Steps in Skin Care

Have you ever wondered why there are so many steps in a daily skin care routine? So do you really need every step? How do you know what the most important one is for you and your skin if you have to choose? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you are not alone. Most women, like you, have pondered the same issues. Let’s go through some basics and then we can touch on some of the less understood steps.

Step 1 – Cleanse

This is essential. No one should skip this. Whether you wear makeup or not, your skin is exposed to dirt, environmental stressors, pollution and allergens (pollen, etc.) every day. If you wear makeup, you need to use a cleanser that dissolves it and washes it away. If not, you can use a mild face wash. Just think about all the things you carry to bed with you at night if you don’t.

Step 2 – Tone

Many people skip this step because they don’t know about it or they don’t know what it is supposed to accomplish. The type of toner you use would depend on your skin type so depending on which one you choose, they might do different things. For example, a toner for dry skin may rehydrate or soothe your skin. A toner for oily skin might help mildly exfoliate or purify your skin. Some toner PH balance for skin making your moisturizer penetrate better. Another might have free radical protection. They do serve a purpose and you need to research the ones that you think would be beneficial to you and your skins’ needs.

Step 3 – Moisturize

Another ‘must’ step. Whether you are the oiliest of skins to the dryest, you need hydration. Like your body needs water, so does your skin. If any oily skin is dehydrated, it will overproduce oil to make up for that lack of hydration. It’s a no-brainer if you are dry skinned, but do you need a moisturizer or a hydrator? With the right product, every skin will feel more comfortable, your makeup will look better and wear longer with this step.

Extra Steps

The items in a skin care routine include serums, correctors, masks and an additional moisturizer for the night. I don’t consider these any less important but they are more important to some of us than others because of the concerns we may have about our skin at this point in our lives. If you want to be proactive and prevent premature signs of aging, you may want to consider adding sunscreen to her routine. Sun exposure can be more damaging to the skin than chronological aging. Any oily skin may want help with excess oil production. A dry skin type may want a serum to help retain their own moisture as well as the moisture they add to their skin. There are products that help with firming, lifting, lessening the appearance of lines, mattifying oiliness, repairing damages and more. This is where personalized and customized skin care comes into play. h