Sometimes its hard to determine what is essential to your beauty routine and what isn’t. There are so many different skin care products on the market today; new innovative products that look intriguing but may not be worth it in the long run. Maintaining a complicated beauty routine is not only time-consuming, it’s also expensive. Using too many products could also potentially lead to irritation and stress your skin, which is ultimately counterintuitive to what we’re all trying to achieve here. Truth is, sometimes it’s far more beneficial for your skin to keep things simple and let your skin do its thing.
If you’re in this same mainframe, great. Now, we simply need to determine what products are must haves and what products you need to ditch. This could be different for everyone, but hopefully hearing the things that I find essential will help you in constructing your own no nonsense skincare routine.
Okay, so first of all. Cleanser.
This one is common sense. You need a cleanser to was away all the dirt, makeup and pollution that permeates your pores on a daily basis. Clean skin is healthy skin, so be sure to find a good gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin (sulphate-free is best). If you’re sensitive, try and look for one that is also fragrance-free, like Cetaphil, Cerave, Clinique or Glossier’s Milky Jelly.
Moving along. Moisturizer is also a must.
I believe that everyone should use moisturizer. Even oily skin needs moisturizer. It keeps your skin hydrated and balanced, and protects your skin from aging. Drier skin types should go for richer formulas enriched with emollients like shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, whereas oily skin types should search for gel creams to keep things lighter. Moisturizers are great because certain ones are also multi-tasking. If you are looking to correct a certain skin issue, look for a moisturizer that contains ingredients that help to improve that condition. If you want a moisturizer that brightens your skin, try one that’s vitamin C infused. If you want one with antioxidants, look for ingredients like vitamin E and green tea. If your skin is dry and flaky, try to use one that contains a small percentage of glycolic acid to help gently exfoliate your skin. If dehydration is your problem, search for hyaluronic acid. The possibilities are endless.
Lastly, the most important step. Sunscreen.
This is an absolute essential. If you want to have healthy skin, you must protect it from the sun. Failure to use SPF can lead to wrinkles and sun damage (not to mention skin cancer). Please, please, please never leave your house without sunscreen. Just don’t do it. SPF 30 is ideal for everyday use.
And there you have it guys! Those are the three things that I believe are essential to a basic skincare routine. This is great for busy girls, or even young preteens just beginning to take care of their skin. In a world filled with endless serums, essences, eye creams, oils and exfoliants, just remember that the basics are the basics for a reason, and that sometimes simplicity is highly underrated.