By: Natasha Archary
Building a skincare routine that is personalised according to your skin needs can make all the difference to achieving healthy skin goals.
For the longest time, a routine daily skincare regime meant 3 simple steps:
And make no mistake, these 3-steps form the foundation of a regular skincare routine, but this isn’t where it begins and ends. Here’s why.
3 steps do not protect your skin from harsh climate elements, toxic air and pollutants and only tackles your skin problems at surface level. What if your skin concerns are dietary related? Hormonal? Or a result of a deep-rooted medical condition you know nothing about? Your skincare routine should be more holistic.
While every woman has a favorite beauty brand she swears by, the point is to make sure that you have these essential products. And that they work for your skin. If you don’t see a difference, you should consider switching.
Check your bathroom cabinet to make sure you have:
A suitable cleanser
A gentle but effective exfoliator
Perhaps the most important product in your skincare routine is sunblock. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the use of sunblock for any extended outdoor activity. To be applied at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors.
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is an indication of how well the product covers you from getting sunburnt. An SPF of 30 means it would take 30 times longer for sunburn to occur. Sunblock should be applied every day. It also prevents ageing and dark spots on your skin.
Behind the makeup that we use to cover imperfections, a good skincare routine is important to ensure you’re taking the right steps to achieving healthy skin. Apart from topical beauty products, drinking water and eating healthy also contribute towards your skincare goals. We’ll save this for the next part in our healthy skin series.