The Perfect Skincare Routine: What You’ve Been Doing Wrong All Along

Skincare Routine

When it comes to skincare regimens, it can seem like the blind leading the blind. Everyone seems to have the secret to perfect skin these days, but what makes them know the “secret?” How did they stumble upon this wonderful secret that millions of people have been trying to figure out for years? Well, the truth is, beautiful skin has a lot to do with a lot of things.

Beautiful skin is the product of genetics, what you consume, and your overall lifestyle. Now, in addition to all of that, there are also contributing factors that you may be doing with your skincare routine that you thought were helpful but are actually very destructive to the health of your skin.

We’re going to take a look at some things people do with their skincare regimens that seem to be helpful but it’s really keeping your skin from its glowing potential. If you want to find out how to take better care of your skin, read more to find out what not to do!

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Ignoring the Labels for Sun Sensitivity

When you shop in the beauty department of your local drug store, you’ll see different products that are labeled “night time” or “night time use.” But for some reason, we feel that we can use it during the day too.

For instance, you might see a face cleanser that says “night time” and feel that there’s no need to buy two facial cleansers when you could just buy the one and use it in the morning and before bed. Well, did it ever dawn on you that the facial cleanser was labeled that way for a reason?

What people fail to realize about certain skin care products is that they’re labeled a certain way for a reason. The ingredients in some of these products that are labeled specifically for night time use can cause skin irritation or sensitivity when exposed to the sun. That is why it is important to pay attention to the label and adhere to it… those labels aren’t just for looks! Your skin will thank you for it!

Having One Rag or Towel For Your Entire Body

As kids, we were given one rag and one towel to wash with. The rag was to wash our entire body with and the towel was to dry off our entire body with… as a child, that might have been okay but as an adult, especially after you’ve hit puberty, you need separate rags and towels for everything!

When it comes to a skincare routine, you need to have a rag and small towel dedicated solely to your face. You don’t want to wash your face with a rag that has cleaned your underarms, nor do you need to share rags and towels with someone else… You have enough skin problems as it is… you don’t need anyone else’s skin problems on your skin!

You’re Not Moisturizing Enough

Some of the soaps and cleansers on the market today can really dry your skin out, that’s why it’s so important to make sure you thoroughly moisturize your skin after you wash your face. A lot of people will head to their local drug store and look for the moisturizer that they feel will best moisturize their skin type, and that’s perfectly fine.

Others who take a more natural approach to moisturize their skin opt for a homemade body butter; that works as a great moisturizer for the skin. A great skin moisturizer that you can concoct right in your own home is a body butter consisting of shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. Its very simple to make too.

Some DIY connoisseurs will make batches of body butter and sell individual containers of them. Because this is a mixture that has different oils in it, a little will go a long way for customers when they apply it daily but it will definitely eliminate the possibility of under moisturizing.

You’re Applying Your Skincare Products in the Wrong Order

Just like there is an order that you put toppings on a pizza, there is an order in which you must apply the products of your skincare routine. In order to get the most out of your skincare products, think of applying them in the order of lightest to heaviest… first your liquids, then your gels, and then your creams.

A good morning skincare regimen to follow should look a little something like this, depending on your skin’s needs:

  • Facial Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum/Moisturizer (body butter concoction)
  • Eye Cream (if you need it)
  • Sunscreen

According to blog.skincancer.org, a lot of people don’t know how to read a sunscreen label. The article highlights a study conducted in JAMA Dermatology on how many people understood a sunscreen label. It found that only 43% of the participants understood the value of an SPF number.

A good night time skincare regiment to follow will look a little more like this:

  • Facial Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Acne Spot Treatment
  • Serum/Moisturizer (body butter concoction)
  • Eye Cream (if you need it)

What You Can Do

A few years ago, there was a skincare craze that everyone was doing… it seemed to work for most people but the problem with it was that it was so time-consuming and required a lot of products, and for some people, their skin didn’t need all the products that the regimen called for.

When it comes to YOUR skincare regimen, the best thing you can do for your skin is to get a good understanding of your skin. Once you understand your skin, you can customize your skincare regiment according to your skin’s needs, therefore you’ll eliminate the unnecessary products you don’t need, reducing your skincare regimen time. It’s not that you’re eliminating important steps in your routine but you will be making better use of your time.

You can also look for products that serve multiple purposes. Like a cleanser that has toner in it or a moisturizer that has an SPF in it. It’s things like that, that will reduce your skincare time and still leave you with glowing, radiant skin!

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