The Importance of a Skin Care Routine

by Paul on March 14, 2014

routineProviding good care for your skin isn’t as much about drastic measures or extraordinary, miracle cures, as it is actually about a good routine. Yes, we all lead fast-paced lives, but that’s not an excuse not to take care of your skin. A good routine doesn’t really need much time invested into it; it only requires regularity and being constant. Making a little effort at a time does our skin a world of good, while neglecting it often and then rushing to give ourselves a fancy facial to compensate isn’t as effective as we’d like it to be.

The Golden Skin Care Routine Rule

A healthy skin care regimen is composed of a few basics, or life-style dos and don’ts that are not really that surprising or demanding. But the magic ingredient that makes all of it work is the regularity of doing it all, the very quality of all these measures working together and being a routine, just like the name says. For most of us, the word routine isn’t associated with something very pretty or too desirable. We hear things like “routine will kill you”, “I need to break the routine” and so on all the time. When it comes to skin care, forget all that. Your skin needs constant love and attention and yes, the precision and predictability of a good routine. Your body adapts to your current program – even your meal and sleep hours – and every change you make will require new adapting, and all this effort puts extra strain on your body and your skin. So stop giving your skin extra pressure and just stick with a routine to make the job easier. The same goes for applying skin care products: having a repetitive routine is more important than applying miracle cures every now and then.

Stock Up On A Few Skin Care Basics And Apply Them Religiously

Having the required skin care products for an effective routine doesn’t imply spending a small fortune. In fact, some studies even hint that there’s not really a difference between more expensive face creams and cheaper ones, as long as they all succeed in keeping the skin well-moisturized. So you can just buy some basic products, even if they’re on the cheaper side, as long as you make sure that they respect three rules. One: they match your skin type; two: they protect your skin from the damages of sun exposure (they double up as sun screen); and three: they don’t contain any artificial additives, parabens, mineral oils like paraffin and other artificial components that are downright harmful for the skin. The things you should own in your skin care kit are not many: a cleanser, a toner, a good face cream (if you want to up your game a bit, you can split the cream into a day cream, a night cream and an eye area cream), an exfoliator and a face mask.

Also, another tip to keep in mind is that you should differentiate between daily routine and weekly routine. As a general rule of thumb, things to do daily should include cleansing, toning and moisturizing, in that order; while things to do weekly should include using an exfoliator and a good face mask. If you think it will help you get your routine going, you can even make a list of resolutions and to-do reminders, just be careful not to turn the whole thing into a chore. And never, ever, go to bed without taking your make-up off, no matter how tired you are. Ever. Just trust us on that and you’ll give yourself something to be thankful for on the long run. Enjoy your skin care routine and the best of luck with it!

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