What is a good skincare routine?
If you’ve ever found yourself going to bed with a face full of makeup after a long night or heading off to work with nothing more than a hint of moisturiser, you’re not alone. Between tight deadlines, traffic jams, familial obligations, and zoom fatigue, your skincare routine can often fall by the wayside. However, skincare is far from a frivolous activity and should be non-negotiable; much like your morning coffee, your skincare should become a habitual part of your day.
Here’s why it’s worth taking the time to do your skincare routine.
Consistency is key
When it comes to seeing results in your skin, a consistent skincare routine is essential. While there are a lot of products that tout an ‘instant glow’ or ‘ten-minute transformation’, the most effective way to achieve and maintain results with your skin is by sticking to a solid skincare routine tailored to your skin concerns.
Prevention is the best cure
When it comes to things like pigmentation, deep wrinkles, and sun damage, prevention is the best cure. Starting a good skincare routine in your youth can promote good skin elasticity and skin cell rejuvenation, preventing skin issues in the future and saving you from having to take expensive trips to the dermatologist or esthetician!
Makeup looks better on a good base
Think of your skin as a canvas; a smooth, even complexion aids with makeup application, allowing your makeup to enhance rather than hide your skin. Maintaining a consistent skincare routine allows you to achieve a flawless base for your makeup while also empowering you to have makeup-free days.
Speaking of having makeup-free days, adopting a consistent skincare routine can boost your confidence. In addition to giving you clearer, softer, healthier skin, the mere knowledge of knowing you’re taking positive steps to improve your skin can put a spring in your step.
Skincare as a form of self-care
Between keeping up with your workload, caring for family members, and checking social media, it can be difficult to commit to taking time to care for yourself. While skincare should be a part of your everyday life, it can also be considered a form of self-care; the very act of doing your skincare routine has a slightly meditative element to it. Your skincare routine also allows you to reconnect with yourself by sitting in front of the mirror and spending a few minutes really looking at your face (something most of us don’t do much during the day!), as well as the process of applying, tapping, and massaging your serums and moisturisers into your skin.
The first line of defence
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and also acts as your immune system’s first line of defence, protecting us from infections, extreme weather conditions, and potentially toxic substances. As such, our skin takes a beating. Following a good skincare routine of cleansing, exfoliating, applying serums, and moisturising helps to keep your skin healthy.
Daily cleansing eliminates any germs and bacteria that may have made its way onto your skin during the day (and prevents these from being absorbed), exfoliating helps to get rid of dead skin cells, serums allow you to treat targeted skin concerns, and moisturising helps support your skin’s barrier function. By making your skincare routine a non-negotiable part of your day, you’re putting your health first.