You've probably noticed that skincare is a vast, complicated field of knowledge and practice. After all, the skin is the largest organ, and a lot goes into keeping it healthy. Skin care tackles anything from dark circles under your eyes, to combating acne, treating severe scars, reducing signs of aging and even treating chronic skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis. But one aspect of skincare never changes - the skincare routine.
Today, we look at the benefits of following a daily skincare routine, and why you should adopt one. Let's see.
As with most things in life, if you do something only occasionally and randomly, chances are it won't be very effective at whatever you're trying to achieve. Just like athletes need to exercise daily and stick to strict regimens, your skin and body need consistency to adopt gradual changes. The same goes for weight loss or learning how to swim—or even learning how to play the guitar. It's obvious - consistency is key, and a good skin care routine is no different. Warm water just won't cut it.
Our skin goes through a natural renewal cycle called desquamation. Desquamation basically gets rid of all the old, damaged, and dead skin cells and replaces them with new, fresh ones. Then after a cycle of around a month, those new and fresh skin cells become damaged, aged, and die too, getting replaced with other skin cells.
So why is desquamation important when considering a skin care routine? Well, because, in a way, you need to be more consistent and persistent than your skin's natural skin cell turnover. Your skin needs all the help it can get. These cycles also make it so difficult to get rid of acne fast, or for good.
By adopting a consistent skincare routine, you're refueling your skin every day, boosting its self-healing properties. You're also stripping your face of makeup and bacteria every single day. If you aren't consistent with it, it just won't work, and you won't get the benefits.
It's like watering a plant. It will probably dry out if you only do it once every couple of months. But water it consistently, and with just the right amount of nutrients, the plant will grow, bloom, bear fruits and thrive.
So, if you want to see your skin live up to its full, glorious potential, adopting a daily skincare routine is the way to go.
Did you know that our skin's health is at its peak around the age of 18? It seems odd, but it makes a lot of sense.
During our 20s, our skin health is excellent, but as soon as we enter our 30s, aging increases, and our entire body slows down. And with it, so does our skin, and its ability to regenerate itself. (And not just that - once we hit adulthood, there is an increased risk of coming down with adult acne).
These losses in efficiency manifest themselves as a reduction in our skin's elasticity, strength, and smoothness. We've also had three decades of sun damage. So slowly but surely, our skin begins its long journey toward dryness, texture, frailty, and ruggedness. But don't worry - it's never too late to start taking care of our skin. And once we hit our 30s, there's never a better time to start a daily skincare routine.
If you want to prevent signs of aging or delay it as much as possible, your daily skincare routine will need to include cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing. A good skincare routine that's geared toward keeping your skin youthful can do wonders. But again, consistency is key. So keep at it, and you'll soon reap all those skincare benefits.
Apart from all other things, a daily skincare routine keeps your skin healthy. And healthy, resilient skin has a much better time when it comes to dealing with the occasional pimple, a wrinkle, or a scar.
Following a daily skin care routine complete with cleanser, moisturizer, and a good exfoliant will keep your skin hydrated, fresh, and nurtured, which in turn makes it more resistant to any injuries, changes, or irritations. In addition to that, it will be able to heal itself more quickly.
So, the moral of the story is: it's better to have a daily skincare routine than not.
From boosting your sense of self-confidence and making you feel good to keeping you grounded in the present moment, following a daily skincare routine is almost a must. Self care is no laughing matter. Taking good care of yourself can be immensely beneficial, especially in times of stress or moodiness.
A good skin care routine can even skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and more. Not only that - a nighttime skin routine may help you sleep, improving your overall health too and giving you much more energy.
Whether you're a man or a woman, and regardless of the type of skincare routine you're following, you'll definitely feel more at home in your skin. Your looks will improve, and you'll meet yourself in the mirror every morning with a smile. This is especially true if you start your day with a nice self-loving ritual like a morning skincare routine.
The confidence that taking good care of yourself can bring will also rub off on other aspects of your life. People who improve their self-confidence and learn to love themselves often report improvements in their social and professional lives. When you find it easier to just be yourself, you'll be able to face all sorts of people and challenges and meet life with a lot more courage and wisdom.
