Flawless skin doesn’t happen by chance. Regardless of how good your genes are, factors such as harsh weather and chemicals in food can do a number on your skin. That’s why a good skincare routine with the right types of products is essential for radiant, glowing skin.
“I'm a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won't need a lot of makeup”
Demi Moore, Actress and Film Producer.
Today, we’ll talk about the main types of products you need to keep your skin looking silky smooth and youthful.
Cleanser makes the rest of your routine possible. Without it, your skin would be covered in oil and grime, making it impossible for all the other products to work.
Dust, oil, sweat, bacteria, and other residues from the environment all find their way to your face as you go about your business every day—not to mention the makeup products you use on your skin.
All that dirt accumulates and clogs your pores, so you need to wash it off before putting anything else on your face.
In addition, your skin protects itself from environmental toxins by producing an oily substance known as sebum.
If sebum accumulates on your skin, it blocks your hair follicles, preventing more sebum from reaching your face. Bacteria will then get free reign on your face, which leads to breakouts. So you need a good cleanser to keep the pores clear and prevent acne.
Cleanser also helps to keep your skin hydrated by managing your skin’s pH levels. If your pH fluctuates, your face will look dehydrated and wrinkly.
How to Choose the Best Cleanser
A harsh cleanser will do more harm than good for your skin. It will strip away the sebum layer making your skin dry out and become susceptible to bacteria.
Choose one that's:
- Gentle on the skin
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Free of harsh surfactants
Consider getting Maelove's gentle gluten-free cleanser, a great refreshing formulation infused with peppermint and spearmint. It contains a blend of alpha-hydroxy acids to maintain your skin's pH.
A Gentle Exfoliator
Your skin sheds dead cells regularly. However, some of the old cells won’t come off completely, leaving your skin looking flaky. You need a gentle exfoliator to scrub off the dead cells and leave your skin smooth and supple.
Regular exfoliation will unclog your pores and remove anything not meant to be on your skin to give you a distinct glow. Once your skin is clear, the other products in your routine will work better.
The table below shows the main properties of a good exfoliator.
|It shouldn’t contain harsh surfactants that strip your skin of its natural oils
|Draws out impurities
|It should contain beta hydroxy acids like Salicylic acid that go deep into the follicles to draw out impurities and unclog pores
|Check if the exfoliator has extra ingredients that restore moisture and elasticity to your skin
|Clean and non-allergenic
|Avoid exfoliators with allergenic substances such as gluten or potential toxins such as microbeads
A Potent Serum
A serum is to the skin what a vitamin supplement is to the body. It helps rejuvenate your skin and encourages collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Note: Collagen is the protein that makes up most of your skin. The more collagen you have, the firmer your skin will be.
Serums are light and thin and can be easily absorbed by the skin. They contain high concentrations of active ingredients, which have the following benefits:
- They have a calming effect on the skin. A calming serum is light and provides relief for acne-prone skin. It eliminates redness and improves skin texture while boosting moisture.
- They reduce fine lines and skin wrinkles. Serums containing retinol quicken collagen production, which improves your skin’s firmness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Side note: Retinol works by ramping up the pace of the skin’s shedding process so you lose dead skin faster, which can cause dryness and irritation. When you’re choosing a retinol serum, opt for one with an advanced retinol formula that’s milder on your skin.
An example of a gentle retinol serum is the Stargaze Enhanced Retinol Serum. It combines the power of retinol with calming and hydrating boosters such as hyaluronic acid, aloe, and myrtle leaf.
- They protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals cause collagen to deteriorate and lead to dark spots, blemishes, and sagging skin. Antioxidant serums containing ingredients such as vitamins C and E and ferulic acid reverse the effects of free radicals.
- They act quickly with visible results. Serums are highly concentrated with potent active ingredients, so you’ll see a change in your skin faster.
After you’ve applied the serum, you’ll need a soft, nourishing moisturizer to lock in all the goodness and leave your skin feeling smooth.
Without it, your skin will become either too dry or excessively oily, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts. Moisturizer will keep the moisture barrier up to protect your skin from bacteria and other damaging toxins.
After a long, hard day exposed to the elements, your skin needs a chance to recover while you sleep. That’s why your nighttime routine should include a rejuvenating night cream.
A night cream will replenish and rehydrate your skin. Plus, it’s designed to stimulate the cells to produce more collagen to firm your skin and get rid of lines and wrinkles.
A reliable night cream contains some ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, which hydrate the skin slowly to keep your skin smooth and supple.
In addition, wrinkle reversal works better without the interference of sunscreen. This is because the cream has ample time to penetrate your skin and work its magic.
The best night creams also contain potent antioxidants such as Vitamin E, eliminating free radicals to keep your skin looking youthful and complexion on point.
“Skincare is like a workout for your skin.”
Amit Kalantri, Author: Wealth of Words.
The sun’s rays are harsh; they destroy your healthy cells, lowering your skin’s elasticity. If you’re exposed to the rays for long periods, your skin will lose most of its bounce, causing extreme wrinkling and premature aging.
Make it a point that your daily routine includes a good sunscreen that has the following features:
|SPF > 15
|The higher the SPF, the more protection you’ll get from the sun
|Clean and safe with well researched filters
|The sunscreen will be absorbed through your skin, so avoid chemicals such as avobenzone which can ruin the skin and poison you
|To neutralize free radicals to help the sunscreen work
This Sun Protector SPF 30 is an excellent choice. It’s light and airy and offers comprehensive protection against UVA and UVB rays. Plus, it doubles as a primer for your makeup.
In addition, it’s hypoallergenic and free from substances such as:
- Fragrance and dyes
Adding an eye cream to your everyday skincare regime helps reduce lines and wrinkles. In addition, it will clear up other issues, including:
- Puffy eyes
- Dark under-eye circles and pigmentation
Look for an eye cream that contains antioxidants such as polyphenols that increase the skin’s elasticity and eliminate oxidative stress.
Unlike regular moisturizers, eye cream is made especially for the delicate skin under the eye. It’s a lot thicker and contains ingredients to prevent water retention and puffiness.
Start Your Skincare Routine
Once you have your essentials, it’s time to start working on your day and night time routine. The key is to stay consistent. Cleanse, tone, treat, and protect, and then do it all over again.
The good news is you don’t have to break the bank to get your skin looking fabulous.
At Maelove, we have a range of potent skincare products for all skin types at bargain prices. Check out our collection and place your order to get started on your journey to your most dazzling skin yet.
“After trying several of the Maelove serums and being happy with the result, I decided to try The One Cream. I've been using it on my face, neck, and hands and have replaced my more expensive daily moisturizer with it. I have sensitive, aging skin and live in a dry climate.
It is working great, and as with all of the Maelove products I've tried, my skin is just happier and seems to stay evenly hydrated. Love these products, they are honestly the best I've tried, and the fact that they are reasonably priced makes me so happy.”
Kathryn N. Verified ★★★★★ Maelove buyer.
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