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The Essential Steps for a Simple and Effective Daily Skincare Routine

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

“Think of your daily skincare regimen a little like a sandwich: The bread on either side of your filling is your cleanser and your moisturizer, and the great bit in the center is your serum,” says Diane Ackers, an aesthetician at Doctors Formula

5 Ways To Boost Your Skincare Routine

1) Exfoliation

Exfoliation is an important step in a skincare routine as it offers a variety of benefits for the skin.

One of the benefits of regular exfoliation is that it helps products penetrate deeper into the skin, making them more effective. When there is a layer of dead skin cells sitting on top of the skin, products won't reach the deeper layers as easily.

Exfoliation can also prevent ingrown hairs and help to reduce the factors that cause clogged pores, such as built-up dead skin cells and oil, leading to fewer body breakouts in addition to improving the texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin. It can make the skin smoother, softer, and brighter.

It is important to note that it is recommended to limit exfoliation to 2-3 times per week as these conditions are easily irritated by over-exfoliation.

2) Sun protection

Dermatologists refer to the damage the sun does to the skin by several names, including photoaging, photodamage, solar damage, or sun damage.

Adding a daily sunscreen to your regular skincare routine can not only help improve the appearance of your complexion but may also help to significantly increase your skin's overall health. Damage done to the skin caused by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light is responsible for 90 percent of visible changes to the skin, photoaging is a direct result of cumulative sun damage you’ve been exposed to throughout your life.

3) Double cleanse

The purpose of double cleansing is to achieve a deeper cleaning by removing different types of impurities.

The first step in double cleansing typically involves using an oil-based cleanser, cleansing balm, or micellar water. This is helpful in removing oil-based residue from the skin, including makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum.

The second step involves using a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining impurities.

It is important to note that double cleansing is not just repeating the act of washing your face, but switching up the products used to achieve a deeper clean.

4) Use toner

Using a toner helps balance the skin's pH levels. The natural pH level of the skin is around 5.5, but pollution, oil, and other factors can disrupt this balance.

Toner acts as a prep for the pores, removing impurities and helping the skin absorb skincare products more effectively.

It also acts as a gentle exfoliant, removing built-up dead cells from the skin's surface, which can result in a fresher and more glowing complexion.

5) Massage your face

Facial massage is a beneficial addition to a skincare routine as it promotes healthy skin while relaxing facial muscles.

Facial massage can help in having supple and healthy skin by increasing blood circulation and helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tightening skin and facial muscles, and giving a more sculpted appearance around the jawline and cheekbones.

The best time to incorporate a facial massage is during your skincare routine, it can be done in the morning, at night, or both. To increase the benefits of facial massage, it is recommended to use a good-quality facial oil, lotion, or cream.

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