The Skincare Community: A Basic Guide to Daily Skincare

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Have you ever noticed that if you were to post a single status or tweet asking for skincare help that at least four to five people would come rushing to your aid? Everyone’s got solutions for acne, dry skin, oily skin, and whatever dermatological issue you might have. Which is surprising because often times you can post something unrelated and not get the same responses. Having a skincare regime or believing passionately in skincare has actually caused us to have an actual online skincare community. It’s simply amazing! Of course, I don’t encourage following just any skincare suggestion; something that works on someone else's skin might not work on yours. Skincare always starts off simple. A basic face mask... then it’s a night cream... and then two more face masks and a whole new facial wash (or two). It’s a never ending cycle because with the variety of skincare products out there, it becomes difficult to find just the ONE product that would work for you. Not to mention, it leaves a hole in your wallet the size of a small island. With so much information out there, it’s hard to know where to start. So here’s what you need to do in order to have a basic, affordable, yet functioning skincare routine. I encourage you test out a variety of products for each of these elements to see what might suit you best, that way by the end of this you would have figured out just what exactly is right for your skin.

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Step 1: Figure out your skin type

There are a multitude of skin types you can have but the most common are:

-       Oily skin

-       Dry skin

-       Normal Skin

-       Combination Skin

I shouldn’t have to explain why this is important, but I have to; so it’s as simple as this: You don’t want to maintain a skincare regime for oily skin when you have dry skin because it’s only going to make it worse. So ensure that you know exactly what skin type you have, this will help when deciding the different cleansers, moisturisers, night creams, and masks you can use.

 Step 2: Begin with a cleanser

 It’s extremely important to follow a skincare routine according to a specific order that is best for the body. So, it is always good to start with a cleanser. In the morning, it is suggested you cleanse your face. If you want to avoid buying a product, it’s fine to use just warm water. However, with oily or dry skin, it’s recommended you get a cleanser that soothes the skin. A mild cleanser is great for removing all unwanted dirt, dust, or dead skin cells while maintaining the proper amount of sebum needed for your face.

Step 3: Moisturize

 Even people with oily skin need to moisturize. The sun and haze and basically any harsh weather affects the hydration of your skin. Moisturizing acts as a barrier to the skin, kind of like a jelly armor. It locks in all the necessary hydration and prevents other unwanted things from getting in. However, this is only a temporary barrier. Temporary but necessary.

Step 4: Begin Nighttime Regimen, start with double cleansing.

Usually after a long day, your skin is forced to face dust and dirt and other muck so a night time regimen is just as important as a morning one. IF you wear makeup daily, you would need to double cleanse. Begin with a mild cleanser to clear the skin and take away all the makeup residue. Follow this with a cleansing facial wash, to ensure that everything is removed and your skin is bare again.

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Step 5: Toner (Optional)

If you use a toner, this would be a good time to apply it. If not, you can skip this step.

Step 6: Hydrating Mask (Optional)

If you have dry skin, it’s a good idea to use a hydrating mask just to ensure that your face gets the extra boost it needs to stay hydrated. This can prevent flakey dry skin, and also works best to hydrate your face even more when its followed with Step 7:-

 Step 7: Moisturise

Moisturising is always a great way to begin and end a night, so whether or not you have dry skin it’s always best to make moisturising a habit. This can be the same moisturizer you used in the morning OR if you are willing to splurge a little more, you can invest in a moisturising night cream. The temporary hydration barrier of regular moisturisers are temporary, however night creams are usually made to do the same thing over a longer period of time.

So to clarify, much like the title suggests, this is a basic guideline for those who are interested to practice a skincare regimen. If you already have a skincare regimen that works for you, then this isn’t necessary. But if you’re interested to explore a way to practice a regimen, this seems the simplest and most harmless way (especially on your wallet) to try.

Credits: Tasha Raj