Never skip the sunblock
Often overlooked but just as important as the holy trinity is a good sunblock with high SPF and PA+ ratings. During daytime, your skin is exposed to two harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA, which penetrates deep into the dermis and causes premature skin aging and wrinkles, and UVB, which affects the skin’s surface and leads to sunburns and skin cancer.
This is why sunblock is such a necessary step in the morning; it protects your face from these long-term effects. It’s always best to go for products that have SPF 30 or higher for at least 97% UVB protection, and a PA++++ rating for strong UVA protection.
If you’ve been iffy about using sunblock every day because it feels heavy on the skin and it leaves a white cast, we recommend using these products instead: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen, and Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream.
Know which products not to mix
While it’s nice to have dozens of skincare products for your X-step skincare routine, you have to keep in mind that certain ingredients in certain products must never be used at the same time. Some of these no-no’s include Niacinamide with Vitamin C, acne treatments (like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide) with Retinols and Retinoids, and exfoliators with skin brightening products, particularly those with AHAs.
If you have clashing products and want to use them both (e.g. The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum), use them on different times of the day or the week.
Serums are actually a good way to address specific skin concerns because they penetrate deep into your skin to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients. If you want to get of acne scars or wrinkles, try incorporating a serum into your routine! Use it after cleansing and before moisturizing to really lock it in. They tend to be pricey, but definitely worth every peso.
Again, it’s best to determine first what skin concern you want to address and what your skin type is. Oily and acne-prone skin types will want to have a serum with BHAs (e.g. salicylic acid) to unclog their pores, while those on the drier side will want a serum with hydrating properties (e.g. hyaluronic acid). Those with aging skin should reach for a Vitamin C serum, while those who want to get rid of their dark spots should try out serums with Vitamin E or Niacinamide.
Don’t hate, exfoliate
As you grow older, your cells regenerate at a slower pace. This means you shed dead skin cells much slower than had 10 years ago. Allowing your face to actually keep that dead skin until it naturally sheds off does much more harm than good — it can leave your face looking dull and dry, result to more breakouts, and repel goodness you’re supposed to get from your skincare products.
Exfoliate your face once or twice every week with either a physical exfoliant (i.e. facial scrubs) for faster results, or a chemical exfoliant, often the gentler alternative, which also works on the deeper layers of the skin. Doing so will leave your skin smoother, brighter, and healthier!
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