Do you have a daily skin care routine that you swear by? If the answer is no, don’t worry — it’s never too late!
Knowing how to take care of your skin is important — your skin is your body’s first outward line of defense. Whether you want beautiful, glowing skin or you just want your skin to be healthy, taking care of your skin has plenty of benefits.
Don’t know where to start with a proper skin care routine? No worries — just read these three easy steps! You’ll never have to worry if you’re taking good care of your skin again!
The first step to taking care of your skin is making sure you properly cleanse your face every single day. Even if your face looks clean, chances are it picked up dirt, sweat, and oil throughout the day.
If you’ve ever heard tips on taking care of your skin in the past, you may have learned that hot water helps open up the pores and cold water helps to shrink them. Nope! Actually, it’s better to use cool or lukewarm water to cleanse your face. Hot or cold water can damage your skin and seal dirt into your pores.
Be careful not to overwash your face! Even if you have oily skin, washing your face too frequently can cause your skin to produce excess oil. Try a special cleanser for oily skin if you’re worried that washing your face twice a day won’t be enough.
And most importantly – NEVER wash your face with a bar of soap. The high pH of bar soap disrupts the skin’s normal functions and dries it out.
David’s Recommended Cleansers
Exfoliating is an important part of your basic skin care routine because it helps you get rid of dead skin and clean dirt wedged deep into pores.
I recommend using a natural exfoliating scrub — maybe one with baking soda or natural sugar. If you have sensitive skin, try a gentler exfoliator, like a soft facial exfoliating sponge or an oatmeal
Gentle chemical exfoliators, like retinol or phytic acid [links to respectively retinol and phytic acid articles], work wonders, too – just test before use. Not sure if either physical or chemical exfoliation is right for you? Check out my extended posts Part 1 and Part 2 on the pros and cons of each exfoliating type.
One last thing – as great as exfoliating is, over-exfoliating can cause sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, and redness. There’s no need to exfoliate more than once a week — twice if you have oily skin.
David’s Recommended Exfoliators
You might think that serums are just another beauty industry fad, but trust me, they’re worth your time and money.
Let me start by dispelling a common myth: serums are not just for people with “serious” skincare concerns. Whether you’re struggling with acne, dryness, fine lines, or sun damage, there’s a serum out there that can help. In fact, I would argue that serums are the most important part of your skincare routine.
Serums are packed with concentrated doses of active ingredients that can really make a difference in the appearance of your skin. And because they’re so light and absorb easily, they make the perfect foundation for your other products. So if you’re not using a serum already, what are you waiting for? Your skin will thank you.
David’s Recommended Serums
Some people think a moisturizer for oily skin isn’t necessary. Wrong!
Taking care of your skin means consistently using a moisturizer. You just need to find the daily moisturizer that’s right for you and your skin. Even if your skin tends to be oily, maybe a light oil-free moisturizing lotion would benefit you.
Once you start moisturizing on a daily basis, you’ll notice that you look fresher and more hydrated. Your makeup will even go on more evenly.
I recommend changing your skin care regimen to match your spring and summer lifestyle. Moisturizers that are light and quick absorbing will be your lifeline under the summer heat!
David’s Recommended Moisturizers
Learn How to Take Care of Skin at Home
Getting in the groove of a new daily skin care routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Even though there are thousands of skin care products that claim to do different things, you can never go wrong if you just remember the three steps: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize.
Keep checking for updates on special DIY skin care recipes you can make without breaking bank!