Getting started with skin care can be overwhelming. There are so many different products on the market, from cleanser all the way to sunscreen with serums, essences, face masks in between. Before jumping into a 10-step Korean skincare routine, start off with a simpler skincare regime. After all, less is more. With these basic skin care tips for beginners, using skin care products won’t be as daunting!
1. Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise
The three basic essentials to a skin care routine is a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. A cleanser is the first essential step to thoroughly wash away dirt and pollutants from the face. It prevents the pores from clogging by removing traces of oil, dead skin cells and impurities. The purpose of a toner is to restore the skin’s pH balance after cleansing, in addition to adding a layer of protection to the skin. Lastly, moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated and improves your skin texture. For complete skin protection, add a sunscreen to your daytime routine and you’re covered!
2. Skin Care for Your Skin Type
When selecting a skin care product, it’s important to find a product that’s suitable for your skin type. For those with oily skin, using a product that’s too heavy will leave your skin looking greasy at the end of the day. On the other hand, dry skin requires products that deliver longer-lasting hydration to prevent rough and flaky skin. Those who are blessed with normal skin type can work with anything in between, while those with combination skin require products that balance out the oily parts of the face, but still provide enough hydration for dry areas.
3. Target Specific Skin Concerns
After narrowing down specific products for your skin type, it’s time to focus on skin concerns you want to target. Examples of common skin concerns include acne, blackheads, pigmentation and skin dullness. Targeting these skin concerns will help you attain that healthy glow you’ve always wanted. Skin concerns such as acne are usually prioritised over other concerns to prevent it from becoming severe, which will result in more scarring. In addition, acne can cause the skin to be more sensitive, limiting the range of skin care products that can be used. After your skin has cleared, it’s much easier to treat other skin concerns like dullness and pigmentation.
4. A Healthy Diet
If your skin doesn’t seem to be improving, even after changing up your skincare routine, it may be time to look into your lifestyle instead, particularly your diet. The food you consume has a large impact on your skin as well. For instance, sugary and processed foods like chips, soft drinks and fast food tend to cause breakouts. Reducing your intake of unhealthy food and piling up the fruits and vegetables can have a positive effect on your skin.
5. Give Your Routine Time
Adopting a skin care routine isn’t a miracle cure for bad skin. It takes time for your skin care products to work its magic. Skin care products usually take about a month to work or about 4 to 6 weeks. This is because waiting 4 to 6 weeks allows for cell turnover take place. Cell turnover is the skin’s renewal process which allows skin from the lowest layer of the epidermis to travel to the top, allowing you to see the full effects of your skin care products. So don’t give up on your skincare routine yet, and continue giving your skin the love it deserves.