A daily skin care routine is essential to maintaining overall skin health and to improve specific concerns like dark spots, fine lines, scarring etc. Kelly an experienced Release Esthetician explains the 4 at home skin care steps to keeping your skin healthy and vibrant
The basis of a good at home skin care routine starts with cleansing the skin. Using a good quality cleanser is super important because it cleans the skin without stripping the natural protective barrier. Washing your face with soap will strip your skin of this protective barrier, which will leave your skin feeling tight and dry, which in turn will cause your skin to create more oils to make up for the water loss, which could cause acne.
Another really important step in your at home routine is exfoliation. A lot of people think exfoliating is not good for their skin type but this is a myth. Exfoliating is beneficial for all skin types because it removes the dead skin cells which naturally shed every month. It will improve the appearance of your skin, assist in unclogging your pores and help your products penetrate better. There are a few different options for an at home exfoliation, including scrubs, powder exfoliants, brushes, enzymes and acids. Choose one that works for you and your skin type and use it in your routine 2-3 times a week. A product like an enzyme or acid only needs to be used once a week. Be careful not to over exfoliate your skin and remember to be gentle on your skin.
Toners and serums
Toners, or astringents, help to balance the pH of your skin while also hydrating and tightening pores. Serums are loaded with many beneficial concentrated ingredients that target specific skin conditions. Decide what you’re looking to get out of it and choose your serum accordingly.
Moisturize and sunscreen
The last step is to moisturize and use a sunscreen. There are many different moisturizers, so find one that works for your skin. Eye creams are moisturizers that specifically target the thinner more delicate skin under your eyes. They help firm, reduce fine lines and decrease puffiness. If your moisturizer does not have an SPF, add an SPF as your final step. SPF is important all year round, even in the winter months. SPF will help protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays which cause aging and burning.
When in doubt, always reach out to a licensed esthetician or dermatologist.