There’s so much info about the ‘perfect’ skin care routine, but what does this mean? The truth is there is no one perfect regimen that will work for everyone. That’s because we’re all individuals with different skin care needs. The important thing is to focus on the three basics that apply to all skin types: cleanse, moisturize, protect.
Choose A Skin Care Routine Based On Your Type
If you have dry skin:
- choose a gentle cleanser, a heavy moisturizer, and chemical or mineral sunscreen.
If you have oily acne-prone skin:
- Reach for a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, an oil-absorbing moisturizer, and a mineral sunscreen.
If your skin is sensitive:
- use a gentle cleanser, a fragrance-free moisturizer, and mineral sunscreen.
How To Go Beyond Basic Skin Care
A basic skin care routine means you wash your face every night—and don’t fall asleep with makeup on. It also means you moisturize and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV and UVA rays. If you’re already doing this and your skin still isn’t at its best, what do you do? How do you rise above basic and enjoy an advanced skin care regimen (plus the glowing skin that comes with it)?
Add A Serum to Your Regimen
Serums are superstar liquids with active ingredients that are concentrated. You apply them at night after you clean your skin. Serums can do a variety of amazing things for you. They can stimulate collagen and reduce fine lines (retinol, vitamin B3, peptides), lessen free-radical damage (vitamin C), and strengthen your skin barrier (hyaluronic acid).
Level Up With Lights And Lasers
Your skin care routine rises to the next level when you incorporate the latest technology. Remember to do it regularly to maintain your result. You take your car in for a tune-up to address the wear and tear of the previous year; you should also take your skin in for a professional treatment each year. Some great options include:
- IPL (intense pulsed light)
- Fraxel laser
- Pulsed-dye lasers
- Erbium lasers
- CO2 lasers
Get Expert Advice From A Dermatologist
Too many people try to figure out what’s wrong with their skin and waste valuable time and money guessing which products they need. Seeing a board-certified dermatologist will take the guesswork out of your skin care woes. You’ll get a thorough exam, an expert diagnosis, and an effective treatment plan.
The perfect skin care regimen is the one that works for your particular skin type. Always remember to do the basics: clean, add moisture, and protect it from the sun. And beyond this basic routine, you can attain incredible skin if you also add a serum, level up with some high-tech lights and lasers, and see a dermatologist for expert advice.