We all want to look the best we can. Sure, it’s not the most important thing in the world. But we do want to look healthy and feel good. So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us spend a fair amount of time taking care of our skin – our largest organ and the thing that covers almost our entire body. If you’re looking to come up with the perfect skincare routine, take a look through the tips, tricks and further information below. You’ll be positively glowing in next to no time!
The first, and perhaps most simple, step you can take to improve your skin, regardless of the problems you’re experiencing with it is to stay hydrated. 80% of the average adult’s body is water, so you really do need to keep these levels topped up. We lose moisture through breathing, sweating, talking and urinating. It’s recommended that you drink around eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and avoid the consequences of dehydration on your skin. These can include dullness, dryness and cracking.
Identify Skin Conditions
If you’re experiencing problems with your skin, you may be suffering from a skin condition that requires professional medical intervention. The most common condition that people complain about tends to be acne. Acne is essentially a condition that results from your hair follicles becoming clogged with oil or dead skin cells. This clogging results in the formation of a spot or, more often, multiple spots in the affected area. Individuals with dry or oily skin may, consequently, be more prone to this. Generally speaking, acne will be found on the face. However, you may find that you experience it in other areas, such as your chest, back, upper arms, or shoulders. It’s important to be familiar with the different types of spots associated with acne to be able to talk to your doctor properly about your experience and find the best treatment possible. The six main types of spots caused by acne include:
Blackheads tend to be small spots that have a black top. However, they can occasionally be yellow. Don’t fall prey to believing that the black head on these spots is caused by dirt trapped beneath the skin. Instead it is actually the lining of an irritated and trapped hair follicle.
Whiteheads are similar to blackheads. However, the head is white rather than black. They also feel harder and do not empty when they are squeezed.
Papules are small, red spots. They may feel tender or sore when touched or when you move your face or life down. This can be rather unpleasant to experience.
Pustules are pretty similar to papules. The difference is that they will develop a white tip in the centre of the spot. This white build up is pus.
Nodules are the type of spots you may get that lie under your skin. Now you might not be able to see them as much as other spots, but they can be extremely uncomfortable, feeling hard and painful whenever you touch the skin they lie beneath.
Cysts are characteristic of cystic acne. These cysts often look like large pus-filled lumpsThis is generally considered to be the most severe form of acne. This is because it happens to be the type that results in the highest rates of acne scarring.
If you believe you have acne, it’s generally best to visit your doctor or a dermatologist, who may be able to prescribe specialist ointments, creams or even antibiotics.
Identify Your Skin Type
There are four main skin types and it’s highly likely that your skin falls into one of these four categories. Knowing your skin type is the next step to success. After all, once you know your skin type, you can choose the right products that will work for it. Here are the four main categories to help you identify your own skin type. If you’re really struggling, ask a dermatologist or visit a beauty counter for further advice.
- Normal skin – this is generally seen as the most desirable of the four skin types. Normal skin is balanced without being excessively oily or dry.
- Dry skin – the clue is in the name with dry skin. It’s often skin with a dry, rough, or dull texture and appearance. This is because dry skin produces lower levels of sebum than other skin types. If you have dry skin, you may also experience a feeling of “tightness”.
- Oily skin – the clue is also in the name when it comes to oily skin. This skin type operates on the opposite end of the spectrum to dry skin and, in fact, creates excess levels of sebum. This can lead to visible pores and you may appear greasy.
- Combination skin – combination skin is a little more difficult to deal with. If you have this skin type, you will have a combination of the skin types listed above. Parts of your face will have normal skin, some parts will be dry and other parts will be oily.
Get the Basics
For your basic skincare routine you need a good makeup remover (if you wear makeup), a cleanser, a toner and moisturiser. These are the absolute basics. Ask around for different samples until you find the perfect options that are worth investing in.
Get the Extras
Once you’ve got the basics, you can delve into the extras. These tend to be the fun parts that make you feel like you’re treating yourself and pampering yourself. They can include treatments for eye bags. They could be face masks. They could even be facials.
Keep Up the Good Work
It’s easy to slack a few days or weeks into your skincare routine. But keep up the good work! It will really pay off!
So, there you have it! Going through these steps can help you to resolve any skincare complaints or troubles you may be faced with. Perseverance and endurance really are key!