Skincare is essential for reasons beyond appearance. The most important reason is to improve and maintain the health of your skin – the largest organ in your body.
You may have heard of the saying “prevention is better than cure,” and a well-thought skincare routine does exactly that.
This article talks about the various do’s and don’ts you must follow in your skincare routine to achieve that flawless and radiating glow.
If you are new to the world of skincare, keep scrolling and continue reading to know more!
Do’s of Skincare Routine
Follow these tips and tricks to achieve the best skin for you.
1. Always apply sunscreen!
If you are relatively new in the world of skincare and have looked for articles for beginners, you must have seen this tip in every article. So let us address the elephant in the room – what is the deal with sunscreens?
Sunscreens help protect our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Moreover, they also help prevent the signs of aging, the risk of sunburns and skin cancer, and skin discoloration.
Therefore, you must apply a substantial amount of sunscreen before stepping out of your home.
2. Include antioxidants in your diet.
Antioxidants are chemicals that help your skin fight “free radicals” – harmful agents responsible for skin damage. Moreover, some skincare products with antioxidants also help reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten the skin, and make it look more youthful.
A rich source of antioxidants is foods containing Vitamin A and Vitamin C! Therefore, make sure you add them to your diet.
Did you know that dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants!
3. Take care of your body as well!
Skincare is not just limited to the face. Your entire body is covered with skin – from the arms to the legs. Therefore, you must take care of every part of your body equally.
Make sure you exfoliate once a week and moisturize daily. Do not settle for any lotion or body cream available in the market. Do your research or consult a dermatologist.
4. You must remove make-up before hitting the sack.
This tip is the most obvious one to consider and apply in your daily skincare regimen, but not many people realize the importance of doing so. Make-up contains chemicals that should not be on your face for prolonged periods, as they will clog your pores and cause breakouts and acne.
Hence, use micellar water followed by a gentle cleanser to remove make-up from your face without disrupting its texture.
5. Purchase the right products.
Suppose your friend has started using a new product launched several weeks ago and has recommended the same for your skin. You go to the nearest store and purchase it. However, after a week’s use, you notice acne, redness, and irritation on your skin.
The deal with skincare is that it is not a “one size fits all” concept. Every skin is different. There are various skin types. Therefore, you must know your skin type before blindly purchasing a product off the shelf.
Don’ts of Skincare Routine
Now that you know the things you should do to take care of the skin, let us look at the things you must avoid at all costs to save your skin!
1. Do not pop your pimples and pick on acne.
Your mother, aunt, or skincare fanatic friend of yours must have told you countless times not to pop that pimple chilling on your face without any regret. The sheer, momentary joy of doing so may be unmatched, but it comes with its set of complications.
Bursting a pimple causes acne scarring. It also infects the pores when you forcefully remove the puss from a pimple. In turn, this also leads to a delay in the healing process of the pimple.
Author’s Note: You must also avoid touching your face irrespective of acne or not, as you may be carrying germs in your hands and not know about the same. If you use the same dirty hands to burst a pimple, it can increase the chances of worsening skin conditions.
2. Do not over-exfoliate your skin.
Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells, but what happens when you over-exfoliate? Over-exfoliation leads to swelling, irritation, and redness on your skin.
It also compromises the texture and makes its appearance dull and lifeless due to the damage to the epidermis. Therefore, you should ideally exfoliate once a week, depending on your skin type.
Moreover, if you use a loofah to lather body wash all over, you must be mindful of not applying too much pressure or force while scrubbing your body.
3. Avoid taking a bath with absolute hot water.
Hot water baths feel relaxing and luxurious – but how hot is too hot, and why must you avoid it?
Hot water baths make the skin dry and flaky. It damages the keratin cells located on the epidermis responsible for keeping your skin moisturized. In some cases, it may also worsen the condition of pre-existing skin problems.
Instead, you should take a bath with lukewarm water; and follow it up by gently drying your body and applying your favorite body lotion.
(Author’s Note: You can also use cold water to finish your bath as it tightens the pores that secure moisture instead of leaving it flaky and irritated.)
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The Final Takeaway
Figuring a suitable skincare routine that takes care of your needs and problems requires time and patience. It may seem time-consuming, but it is worth the effort and investment.
Consulting a dermatologist and taking their advice is a good place to start, and you can build your regimen later on.
An experienced dermatologist will not just recommend any product off the shelf; they will also keep your budgetary constraints in mind before giving a prescription.
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