Daily basic skincare routine for healthy and glowing skin
Daily basic skincare routine for healthy and glowing skin - A Guide
Healthy skin requires healthy habits. Has it ever occurred to you why some people have beautiful and glowing skin while others only wish they could? This is because people with healthy skin take care of it from an early age. No matter how old you are, having healthy and youthful skin is what we all yearn for.
Following a daily skincare routine is essential for glowing, healthy, and flawless skin. Right skincare routine, as per dermatologists, should start from as early as your twenties. Healthy skin not only needs to be fed from outside but inside too. Staying hydrated, eating clean, and getting enough sleep are a few healthy habits one should follow to have healthy skin that glows.
Why do you need a daily simple skincare routine?All of us are born with soft, healthy, and good skin but only some of us manage to nurture it while some of us never batted an eye about it. Like nothing stays permanent, neither does good and healthy skin. For most of us, our skin starts to age as early as our twenties. Our skin is more elastic in our early years and tends to lose dead skin cells and regenerate new skin cells easily. When we age, dead skin cells do not slough off easily, and regeneration of new skin cells becomes a slow process as our skin loses its elasticity. This is why our skin looks dull, rough, and dry. On top of that, environmental aggressors like sunlight, pollution, smoke, stress, and high & low temperatures make the skin thin, dull, and dehydrated. This is why you need to have a proper daily skincare routine to fight the harshness of daily environmental aggressors and doze off the early onset of aging.
Let us spread out in detail the basic daily skincare routine you can easily follow at home.
Know your skin type to build the best skincare routine
To have a good skincare routine, you need to know what your skin type is. Based on your skin type, you should use products that will only benefit your skin. Now, remember to feed your skin with only what it needs while avoiding all the unnecessary ingredients.
The six skin types.
- Dry Skin. This skin type lacks to retain moisture and is more susceptible to age early. It feels itchy and tight, especially after the facewash, may feel flaky and dull, and it has small pores. Dry skin reacts to products that are not suited for this skin type.
- Oily Skin. Oily skin looks shiny as it has excess oil trapped, and this excess oil clogs the enlarged pores leading to pimples, acne, and breakouts. This might also lead to the breakout of blemishes.
- Normal Skin. It is neither oily nor dry. It looks almost flawless with less visible pores. This skin type is not sensitive to every product and looks perfect. But remember, you still need to maintain a proper skincare routine to maintain healthy and beautiful skin as you age.
- Combination Skin. This skin type is oily on the T-zone and dry or normal on the rest of the face. The T-zone includes the forehead, nose, and chin. It is a combination of two skin types.
- Sensitive Skin. This skin type is sensitive and allergic to almost every product. It is prone to inflammation, redness, rashes, acne, or itching. People with sensitive skin may develop skin conditions like rosacea or contact dermatitis. People with sensitive skin need to be very selective and careful when it comes to skincare products.
- Aging Skin. As the name says, aging skin is the mature skin that tends to have wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, blemishes, crow’s feet, and other skin issues that arise when you age.
Creating an easy skincare routine
Creating a basic daily skincare routine is essential for healthy, glowing, and youthful skin. Start a basic skincare routine early in your twenties to delay signs of aging. Different skin types require different products with different ingredients, but the regimen is the same for every skin type. A basic skincare routine should include a morning skincare routine and a night skincare routine. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are key steps in a basic skincare routine. It also includes face oil, scrub, masks, and sunscreen for a complete skincare routine. Adopting a basic skincare regimen might be cumbersome for some, but the benefits it reaps are beyond expectations.
Let us first look at what your morning skincare routine should look like.
Morning Skincare Routine
Morning skincare routine preps your skin and makes it ready for the day to face the harsh environmental aggressors. It cleanses, tones, and provides moisturization to the skin to keep it hydrated the whole day. Let us detail the morning skincare routine step by step.
Basic Skincare Routine Steps
- Cleansing. Cleanse your skin in the morning to remove the products you use in your night skincare regimen. Cleansing helps to get rid of oil, dirt, and grime from the skin.
