The importance of establishing a daily skin care routine

Brandi Howliet | Staff Writer

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The proper skin care routine is hard to figure out but necessary.

The skin on our bodies is the largest organ, so taking care of it is very important. It helps prevent infection and harmful elements from getting into our bodies. There are so many products on the market, and the beauty industry is at an all-time high, so many consumers don’t know where to start. The correct skin care routine is built over time; it doesn’t just happen overnight. 

With time and diligence, you’ll eventually find the right products for you. Using a daytime and nighttime regime is a good start to establishing a healthy skin care routine. Your routine can be a short, easy process that cleanses and moisturizes your skin at the same time. 

Step One: Cleanse 

Start your morning with a splash of fresh, warm water. Then, use a cleanser designed for your skin. If you have oily skin, use a soap that can help combat oiliness. If your skin is dry, use a product that can clean and moisturize your skin at the same time. 

“For my face, I use micellar water before I cleanse,” said HU student Antonia Jackson, a third-year MBA major. “After, I use Cetaphil, then I rub my face with witch hazel. After I use the witch hazel, I apply a rose water for a calming effect. My routine applies for morning and night.” 

Cleansers can be found in local drug stores such as Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Target. There’s a wide range of facial cleansers offered in stores, but finding the right one for your skin type can be a bit difficult. 

Step Two: Serum 

Serum is a highly concentrated product that you put on your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. It delivers powerful ingredients to your skin to ensure moisture and glow. Serums are also infused with antioxidants that keep your skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. It is important to use these types of products on our facial skin instead of lotion and heavy oils that can block our pores. Serums can be found in drug stores and higher-end beauty retailers.

If you are wondering which serum to buy, consider Dr. Botanicals’ Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil. This serum is a vegan-based product that’s made with natural ingredients. It retails for $19.99 in its 15ml size and $39.99 in its 30ml size. It works well on dry skin and helps stimulate collagen for younger looking skin. 

Step Three: Moisturize 

Moisturizing your face should be the final step in your daytime or nightly routine. Whether you have a daily regimen or not, moisturizing is by far one of the most beneficial things you can do for your body. Applying lotion on your skin is normal, but some products are better for your face than others. Taking the time to find the right moisturizing product for your skin will benefit you in the long run and ensure a youthful appearance. According to the Medical University of Tennessee, the most important time to moisturize your skin is after a bath, shave or exfoliating. Water strips the natural oils from your skin and body so using a good moisturizer is a good way to prevent dry skin. 

“I don’t really have a skin routine since my skin doesn’t really require much work,” said HU student Gabrielle Tazewell, a third-year journalism major.

“But what I have noticed [is that] my skin has become more dry these past few months, so I am currently searching for the best moisturizer for me.” 

Establishing a healthy skin care regime becomes more important as we all age.

Many factors affect our skin, so taking extra steps to protect it is important and will help us look better than ever.

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