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  • Writer's pictureIrish Josel Cahinde

Skincare Routine 2022

A solid skincare routine can make a difference in your skin's appearance. The biggest change you can make is to cleanse your face before bed.

Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is our first line of defense against disease, infection and toxins. Skin also regulates our body temperature, maintains fluid balance and protects us from harmful UV rays.

The skin's barrier can be broken down into three layers: The outer layer (stratum corneum), the middle layer (stratum granulosum) and the deepest layer (stratum basale). The stratum corneum is responsible for our skin’s natural barrier function that prevents water loss and protects us from bacteria.

Here's how to get started:

1. Cleanse

If you don't properly cleanse, it's impossible to get the benefits from the products you're using. Cleansing is the foundation of any good skincare routine. For starters, it removes dirt and excess oil, which can clog your pores. If you're wearing makeup, cleansing ensures it's completely removed before bed and that your skin is ready to receive the moisturizer you apply afterward.

Cleansing also helps your skin absorb ingredients more efficiently. Think of it like washing dishes: If you put on a serum or treatment without cleansing first, the product sits on top of your skin instead of penetrating it. A thorough cleansing will give your skincare products the best chance to absorb and work their magic on your skin.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is one of the most important, yet least understood elements of any skincare routine. When done right, exfoliation can do wonders for your skin in terms of brightness, smoothness and clarity.

  • Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to reveal healthier looking skin:

By removing old cells from the surface of your skin, exfoliation can help any topical products you use penetrate better and be more effective. If you have clogged pores or acne (or if you have dry skin that leads to flaking), exfoliating can also help those issues.

  • It gives your face a brighter appearance:

Exfoliation helps prevent the buildup of dead skin cells that can leave your face looking dull and tired. Removing these old cells with a facial scrub or peel reveals the newer, brighter cells underneath. This is especially noticeable on areas like the forehead and cheeks where dead cells tend to linger.

3. Moisturize

Moisturizing is essential for your skin. Yes, even oily and acne-prone. And yes, even during the summer. We tend to associate oily skin with breakouts, but it can also be a sign of dehydration.

When the skin is lacking moisture, it produces extra sebum to compensate—and this can lead to clogged pores and acne.

That's why keeping your skin hydrated is a crucial part of any skincare routine, regardless of your skin type.

The key is to select a moisturizer that's right for your skin type, whether that's dry, oily or combination (which means you have an oily T-zone but dryer on the cheeks).

4. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most important element of a skincare routine.

Sunburn can make you look old, and the sun is the main cause of wrinkles and skin cancer. Even if you don't burn, you can get skin cancer.

You need to wear sunscreen every day, even in winter, even if you're inside most of the time. Especially if you have tan or dark skin: many people think they don't need sunscreen, but sun damage is cumulative.

Sunscreen should be "broad spectrum", meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Anything above SPF 30 doesn't really offer much more protection, so don't feel like you need to spend more for higher SPF: any broad-spectrum sunscreen will work well!

The best time to wear sunscreen is before going out in the first place - put it on after washing your face.

Sunscreen doesn't work immediately: it takes about 20 minutes before it starts working, so if you're already out in the sun and haven't applied sunscreen yet then wait at least 20 minutes before going outside.

Don't forget your lips! They can also get sunburned and have an increased risk of certain types of skin cancer. Use a lip balm with SPF 15!

5. Treatments

There are numerous reasons why you need to Treatments on a skincare routine. These treatments can either be homemade or you can buy them from a store. The most popular types of treatments are:

A treatment mask is a type of mask that is used to provide an additional layer of protection to the skin. These masks are not recommended for people who have very sensitive skin. A treatment mask is usually applied onto the face in order to protect it from the sun or other environmental elements.

This type of mask is also known as an eye mask, because it contains ingredients that help the eyes look younger and healthier. These ingredients include collagen and elastin, which help reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the skin around the eyes. It also contains vitamin C, which helps promote good blood circulation and improves overall health of the eyes.

These products will also contain other beneficial ingredients such as vitamins A and E, which help maintain healthy skin cells and improve the appearance of wrinkles. They also contain antioxidants that help prevent damage caused by free radicals that can cause premature aging of the skin. Some eye treatments even contain natural oils that can help moisturize dry skin and make it smooth and supple.

6. Keep Hydrated and Healthy

Drinking water will help your body to function properly and more effectively. Drinking at least eight glasses of water daily will help to hydrate your skin, keep it supple and youthful, and help to flush out toxins that may lead to breakouts on the surface of your skin. Water also helps the cells in your body to regenerate. Cells that are well hydrated are able to function at full capacity, which means they are able to get rid of waste and toxins, thus creating younger and more vibrant looking skin.

You can see that water plays a very important role in maintaining healthy skin as it can keep acne away by flushing out all the toxins and impurities from your system. In addition to drinking plenty of water, you should also make sure that you eat foods that have high water content such as melons, tomatoes, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables with high water content.

The benefits of good nutrition when it comes to having healthy skin does not end with just eating a balanced diet. It is also very important for you to follow a proper skin care routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing your face twice every day.

When you take the time to care for your skin, you're making an investment into yourself. In addition to how great skincare makes you look, a solid skincare routine helps build confidence over time because you'll begin to see improvements in your skin every day. -Marie Le

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