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How Often Should You Apply Skincare Products?
Simple Tips to Ease Your Daily Routine
If no one has told you today – it's perfectly fine to have skin prone to imperfections. In a world that constantly bombards us with the idea of perfect skin, it's important to remember that each skin is unique, with its own specificities and needs. Skin imperfections are a normal part of life, and the real challenge lies in finding tailored care that provides your skin with exactly what it needs most. With various trends and products we see on social media and in advertisements, it's not easy to discern what is truly beneficial for your skin.
That's why we decided to help and simplify the whole story. In this blog, we reveal which products you should include in your skincare routine, when to apply them, how often, and in what order.
Of course, if you've been struggling with skin imperfections for some time and can't find products that suit you, a visit to a dermatologist can be very beneficial. A dermatologist will guide you through the entire skin healing process and teach you proper care.
How to Determine Your Skin Type
Understanding your skin type is key to proper care and choosing appropriate products.
Skin is typically categorized into four basic types: normal, dry, oily, and combination. Here are a few steps to help you determine your skin type.
Basic Observation: The simplest way to recognize your skin type is through careful observation. If your skin is shiny and has enlarged pores, it's likely oily. If it often feels tight and flakes, then it's dry. Normal skin is balanced, neither too dry nor oily, while combination skin combines these characteristics, usually with an oilier T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and dry cheeks.
Blotting Paper Test: A simple test with blotting paper can tell you a lot about your skin. Press a thin layer of blotting paper on different parts of your face, hold for a few seconds, then observe. If the paper becomes transparent from oil, it indicates oily skin. If there aren't many changes, you likely have normal or dry skin.
Reaction to Products: Also, you'll discover a lot about your skin based on its reactions to different skincare products. Dry skin may be sensitive to products containing alcohol or artificial fragrances, while oily skin may have an increased tendency towards acne and shine after using heavy creams or oils.
Morning Ritual: Vitamin C, SPF, and Hyaluronic Acid
The condition of our skin in the morning can reflect various factors, including the quality and quantity of sleep the previous night. Every face is a story in itself – some may have swollen skin in the morning, others may be oily or dry. Even our current mental state can reflect on the appearance of our skin. Given this, it's important to tailor your morning skincare routine to your skin's individual needs so that it feels and looks its best.
Besides performing morning hygiene and washing your face with water, introduce the following into your morning routine:
Vitamin C – start the day with bright tones by including vitamin C in your routine. This powerful antioxidant helps fight free radicals, promotes collagen production, and brightens the skin. Apply a few drops to clean, dry skin and allow it to absorb well before moving on to the next step.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Cream – protecting your skin from the sun's rays is no longer up for debate. You must use SPF cream even when it's cloudy outside, yes, even when it's overcast and seems like there's no sun. Use creams with at least SPF 30 and be sure to reapply every two hours if you plan to spend time outdoors, especially in the sun.
Hyaluronic Acid – After vitamin C and SPF cream, apply hyaluronic acid. This moisturizing product keeps skin soft and supple, making it a great addition to your morning routine. Plus, you'll feel great when you feel how soft and beautiful your skin is.
Evening Routine: Retinol, Glycolic Acid, and Niacinamide
Some products can't be applied in both morning and evening routines. Because of the ingredients in them, experts recommend using them at different times of the day. These are the products you can introduce into your evening skincare routine:
Retinol – incorporating retinol into your evening skincare routine can do wonders for fine lines, wrinkles, and overall skin texture. Start with a pea-sized amount, then gradually increase the dose as your skin develops tolerance, as retinol can sometimes be harsh on the skin. Use it only a few times a week, not every evening, giving your skin a rest every other or third night.
Glycolic Acid – this alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is excellent for exfoliating the skin. Include glycolic acid in your evening routine several times a week, depending on skin sensitivity. Use it cautiously as excessive use can lead to irritation, so definitely pay attention to how your skin reacts.
Niacinamide – known for its versatility, niacinamide addresses and resolves various skin issues, including enlarged pores and uneven skin tone. To achieve optimal results, regularly include it in your evening skincare routine.
Why is it Important to Cleanse Your Face Twice a Day?
We know sometimes you don't feel like it and just skip washing your face. Don't worry, it happens to all of us from time to time, but it's important to eventually return to regular face cleansing. Besides feeling great because our skin is clean, there are real reasons why you should wash your face in the morning and evening.
Gentle morning cleansing removes all night-time products, mentally prepares you for a new day, and creates the right base for the products used in your morning routine. Similarly, cleansing your face in your evening routine is key to removing daily impurities, makeup, excess oil, and accumulated environmental pollutants.
Adapt Cream Application to Your Skin
Creams are an indispensable part of morning and evening skincare routines. They make the skin soft, nourished, and simply beautiful, and here's how you must apply them depending on the time of day.
Apply day cream to your face after vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. It helps retain moisture, but be sure to use a day cream that suits your skin type. Applying day cream is an important step in the skincare routine as it helps create a protective barrier for your skin during the day.
While you'll choose a lighter cream during the day, opt for a richer cream for the night option that helps in skin renewal and regeneration. Look for ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and slow down signs of aging.
Remember, customization is the key to success!
Skincare isn't the same for everyone, you can't use many of the products your friends or family members use because your skin is often not the same. Therefore, pay attention to how your skin reacts to each product.
If you experience irritation or dryness, reduce the use of certain products or adjust the frequency of use. Also, consider including a weekly face mask or treatments for specific problems like acne.
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