With so many new products out there proclaiming to clean your face better, how do you know what really works? Here’s why the best skin routine still may be the simplest one.
Getting back to basics
Before you raid the beauty aisle, remember that less truly can be more. We sometimes tend to overclean our skin, which can cause dryness. Our skin then produces more oil to compensate. Often, all we need are the basics–cleanser and a light moisturizer.
Proper facial cleanser is key. Strong soaps can also strip the natural oil in our skin. Mild cleansers with lower pH levels are best.
Facial cleansing brushes vs. washcloths
While you may be used to washing your face with just your fingers or a washcloth, powered facial cleansing brushes are popping up everywhere. Worth it? Maybe. Some dermatologists recommend sticking to your fingertips and mild cleansers for your routine, but if you do opt to use a brush, remember that you can use your regular cleansing products with it.
Are at-home treatments really as effective?
Many skin treatments that were once available only through healthcare professionals are now being offered as at-home solutions. But in most cases, you’re not getting a treatment comparable to that from a professional, say experts.
Microdermabrasion, for example, uses tiny but rough grains as exfoliation for the surface layer of your skin, and it can help with clogged pores, blemishes and even fine lines. While at-home kits may be somewhat effective, a healthcare professional can determine which specific areas of your skin need the most exfoliation. By carefully monitoring the procedure, the professional can avoid traumatizing the skin by not over-penetrating the wrong areas, which can cause excessive swelling.
Healthy diet, healthy skin
Some of the most important ingredients for fresh, healthy skin are in the grocery aisle rather than at the cosmetics counter. Foods such as carrots, tomatoes, blueberries and lentils are rich in antioxidants and can protect the skin. And omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in salmon, flaxseed and walnuts, can help keep your skin soft and moisturized.