The good news is that skin care can be simple. Washing your face doesn’t have to be a 10-step process and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to fill up your cabinet with loads of products.
The fact is good skin care involves three basic steps:
- Cleansing—getting rid of dirt and chemicals while limiting the stress of daily cleansing
- Moisturizing—hydrating and replenishing the skin
- Using sunscreen—protecting the skin from harmful UV rays
This step is essential to ensuring you start with a clean face before applying any product to it. The purpose of a cleanser, or soap, is to surround, loosen, and make it easy to remove dirt, germs, excess oils, and left-over products applied to the skin.
The key to finding the right cleanser is to Know Your Skin. There are five basic skin types:
- Normal: This skin type has a proper balance of moisture and oil.
- Sensitive: People with sensitive skin often experience tingling, itching and might get blotches when they come in contact with some common ingredients found in facial care products.
- Oily: If your face looks shiny, greasy or slick an hour or two after you wash your face, chances are you have oily skin.
- Dry: If your face feels tight or stiff after you wash, chances are you have dry skin. Dry skin is also more prone to early wrinkling and creasing.
- Combination: As the name of this category suggests, combo skin is a mix of oil in some parts and dry in others.
Moisturizing is an essential step in good skin care. A good moisturizer can stop the dry skin becoming cracked, thick, flaky skin. Not all skin is the same and not all moisturizers are the same. Picking out the best moisturizer for your skin depends on what your skin needs.