Don't just scrub away that dead skin. Wash away all those negative thoughts, too.
Skin types are super important, since they determine what skincare products we can use. Most skincare decisions you make will be determined by the type of your skin. Dermatologists have found an easy way to categorize skin types, and there are five of them: normal skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, oily skin, and dry skin.
Depending on your skin type, your daily skincare routine will change. Different skincare products will be better suited for different types of skin.
For example, people with dry skin will benefit from lots of hydration. That's why they'll find including a frequent moisturizer in their daily skincare routine very beneficial to achieving healthier skin. Moisturizing the face gently twice a day will improve the appearance of pores and texture, ensuring smoother skin.
On the other hand, people with oily skin will have to steer clear of products containing heavy oils, and give serums a try. The good thing is that there are a lot of oil-free skin care products out there to make you look and feel good. So make sure you opt for an oil-free cleanser and moisturizer.
Try Misumi's Complete Clear 3-Step System - it's perfect for those with oily, acne-prone skin.
Those with sensitive skin should pick their skincare products very carefully since their skin is easily irritated. In addition, they may need an extra gentle cleanser and a moisturizer that's not too heavy.
This doesn't mean that people with other skin types can't hurt or irritate their skin. You can avoid that unpleasant scenario by learning how to do patch tests before trying a product out. Patch tests are super easy to do. Just apply a small amount of the product, or ingredient, over a small patch of skin, and wait to see how your skin will react.
But, to reiterate - just because some people have perfect skin, it doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about yours. Maybe their skin is perfect because they're following a daily skincare routine. Or, perhaps they're blessed with skin that's a lot more efficient at helping itself.
Whatever the case might be, you can help yourself too. Just find out what your skin type is, devise an appropriate skincare routine, and get started. Beautiful skin is often a lifelong process, so the sooner you begin, the better.
As we mentioned above, following a daily skincare routine is the most reliable way to maintain healthy skin and achieve good results. In addition, it makes your skin more resilient and better at maintaining and repairing itself.
And what does that mean? Well, for one, it means a lot less experimenting. Once you find out what works for you and which skincare products and ingredients are best to use, you won't have as much need to try out that latest, overhyped, shiny new beauty product. Of course, that translates to having more money in your pocket.
But it's not just that. By keeping your skin in good shape, a daily skincare routine will also act as a sort of preventive shield or immunization against many other types of skin disorders or injuries. A person who follows a daily skincare routine and keeps their skin strong and flexible will not be as vulnerable as a person who doesn't. That, too, translates as more money in your pocket.
Not to mention the boost to your confidence and mental well-being. That means less stress, less smoking, less alcohol, less whatever your vice may be. We don't need to remind you what that translates to, either.
And kick bad ones.
See, the thing with habits is that you can develop a habit to change your habits. Or, ideally, to replace bad habits with good habits. Develop habits that can serve you and help you live your best life instead of ones that just make you unhealthy or miserable.
Once you pick up a daily skincare routine, it almost becomes a ritual. Even though it might feel like a chore in the beginning, you'll actually want to do this self care routine after a while. The washing, cleansing, and moisturizing will become therapeutic.
It's the same with exercise, shifting to healthy food, or simply getting up early in the morning. Each habit evokes resistance in us initially, but that's just inertia. We need some pushing in a different direction before we get going. And then we go by ourselves.
So, use this ability to change yourself, and change things for the better. One habit can lead to another. So, why not use your daily skincare routine as a springboard for turning your life around? Good skin looks good on a good life.
Misumi has a range of products to help you get the clear, glowing skin you've always wanted. From the Clear Skin Duo Kit to the AHA 10% Skin Perfecting Cleanser, you can calm skin, soothe inflammation, reduce acne breakouts, and more. Try it now!
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances, and its goal is to offer a general view of the subject. In case you are suffering from a severe case of acne, you should consult with a dermatologist or a certified medical professional.