“I’m a big believer in that, if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup,” said Demi Moore, an award-winning actress known for her smashing beauty in Hollywood. Her view is a reflection of the skin beauty industry which has gained a lot of prominence and has grown enormously thanks to the fact that we all care how we look.
As the largest body organ, the skin has numerous functions that goes a long way in preserving our wellbeing. Apart from playing a key role in our physical appearance, the skin helps in regulating the body temperature, aids in excretion of waste, helps in prevention of fluid loss, protection of the body from dreadful radiation and effects of the sun among others.
Thus there is need to take care of our skin as its critical roles cannot be over emphasized. With this realization, various experts have come up with various skin care routines that tries to ensure that our skin remains healthy. Many people globally, especially women have adopted some of these routines such as the popular Korean skin routine that has gained a lot of prominence in Kenya.
What is the essence of the skin routine?
While deciding which skin care routine to adopt it is paramount to be cognizant of the various factors that helps in determining the kind of skin routine to adopt. These factors includes time of the day and skin type. For example, the morning routine focuses on prevention and protection of your skin during the day and your night routine will aim at cleansing and repairing your skin as you sleep.
There are different types of skins known to man such as oily, normal, dry, sensitive and ageing skin and all these will influence your daily routine. However, for the purpose of this article, we will be discussing the two most common types of skin and the kind of routine to adopt.
According to the Medical News Today, oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin thus oily skins tend to have shiny and greasy appearances and may on numerous occasions have clogged pores and persistent pimples.
Harvard Health Publishing says dry skin occurs when skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture. This can happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions.
Basic skin routine for oily and dry skins
No matter the skin type and the time of the day, cleansing your skin is essential and it’s the first step in ensuring that your skin is well taken care of, most importantly your facial skin. Cleansing, be it in the morning or night time is critical as it ensures the dirt, sweat and impurities that have built up on your skin are removed. Cleansing is as basic as washing your face with warm and a mild cleanser such as soap that is not too harsh on your skin.
After cleansing your face, it is essential that you apply a moisturizer as it goes a long way in preserving your skin be it at night or during the day. The kind of moisturizer that you use should be calm and soothing to your skin.
This is the process of removing dead skin from your face and this is important no matter the skin type. Medically, this should not be done on a daily basis and it’s recommended that it’s done twice a week so as to preserve the skin. This is a simple method that one can undertake at home as it involves a simple facial scrub that will ensure that you get a smooth face all week long.
- Sun Screen
Depending on your daily activities, it is vital that you protect the skin from harmful sun rays and ultra violet light. Often we find ourselves exposed to the sun and as we age, there is need to protect our skin from the strong sun rays as the skin becomes weaker as we age. Choose a sun screen that fits you as it will ensure that your skin remains healthy and performs its functions well without damage2