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The Importance of a Basic Daily Skin Care Routine

The skin is the body’s largest organ

The skin protects our bodies against many outside factors such as the sun, injury, and pain. Establishing a daily skin care routine is an important part of maintaining healthy skin. When you take proper care of your skin, it can effectively prevent damage such as telangiectasia, discoloration, premature aging, and skin cancer.

The basics of good skin care
The foundation of a good skin care routine begins with the basics: cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect. These first three steps should be performed twice daily, with sun protection applied in the morning.

Cleanse
A good cleanse removes all bacteria, pollutants, oil, and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This reduces the chances of breakouts and the appearance of a dull, uneven complexion.

 

A common mistake to be careful of is neglecting to remove any makeup prior to the skin-cleansing process. The cleanser can not adequately eliminate impurities from the skin if it’s mainly removing makeup. If you are using a skin-type specific cleanser, you will want the ingredients to really penetrate the skin so they can perform effectively. For these reasons, be sure to use a makeup removing wipe prior to the start of your cleansing process.

Tone
Many people don’t use a toner because they’re not completely sure why they should be using it. The main purpose of the toner is to normalize the pH level of the skin. Our skin is naturally acidic. Each time you cleanse your skin, the natural pH level is left too high, or too alkaline. The toner is necessary to bring the pH level back down to a more acidic level before applying moisturizer. This allows the skin to better retain hydration provided by the moisturizer.

 

A healthy pH balance helps to keep the skin’s acid mantle intact. The acid mantle is the skin’s first line of defense against outside factors including the sun, pollutants, and more. Depending on your skin type, a pH imbalance can create a multitude of problems such as dryness, sensitivities, and irritation. A weakened acid mantle can also make it easier for bacteria to cause formation of pimples in acne-prone skin.

Moisturize
Skin loses the ability to retain moisture as it ages. When the skin does not have proper hydration, the elastin and collagen fibers become weakened. When you combine this with a lower cell-production rate, the skin becomes dull and takes on a sluggish appearance. A healthy hydration level helps the skin to maintain a more youthful, vibrant appearance.

Protect
Skin cancer is the most preventable form of cancer. The use of sun protection is absolutely vital to maintaining healthy skin. Sun protection shields the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, prevents premature aging, lowers the risk of skin cancer, reduces blotchiness on the face, and prevents sunburns. There are two types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Whichever sunscreen you prefer to use, both types should be applied generously and accurately. Be sure to reapply consistently with prolonged sun exposure.

 

Chemical sunscreens are made up of different combinations of oxybenzone, avobenzone, retinyl palmitate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate and octyl methoxycinnamate. Of all these chemicals, the most harmful are oxybenzone, avobenzone, and retinyl palmitate. Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing into the skin to form a chemical reaction, converting the UV rays into heat. The heat is then released from the skin.

 

This type of sunscreen can clog the pores and takes up to 20 minutes after the initial application to become fully-effective. Due to the heat that’s released from the chemicals, discoloration and rosacea can be worsened. While this type of sunscreen is not necessarily the very best choice for your skin, it is certainly a better option than no sunscreen at all.

 

True physical sunscreens are made up of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These two ingredients are natural, broad-spectrum sun blockers that work by creating a barrier on the surface of the skin, deflecting the UVA and UVB rays away. It is less irritating due to the absence of chemicals. While this type of sunscreen may leave a white-ish cast to the skin, it is considered to be the safer, more effective option.

To start, keep it simple
If you are not currently utilizing a daily skin care routine, I find it’s best to keep it simple and start with the basics: cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect. Once you lay the foundation for your skin care routine with the basics, adding in your skin-type specific treatment products such as masks, exfoliators, anti-aging serums, retinoids, and antioxidants will make more sense. This way you will be more likely to use them and see the results, rather than becoming overwhelmed with a counter full of products that you don’t know how to use.

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