The Beginner's Guide to Different Skin Products

Most people are aware of the fact that a proper skincare routine is more than just washing your face. In fact, it involves the use of products other than just a basic facial cleanser or moisturizer. However, with so many products out there, it can become quite difficult to come up with an effective skincare routine for yourself.

Here are all the products you need to know about to get you started on your skincare routine.

1. Cleanser

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A facial cleanser is the most basic product of any skincare routine. Washing your face twice a day is important to get rid of dirt, bacteria, and other pollutants from your skin. However, there are various types of cleansers available that suit certain skin types.

A common mistake that most people make is they use any cleanser, regardless of whether or not it suits their skin type. For instance, someone prone to breakouts might use a heavy or creamy facial cleanser that increases oil production and lead to acne breakouts. Thus, the safest option is to opt for organic skincare products, such as an all-natural cleanser, as they are free from harsh chemicals.

2. Exfoliator 

Exfoliation is an important step in your skincare routine, but it can be quite intimidating for those who are just starting off their beauty routine and are unaware of what exactly an exfoliator does. In simple words, an exfoliator can be any product or device that helps remove dead skin cells from your face or any other body part.

Physical exfoliators employ mechanical force to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Chemical exfoliators, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, break and dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells using chemical force. Either way, once the dead skin cells shed off, it leaves behind a new layer of youthful and radiant skin.

Exfoliators also open up the pores of your skin to allow their content to come up and shed off from the skin surface, which helps prevent acne and inflammation. Since most chemical exfoliators are mild acids, they help lower the pH levels of your skin and kill harmful bacteria.

However, you must consider your skin type before deciding on the type of exfoliator to add to your skincare routine. Oily skin will benefit from using exfoliators containing salicylic acid as they prevent acne breakouts. Combination skin should opt for slow and mild exfoliation to avoid testing the boundaries of skin sensitivities. Additionally, those with dry or sensitive skin should avoid exfoliating altogether since it can cause excessive dryness.

3. Treatment Products

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These products are meant to target and address specific skin concerns, such as dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, inflammation, acne, and signs of aging. The FDA has approved these treatment products since they are highly potent but are only safe to use when recommended by a dermatologist. Treatment products include various gels, creams, lotions, serums, solutions and medicated facial pads.

The kind of treatment product you require depends on your skin concerns. The most common active ingredients that treatment products contain include retinoids, such as adapalene and tretinoin that help deal with wrinkles and other aging signs; salicylic acid for acne; and topical steroids for inflammation and skin allergies. Vitamin C, coupled with other growth factors, are also found in anti-aging treatments.

Do not start using a treatment on your own. If you have been  experiencing a persistent skin condition, visit your dermatologist for a consultation first to find out the root cause of the issue you’re dealing with and how you can address it.

4. Serum

Serums are concentrated solutions that typically contain antioxidants that help fight free radical damage. They also contain anti-aging ingredients, such as retinols, to stimulate the production of collagen. A Vit C serum penetrates deep inside the skin and hydrates it from beneath, making it appear youthful and plump. Ideally, you should use your serum after washing your face with a facial cleanser and before your moisturizer. The Advanced Anti-Aging Vitamin C serum by ML Delicate Beauty is the best vitamin C serum for your face as it not only helps keep acne and acne scars at bay and reduces aging signs.

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5. Face Oil

Facial oil is loaded with nutrients that build a resilient and protective layer on your skin, regardless of your skin type. They are hydrating for your skin, which makes them especially useful for those who have dry skin. The most commonly-added ingredients in face oil are vitamin E and argan oil due to their naturally hydrating properties that can tackle every skin type’s concerns.

You need to use only two to three drops of your face oil to hydrate your entire face. Also, those with acne-prone skin should opt for tea tree oil that helps with acne and vitamin C oil to help with acne scarring.

6. Sunscreen

You probably know what sunscreen is, but maybe you aren’t quite aware of how important it is to apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause premature aging, dark spots and even cancer.

Sunscreen isn’t something that you use once in a while when going to the beach or before playing outdoor sports; it’s an integral part of your daily skincare routine despite the season. Whether you’re stepping out of your house during summer or are going out during the winter season when the sun is hidden behind the clouds, sunscreen is vital!

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7. Moisturizer

A moisturizer is a skincare staple. If you want to keep your skin looking younger for a long time, you need to moisturize from head to toe! While it’s imperative that you moisturize your skin during winters, you need to maintain the same routine during summers as well.

Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, moisturizing your skin is vital. However, the consistency of the moisturizer varies according to skin type. While those with oily skin need to use a light and liquid-y moisturizer, those with dry skin need a heavy cream-based moisturizer.

Since there are many moisturizers available for various skin types, it can be confusing to find the perfect one. If you want your skin to be more hydrated, opt for a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Moreover, if you want to keep your skin hydrated while preventing acne and aging signs, opt for a moisturizer that contains retinol like the Retinol Moisturizing Face Cream by ML Delicate Beauty.

8. Toner

A toner is a great skincare product to include in your skincare routine, but it isn’t for everyone. Toners help reduce excess traces of makeup and other residue from the skin and shrinks pores, helping your skin restore its natural pH balance. This is vital since our pH levels suffer due to the use of soap and other chemicals, which leads to an increase in oil production and possible breakouts. Since toners can be a little harsh, those with sensitive skin should avoid using it or use an alcohol-free toner.

9. Face Mask

There are various types of masks available in the market that suit different skin types. While some masks hydrate your skin, others dry it and even brighten it up. However, a mask isn’t something that should be used on a daily basis. It is best to use it once a week.

10. Eye Cream

Eye creams are formulated to target specific eye area concerns, such as wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. There are certain eye creams that deal with multiple issues at once. The most common ingredients that eye creams contain include antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides.

Now that you’re aware of the various skincare products, you need to establish a good skincare regimen that benefits your skin type!

What skin products do you use in your daily skincare routine? Let’s talk about it!



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Christine Wright | Beauty Expert | Esthetician | Blogger
Christine Wright is a trusted beauty expert and an esthetician who is loved by editors and bloggers. She is a prolific writer on the topics of natural, chemical-free skin and body care. She also does reviews on store brand beauty products, with fairness and a real point-of-view. She is well-known of creating products for specific skin types, especially to those with ultra-sensitive faces.
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