These days, skincare is becoming quite a complex and involved industry, with a huge variety of products suited for a huge variety of specific needs, and everyone using an array of different things depending on what their needs might be.
Vine Vera is very much in favor of this; everyone’s skin is different and deserves special treatment, which is why we have an array of different products across our various collections, all made with resveratrol and other high-quality ingredients, but each one distinct and designed for a specific purpose and/or a specific skin type.
All that said, though, there is definitely something to be said for knowing the basics. As wonderful and—dare we say—necessary as all this variety might be, one downside is that it can be easy to get lost in the sea of options and products and be unsure, or miss important parts of a basic skincare routine because you didn’t realize they were necessary. That’s precisely why Vine Vera would like to take you back to the basics today and give you a breakdown of an ideal basic routine.
You Can Build on the Basics
Before we get started with detailing the essentials of a good routine, we want to make it entirely clear that these steps are meant to be built upon. By no means are we saying that the skincare basics are the only thing you ever need; add to them as you see fit, and as best suits your skin, but rely on them as a solid cure of essentials everyone should have.
You don’t paint a wall without washing it first, so why would you expect it to be any more effective if you start your skincare routine with a dirty face? The first thing you should do both in the morning and evening to kick off your skincare routine is use a gentle cleanser to wash away dirt, oil, makeup and other debris from your face so you have a clean slate to work with.
A fairly obvious step most people should be familiar with, but we’ll say it anyway for posterity. Get a good cleanser that moisturizes and nourishes your skin without clogging your pores.
Every day, before you so much as stand in range of a window for too long, you should apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply every couple hours.
Unlike the above two steps, you should only do this one about once a week. Chose a day of the week to be your exfoliation day, and make a habit of it. Exfoliating removes dead and damaged skin cells to reveal brighter, softer, younger-looking skin underneath. If exfoliating on the same day as shaving your legs, exfoliate first to avoid irritation.
Damp Skin Absorbs Better
When applying products to your skin, when possible and when the label doesn’t instruct otherwise, make sure your skin is damp when you start, as this will aid in the absorption of your products. For this reason, immediately after a shower is a superb time for skincare routines, although a good, thorough cleansing should also get it moist enough.