It’s never too early (or too late) to start caring for your skin. If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, you can gradually build up your skincare routine.
Skincare isn’t just for women, as men can benefit from a customized daily regime. The right product range can help reduce the signs of aging and target adult acne, sunspots, and a dull complexion.
Ready to start a skincare routine? Here are our top tips:
Start with the Basics
A basic skincare routine should be something you can stick to. You should aim to wash and moisturize your face twice a day. Once your confidence grows, you can add dedicated products such as face masks, toners, and serums.
Your skincare routine will only be effective if you can stick to it. The right products will complement each other and be targeted to your skin’s unique needs. Always read the labels, as any products you use will need to be applied correctly and in a specific order.
Discover Your Skin Type
Not all skincare is the same. Chances are you have specific skin concerns that you want to address.
For example, it is common for men to get acne at certain stages in their lives. Testosterone can lead to excessive oil, causing clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads. If this sounds like you, a gentle toner that exfoliates may be a key part of your routine. Or, if you have noticed fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face, you might like to choose an anti-aging range of products.
Other skin types include normal, sensitive, oily, or dry skin, or you may even have a combination of these. If you aren’t sure, book an appointment with a skin specialist.
Do a Patch Test
If this is your first time using a product range, it is important to monitor how your skin reacts. Even gentle products can cause a reaction, and we recommend always doing a patch test before regular use.
Potential skincare reactions may include redness, irritation, burning, or itchiness. Choose a reputable brand and be mindful of the ingredients. Using multiple products with the same key ingredients or applying the wrong type of product for your skin type can lead to an unexpected reaction.
Tips for the Time Poor
Starting a new skincare routine may be daunting, but it will become a habit once you get the hang of things. There are a few ways you can add skincare without setting your alarm any earlier.
You can cleanse your face in the shower and moisturize after you shave. And, consider adding an SPF 50 sunscreen to your morning regime while you brush your teeth. Protecting your skin now will slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Starting a New Skincare Routine
Before starting your new skincare routine:
- Take the time to learn about your skin type and any specific concerns you may have.
- Start with the basics, such as a cleanser and moisturizer.
- Build on your collection as you become more comfortable with the process.
Always do a patch test before using new products, and be careful to use them only as directed. Short on time? While you should aim to wash and hydrate twice a day, you can do these steps as add-ons while showering and shaving.
Clean, fresh skin is for everyone, and when you take care of your complexion, you will look and feel your best.
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