8 effective tips for skincare

We all know someone who has great skin. Whether it is winter or summer, you see them rocking a glowing skin. So, what is she doing right? Is it the magic of Botox and other cosmetic procedures? Or is it just good ol’ genes?

Here are a few tips for skincare that divas follow for great skin and which you can too.
  1. Choose the right cleanser for your skin type
The first thing to do before splurging on any skincare products is to know your skin type. This can help you maintain your skin’s natural balance and avoid any inflammation, breakout or irritation with the use of wrong products.
For oily and acne-prone skin, a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is the right one. Both help combat acne. If you have brown spots on your skin, you should opt for a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.
  1. Less is more
Really, we mean it. Don’t pile up products on your face. Did you know you can have too much moisturizer, too? And when you do, it can block your pores. Use the right amount. For instance, moisturizer should be taken in a nickel-sized amount while eye cream should be applied in a pea-sized amount (split between both eyes).
You can also run the danger of over-exfoliating your skin if you use multiple acids for cleansing your skin. Before using all the skincare products together, check whether all these products go well with each other. For example, the I image vital c collection is perfect for moisturizing your face, and the packaging makes it easy to ensure you are not using too much!
  1. Double cleanse
At the end of the day, your skin is weighing down due to all the dirt and oil gathered during the day. Make sure you cleanse the skin twice to get a clean skin for a nighttime skincare routine.
In this two-step process, start off with a milk, oil or cream cleanser. Afterwards, exfoliate your skin.
  1. Use sunscreen
And not just for the beach! Or just the sunny days. You need sunscreen when you are out running errands or driving a car.  Applying sunscreen daily helps you protect your skin from sun damage. Sun exposure is the main culprit behind 90% of those fine lines. The daily UV exposure can contribute to those signs of ageing. So, use an SPF 30 or higher, on a daily basis. Also, remember that you need to reapply it every 2 hours.
  1.   Your skin type changes
As you grow older, your skin type changes. *gasp*
This means you should choose skincare products not just according to seasons but your age too. As you age, the collagen levels in your skin begin to drop down, making your skin dry out.
When you turn 30, you should invest in serum and retinol. As you hit the 40s, skin tends to dry out more which means you need to start hydrating it. Use products with natural humectants such as glycerin, aloe and hyaluronic acid. Moving on to your 50s, you should be using rich formulas and also incorporate a facial oil into your skincare routine.
  1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
According to Dr Mona Gohara, a dermatologist, we lose 50 million skin cells a day. This is a huge number of cells and if they don’t get removed quickly, they can give your skin a dull look.
To combat this, exfoliate your skin and choose a product with a neutral pH.  Exfoliants are of two types. Physical exfoliants contain fine grains which work by sloughing dead skin when you scrub the exfoliant.
Chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid and lactic acid dissolve the dead skin, leaving your skin smoother than before.
  1. Follow the proper order
All skincare products should be applied in proper order for the best results. As most dermatologists put it, go from the lightest product to the heaviest one. This means that a lightweight serum would go first, followed by a moisturizer and then a sunscreen.
  1. Create a nighttime skincare routine
A proper nighttime skincare regime is necessary to keep away all the dirt and grime from piling up on your skin. If you like to keep it simple, you can stick to the three-step process that is cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  
If you’d like to up the ante, there are a few more steps you could add. Start off with cleansing and then moisturizing. Afterwards, apply eye cream. Next, focus on the lip area and use products containing aloe vera and vitamin E to make your lips look and feel soft. To round off the nighttime regime, get head-to-toe hydration.

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