Building an Effective Skincare Routine
With thousands of products in the market and millions of suggestions and routines to choose from, it can be challenging for beginners to start their skincare routine.
Learn about your skin first. Is it dry, normal, oily, or combination type? It takes years to figure out how one’s skin behaves daily, monthly (when your body undergoes hormonal changes), and seasonally. Some people break out more during certain seasons, necessitating extra care during that time. For finding perfect products for your skin type, you will experiment with several products to find the right ones. Over one to three months, observe how a particular product affects your skin. It’s time to change it if you don’t like the results. Listen to your skin.
The goal of your skincare regime should be to keep your skin barrier healthy. It requires adequate moisturisation to remain healthy. Every skincare routine has five basic steps –
Cleansers should be gentle and not deprive your skin of its natural oils. Choose cleaners that are moisturising in nature. People cleanse their skin once or twice a day, depending on their skin type. Make cleansing your skin a nightly ritual.
A moisturiser’s job is to keep your skin hydrated and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. People with oily skin should choose a non-greasy, gel-type moisturiser that controls oil. People with dry skin should choose products that provide extra hydration and skin lipid barrier protection. Climate also has a significant effect in determining the best outcome for you.
There are a variety of chemical sunscreens and physical sunblocks available in the market. Choose the sunscreen with the proper SPF and PA factor according to your climate type.
Do physical or chemical exfoliation (not both together) once a week. It is essential to get dead skin cells off your face to avoid breakouts.
If you have hyperpigmentation, rashes, or breakouts, you should address these first. Then, start looking for active ingredients like niacinamide, kojic acid, AHA & BHA, and vitamin C, etc., in your products. Toner, serums, ampoules, and masks can all be used to improve your skin.
Avoid products lathered with fragrances and additives, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Practice skin fasting once a week. Remember, healthy within is healthy outside.
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.