- How to Choose - Choose between foaming or cream cleansers depending on your skin type. If you have sensitive, mature, or dry skin, go for a cream cleanser that does not foam. It helps to retain the moisture level without drying the skin. Gentle sulfate-free cleansers are great for normal and oily skin as it doesn’t strip the skin of essential oils while removing dirt, grime, and deposits from deep pores. People with combination skin should settle for a sulfate-free or a mild cream cleanser that does not irritate the skin and also cleanses it thoroughly. Always go for a cleanser that maintains the pH level of the skin.
- Toning. Toning helps remove dirt, excess oil, and grime left after cleaning your face with a cleanser. It also preps the skin for the next steps of the skincare routine like moisturization or serums. Toning deep cleans the pores but is not a substitute for cleansing. It is an added step in deep cleaning of your skin and acts as the first barrier to protect it from harmful aggressors.
- How to Choose - Make sure to avoid toners containing alcohol and go for mild toners made with organic ingredients for every skin type. Alcohol-based toners are harsh on the skin and rid skin of essential oils, making it extremely dry and dehydrated. Use toners that deep clean the pores and provide hydration to the skin. You can go for toners that contain hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, cucumber, aloe vera, green tea, or chamomile, depending on your skin type.
- Serum. The serum is a potent potion in a skincare regimen. It has a concentration of needful vitamins, hydrators, and other ingredients that seep through the deep skin layers to provide sufficient hydration to the skin. Serums also contain extracts and antioxidants to fight free radicals and heal and repair the skin.
- How to choose - Choosing the right serum is essential to bring the best results to your skin. For the morning, you should go for an antioxidant-rich serum that fights free radicals from pollution, sun, dust, and smoke that affect and break skin collagen. Vitamin C rich serum works great for morning skincare routine as it fights free radicals while lightening the dark spots and brightening the skin day by day. Serum with hyaluronic acid, retinol, caffeine, and green tea is an anti-aging serum, great for aging skin but can be used by every skin type. For sensitive skin, some serums might cause irritation. Make sure to go for a serum that is fragrance-free and contains ingredients best for your skin type.
- Moisturizing. Moisturizing is an essential step in any skincare routine that creates a protective barrier against harsh atmospheric aggressors. It also provides hydration and moisturization without blocking the pores. Make sure to use a moisturizer that is light on the skin.
- How to Choose - Choose a hydrating, oil-free, and non-comedogenic moisturizer. They work for almost every skin type, including aging skin. They are light on the skin and won’t clog your pores. Water-based moisturizers are great for oily skin, while lightweight, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic works well for sensitive skin type. Choosing a moisturizer with SPF provides hydration while also protecting it from the sun.
- Face Oil. Face oil should be the last step in a skincare routine (except sunscreen in the morning) as they seal all the ingredients you use in the previous steps of your skincare regimen. Face oil does not let the products you use before evaporate easily. Why? Because oils are highly concentrated that no toner, serum, or moisturizer can penetrate through it. But if you use it first, it won’t let the toner, serum, and moisturizer penetrate through the skin. They also help keep the moisture level in the skin intact.
- How to Choose - Face oil is for everyone, including oily skin and acne-prone skin; the key is choosing the right one for your skin. People with oily skin should go for hemp seed oil or jojoba oil, while dry skin should choose oils with essential fatty acids and are omega-rich, like marula oil. Argan and camellia oil are great for combination skin. Jojoba and tea tree oil are great for acne-prone skin as it kills bacteria, detoxifies the skin, treats blemishes and helps in skin cell renewal. Sensitive skin people can use marula and aloe vera oil as it soothes sensitive skin.
- Sunscreen. Sunscreen is the last step of skincare in a morning skincare routine. It protects your skin from harmful sun rays and creates a barrier against toxic stressors. It also preps your skin for makeup, which is why you should always use a light sunscreen because your makeup would look flaky if the sunscreen is too heavy.
- How to Choose - Choose a lightweight sunscreen with SPF 30 and PA+++ rating. This is the generic SPF every skin type should go for. It protects you from UVA and UVB rays. However, people with oily and sensitive skin should go for a sunscreen with zinc oxide as it prevents breakout, does not irritate the skin, and gives a matte finish. Aging skin should use water-resistant sun protection with a higher SPF and PA+++ rating.
