Take care of your skin to take care of your health!
It’s a fact that these days we are using less make-up. Our masks prevent much of our face from being seen, so putting in the effort to glam up seems almost pointless. Whether that’s a bonus for some and a curse for others, it ends up leaving us with the question of how to cover up blemishes and imperfections without the use of make-up. Care for your skin, and care for your health: the key to this is, of course, proper skincare.
Using the correct products with the correct ingredients, the right amounts, and the order of application is key to helping your skin look and feel its best. A good skincare routine will also prevent and slow aging signs, leaving your skin healthy and glowing. Keep reading as I guide you through some tips on how to make your face look the best, even without make-up!
A good skincare routine
Removing make-up and cleansing your skin is a must. Otherwise, leaving the product on for too long or not removing it all can clog pores which may cause acne… the exact opposite effect we’re looking for here. And yes, even if you don’t wear make-up, you still need to cleanse. Cleansing removes dirt and buildup from the day’s activities, so neglecting or skipping this step is just you essentially leaving residue on your skin that is harmful to it.
There seems to be a lot of general misconception about when to exfoliate, or if it should even be done at all. Exfoliating is a key step in your routine because it rids your face of dead skin and impurities that build up over the course of time. So yes, you always need to exfoliate. If you have dry skin, try using gentler products or cut down the frequency of how many times you do it. During the colder fall and winter months, the recommended amount of time to exfoliate is twice a week.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating correctly and drinking lots of water
Having a good skincare routine is only part of the necessary steps to keep your skin healthy and happy. The better you are at keeping yourself hydrated and eating the right foods, the better your skin will look. Your body in general will also thank you for keeping it so healthy, which makes for a good anti-aging routine. Opt for whole foods, especially the ones that contain a good amount of water like cucumbers, watermelons, apples, etc. The recommended amount of water to drink daily is 8 glasses or more.
Once again, I will not make this a step. Moisturizing and re-hydrating your skin is so important, especially after cleansing or exfoliating. These strip your skin and can dry it out, so it is necessary to finish a routine with a moisturizing cream or serum to add hydration to your skin again.
Don’t rub in your anti-aging serums
Pat them onto your face instead. Serums tend to contain higher active ingredients than moisturizers do. Ingredients to look for when choosing a product for anti-aging skincare are derivatives of Vitamin A -known as retinoids- and Vitamin C. These increase the collagen in your skin and also act as antioxidants.
According to experts, our skin starts to age and lose collagen around the age of 20. There is even speculation that in recent years, people have started to age faster. This is mainly due to factors such as pollution, sun exposure, visible light, etc. Deciding when to start using these products is not difficult; what is difficult is deciding which products to use, as there are many options.