BASIC SKINCARE REQUIREMENTS
This section presents a quick overview of the products you need to build a core or basic skincare routine.
BASIC SKINCARE REQUIREMENTS
In the following paragraphs, we list the products you would use every day to maintain your skin, to meet many of your skincare needs related to your skin type, and to address some of your skin concerns. Though this may sound like a sweeping comment, we believe strongly that everyone can benefit from following these steps, even teenagers. Although we know it’s highly unlikely that any teenager will follow all these steps, starting them in the right direction with at least three would be a perfect beginning.
The basics are: Twice a day use a gentle water-soluble cleanser appropriate for your skin type; more emollient for dry skin, more of a lotion style for normal skin, and a gel or pearlized lotion with a bit of sudsing for oily/ combination skin. You can start or follow with a makeup remover to be sure you’ve removed every last bit of makeup; you don’t ever want to fall asleep in your makeup.
Next is a toner, and of course it must be one that contains no irritants of any kind.
This step assures you that you are quickly giving back to skin the crucial substances we mentioned before, such as antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients, in a lightweight sheer formula that’s appropriate for your skin type; dry skin would have more emollients, normal skin would be a ﬂuid without extra emollients, and oily/combination skin would have ingredients that are helpful to balance oily skin.
You then follow with an exfoliant in a formula appropriate for your skin type. We explain at length in the other posts why an exfoliant is a basic item in any daily skincare routine.
A serum can be your next step to give your skin a concentrated dose of the brilliant ingredients skin is hungry for, including antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. This is a wonderful basic step that many overlook, but the beneft may be worth experiencing for yourself before you write this step oﬀ as being a waste of time.
It goes without saying, but we will say it anyway: During the day you must wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater and you must experiment to find a texture of sunscreen that makes your skin happy. For someone with dry skin a creamier formula should be perfect, for someone with normal skin a lotion formula will be great, and if you have oily/combination skin, a matte-finish sunscreen would work best.
At night you need a moisturizer to feed your skin once again, with healthy amounts of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.
The texture of your moisturizer must be appropriate for your skin type. If you have oily/combination skin, a liquid, gel, or thin serum would be ideal; dry skin would need a rich emollient cream; and normal skin would do great with a lotion.