3 Essential Elements in a Basic Skincare Routine
Between daily routine and activities, we know it can take a lot of work to focus on your skin health. Plus, when you wander down the skincare aisle at the drugstore, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hundreds of products on the shelves. Which products do you actually need, and which can you skip? This month, we’re sharing the three essential steps that we believe should be in everyone’s basic skincare routine. Read on to learn how to build a simple but effective skincare routine.
Step 1: Cleanse
Choosing a cleanser that’s specifically formulated for the face is the first essential step in a basic skincare routine. But how do you choose the best one?
Many products marketed contain beads or other particles to exfoliate the skin, but twice-a-day exfoliation is too much. In fact, harsh face washes can irritate and worsen acne in many people. Get yourself a product that is non-comedogenic, which means that they do not contain pore-clogging ingredients – PIXY White Aqua Gentle Facial Wash; A facial cleansing soap with soft whip foam that can gently cleanse your face without making your skin feel dry.
The goal of cleansing is to remove makeup, dirt, oil, and sweat without stripping your skin of the good bacteria and essential moisture that it needs.
Step 2: Moisturize
Even if your skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after cleansing the skin, you should apply a moisturizer. When you use a face lotion, you help maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which protects it from dryness and irritation. Pro tip: moisturizer works best when you apply it to damp skin, so slather it on right after cleansing.
It’s a common myth that people with oily skin do not need moisturizer. In fact, if you skip this step, your skin will continue to overproduce oil to maintain the moisture barrier.
Choosing a moisturizer that feels great on your skin may take a few tries, but there are a few guidelines that can help you find the perfect one:
- If you have dry skin, you may like a richer formula, so search for products with the word “cream” in them. For example – PIXY White Aqua Brightening Moisturizer.
- If you have oily skin, you’ll probably prefer lighter products, so look for formulas with the word “lotion” in them. For example – PIXY Glowssentials Pollution Off All-in-one Gel Moisturizer.
Like your face wash, you can keep it simple and skip products with a long list of ingredients. The more that’s inside a moisturizer, the greater the chances that something in it will irritate your skin or cause breakouts.
Step 3: UV Protection (Please add sunshield photo as well)
The third and final step in a basic, effective skincare routine is sunscreen. The more sun exposure your skin gets, the greater your risk of developing skin cancer and it’s not just the long days at the beach that put you at risk. Every time you walk between your car and the grocery store, or sit in front of a window, you add to your lifetime UV exposure, which increases your cancer risk. Using sunscreen daily, whether you’ll be outside all day or not, is a great way to lower your chances of developing skin cancer.
In addition to preventing skin cancer, wearing sunscreen can also prevent premature ageing. UVA rays from the sun don’t cause sunburns, but they do penetrate deep into the skin to cause wrinkles and fine lines. If you want to keep your skin smooth and youthful for as long as possible, then a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher may just be the very best anti-ageing product you can use.
For pocket-friendly yet effective sun protection, you may get your hands on PIXY Glowssentials Pollution Off Sunshield Daily Moisturizer which protects the skin from sunlight and polluting particles, such as dust, smoke, and dirt with SPF 32 PA+++.
Caring for your skin is as simple as using a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Though there are a million products to choose from, keep it simple, and your skin will thank you. If you’d like personalized recommendations for your skincare routine or want to take it up a notch with a serum or retinoid, starts slow. Your skin need a good barrier before with introduce it with stronger ingredients.