Night Skincare RoutineA night skincare routine is as essential as a morning skincare routine. Our skin revives, restores, and repairs itself in the night. The dead skin cells slough off, and regeneration of new skin cells happens during the night. This is why we must let it breathe and provide all the necessary rejuvenation it needs during these extended hours. Night skincare is not that different from a morning skincare routine. You need to change a few products that let your skin breathe and helps to fight free radicals, and powers the renewal of skin cells. Let us detail it further.
- Cleansing. Use the same cleansers that you use in your morning routine. Remove all the makeup, dirt, oil, and grime accumulated all day long. Or better, use a cleansing oil before washing the face with a gentle cleanser to dissolve all the makeup without irritating the skin. Cleansing oil also keeps the skin moisturized while cleaning it.
- Toning. Again, use the same toners you use in your morning skincare. This process removes the leftover dirt, makeup, grime, and excess oil after using the cleanser.
- Serum. Serum changes from day to night. For your night skincare routine, use a serum that hydrates. Hyaluronic acid is a water-binding agent that hydrates the skin and plumps it. It has the power to hold 1000 times its weight in water within the skin cells. Serum with hyaluronic acid is great for your night skincare routine as it keeps the skin hydrated for the whole night and makes it plump. For people with dehydrated skin, it might actually dry the skin instead of moisturizing it. The solution is to use the hyaluronic acid serum with your moisturizer.
- Moisturizing. In your night skincare routine, you can either go for the same moisturizer you use in the morning, or you can also go for hydrating and skin reviving night creams. These creams penetrate into the skin and work with your serum to heal and repair the skin and make it ready for the next day.
- Face Oil. For the night skincare routine, you can use the same oil you use in your morning routine. Remember to use it in the last step of your night skincare regimen.
Face Cleaning Routine apart from CTM
Apart from following a simple cleansing, toning, serum, and moisturizing routine, there are many other weekly steps that you should follow for complete skin care. Face Masks, exfoliation, and eye masks are some of the skincare steps to be followed weekly.
Face masks. Use face masks twice or thrice a week. Choose a face mask that suits your skin type. Go for a hydrating mask if you have dull, dry, and aging skin. For oily, combination, and acne-prone skin, you can use charcoal face masks. Make sure to use vegan face masks as they never irritate the skin and are suitable for every skin type.
Exfoliate. Exfoliate your skin once a week. Exfoliation removes all dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, making way for new skin cells.
Eye masks. Use hydrating eye masks or patches twice or thrice weekly. It will clear the under-eye of toxins, dead skin cells, clean pores, and hydrate & depuff the under eyes. Go for either hyaluronic acid under-eye patches or charcoal under-eye patches to get rid of dark circles, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines.
Eye Cream. Use eye cream in your daily skincare routine. It will hydrate the under eyes and help fight free radicals in your under eyes soothing your eyes and warding off dark circles.
Some good habits to maintain Healthy Skin
Now that you know what your daily and weekly skincare regimen should look like, do not forget to follow some daily habits to make sure your skin always stays healthy and glowing.
- Wash your face twice a day. Make sure to clean your face twice daily before starting your skincare regimen. It will clear the skin of all dirt, oil, and grime. A clean face is essential for skincare products to seep through the skin layers.
- Stay Hydrated. Always drink water in sufficient quantities. It will not only keep your body hydrated but your skin too, and hydrated skin is healthy skin.
- Sleep enough. Getting 8 hours of timely sleep goes a long way in getting healthy skin and body.
- Always remove makeup. Your skin needs to breathe too. Makeup clogs the pores and does not let the skin breathe. Always remove makeup before you sleep so that your skin does not develop breakouts.
- Clean and sanitize. Sanitize your phone and phone case, clean makeup brushes, and other things that come in contact with your skin weekly. Change your pillowcases and bed sheet weekly to stay away from unwanted bugs.
Follow these basic skincare steps to ensure your skin always stays healthy, hydrated, clean, and glowing. It will delay all signs of aging and maintain your youthful skin for long. It will also keep all the unwanted skin conditions away. It might look like a challenging task, but the results it brings are unfathomable. Build this routine starting today and see the visible results for yourself.