As you perhaps already know, many factors affect the look and appearance of our skin, including the food and drinks we consume, the habits we have in relation to smoking and sun exposure, and the types of skincare products we use. To put it another wya: taking care of your skin is also about taking care of ourselves.
In this post, we'll be taking a look at some specific skincare factors that support healthy, happy skin.
There are almost as many skincare routines as there are people using skincare. All of us have our own preferred routines, which depend not only on our skin, but also our preferences and lifestyle. So it simply doesn’t make sense to dictate a specific routine for healthy skin, because we all have different needs. That said, there are some generic guidelines to follow.
When choosing skin care products, bear in mind that a product is always designed for a specific function. So before integrating a product into your routine, ask yourself whether your skin needs it or not. Less is more when it comes to skincare, so there's no need to use products that have an effect that your skin simply doesn't need. This of course doesn’t mean that you can’t use proactive skincare to avoid things like dry skin, for example. But avoid products for specific 'problems' that your skin doesn't have, such as oiliness, or acne, for example.
When looking for a suitable product for a given problem, it’s always important to do a small patch test before regular use. That way, you'll make sure that your skin can tolerate the product without any unwanted reactions.
It's also always a good idea to check the ingredient list of products you use. By doing so on both products your skin can and can't tolerate, you'll get to know your skin much better, and eventually know which ingredients benefit your skin and which to avoid.
Take home insights...
- When it comes to skincare, it is important to stick to a routine that works for you, and keeping it simple so you only provide for the actual needs of your skin - nothing more.
- Accept that your skin’s needs are most likely going to vary during seasonal changes, and so should your personal care products.
- Always patch test when you switch to a new brand product, and learn about your skin by correlating it’s reactions towards specific ingredients.