If your skin is looking dry, dull, or just generally blah these days, you’re not alone. Many people experience dull skin due to factors like dehydration, cold dry winter air, build-up of dead skin cells, and the natural aging process.
The good news is that you can still achieve radiant, glowing, healthy-looking skin by changing up your skincare routine. It may take a little extra effort, but the beautiful results will be well worth it.
When your skin is not cooperating, it can be tempting to try harsh scrubs, drying exfoliants, and hot water to unclog pores, but this can cause skin irritation and actually make your issues worse. Cleanse your face using lukewarm water, don’t pick at flakey or irritated skin, and look for products that calm and care for your skin.
South Korean skin care is all the rage these days, and South Korean skin care professionals believe strongly in the importance of making double-cleansing a part of your daily routine. This means cleansing your face first with a gentle cleansing oil (which will remove make-up, sunscreen and other impurities), and then washing your face again with a water-based cleanser to remove the oil. Choose a water-based cleanser that best fits your skin type (for example, a foaming cleanser for oily skin, or a creamy one for dry skin).
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells and revealing fresh, new, glowing skin underneath. This can be done using physical exfoliants – such as scrubs and brushes – or chemical exfoliants – like alpha hydroxy acids or retinoids. It’s easy to go overboard with exfoliation and irritate skin, so do it gradually. Start by exfoliating twice a week. If your skin handles that without any issues, you can slowly increase the frequency according to what your skin can tolerate.
Layer on Serums
To truly customize your skin care routine according to your specific needs, consider adding serums to your routine. These are concentrated to help with everything from fine lines and dark spots, to hyperpigmentation and sagging skin. Serums often contain ingredients such as vitamin C, niacinamide, ferulic acid, and resveratrol, which are strong antioxidants that can prevent collagen loss, free-radical damage, and uneven skin tone. Apply your thinnest serum first and work up to the thickest. Allow each serum to soak in for a few minutes before applying the next, and top them all off with a good moisturizer.
Moisturize & Protect
Apply moisturizer twice a day and look for products that have ceramides to protect the skin barrier, hyaluronic acid or glycerin to draw moisture into the skin, or dimethicone to prevent moisture loss. It’s also important to wear a high SPF sunscreen every day to prevent UV-damage that can cause sun spots, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dryness, and even skin cancer. Reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours or after being in the water or sweating.
If you love learning about effective skin care products, or learning how to revitalize your skin care routine, you should consider turning your passion into a career. Check out Sunstate Academy’s Spa Therapies program.To learn more about a career as a skin care professional, schedule a campus tour, visit our website, or contact us.