With new skincare products hitting the shelves every day, it can be kinda hard to decide which products you need and which ones your skin can live its best life without. Skincare is simpler than many try to make it. The reality is the industry needs to keep creating a need to get consumers to buy more products. Below are some of the best products to have in your skincare routine.
Soap has a general pH level of between 9 and 10, which can make your skin feel very clean, but is just way too harsh. It removes all-natural oils from your skin making the pH level too alkaline. This can cause a host of new problems – the skin becomes dry, flaky, and prone to inflammation. This can cause the sebaceous glands to overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness causing clogged pores and breakouts. When skin is overly dry and flaky, it can also lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles. Cleansers are generally at a much lower pH level than soaps and are gentler on your skin
Applying a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball or pad and gently blotting and wiping your face with it will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores. Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water. Toner can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when it’s oily or dirty. It will leave your skin revitalized even when you’re on the go.
Exfoliate your skin with peppermint oil to cleanse and rejuvenate skin. Combine four to five drops of 100 pure peppermint oil with a tablespoon of fine Himalayan rock salt and two tablespoons of tamanu oil (olive oil will also work in a pinch) for a refreshingly natural, restorative facial scrub.
Most often, serums are clear, gel-based or liquid, and they tend to be less thick than a moisturizer. They’re typically applied before moisturizers to help lock in moisture. Since the ingredients in serums can be pretty potent, consider any potential skin sensitivity before trying a new product.
Many find moisturizers helpful and some do not. Some examples are when you travel to extremely arid locations or, during cold conditions (such as skiing), after medical procedures, or while travelling in an airplane. All these conditions expose your skin to sun, wind, and unique conditions for a substantial amount of time. Although moisturizers can be used occasionally, don’t depend on them to keep your face nourished.
*This is a collaborative post.