Building Blocks of Beauty | 6 Skin Care Essentials to Always Have With You

Every person’s skin is different, so it’s hard to make generalisations about what steps individuals should include in their daily skincare routines. That being said, there are six absolute essentials that all consumers should use every day, regardless of their skin types. Read on to find a brief introduction to each of these categories.

1. Face and Body Cleansers

Just about every modern American has some kind of cleanser in his or her medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, many facial and body cleansers are made with harsh chemicals that can leave those who suffer from dry or sensitive skin feeling itchy and uncomfortable. When in doubt, buy products designed for specific skin types. For sensitive skin, avoid harsh chemicals and fragrances. For oily skin, find a cleanser that will dry up excess oil without leaving the skin looking flaky and feeling itchy.

2. Moisturiser

A good moisturiser is one of the most important body care products to keep on hand, no matter what skin type consumers have. Even oily skin needs to be moisturized to keep it healthy. A good moisturiser will keep the skin from drying out without causing problems with clogged pores and acne. Not all over-the-counter products fit the bill, so buy a reputable brand.

3. Toner

A lot of consumers, even those who are vigilant about protecting their skin, are skeptical about toners. They shouldn’t be, though. Toners help to ensure that users can keep their skin’s pH balance in the optimal range, which is important given that tap water can disrupt skin pH levels. Depending on what toners consumers choose, these products can also help to exfoliate, cleanse, and disinfect the skin and can calm acne infections. It’s all a matter of choosing the right product.

4. Exfoliant

A good exfoliant will remove not just dirt but also dead cells from the surface of the skin. That’s essential to maintaining optimal skin health for two reasons. First, it stops dead cells from clogging the pores and causing acne. Second, it allows other products, such as moisturizers, to penetrate the skin more deeply to do their important work.

Exfoliants fall into two categories: chemical and physical exfoliants. Physical exfoliants work better for sensitive skin, while chemical exfoliants are best for consumers with normal to oily skin. Those with skin conditions that cause inflammation, such as severe acne or rosacea, should only use exfoliants designed for sensitive skin.

5. Eye Creams

Eye creams are specialized forms of moisturizer designed to prevent signs of aging such as puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles around the eyes. Most experts recommend that anyone over the age of 20 use an eye cream twice a day, but there’s no harm in starting younger.

6. Face Masks

Some consumers think of face masks as a luxury, while others consider them a necessity. While it’s true that they don’t need to be worn every day, applying a mask one to two times per week, followed by a moisturizer, can help to keep the skin looking young and vibrant.

The Bottom Line

Keeping skin looking young and healthy requires some work. Thankfully, there are plenty of high-quality skincare products available in today’s markets. Consumers who care about their skin should only buy products from reputable vendors and look for moisturisers, exfoliants, and toners specifically designed for their skin types.

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