. The two most essential steps are cleansing and moisturizing.
-Wash your face every morning and evening with a gentle cleanser and warm water. I know some people shy away from soap, but if you choose an all-natural soap designed for your face, then I think that is often the simplest, easiest option. (Of course, as a soapmaker I may be just a bit biased.)
-Moisturize, again I recommend going with natural. I would suggest a face oil with essential oils in it. And yes, that advice applies to those of you with oily skin as well.
When I first started with my Susan’s Own Face Serum years ago the last thing I wanted to do was put more oil on my already oily skin. But it worked. The combination of essential oils in a natural oil base balanced my skin out and the adult acne went away.
Hint: Don’t forget your neck as well as your face. Hint- Hint: Showing a little love to your earlobes can make you feel so much better too.
-If you have acne-prone skin, consider our Susan’s Own Face Serum as your moisturizer. That is what I used to clear up my own adult acne years ago. Granted, my acne was persistent but I would have still called it mild acne as opposed to severe acne. If you have more severe acne then you should consider using over-the-counter products like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
For more health concerns or prescription methods to treat acne look into going to a dermatologist.
-If you have dry skin, particularly for mature consider our Anti-Aging Face Serum.
-Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle exfoliating scrub or mask. This is especially important for oily and normal skin. Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells, increase skin cell turnover and give you smoother skin. Plus it just feels good! Using a face scrub every so often is great but even gently exfoliating as you dry with a soft towel is beneficial.
-Protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. Continued exposure to the sun without protection is a definite recipe for skin cancer. Although darker skin tones have more built resistance to sun exposure to keep your skin healthy we should protect against the rays of the sun.
-If you smoke, quit!! Smoking can cause premature wrinkles and other skin damage.
– Good overall lifestyle choices make a difference. Getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, and managing stress all contribute to your skin health. Here are some posts you might find of interest:
- Establish Your Nightly Routine & Stick To It
- Five Reasons Drinking Water is Remarkable for Improving Overall Health
- 4 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Make a Happier, Better You.
– Following a plan can be simple or complex, depending on your needs. The most important thing is to find what works for you and stick with it! If you are short on time or budget then choose accordingly. Don’t think you will stick to a routine with a 1/2 dozen steps you have to go through each morning before you start your day.
I just wash my face with Carrot Seed Complexion Bar which is my top choice. Then I moisturize with my Anti-Aging Face Serum. Just a few drops are all it takes. I will be 65 in just a few weeks and most people tell me I look years younger. You don’t need a fancy complicated routine with expensive products to have healthy skin.
Healthy Habits for Healthy Skin
So to recap:
- Determine your skin type.
- Assess your specific skin concerns and available time and budget to determine the steps and products best suited for you and your skin.
- Choose products you like, make you feel good and can afford. Choose natural, aromatherapy products if possible.
- Don’t skip the basics of cleansing and moisturizing.
- Wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Incorporate other good lifestyle habits.
- We have focused more on face care here but skin care for your body matters too. Exfoliating for increasing skin cell turnover and eliminating dull skin, moisturizing for relieving dry skin, and the use of natural products to calm skin and even improve mental health works for your body too. And of course, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to all that bare skin you are showing off in your favorite bikini. I am afraid I can’t emphasize enough how important sun protection really is.
Once you get a routine set up that works for you I think you will find it easy to stick to. Make it happen. Your skin will thank you for it!
Do you already have a skin care routine? What products do you use? Share your tips in the comments below!
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