In a world with numerous beauty influencers and tonnes of skincare brands, it sometimes gets difficult to get hand of the basics and realise how valuable they can be in terms of effective skincare. So here are the Top 15 Easy Skincare Basics to know and follow.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
This cannot be stressed enough. Hydration is extremely effective when it comes to skincare. Drinking ample of water (as much as 2-3 liters a day at least) is the most important thing you should look after. It doesn’t just prevent dehydration but also helps to release toxins and make your skin super healthy.
A basic but vital way of skincare is realizing the value of cleansing. Use a face wash or cleanser ideally twice a day, or more, depending on the extent of makeup application. Actually, it’s not even just about thorough removal of makeup content but also getting rid of various harmful impurities and pollutants.
Often people tend to confuse exfoliation with cleansing itself. But the major difference between the two is that cleansing helps clear minor impurities, that too on the surface while exfoliation is deeper and combats harsher issues like blackheads, whiteheads, etc. as well. Using a scrub and applying steam to those problematic areas even once a week works really well. Professional cleanups at salons occasionally are also necessary.
Moisturizing is a very underrated way to get healthy skin. The toxic environment around us tends to absorb our natural oils quite quickly. This is when good moisturizing comes into play. The market has tonnes of brands for various skin types for you to choose from; however, something as basic as applying coconut oil post-shower, and at night, also does the trick.
5. Pat Dry Your Skin
A seemingly small but very necessary habit is to pat dry the skin gently instead of rubbing it. Rubbing harshly tends to harm the sensitive layer of the skin whereas patting it dry helps to maintain that delicateness and also retain the necessary moisture.
6. Apply Sun Screen
Something that is said too much, but followed too less. Sunblocks are as necessary for the skin as chargers are to phones (can’t think of something more relatable). So, application of sun screen with a good SPF is a must so as to shield the skin against harmful UV rays of the sun.
(Fun Fact: Actor Sonam Kapoor never leaves her house without applying sunblock with at least SPF 30!)
7. Make Sure You Clean Your Phone’s Screen!
This is something we usually tend to overlook, but it’s something that has a lot to do with our face. When we place our phones on our ears for phone calls, the dirt and bacteria on the phone’s screen can easily transfer on our face leading to breakouts or other skin problems. Thus, the phone’s screen should be wiped away, time and again.
8. Eat Right
It is rightly said, “You are what you eat.” Eating the right food such as green veggies, fruits, and dry fruits help to maintain healthy skin. Also, avoiding or minimizing the intake of fried, oily or very sweet foodstuff (basically, junk) is the way towards good skin.
9. Fresh Pillow Case Every Other Day
Another thing that is easily overlooked is pillowcases. They usually tend to be dusty and unclean. And when our skin is exposed to this dust and dirt, it can easily develop skin problems such as acne, etc. To keep such problems at bay, make sure you replace your pillowcase with a freshly washed one every other day.
10. Avoid Touching Your Face Too Much
Often done unconsciously, a habit that does more harm than good is touching your face too much. Due to the fact that hands cannot be squeaky clean at all times, it tends to transfer the dirt of our hands to our face and that reacts with the skin to cause problems. Practice avoiding doing so.
11. Let Your Skin Breathe
In today’s influential world, we tend to get attracted to the idea of perceived perfection. And the practicality of that idea is the application of a whole lot of makeup to fix problems and accentuate our features. However, being sans makeup at times and letting the skin breathe is a very effective way towards good skin.
12. Listen to Your Mom!
As hard as it could sound to some, listening to your mom’s advice is one of the kindest things you could do for yourself. You can trust her more than any ad commercial or even any article as such. You know why? Because she’s been through all those phases herself. And the best part, she wasn’t really amidst an influential environment (unlike us) during those times.
13. Less Worry, More Happy!
Stress and worry release intoxicants in our bodies, leading to multiple physical issues including skin problems whereas being happy releases endorphins in our bodies. These endorphins are really good for great overall health, and for healthy skin. Another tip to be a happier person is to get sufficient sleep; something that’s great to have good skin as well.
14. Neither Too Hot Nor Too Cold
When it comes to water for your cleansing routine or even for showering, it should never be on the extreme side. Because water that is too hot harms the delicate layer of the skin, and even removes the essential natural oils. And water that is too cold dries the skin up very quickly. Balance is the key.
15. Go with what Suits you, and not with what’s Trending
Lastly, while choosing skincare products, only go with what actually suits your skin, instead of what’s topping the charts. Because what works for some, might not work for you and vice versa. So, it all boils down to trying out different stuff, figuring out what’s best for you, and then sticking to your very own routine.
These were the Top 15 Effective and Easy Skincare basics you should try to follow. Also, always ensure you don’t get carried away by the overwhelming extent of skincare products that surround you. Skincare is all about being well versed with the basics, and being religious enough to follow them.