Healthy good looking skin starts with developing a basic skincare routine–there's no way around it.
Even the most basic routine will prove to be a game changer in the long-run, so forget about what you are seeing online with the face masks and magic serums for now, all good fun, but a bit much on the daily.
We're going to keep it super simple and effective for now and ease our way into a solid routine.
A good rule of thumb, if you didn't already know, is to cleanse and moisturize daily. All it takes is 5 minutes in the morning to work on your skin and another 5 at night and that already is a killer start.
Adopting this two-step routine is huge and will make a difference in keeping your skin looking fresh and healthy for as long as possible.
You'll need to find a gentle face cleanser preferably an all-natural and chemical-free version. This will help prevent any unwanted skin reactions and or irritations. Feel free to test a few to see what works best for you.
Using a cleanser will help prevent clogged pores and breakouts. First wash your face with warm water to help open up your pores, then gently apply and rub your cleanser in circular motions to remove dirt, grime and any other impurities that have accumulated on your skin. Afterwards give your face a good rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Afterwards pump a dime-size amount of moisturizer and apply it on your entire face (cheeks, nose and forehead!) this will help retain moisture throughout the day keep your skin feeling good and prevent dryness. A moisturizer also acts as barrier protecting your skin from environmental pollutants and sun damage if an SPF is integrated into the formulation.
Additional Recommended Steps
Every person regardless of skin color should be using a sunscreen all the time, it's your ultimate protector and will help your skin maintain its health and prevent sun damage and wrinkles.
And I mean everyone! There's this believe that people of color don't need sunscreen, that's completely false. Darker shades of skin do have some added protection, but you are still vulnerable just like everybody else, so lotion up fam. Your skin and its appearance will be better off—100 percent.
If you are pressed for time then we recommend using a moisturizer with an SPF component that utilizes a mineral base ingredient such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
For the moment these mineral active sunscreens are the only two considered safe and effective by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) so pay attention to the labels. There have been warnings about chemical active sunscreens so to be safe avoid them until more data is available.
I will go into mineral based sunscreens vs chemical active ones in detail in another article so heads up for that one..
Once you are used to the two-step routine then go all in and start to exfoliate at least 1 time a week. It's a little more work, but exfoliating is highly recommended by dermatologists. They say that exfoliating 1-2 times a week is essential to removing dead skin and keeping healthy skin on the surface. If you are serious about your face care then this a necessary step. Pick one day during the week and stick with it.
Combine this with your cleanser and moisturizer and expect to have healthier looking skin for the long haul. Trust!
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