Some of you or your beloved ones may have wondered "why do I need to maintain a skincare routine"?
Which is, I admit, a question that I asked myself before I got involved in the blogging world.
I mean, it's easy, you're young, your skin is plump, pretty and healthy looking. Why would you need a skincare routine? Right?
Maintaining a skincare routine
Or if you're not so lucky, you may have acne.
And getting rid of acne is one of the first reasons why I got into skincare.
I battled with small, permanent (or so I thought) acne and a skin that I didn't know anything about.
One of the first questions you need to answer is - what type of skin do you have?
This was a very hard one for me. I asked dozens of people. I struggled. I used products not meant for my skin type. And when I thought that I got it down, my skin type changed.
Why would that happen? Well, for me it was because the seasons changed and my skin went from being Combination during Summer (oily on T-zone, normal on other areas) to a combination skin type during Winter (normal on T-zone, dry on other areas).
So, as you see, it's not an easy question but once you get your answers, everything makes more sense and putting together a routine gets easier.
The next question is: what are you trying to achieve?
Are you trying to keep your skin happy (not uncomfortable) are you trying to get rid of acne or are you want to keep a youthful appearance?
When I first set up my skincare routine I was just trying to get rid of acne and maybe help my skin stay happy. At times it was uncomfortable and I had absolutely no idea on how to fix that.
Now it's mostly about getting rid of PIH patches and keeping the youthful look for as long as possible. Acne isn't really a problem anymore.
How and what?
If you are just starting out, you should get a couple of basic products, depending on your skin type.
- A cleansing product so you can remove all the dirt, sweat, and oils at the end of the day. If you'we wearing makeup you should also get another product to remove it. Or if you're looking for a minimal skincare routine, try with a micellar water.
- A toner - deciding which one can become confusing since toners come in various forms (pH adjusting, cleansing or refreshing), but they are worth it. I prefer using them as mists since this way I use less product and get an even application.
- A moisturizer to add hydration and/or a protective layer on your skin.
- Sunscreen. I know it may sound odd, but even if it's Winter "out there" it doesn't mean that the sun has stopped shining. Using a sunscreen is also important for keeping your skin looking young for a long time (UV rays damage the skin thus aging it) and for helping get rid of those hyperpigmentation marks (if you have them).
So, why should you maintain a skincare routine and why is sweating good for your skin
The answer is easy, with a good skincare routine you can get rid of acne, make your skin comfortable and look youthful.