If you’re a regular loyal browser of this website, you’re likely to see a lot of scary scientific words like “salicylic”, “glycolic”, “retinoids” and more. That can be a bit intimidating. The people and the market only really got interested in skincare as lockdown started and makeup took a back seat, but it means the market was hit with a lot of new products at once, with scientific names that make you go cross-eyed to read. And how do you know what’s a fad and what should be part of your everyday routine? Well, we’re here to simplify things. Read on to find out what basics you should incorporate into your skincare routine.
Cleansing and cleansing again
Cleaning your face is obviously a big part of your skincare routine, but very rarely are people doing it right. You should be cleaning your face every morning, as a base for the day and getting rid of oils, and every night, to get rid of the makeup and the dirt of the day.
But that’s not double cleansing. You’ll need to get rid of that stubborn mascara and eyeliner with some oily micellar water, then the old soap and warm water to get everything the micellar water can’t.
Toner isn’t mandatory but it’s good for getting rid of excess oils and dead skin to run a toner over your face with a cotton pad. That might be where you’ve heard the term “glycolic”, which is an exfoliant acid that can come in a toner. But there is also witch hazel, which tightens pores, and chamomile which can calm your face and any redness.
Now we’ve got rid of so much bad stuff in the face, you have to put some good stuff in. Like hydration. Your face is going to feel real thirsty so a serum will really help that out. But you might want to invest in something more interesting, like a salicylic serum, which clears pores for the sake of improving acne or retinol serum which exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores. If you have a problem with acne that no serum appears to be solving, consider contacting City Skin Clinic for some extra help.
But obviously, the best source of moisture for the face is a moisturizer. Moisturisers come in all shapes and sizes, like in day and night cream, or with ingredients like glycerine, vitamin E, or the trendy one right now is vitamin C.
I hate to break this to you, but the SPF included in your moisturizer isn’t nearly enough. Despite the factor on the front, there simply isn’t enough coverage. You should be wearing a layer of SPF every day, whether you’re in the Bahamas or the Amazon during rainy season. Not only will it save your body and face from the cancer-creating UV lights of the beautiful burning ball in the sky, but it’s great for anti-aging, because guess what ages your skin most: the sun. SPF will protect against photoaging, cellular DNA damage and hyperpigmentation, which is all science talk for saying you’ll get less wrinkles, texture, and redness.