Formulating a skin care routine that suits your skin type can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to this and have just started to pay attention to their skin care. With so many options for cleansers, serums, toners and creams available in the market, it can be overwhelming for some. The truth is, for skin care to be effective it does not have to be complicated or involve too many steps.
For beginners, three basic steps: cleansing, moisturizing and applying sunscreen, should do the trick. Once you get the hang of it, and understand your skin better, you can incorporate further steps and tweak your skincare according to your needs.
One of the first steps in building the skincare routine is to determine your skin type. Each individual has a different skin type with varying needs that are required to be met by various skin care products. Dermatologists have classified skin into four different types:
- Oily skin
- Dry skin
- Sensitive skin
- Combination skin
Once you have established what your skin type is, you can narrow down the products that are suitable for your skin and which ones are to be avoided. Usually the skin type is mentioned on the label which makes it easy to buy according to your skin type.
The beginner skin care routine should incorporate the following steps:
The very first step that should be a part of every skin care routine is to cleanse the face using a good cleanser. A cleanser takes off all the dirt, oil and bacteria that you come into contact with during the day. It is proven to be beneficial to cleanse your face at least twice a day, first in the morning and second at night. When buying a cleanser, people with oily skin should always opt for foaming cleansers that remove all the excess oil and prevent the pores from clogging. Those who have dry skin should go for hydrating cleansers that will help in restoring the natural oils as it will not strip off the moisture from the skin.
Here at Leovard, we have a wide range of products which can work wonders for your skin. Leovard’s Multicleanser is a gentle cleanser, made of all natural and organic ingredients and is suitable for all skin types. It contains antioxidants that help prevent the free radical damage that can cause early aging and even skin cancer. It also helps in reducing inflammation and any redness.
After cleansing comes the part where you have to moisturise your skin and doing it every day is one of the best things that you can do to keep your skin looking healthy and plump. Therefore, this is a step that you must never skip! It helps to keep your skin nourished and hydrated and is a must for all skin types, including those with oily skin. People with oily skin tend to skip moisturizing as they believe that it will make their skin more oily. However, lack of moisturizing will result in the skin producing even more oil which leads to further breakouts and clogged pores. Leovard’s Multicream has all the ingredients that you need to replenish your skin's moisture. With outstanding ingredients, such as antioxidants, botanical oils and Vitamin C, it is sure to keep your skin hydrated and nourished.
Usually people only apply sunscreen only when they are out and about or where they believe they will experience direct exposure to the sun. But in reality, it is very important to apply sunscreen every day, even if you’re going to be indoors all day. The sun's UV rays can lead to aging by breaking down the collagen leading to thinner skin which can cause wrinkles and fine lines to appear. There are two different types of sunscreens, mineral based and chemical based which can be used. When purchasing a sunscreen, it must be ensured that the formula contains SPF 30 or more to give most possible protection.
Once you have established a basic skin care routine you can add a few more steps depending on what your skin needs. Furthermore, before adding additional steps, you must give the products sometime to work their magic and for the skin to get used to them, and respond appropriately. Next, you can spice up your skin care routine by adding a good exfoliant to it. Using it once a week can be a good start. You can also include a serum or a fancy face mask or facial oil if you feel like taking your skin care up a notch.
No matter what steps you include in your skincare regime or what expensive products you use, consistency is the key! So whatever your current skin care routine is, make sure you are following it on a consistent basis. And do not be discouraged if you do not see the results quickly, because your skin will not change overnight. For the skin to show results, it can take upto at least 6 weeks. So try to keep your routine as simple as possible so it is easy to stay consistent and get the glowing and radiant skin you wish for!