SKINCARE FOR BEGGINERS
One of the many pressing matters that plague the mind of a modern woman is "How to dive into the endless world of skincare as smooth as possible?" If your top shelf consists of Nivea and intimate wash but you also have a long wish list of revolutionary skincare products that promise drastic skin and life improvements in general, then keep reading. Or perhaps you're a sucker for a pretty top shelf and want to feel like you live in a spa. Anyway, the road will be a long one, but with luck, by no means thorny. You can't just jump from using close to nothing to 10 essences and serums a day.
One very important thing that you must keep in your mind at all times is the awareness that each skin is different. What suits your friend may not be right for you and the other way around. Something that causes her acne just might be what solves your dry skin problem. In the flood of products and information, it's nice to introduce some sort of filtering system. Dermatologists and estheticians come at great help. A visit to one or the other will help you understand your skin type and condition. It's always better to pick skincare products according to condition not just skin type. In simpler terms; your skin may be red and sensitive but that doesn't necessarily mean that your skin is sensitive in general. It might just be a reaction to something you're using or doing. With that being said the same skincare you use while solving a skin condition might not suit you once that issue is dealt with. To all skin pickers, a few pimples on the forehead is not the same as acne and therefore there is no need for excessively drying products that will eventually do more harm than good. If you're not too thrilled about dermatologists and estheticians yet (all in good time my friend) I suggest visiting a local pharmacy where they have different product launches on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. Those brand advisors are usually highly trained and educated people and are there to answer your skin related questions. Talking to them may shed some new light.
STEP BY STEP
Or rather, baby steps. Introducing new products to your routine should be a slow and steady process. You can forget about jumping head in first. Skin needs its time to get used to a particular product. Or not, of course. If you change your products too often too quickly it's impossible to determine which product from your regime is ok and which one is not. In the case of retinol, for example, a longer introductory period is required, in which retinol is introduced slowly and in small quantities since the skin needs to become accustomed to it. If you try to accelerate that process your skin will likely become reddened and sensitive. Langsam aber sicher cowboy. If you're at the beginning of your odyssey, start with good quality cleansing and moisturizing. After a week or two put toner in the equation. Then maybe a mask. If everything goes according to plan, you introduce exfoliation. And so on. Slowly but surely.
If God could not create the earth in one day, even that divine elixir in the form of a retinol serum cannot erase those wrinkles that took years and years to come into form. It takes about one month to 6 weeks for cells to turnover. In that time, fresh, "new" skin matures, travels to the upper layers of the epidermis and sloughs off. This timeframe, dear explorer, is worth remembering. First skin evaluation should be no sooner than in one month. Especially with bigger skin issues. It might be worth pointing out that you should stop using the product if you get redness, itching or other unpleasantries. In cases like these consult a specialist immediately.
And last words of wisdom: “Finding the right skin care products is like finding the right partner. You change a lot of them to find one that doesn't cause pimples."