Let’s talk skincare, as I have become older I have noticed myself paying more attention to what products I use , I have started paying more attention to ingredients and whether the products I am applying to my skin everyday are actually beneficial to my skin. Some of us have a bathroom cabinet filled with skin care products that might rival the stock of a drugstore, while there are some of us who are satisfied with just two or three products I am most certainly the type to have way too many yet constantly on the look out for more. However, despite having unique skin concerns due to different skin types (and sometimes health conditions, too), there are must-have skin care products for every woman to help achieve that healthy, glowing complexion. Here’s a quick checklist of what items I believe are a staple and you should consider using, no matter your skin type.
This is the most basic of all skin care products. In the morning, I use a cleanser to remove impurities and excess oil produced while sleeping. At night, a cleanser will remove everything that has accumulated on your face during the day: makeup, dirt, sweat, and pollution.
There are various formulas of cleansers, like foaming, gel, micellar, milky, or even oil. Choosing a product is all up to your personal preference, although do check if it’s suited to your skin type. You may follow up with a toner, which helps repair your skin, removes the last traces of makeup, and makes your skin look fresh and smooth right after cleansing.
At the moment I am loving this Nip & Fab face wash to purify and cleanse my skin.
Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate twice up to four times a week. Removing dead cells from your face not only unclogs your pores, thus preventing blackheads and breakouts, it also speeds up the renewal of skin cells. What’s more, exfoliating increases blood circulation on your face, giving you a glowing look. I love a good face scrub and lately I have been loving the new loreal range.
The skin is exposed to a lot of harmful elements during the day, like UV rays, smoke, and dust and dirt. These moisturizers act as a barrier against these elements, apart from providing the skin a dose of hydration. Sometimes, these light, non-greasy moisturizers are also packed with ingredients like vitamin E, tea tree extracts, and caffeine to make the skin firmer and look more energized. Not to mention hydrated skin is a perfect base for your make up.
You need a separate eye cream because regular moisturizers don’t work as well around your eyes. That’s because the skin in this area is thinner and has fewer oil glands, and thus more prone to wrinkles and darkening. Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Eye Cream is essential to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and keep the skin around your eyes light, smooth and moisturized.
Night creams or night moisturizers have thicker formulations and stronger ingredients compared to daytime moisturizers. This is because our skin loses moisture faster while we are asleep; however, the skin is also more permeable during this time, so the moisturizing, anti-aging compounds in your night cream can penetrate the skin better. I love using a thicker and more nourishing cream at night I feel like it really penetrates my skin.
UV rays are the primary culprits of skin aging and uneven or dark skin tones. Other problems caused by the prolonged and unprotected sun exposure include wrinkles, rough skin texture, and a heightened risk for skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen an SPF of 30 or higher will help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Apply the sunscreen after cleansing and 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors to give your skin some time to absorb it. If your sunblock has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, you can apply it on top of your daytime moisturizer.
Serums give your skin what regular moisturizers can’t: vitamins, anti-oxidants, and other nutrients that penetrate deep into the skin and solve various skin problems. Depending on the ingredients they contain, serums can address various skin concerns like dryness, lack of firmness, wrinkles and dark spots, redness, and acne, among many others. My must have is a Vitamin C serum.
There are literally thousands of skin care products in the market today, which makes it quite challenging to decide on what’s really essential. Hopefully, this list will help you narrow down your choices without compromising your skin care regimen. Having a good skincare routine is vital in my opinion it will not only make sure your skin looks glowing and beautiful now but also in the wrong run too.