Skin care is a booming industry, full of different creams and washes and serums that all promise you healthier, younger-looking skin.
If you’re not familiar, it can be difficult to even know where to start. Fortunately, there are three easy steps you can take to give your face the care it needs.
The most fundamental step of skin care is gently cleansing any excess dirt or oil from your face. If you have oily skin, go for a lighter foam wash. If your skin is drier, use a heavier wash in a cream or lotion format. Micellar water is an excellent option as well for most skin types. You can also try exfoliating cleansers for a little stronger clean that will remove dead skin cells. Just make sure to stay away from harsh exfoliators made from nut shells, and don’t overdo it – once a week is plenty.
Next, use a moisturizer or face lotion after you’ve washed and dried your face. Moisturizing helps your skin retain water, which keeps it hydrated and healthy-looking. Your skin type matters for picking out the best product here too. A moisturizing gel is ideal for oily skin types, most facial lotions work for combination skin, and dry skin is best served by a heavier lotion or even a cream.
Before you leave the house, apply sunscreen to your face. The UV rays from sunlight harm your skin, and dermatologists recommend applying a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This quick daily step can help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as certain types of skin cancer.
Skin care doesn’t have to be confusing or expensive. Adding these three quick steps to your daily routine can help keep your skin fresh, moisturized, and safe from the sun.
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