What does your skin care routine look like? If you don’t already have one established, it may be time to make this a priority. Caring for your skin goes beyond splashing your face with cold water in the morning; ideally, you should have a morning and bedtime skin care routine that involves cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your body’s largest organ.
The Importance of a Skin Care Routine
Taking care of your skin is important for a number of reasons. For starters, did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Protecting your skin from the sun (such as by applying a daily sunscreen with SPF) is the best way to avoid skin cancer and reduce signs of aging caused by UVA/UVB exposure. This, in turn, can keep your skin looking more youthful and help you feel more confident.
Taking care of your skin can also help you avoid or treat common dermatological conditions, such as dry skin, acne, and eczema.
Key Products to Incorporate
So, where do you even get started with establishing a daily skin care routine? There are a few key products that you’ll want to have on-hand, beginning with a good cleanser. This is what you’ll use to wash your face in the morning and then again at night. It’s important to use a cleanser that’s specifically formulated for use on your face, as the skin on your face tends to be more sensitive and delicate.
A toner can also be applied after washing your face to smooth and soften your skin while reducing redness and irritation. Some people prefer to use toner at night before going to bed, but it can be used after anytime you wash your face.
After cleansing and toning, it’s a good idea to apply a quality moisturizer that will keep your skin properly hydrated. This will protect your skin from drying out and becoming itchy and/or flaky. You may need to use a little trial and error to figure out the moisturizer that’s best for your skin—and it’s likely that you’ll need to use a different moisturizer on your face than you do the rest of your body.
Don’t forget the sunscreen; while some moisturizers have SPF built-in, it’s important to have a go-to sunscreen that you can apply all over—especially on days when you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors.
Last but not least, find yourself a great exfoliant; these are key to removing dead skin and revealing the smooth, youthful skin underneath. Just make sure not to overdo it; in most cases, you shouldn’t need to exfoliate more than once or twice a week.
The Bottom Line on Caring for Your Skin
These are the most common products found in a skin care routine, though you may find that additional products (such as night creams and serums) are a worthwhile addition as well. At the end of the day, it’s all about taking care of your skin so you can look and feel your best! ABI Dermaceuticals has the products you need to nourish your skin, so explore our offerings today.