line

Basic Skincare Regimen

submitted
Basic Skincare Regimen

Your Skin Basics 101

Skin-Care-For-Women
When the topic of skincare comes up, the one question I constantly get asked by my female and male friends alike is: “What basic staples do you use in your skincare regimen”? Being a huge beauty product experimenter as I am, I was always stumped in providing them a clear-cut answer. It was not until the past few months that I realized my skincare regimen has slowly but surely began to incorporate some vital staples that I cannot see myself without for the rest of my life. So hang on tight for this 101-skincare lesson that you may integrate into your own skincare routine.

The first very basic staple is a cleanser. My personal favorite is some form of lathering cleanser—cream-based, liquid-based, or solid (soap bar)-based—which I use with my Clarisonic brush. What you choose as your cleanser should not matter too much, provided you find one that dutifully removes all dirt and makeup without stripping away essential moisture from your skin.

My most recent skincare-find is Alpha Hydroxy Acid products. AHAs are great for sloughing off any dead skin that sits on the topmost layer of your skin. For that reason, they are considered to be chemical exfoliants that allow new, radiant skin to crop up to the surface. I absolutely love the 8% AHA gel offered online by Paula’s Choice, which offers great products for budget-friendly prices.

Since I’m a gal in my 20s, I recently began to include a retinoid product in my skincare. Retinoids are basically a form of Vitamin A, which helps promote collagen turnover at the cellular level. As we begin to age, so does our skin—so retinoid products are great for keeping our cellular collagen production going, and preemptively delaying those first signs of wrinkles.

The last item that is vital in my skincare is a vitamin C serum, which I use in the morning. One major function of vitamin C is to protect against and repair damages caused by UV rays. So for all you sun-worshippers out there, vitamin C may help reverse some of the mishaps caused by a little too much time spent soaking up the rays (of which I’ve been guilty of more times than I care for!).

Discuss this Article

Attach
No new comments
this is my first time learning about AHAs...are there any specific brands that I should get??? This comment has been removed.
Attach
It's great you're already taking such good care of your skin. You'll appreciate it as time goes on. :) This comment has been removed.
Attach
I can't live without my Clarisonic either! Remember to start using an eye cream while you're young as well as sunscreen for prevention! You'll thank me in 10 years ;) This comment has been removed.
Attach
I agree, these are basics that apply to most skin types. Out of curiosity, what type of skin do you have? This comment has been removed.
Attach
Searching comments
9466 Black Mountain Rd, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92126
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT