Can you remember the last time your skin was looked at by a skin care…
Taking care of your skin is essential for an overall healthier and happier wellbeing. However, many people have no idea how to even begin implementing a daily skincare routine. Do you use a cleanser… or just wash with water? Is sunscreen an everyday essential, or should it only be applied when going outside?
There are many questions our patients have when it comes to building a basic skincare routine. Fortunately, it’s much easier than you might believe, and it only requires three key steps!
Read our quick guide below on how to build the best basic skincare routine to give you the best opportunity for healthy, clear, vibrant skin.
Best Basic Skincare Routine
At Brentwood Dermatology, we recommend our patients begin taking care of their skin with three essentials – a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Let’s cover why each is important in a daily skincare routine.
#1 – Cleanser
Even if you never leave the house, all sorts of things get layered onto the skin throughout the day. This includes things like sweat, dirt, dust, debris, makeup, dead skin cells, and other impurities that can clog pores, attract bacteria, irritate the skin, and trigger inflammation.
And while washing your skin at the end of the day with just water does clean the face a little, a quality facial cleanser specifically chosen for your skin type is the best way to properly clean and purify the skin.
Furthermore, we recommend avoiding any cleansers with exfoliating beads or particles. These products are marketed to be beneficial but often do more harm than good, as exfoliating twice a day is far too much!
For most people, keep it simple with a gentle cleanser that’s free of dyes, synthetic fragrances, and alcohol. And if you struggle with extremely dry skin, opt for a cream or moisturizing cleanser.
#2 – Moisturizer
Next step in your basic skincare routine? A quality moisturizer that expertly hydrates and softens the skin.
After using a cleanser, it’s crucial to follow up by moisturizing the skin – even if it doesn’t feel tight or dry. This is an essential step in a basic skincare routine, especially if you struggle with eczema or psoriasis, as these skin conditions tend to make the skin overly dry.
And even if you have oily skin, moisturizing is still key to a healthy complexion. If you skip this essential step, your skin will continue to overproduce oil to maintain its barrier. A quality moisturizer is vital for keeping an optimal balance of hydration!
As with many skincare products, it’s best to choose a moisturizer that is simple – no fragrances, dyes, or unnecessary chemicals. Furthermore, opt for a lighter, oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin or a thicker, cream-like moisturizer if you have dry skin.
And don’t forget, our board-certified dermatologists are always here to help! If you’re struggling to find the perfect moisturizer, get in touch. We’re happy to make a personalized recommendation!
#3 – Sunscreen
Rain or shine, inside or outside, sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin and maintaining a radiant complexion! When establishing your daily skincare routine, this is the third – and likely the most important – step to include.
Skin cancer is on the rise and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States, with more cases diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined.
Thus, including a daily sunscreen into your basic skincare routine is crucial for preventing skin cancer. Even better for those who want to ward off signs of aging, wearing sunscreen can help fight fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone and texture.
When choosing your daily sunscreen, opt for one that has a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher. Alternatively, you can simply choose a daily moisturizer that has an SPF 30 to cut down on the number of steps in your basic skincare regimen!
Personalized Skincare Recommendations for a Radiant Complexion
If you’re struggling to find the right skincare products for your skin, reach out to our board-certified dermatologists for personalized skincare recommendations! We’re always to help people find the right products for their skin to keep it healthy and radiant.
Get in touch with Brentwood Dermatology today – we’ll help you love the skin you’re in!
The trusted physicians at Brentwood Dermatology can assist you with all of your general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology needs. If you would like to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (615) 377-3448.