You can often tell from your skin whether you are eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep and taking proper care of your skin. Today we want to deal with the last aspect, namely skin care.
With the flood of products out there today, you don't even know what you really need and what you can leave out. We therefore want to give you an overview of the basics of a skin care routine. The correct order is important here to enable the effectiveness of your products.
Step 1: the cleanser
Cleansing your face is one of the most essential steps in your skin care routine. Our skin comes into contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and bacteria during the day. These should be removed gently but effectively at the end of the day. The right cleanser cleanses your skin without depriving it of its healthy amount of sebum. If your skin is extremely tight after using a cleanser, I advise you to look for a milder cleanser.
Step 2: the toner
The toner transports nutrients into your skin so that subsequent products can work much better. In addition, a toner rebalances the skin by neutralizing the skin's pH value.
To do this, imagine your skin like a sponge. A dry sponge is useless, but as soon as it is moistened, its suction power is activated. Of course, the skin can also self-balance. However, this can take 20-60 minutes, which would be a shame because it would not be able to absorb the following products.
Step 3: the treatment
Treatments basically describe the pampering of the skin with, for example, masks and peelings. Processes such as microneedling, hydrofacials & Co. also fall under the "Treatments" category. The treatments are not applied daily, but weekly or monthly. They can help pull dirt out of the skin, remove dead skin cells, increase collagen production and, in general, improve the complexion of the skin over the long term. So they shouldn't be missing in your skin care routine.
Step 4: the serum
A serum is usually massaged into the skin after using a toner or treatment. Similar to a toner, a serum transports powerful ingredients into the skin. Serums are also so efficient because they are made up of smaller molecules that penetrate deep into the skin and provide a high concentration of active ingredients. A serum is therefore perfect for tackling certain skin problems. With regular use, skin blemishes are minimized and sebum production is balanced out.
Serums also contain the highest concentration of active nutrients you can get without a prescription.
Of course, there are still serums that are composed of ingredients of inferior quality. Therefore, pay attention to the list of ingredients and ingredients that are as natural as possible.
Step 5: the eye cream
The eye area is thinner and drier than the rest of the face. With insufficient care, dark circles, crow's feet and general wrinkles increase.
Ingredients such as shea butter, glycerine and hyaluronic acid are therefore also recommended in this area. The vitamin E contained in the shea butter makes the skin barrier in this sensitive region more resistant.
Wrinkles and dark circles are minimized and prevented.
Step 6: the moisturizer
Most of our skin is made up of water. So that the moisture stays where it is, our skin produces fat, also called sebum, and thus seals the skin. Here we are talking about an ideal and intact skin barrier. Unfortunately, the skin doesn't always work as it should. The reasons for this can be UV rays, environmental pollutants and cold air, as well as little fluid intake. This is where moisturizers come in and strengthen the skin barrier. Creams with the right ingredients also supply the skin with nutrients and thereby support its natural functions.
You can recognize a good moisturizer by its natural ingredients and vitamins. It should hardly contain any water, as this also comes with higher levels of preservatives, which could be harmful to your skin. So always look at the ingredients to make the best choice for you and your skin.
Step 7: the sun protection
Sun protection is essential for your skin. UV rays tan the skin, but after a certain amount of time they can lead to sunburn, but also to allergic skin reactions, sun intolerance, melasma / pigment disorders, as well as faster skin aging and skin cancer.
The sunscreen acts like a protective film and prevents the UV rays from penetrating your skin. First of all, it doesn't matter what skin color you have, because especially when it comes to pigment spots / dark spots, the darker skin type is often affected, while the lighter skin type often tends to sunburn more quickly. Make sure your sunscreen is non-comedogenic, which means that it doesn't clog your pores.
I recommend waiting one to two minutes after each care step so that the ingredients can take effect.
And now have fun creating your skin care routine!