How to Care for Your Skin: Step-By-Step Guide
Did you know that you should never wash or exfoliate your face while taking a shower? What is the ideal water temperature to cleanse the face? Which should I apply first, the serum or the sunscreen? We will explain everything to you, so keep reading till the end.
You may own many skincare products, but nothing will be really effective if you don’t comply with the proper order for its application. Each step generates a different effect, depending on application.
Consistency is the key, and as simply put, in the day, the fundamental thing is to consider cleansing + hydration + sun protection and at night, cleansing + hydration. But there is a way to integrate between each step.
Each skin type requires specific care and products, but let's review the order and its formats.
One of the most common mistakes when cleaning your skin in the morning is applying cleansers or scrubs in the shower. Hot water is one of the skin's worst enemies since it is one of the main elements that dehydrates it. A good way is to start by applying micellar water after bathing. The micelles will extract dirt and excess oil. As for the night, a double cleansing is recommended. Use micellar water and then a cleanser, the choice of which will depend on the type of skin. It can be cleansing milk for the driest, a gel for fats, mousse or oil, and more.
After cleaning, both in the morning and at night, it is advisable to use a tonic, aiming to restore the pH balance, which tends to become unbalanced after cleaning.
Subsequently, it is time to apply the serums. Products that contain a high concentration of active ingredients are quickly absorbed due to their lightness of texture, which allows them to reach deeper layers of the skin compared to denser products. They exist for different objectives and compounds depending on what you are looking for, with more watery textures and others more oily. There are serums out there for every skin type.
4. Eye contour:
Then we come to the eye contour, a product specially developed considering the delicacy of the eye area. This area is much thinner than other areas of the face. Its active principles are usually moisturizing, nourishing, and decongestant, but it depends on the objective sought like the rest of the steps.
How does it apply? Given the thinness of the eye contour, it is advisable to apply the product with the ring finger, adding gentle taps to help its penetration.
Hydration is one of the keys to healthy skin. If your skin is dehydrated, not only will it be rough to the touch but may even appear flaky. It loses its luminosity and eventually, its elasticity, so - aesthetically speaking, - hydrated skin is one of the essential measures for the prevention of wrinkles.
Although the evidence is more and more eloquent, there are still many people who do not consider sunscreen as their routine of care. In the previous point, we mentioned that hydrating the skin is one of the fundamental measures to prevent wrinkles, the same (or perhaps more important) is what happens with sun protection. Don’t forget that photoaging occurs with sunlight and the blue light emanating from screens, to which we are increasingly exposed to.
How many times should I apply sunscreen a day? At least twice, in summer and with high sun exposure, between 3 and 4 times a day.
Depending on the type of skin you have, the scrub's use can vary; oily skin will need it more often than normal or dry skin. The format also varies, but not the time of its application. We recommend when using a facial scrub, it is in replace of the cleanser, at night, after applying the micellar water. And remember, never with hot water.
8. Night Cream:
Some products are specially developed for nighttime use. The night cream is usually used as a replacement for the day moisturizer. In many cases, they have active ingredients that contribute to the skin's regeneration while sleeping (remember that cell regeneration doubles between 11 pm and 4 am ) in addition to maintaining good hydration.
To recap, add a serum into your regimen and preferable something with antioxidants or vitamin C. Please don't skip the sunscreen! Yes, even in winter. And above all else, keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Drink your water and apply your night cream.
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