The Perfect Skincare Routine
Make your skin smooth, soft, and radiant with a daily skincare routine
Soft, smooth, radiant…Who doesn’t want all that when it comes to their skin? When we are born and until we hit our teens, the skin is so perfect. But then the hormones kick in, we start aging, the sun does its damage, not to mention the pollution our skin gets exposed to daily. Some people are genetically blessed with good skin. For others, it takes some work. No matter what your skin condition, proper skin care routine is essential for everyone. Here are some tips on how I take care of my skin.
1. Bare it all
Adopt a “no excuses” philosophy when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day. No matter how late it is, and no matter how I’m feeling, I take the time to properly cleanse my face and remove all traces of makeup. Even if you don’t wear makeup, keeping your skin clean is the first step to a good complexion. Choose a face cleanser that fits your skin type. For oily skin, use a foamy type of face wash that lathers well then rinse off with water. For dry skin, use a creamy, non-foamy cleanser that you rub on your face and remove with a cotton pad, then splash on the water. If your skin is normal, you are very lucky and can use any kind of makeup remover you prefer. It is not necessary to cleanse your face more than once a day – in the evening before you go to sleep is the best. Over-cleansing your skin can strip away natural oils that form on your skin to protect it. If your skin is very oily, you can cleanse it in the morning as well.
I use BSC Cosmetology Expert White Cleansing Cream because I have a bit of dry skin. For oily or combination skin I recommend BSC Cosmetology Expert White Purifying Foam. (Thailand)
Otherwise, I recommend La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser for dry skin and La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser for oily/combination skin.
Exfoliating your face is important to keep it smooth and to remove dead skin cells. I exfoliate once a week by gently rubbing a facial scrub in circular motions all over my face and neck, avoiding the under eye area. Do not exfoliate more than once a week, as you may damage your skin with too much scrubbing. My favorite brand is L’OCCITANE Ultra Rich Face Scrub. If you are a home-remedy girl, try using baking soda. Wet your face, pour some baking soda in your hand and add a bit of water, then rub the mixture into your skin in circular motions. It has a gentle abrasive action and you can use it as an exfoliant for face by adding half a teaspoon of it to your regular facial cleanser. It also helps neutralize skin’s pH.
3. Mask it well
Using a mask for your face can have revitalizing, healing, and/or refreshing qualities. Use a mask once or twice a week after cleansing and exfoliating your skin. There are different types of mask for different skin types. A clay mask is ideal for oily or combination skin because it draws out oils and impurities. A cream or gel mask is better for dry skin as it hydrates and infuses your skin with vitamins. For normal skin you may use any type of mask, or a clay/cream combination.
4. Plump it up
After you’ve cleansed your face and done your weekly exfoliation and mask routine, the next step is to nourish your skin with a moisturizer. There are so many different types of moisturizers to suit any skin condition and preference. The lightest type of moisturizer is a water-based lotion and is best suited for humid climate, summer season or oily skin. For dry or combination skin, or for dry winter season a thicker cream moisturizer is best. Cream moisturizers may contain some oils so if you have a tendency to break out or have problems with clogged pores, look for Oil-free label. For aging skin, look for moisturizers that have antioxidants such as vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids that help reduce fine lines. You should use a lighter moisturizer for daytime, and a thicker one for nighttime.
I like BSC Cosmetology Expert White Soothing Lotion for day and Radiance Cream for night (Thailand). Outside Thailand, I buy La Roche Posay Toleriane Facial Fluid for day and Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless for night.
5. Protect It
The final step of any skin care routine is to protect it from the sun, so when you are going outside during the day and you know your skin will be exposed to the sun, make sure to apply a lotion with SPF. Frequent sun exposure can cause skin damage and premature aging. Apply sunscreen lotion on a clean face before makeup. Some foundations and tinted moisturizers already have SPF built in. I use La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Rehydration Sunscreen SPF 30 for regular days when I don’t get too much sun, and any type of facial sun block cream with at least 50 SPF when I go to the beach or do outdoor activities.
6. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
Leading a healthy lifestyle can make your skin healthy too. Drinking lots of plain water, avoiding alcohol, eating fresh fruit and veggies, and refraining from smoking all add up to a healthier body, therefore better looking skin.
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