Skincare is pretty simple but with so many products and ingredients out on the market it can get completed. Here to break it down is what a good skincare routine should be; cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Those are the basic steps, then you can costumize your routine based on your skin type, normal, dry, combination, oil, acne prone or sensitive. After that you can add additional products to help improve your skin concern such as a serum, exfoliators, facial mask, a sleep mask, facial oil, face mist etc.
Beyond the price of the product what’s really important is the ingredient and the concentration of the ingredient in the product. Look for ingredients listed below;
Alpha Hydroxy Acid; They work on the skin’s surface to exfoliate the skin and are water soluble. They help improve the skin’s texture and dullness. Common AHA are glycolic, lactic acid. These are preferred for normal to dry skin.
Benzoyl Peroxide; Antibacterial agent used to kill acne causing bacteria (when used in excess this ingredient can be very drying)
Beta Hydroxy Acid: Oil-soluble exfoliants that work in the pore to help clear acne and bacteria, most common one is Salicylic acid. These are preferred for all skin types.
Hyaluronic acid: Naturally found in our bodies this ingredient is super hydrating . Preferred for dry and or aging skin.
L-Asorbic Acid: Aka Vitamin C, this is a anti-oxidiant which helps to stimulate the synthesis of collagen. It also helps to brighten the skin, minimize fine lines, scars and wrinkles.
Retinol: Derived from Vitamin A these ingredient molecular structure is allows it to go into the lower layers of the skin. It helps with fine lines and wrinkles, it helps with acne scars and dullness. It’s works with all skin types but use it at night and then apply moisturizer and use sunscreen. Do not wax or use peels while using retinol.
These are just a few skincare ingredients to mention without creating a long list from A-Z. It’s also good to know NOT to mix Retinol with AHA/BHA , Vitamin C or Benzoyl Peroxide because it would be to harsh and irritating to the skin. Also, if you have sensitive skin avoid any products with alcohol and fragrance because they can irritate the skin.
If you haven’t already check out the video above to see what my current skincare routine is and what I do differently in the winter time for my skin. Just remember what you put on your skin is not as important as what you put in your body!