Taking proper care of your skin should form part of every healthy lifestyle. Looking after your skin will help you look and feel your best and minimize your likelihood of developing skin issues such as acne and dryness. Fortunately, maintaining healthy skin is not particularly time-consuming and you can easily incorporate good skincare habits into your daily life. Here are some tips on how to build a skincare routine.

Identify your skin type

The first step to creating an effective skincare routine is to identify your skin type. The most common skin types include oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. Skincare products are designed for various skin types and you must choose products that are suited to your specific skin texture. To help you identify your skin type, here are some common characteristics of each skin type:

  • Oily – People with oily skin tend to have large pores and a greasy complexion. They may also be more prone to acne and breakouts.
  • Dry – People with dry skin experience patches of dryness, cracking, and flaking.
  • Combination – People with combination skin have oily skin on some parts of their face and dry patches in others.
  • Sensitive – People with sensitive skin are more susceptible to redness, irritation, and reactions.

Cleanse, tone, moisturize

Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing should form the base of any good skincare routine. You must cleanse your face twice a day (morning and evening) to remove makeup, dirt, and bacteria. This should be followed by a toner to remove any impurities that remain in your pores. Finally, you should apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Ideally, you should use a light lotion in the day and a richer moisturizer in the evenings. Make sure that you choose skincare products that are tailored to your skin type. Many people opt for natural skin care products that are created using ingredients designed to be gentle on your skin and the environment.

Use targeted products

Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are the basics of every skincare routine. However, there is an excellent selection of skin products that can take your routine to the next level. If you have any specific skin concerns, such as fine lines or breakouts, then you should use targeted products to treat the problem. For instance, hydrating facial masks can be applied once a week to hydrate your face and improve your overall skin health. Serums are full of nutrients and can be incorporated into your skincare routine to help resolve various skin concerns including wrinkles and discoloration.

Be consistent

You should keep in mind that you are unlikely to see the benefits of your new skincare routine for quite some time. It typically takes around 28 days for you to see the results of a new skin product, according to experts at stylecaster.com. With that in mind, you must be consistent with your skincare routine and continue to use the products as instructed to see the true results. If products don’t appear to be working well on your skin after a month or so, then consider switching to a different product that is more suited to your skin type.

By Erica Buteau

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