What Is Daily Skin Care?
Your skin requires daily care and upkeep--from cleansing to sun protection--in order to stay and appear healthy. The way you care for your skin on a daily basis depends on your skin type and age. Regardless of these factors, however, you should always wear a sunscreen to protect against damage from ultraviolet radiation.
Four basic skin types exist: normal, oily, dry and combination skin, according to Glamour.com. Your skin type can change as you age. Normal skin is not prone to acne breakouts or dryness. Oily skin can be acne-prone and greasy. Dry skin can be flaky and is not typically prone to acne. Combination skin is oily in what is known as the "T-zone"--the area of the forehead and nose--and dry or normal in other areas. Identifying your skin type can help you determine how to treat it. Some consider sensitive skin a type, but it refers to how your skin responds to products--not its appearance.
Regardless of your skin type, there are a few rules you should follow in your daily skincare routine. The first is to always wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or more, according to The Daily Glow. Even on cloudy days, the sun's ultraviolet rays can affect the skin, which can lead to accelerated aging. The second is to wash your face twice per day: once in the morning and once before bed. This helps to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells from the face.
In addition to sunscreen, what you apply to your face depends upon your skin type. For example, oily or acne-prone skin may require an acne spot treatment to reduce dirt, oil and bacteria in the skin, according to CBS News. Those with dry skin require a stronger moisturizer to compensate for a lack of sebum--skin-softening oil in the skin. If you have aging skin, treatment to restore moisture or stimulate collagen growth--such as tretinoin--should be used.
With so many skincare products available for your daily skincare routine, a misconception is that you must use numerous products to have healthy skin. The average American uses as much as seven skincare products on her face, according to CBS News. Using numerous products can actually be detrimental to your skin as they can be irritating. Another misconception is that good skincare products have to be expensive. Good skincare products, such as petroleum jelly, dual-function moisturizer and sunscreen and a gentle, inexpensive face wash are all you need, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists.
When choosing products for your daily skincare routine, it's best to steer clear of synthetic fragrances, according to Marie Claire. This is because these fragrances can irritate the skin and cause an allergic reaction. Also, you should avoid products that contain alcohol as they can be excessively drying to the face. Unless you are adopting a daily skincare regimen for older skin, avoid utilizing products that contain oil, which can contribute to blemishes and redness.
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