A must-have steps in skin care routine.
Have you ever walked by someone with a smooth and flawless skin? You really want to get it but your life is too busy. So this post is for you. In this post, I will walk you through a minimalism routine, that improves your skin appearance which just take you about 5 minutes a day. 5 minutes a day for a healthier skin, why not?
What is “minimalism” in skin care?
Obviously, the word “skin care” already denotes its meaning, taking care of your skin, particularly facial skin. “Minimalism” is a popular art style in New York in the 1960s, which dignify the value of simplicity. So “minimalism skin care” suits for who want to look beautiful but still don’t waste to much time on it. It absolutely not as good as the complete but, yee, better than none.
Skin care at night.
Nighttime is the most suitable time to take care of your skin. This is the time when your skin needs to get rid of dirt and sebum after a long day working. You need to cleanse and apply some nutrients to your skin. As mentioned above, Korean have created a standard skin care routine a long time ago. However, their routine is involved 10 different steps, really complicated and time – consuming, isn’t it?
To build an appropriate routine for your skin, first and foremost, you need to understand what does your skin need? So the purpose of this post is to elaborate the most standard steps that every routine need to have, no matter you are a “pros” or a “newbie” in this area. As you go “down the road”, you may find there is some advance ingredients that you want to add to upgrade your skin, that’s fine, but at this stage, I highly recommend you follow these basic steps, just to “warm-up” your skin and get you to the new area. Am I talking too much? Let’s start.
This is obviously the first and the most important step of your routine. Imagine after a long day working under the sun, sweat, sebum, dirt, bacteria attracted to your skin, you absolutely don’t want to sleep with all that stuff on the face. So a deep cleanse is never more essential than in the evening. If you cleanse well, your skin can breathe and pores can open so that every stuff you put later on can be absorbed to your dermis layer. I would recommend you do the “double cleansing” process, as I would explain clearer below.
“Double cleansing” involves using a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water to breakdown make-up, SPF, and sebum within the surface of your skin. Remember that, oil-based cleanser. Research shows that stuff is more likely to dissolve which is in the same solvent, this is called “like – dissolve – like”, so the oil-based product is the great choice to remove anything that exist in your natural facial oil.
When everything is removed on the surface, you follow with a deeper water-based cleanser, water molecules are much smaller than oil molecules, therefore it would penetrate to the deeper area of your skin, you should use a mild cleanser at here, cause we don’t really want to over- strip our face, leaving a little amount of your natural oil is not a bad idea. But, please, do remember that rinse your face carefully after cleansing, don’t leave any cleansing products on your face. The whole process should take around 1-2 minutes.
I promise that I will list some best and affordable cleansing products that I used in the next posts. Really sorry for this inconvenience.
This step really useful to get rid of dead cells. Dead cells can not be removed just by cleansing, therefore you need a thing that much stronger, more reactive, and that is exfoliator. Some exfoliating ingredients are AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), BHA ( Beta Hydroxy Acid), less commonly, PHA and LHA. BHA works well with oily skin, while AHA is more favoured to dry skin, but that is not mean oily skin can not AHA and dry skin can not use BHA, as I said, you have to feel your skin, listen to its request and figure out what your skin needs.
The use of BHA and AHA I might talk clearer in some post later. At this stage, I recommend you start with a low concentration of these acids, as these can cause some break out to your skin, especially who with sensitive skin. You can use exfoliator daily once your skin gets used to with it. Please be aware that exfoliating is different from peeling, peeling is using a really high concentration of acid to peel your skin, like a renewal, and this can not use daily. But your skin does need to exfoliate every day like you need to brush your teeth or take a shower in the morning. Researches show that exfoliate can be useful for whom have acne and pimple, as this removes your surface dead skin cells, provide an exit pathway to these acnes.
This involves using serums, cream which contain ingredients that mainly focus on fixing problems of your skin, like acne, pigmentation, hyperpigmentation. Treatment products take away a deep linkage between dead skin under your skin. This is the cause of many skin issues. Some treatment products may contain recovery ingredients, which help recover your damaged skin.
Imagine your face is like a vessel, you clean it, fill it with a lot of nutrition, but you forgot to lid it, all of your nutritive would evaporate or polluted. Moisturizer acts as a lid, it locks the humid in your skin, prevent anything go outside or contaminants come inside.
Skin care at morning.
At this time, your skin really needs to be protected and moisturized. In the morning, people have to go to work, go to school, generally is going outside. There is a ton of factors that can attack your skin out there, UV light, smoke, bacteria,… If you don’t protect your skin well in the morning, I would say that every high- price serums that you put on last night are useless. Trust me!!
This step is optional, if you feel your skin a little bit greasy you can use a mild cleanser to clean it. But normally, I just use lukewarm water to rinse my face in the morning, to leave some oil still on my face.
This step helps your skin feel hydrated throughout the day long. People with oily skin can get benefits from this step. As if your skin is hydrated, it is less likely to release oil. But this is still essential for dry skin. A good moisturizer can help to repair your skin barrier, create a shield that prevents bacteria attack to your epidermis. Moisturizer also provides a base, which helps make up on your face look much prettier, have you ever feel that put your make up on and it cracked on your skin, that is because make up can not stick to dehydrated surface.
And here, this is the most most important in your skincare routine. 80% of skin problems are caused by ultra violet (UV). UVA can cause aging to your skin, it penetrates to your hyper dermis, destroy the collagen linkage and make your skin age faster. UVB causes sunburn, pigmentation by destroying the cell on your epidermis. I might not need to consider about UVC at here cause you may know how it affects our life, if it can contact us, it would be a disaster. Thanks to our dear friend, Ozone. So, please remember to use sunscreen every day, with SPF 30 to 50 is the best, it not takes a lot of time but the effects it brings is undeniable.
Everything has to be paid, even your beauty.
This is true, the cost might not be money, it can be your effort, your time. It takes me a lot of time to find videos on YouTube, read articles. Fortunately, you don’t have to do so, SkinCareIsLife will generate information to you as accurate and short as possible. See you next post. Thank you !!
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