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Basics: Building That Routine

While you might hear a lot of buzz about extensive 12-step routines, remember that your routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Depending on your skin’s needs, you might opt to stick to the basics. There are some aspects of a routine that are universal, meaning *everyone* should be doing it, and these are cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection. Then, there are also some steps you only need to do about once or twice a week, like exfoliating. After that, you can add as many supplemental steps as you’d like according to your skin goals. Regardless of whether you vibe with the minimalist approach to skincare or prefer an extensive product lineup, it’s important to curate a skincare routine that works for you and your skin type. Building your routine is all about creating a strong foundation for your skin’s health, while ensuring it’s something you can commit to doing every day. For many of us, prioritizing the care of our skin can be a lot on top of an already busy day. So if you’re just looking to stick to the essentials for keeping your skin healthy, you may just keep to the routine basics. 

The Basics

Cleanse

Washing your face is a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to caring for your skin. Throughout the day, the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, excess oil, and dirt. Leaving this gunk in your skin can cause irritation or breakouts so It’s important to cleanse off the grime before it can negatively impact your skin. If you only have time to cleanse once a day, choose night time.

Finding the right cleanser for you can sometimes require a bit of trial and error. If you haven't found a cleanser that you like yet, you might need to try a few samples until you find one that works for you and your skin type. Different kinds of cleansers react differently on different skin types. Those with drier skin may benefit more from a cream cleanser, while foam cleansers are ideal for more oily skin types. 

Moisturize

Hydration and water retention are crucial to balanced, glowing skin. The older we get, the more difficult it is to retain moisture. Not only that, but daily exposure to UV rays, pollutants, and bacteria can also cause damage to your skin's moisture barrier. In order to rehydrate your skin and restore a radiant complexion, it’s important to moisturize.

Dryness of the skin can happen for many reasons. Genetics, weather, sun exposure, medication, etc. can all impact your skin’s water retention. Because your skin’s moisture levels can fluctuate often, it's helpful to keep a few different hydrating products to best adapt to your skin’s needs. A good moisturizer should make your skin feel soft, hydrated, and “sealed” (it shouldn’t just sit on top of your skin!)

Under Eyes

Even though our faces get a lot of attention in our routines, sometimes it helps to take special care of each part. Your under eyes may bring up different concerns than the rest of your face, such as dark circles or fine lines. While there is no cream that can actually get rid of your dark circles, taking care to hydrate and massage your under eye area are important for graceful aging. Incorporating a step specifically for taking care of your under eyes can help prevent sagging skin as you age. 

Finding the right eye cream is very similar to finding the right kind of moisturizer. After all, eye creams are just specially formulated moisturizers meant to be address concerns affecting the skin near the eyes. Eye cream can be applied one to two times a day.

Sun Protection

Wearing sun protection decreases the risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Not only does suncare protect against sunburn, but it can also prevent unwanted wrinkles, dark spots, and leathery skin texture as you age. 

Sun care isn't what it used to be. With so much innovation happening in sunscreen products, it’s easier than ever to shield yourself from the sun's rays. While there are more options than ever, from makeup with spf to sparkle sunblock, it’s important to be informed when deciding which sunscreen to use. Make sure your sunscreen has Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher. Depending on how much UV exposure you get in a day, you want to reapply about every 2 hours. 

Sometimes

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is where you remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin to uncover a new layer of fresh, healthy skin cells. By removing this layer of your skin, exfoliation helps brighten your complexion and support cell-turnover. By removing the dead skin cells, other products like moisturizers are better absorbed.

Depending on your skin type, you may need a more gentle or harsh exfoliant. Because exfoliating can irritate your skin, it’s important not to over-exfoliate. Over-exfoliating can cause dryness, break outs, and inflammation. Most people should not exfoliate more than only one to two times per week.  

Once you have these down, you can add in extra elements to target concerns and nourish your skin, like a toner and a serum. The extras: coming soon...

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