Getting Started On A Skincare Routine

Getting Started On A Skincare Routine

1) Cleanser

Everyday soaps can be harsh and irritating, so choose a cleanser that suits your skin type. Look for one that maintains your skin’s normal pH balance and doesn’t damage its natural protective barriers. Most Cetaphil cleansers are shown to be similar to your skin's pH range and are therefore ideal for sensitive skin. 

Limit cleansing your face to twice a day (in the morning and evening). And after cleansing, be sure to pat your skin dry. Avoid rubbing your face with your towel to ensure you don’t cause irritation. 

 

2) Day Moisturiser

If you have dry skin, apply moisturiser while skin is still damp. This helps trap moisture and keeps your skin soft and smooth. You might think that oily skin doesn’t need a moisturiser, but even if you notice that you have excess oil, you still do need to moisturise--even visibly oily skin can still lack water. Just be sure to use a non-comedogenic formula, as this means it’s won't clog pores.

Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful moisturising agent and an essential component naturally occurring in our skin. It is a moisture-binding ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is also recommended for dry and/or sensitive skin as it gently hydrates without irritation.

Using a moisturiser with SPF is a great way to make sure you don’t skip sun protection, and SPF15 is the minimum value for adequate daily protection. (1)  

 

3) Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for hot days. Using sunscreen regularly can help guard against free radicals induced by UV radiation, which can cause skin damage and aging. While SPF 15 is the minimum value you need for daily protection, sunscreens which carry an SPF of 30 (or higher) offers even better protection.

Be sure to choose  a product with broad spectrum UV protection, to protect yourself from both UVA rays (that cause aging) and UVB rays (that cause sunburn). (2) And remember, while water resistance helps ensure that your sunscreen doesn’t wash (or sweat) off, extended exposure to the sun requires a second helping of sunscreen.

 

4) Night Moisturiser

Using a moisturiser before going to bed helps keep your skin hydrated through the night, and will help your skin feel balanced and smoothed when you wake up to face the world. Using a night moisturiser helps you take advantage of your body getting much needed sleep. A nourishing night cream like Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid protects skin from dryness throughout the night.

 

5) Eye Care

Don’t forget to treat your eye area in your skincare routine. The skin around the eyes is delicate and thinner than the rest of your skin, and using an eye gel or cream before going to bed at night helps to hydrate, brighten and smooth the eye area.

The under eye area is a sensitive part of your face as the skin is thin and delicate. Applying heavy creams can cause irritation, especially if the formulation contains strong active ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is a highly effective ingredient to apply to this area as it delivers intense hydration without irritation and acts gently on this delicate area.

 

6) Don't forget your Body

Though your face might be the thing you focus on when you look in the mirror, don’t neglect your body. Because we’re covered up most of the day, there is a tendency to give the skin on your arms, legs, back and trunk second priority—but these areas can also get dry and irritated. 

Be sure to use a gentle body wash, and make it a habit to moisturise immediately after stepping out of the shower or bath.

 

 

REFERENCES

1 http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb