How To Find a Skincare Regimen That Works For You
Cleanser. Toner. Moisturizer. Eye Cream. SPF. When trying to figure out the right skincare regimen, the choices can seem overwhelming and infinite. Not to mention what seems to be a great divide between the skincare camp you’re in: some are skincare fanatics with never-ending bottles, tubs and jars crowding their vanity; others are less-is-more and looking for that miracle working do-it-all product. No more hiding under the covers—it’s time to face the challenge of finding your skincare regimen head on. We’re here to help you determine what products are necessary, and put together the skincare regimen that works best for you.
The best skincare routine starts with knowing your skin type. There are five different skin types:
Dry: Flaky, scaly or rough, and feels tight.
Oily: Shiny, greasy and may have enlarged pores.
Combination: Dry in some spots (like the cheeks and forehead), oily in others (like the nose and chin).
Sensitive: May sting, burn or itch after you use some makeup or skincare products and be red or irritated.
Normal: Balanced, clear and not sensitive. Not too oily, not too dry.
The descriptions above are just parameters, but can give a little bit of insight into your skin type. The good news is, regardless of your skin type, perfect skincare regimen is defined by a few, essential steps that keep it feeling healthy and looking radiant. And, we’ve even listed our suggestions in skincare regimen order.
Step 1: Cleanse
We think all skincare steps are equally important, but we can’t help but give a special nod to washing your face. Why? Cleansing helps remove buildup, dirt and grime in the form of pollution, makeup, and oils that collect on your skin throughout the day and after you’ve slept. Cleansing is the first step to lifting away debris that can clog pores and could lead to annoying breakouts and blemishes. It also helps prepare your skin for the rest of your routine.
Step 2: Tone and Treat
Toners and serums help deliver extra nutrients to your skin. From hyaluronic acid to vitamins and peptides, these products are jam-packed with the essential ingredients your skin needs to happily get through each and every day. They should be applied right after you cleanse.
Step 3: Moisturize
The right moisturizer can be your skin’s superhero. And, keeping skin hydrated is one of Dr. Murad’s essential tips for youthful-looking skin. Moisturizers help prevent dehydration and water loss as they replenish moisture levels. And when moisture levels are in check, things like excess oiliness and dryness are one less stress. From oil-free gel moisturizers that are ideal for oily skin types to ultra-rich creams ideal for drier skin types, there are a host of moisturizer textures available to choose from at murad.com.
Step 4: Eye Cream
Quite possibly the biggest skincare question to date: do you really need an eye cream? The way we see it: yes. The skin on our face and eyes might be close in proximity but are by no means siblings.
Skin around the eyes is thinner so you can blink, scan, scroll, read, and move them freely. But, repetitive motion combined with their thinness equates to signs of aging like fine lines and hyperpigmentation showing up sooner. The right eye cream will have highly concentrated ingredients that pack a powerful punch for how little you have to use (no more than the size of a rice grain per eye).
Step 5: SPF
Any skincare regimen worth its salt knows SPF is a game changer. Murad’s formulas combine moisturizer with SPF to effectively protect against harmful UV rays and deliver skin-specific benefits that will keep you looking radiant all day long.
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