Creating the Most Effective Skincare Routine

An effective skincare routine is crucial to keep your skin in good shape and prevent acne, wrinkles; territories you will not want to enter. Who doesn't dream about being young? As you become older, your skin cell turnover rate decreases, thereby making your skin look less radiant. Don't you feel more confident and refreshed after performing your skincare routine, so why not keep it for longer? 

To have the most out of your skincare routine, Dr. Ashley Magovern, a dermatologist and founder of Manhattan Dermatology says to 'cleanse, treat and moisturize'. You may ask what do you use to treat your skin. Using serums that contain vitamin C, retinol, alpha-hydroxy acid.

Your Skincare Routine

A. Cleanse

Using a gentle cleanser is more important than you think. Using a harsher cleaner can actually break down your skin barrier and also using too much or too often can add to this effect.

B. Toner

Toner is an optional step in your skincare routine, but is useful. Toner is used to balance the skin's pH. The type of toner you use depends on your skin type. For example, if you have acne, using a toner which is more suited towards acne can be used to reduce breakouts. However, if you have dry skin, then using a hydrating toner can help soothe dry skin.

C. Vitamin C serum

It helps to reduce and reverse damage from the sun and pollution. When choosing a vitamin C serum, select one that has a stable form of vitamin C so that it actually soaks into the skin. For darker skin, hyperpigmentation can be an issue so applying the serum in the morning can help to tackle dark spots.

D. Eye cream

It is the part of the 'treat' group and can be used to reduce dark circles and eye bags.

E. Moisturiser

Moisturizing skin keeps skin hydrated and helps strengthen the skin barrier. Search for ceramides or hyaluronic acid as these molecules are the building blocks of moisture retention in skin.

Finally adding suncreen is crucial as the sun is the number one reason the skin will age prematurely. Use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher on the skin including the neck and back of your hands.

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