We all want our skin to look smooth, radiant, and youthful. But sometimes, despite all the TV ads to the contrary, it doesn’t feel like that is so easy to achieve.

Skin complaints such as acne, flaky skin, wrinkles and lines, and blemishes are all really common. Up to 50 million Americans complain of acne each year.

But these common complaints can have a real impact on your self-confidence.

Working out the best skin care routine for you can help you overcome common complaints and enjoy perfect skin. And when you have great skin, you will feel great about yourself.

Read on to find out more about how to achieve the best skin care routine for you.

 

Know Your Skin Type

Your skin care routine will depend on your skin type. If you have oily skin, then you should not be using products designed for dry skin, and vice versa.

So when considering any skin care regimen, you first have to know your skin type.

The main skin types are:

  • Normal (with few imperfections)
  • Oily (shiny or greasy, usually with large pores)
  • Dry (can be flaky and with almost invisible pores)
  • Sensitive (prone to redness and itching)
  • Combination (often with dry patches and an oily T-zone)

Dry and sensitive skin can often be made worse by the use of too many cosmetics or perfumed beauty products. Specialist skin care products are widely available for sensitive and dry skin.

 

Cleaning Your Skin

We are all bombarded with adverts for skin care products every day, and the global skincare market is worth $180 billion each year.

However, you shouldn’t feel pressured to buy the most expensive skin care products in order to get perfect skin. When it comes to cleaning your skin, it is more important to find the product that works best for your skin type.

While you don’t need to buy super expensive products, don’t be tempted by cheap regular soap. Soap can have a very drying effect on the skin and can be too harsh for most skin types.

Expensive cleansers can often be quite highly perfumed, which is not great for sensitive skin. If your skin is sensitive, then a gentle hypoallergenic cleanser will usually do the trick. Natural products including chamomile and aloe vera are especially helpful to dry and sensitive skin.

If you have dry skin, try exfoliating before cleansing. This will remove the dry flakes and leave a smooth finish.

For greasy skin, it is best to choose a cleanser that doesn’t contain any oil. Foaming cleansers are quite good for oily skin as they are quite light.

 

Moisturizing

Moisturizing is an important part of any skincare routine. Even if you are young, or feel that your skin may be too oily for moisturizer.

A daily application of moisturizer will leave all skin types feeling smooth and will protect your skin from drying out.

If you do have oily skin, there are non-oil based moisturizers are available. A light cream once a day will be more than enough to keep your skin moisturized.

 

Bedtime Routine

We are all used to spending time washing our skin and applying beauty products in the morning. We want to step out of the house feeling our best.

But how many of us take quite so much time on our skin care routine before we go to bed?

it’s easy to overlook your skin care regimen when you are tired and it has been a long day. However, a good bedtime routine will work wonders for your skin.

 

Removing Makeup

It is important that you remove all of your makeup before you go to bed. Sleeping with makeup on your skin can result in blocked pores, which can cause acne and other skin complaints.

When removing makeup, it is best for your skin to use a gentle cleanser that is designed for your skin type. Packaged wipes can be quite harsh on the skin and can often contain alcohol, which disrupts the natural balance of oils in your skin.

Moisturizing your skin while it is still damp is a good habit to get into before bed. It will help seal in some moisture and leave your skin feeling supple when you wake up.

 

Sun Protection

It is now widely known that sun exposure is bad for your skin.

Protecting your skin from the sun should be part of any skincare routine.

Exposing your skin to the harmful UV rays in the sun will lead to your skin prematurely aging. In the worst cases, it can also lead to very damaging effects such as skin cancer.

One way to ensure your skin is always protected from the sun is to use a moisturizer that has a sun protection factor (SPF). That way you are automatically screening your skin from the sun without having to remember an additional process.

However, during the summer months, you will need to use sunscreen as well. Most moisturizers are usually no higher than SPF 15, so to make sure you are protected during the summer apply sunscreen regularly as well.

 

Making a Healthy Diet Part of Your Skin Care Routine

A skin care routine is not just about what you apply to the surface of your skin, but how you nourish it from within.

A healthy diet will be as good for your skin as any skin care products.

Eating foods that contain healthy fats such as fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados will be excellent for your skin health.

Foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, tomatoes, blueberries, and broccoli are good for the immune system and promote radiant skin. They are also rich in antioxidants which help blemishes heal and fight toxins.

Drinking plenty of water is also very beneficial for your skin. Staying hydrated helps combat dry skin and helps flush toxins from your body.

 

Stay Informed to Stay Healthy

So, those are some of our great tips for a skin care routine that will leave you looking radiant with silky smooth skin.

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