When it comes to establishing a skincare routine in 2021, you can be forgiven for being totally confused about what’s up. Between all the glossy advertisements, social media influencer campaigns and follow-me ads that pop up everywhere online, it would seem the average person needs an arsenal of at least 15+ products to keep their skin in good condition on a daily basis.
So, let’s take a great big breather from all that marketing noise, and bring it back to the key pieces of information you need about your skin, and how you should go about caring for it.
What Should My Skincare Routine Be?
This is a question that many people, usually women, ask a lot – mainly because of all the conflicting information and marketing messages flying around out there. It’s also a question that big beauty brands and skincare therapists make a lot of money answering. After all, the real question behind the skincare routine query is actually ‘how do I stay desirable even when I get older?’.
As soon as you understand that big brands and their marketing firms know exactly how to exploit this vulnerability, it becomes easier to read beyond the ‘you must have this’, ‘you cannot do without this’ narrative being thrown at you from all angles. In fact, in time you may be able to ignore it completely. It takes some doing, but when you get to that point it’s wonderfully liberating.
However, it still leaves you with the basic question of how to give your skin what it needs. The good news, and perhaps the bad news, is that a sustainable skincare routine starts from the inside out and there aren’t any real shortcuts that don’t involve a full regime of pills, powders, creams, and lotions.
Addressing Your Skin’s Problem Areas
Most of us have a skincare concern that we want to address by means of a daily routine. Some people have oily skin, while others are dry. Some are prone to breakouts, while others show fine lines and wrinkles easily. Whatever the case may be, addressing it all starts in the same way. A good clean beauty skincare routine starts with your overall lifestyle.
See, the skin is part of a holistic bodily system. While there are products out there that promise to, and might in some way zone in on a given skin concern to ‘fix’ it, your body does not really care all that much for superficial fixes. It comes to the party with its own healing processes when it’s taken care of holistically.
Start taking care of your skin by:
Sleeping enough. Sleep deprivation is linked to aging skin. Making sure that you get enough rest gives your skin cells the time it needs to regenerate and be their best selves while you rest.
Hydrating well. Your skin is 64% water. When you are dehydrated it becomes dry, papery, and prone to wrinkling. If this goes on for a long time, the situation can become irreversible.
Eating a balanced diet. Our skins love vitamin A and E. It also loves C, D and the rest of the gang, but A and E are what it needs to stay in good shape. Vitamin E is naturally found in foods high in unsaturated fats, like olive oil, avocados, nuts and oily fish. Vitamin A can be found in eggs, leafy green vegetables, red and yellow veggies and yellow fruit like mango and papaya. In short – eat the rainbow, folks.
Moving in a way you love. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. This increased blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.
Taking care of your mental health. Stress is very, very bad for your skin. It not only causes issues with the general wellbeing of your largest organ, it also worsens skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, and hair loss. As such, it’s important to get a handle on your stress levels. Try journalling, meditation and other mindfulness practices.
What Are Good Skin Care Routine Products
The short answer to this question is – products that suit your lifestyle and budget, and feel good on your skin. Once our lifestyle is one of balance and vitality, your skin should begin rewarding you by staying happy and healthy. At this point, you can then find a few basic products that work for you.
If you have an open-minded skincare provider who can guide you without being overtly sale-sy, good on you! Ask their advice and see what they have to say. On the other hand, you can also puzzle things out on your own. Start with a good, basic cleanser, such as Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser, as well as a moisturiser, and SPF.
Most beauty regimes include a toner as well, but if your cleanser is suited to your skin you won’t need this since it won’t affect its natural balance. If it’s extra clarification you’re seeking, try a high-quality toner, such as REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner, the exfoliating action helps to leave skin looking clearer and brighter.
Try one product at a time, and if it does not sit well or feel good on your skin, move along. Remember, if your skin type permits it, you can 100% try cleaning your face with warm water and a nice textured face cloth in the morning without slathering it in expensive products. It’s allowed!
Here’s to Great Skin!
Your skin is a self-repairing organ, and you simply need to get in tune with your glorious body to ‘listen’ to what it needs. Trust yourself, take things slowly, and find your way one step at a time. It may not be a quick (expensive) fix that leaves you glowing overnight, but in the end a balanced approach to ‘beauty’, i.e. wellness and vitality, will always be your best bet.