What Does Your Skincare Routine Consist Of?

Some are basic, some are extensive, all are important. A skincare routine is an investment in your skin. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

When you wake up, you should wash your face. You'd be surprised at how much debris can accumulate on your face during the time that you're asleep. It may help to use a facial cleanser rather than just regular soap, which could dry your skin.

A toner is often used next, and this can help restore the pH balance in your skin.

Does your skin feel taut and dry at this point? It may, because all the natural oils have just been stripped from it. You might try applying a moisturizer now. Put some on your throat as well, to avoid getting the "turkey gobble" on your neck.

Wash your face once again before you go to bed. Ladies, don't go to sleep with your makeup on! This ages your skin, stains your sheets and pillowcases and you'll look a mess when you wake up, with smeared mascara and foundation. Some folks apply a night cream to their face before going to sleep.

There are potentially many other steps in the skincare routine. No need to go overboard, though. Remember, what you put on your skin, soaks in! It can enter your bloodstream and if you're using products with some really crazy ingredients, you probably don't want that to happen.

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Microdermabrasion can become a part of your skincare routine. It doesn't have to be done that often, but it's nice to be able to slough off those dead skin cells and stimulate the production of fresh, new skin cells. This can be done at a salon, and there are also kits available for sale in stores which you can use at home.

Another form of exfoliation is the Mask or Masque which you can apply, let dry, then rinse off (with a washcloth). Some even come in a peel-off format.

If acne treatment is part of your skincare regimen, click here for tips on how to combat it.

Naturally, diet plays a role in how your skin looks as well, so have a healthy diet. Drink water and stay away from sugar. Prescription medications can also cause skin problems.

Get enough sleep, too. Lack of sleep can lead to a number of ailments - and bad skin is one of them.

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