Building Your Perfect Skincare Routine

Building Your Perfect Skincare Routine

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Step 1: Know Your Skin Type

Know Your Skin Type
Know Your Skin Type

Who doesn’t want great-looking skin? Start by knowing your skin type. Then you’ll know how to take care of it.
Dry skin is flaky, scaly, or rough.
Oily skin is shiny, greasy, and may have big pores.
Combination skin is dry in some spots (cheeks) and oily in others (forehead, nose, and chin).
Sensitive skin may sting, burn, or itch after you use some makeup or other products.
Normal skin is balanced, clear, and not sensitive.

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Step 2: Cleaning Normal/Combo Skin

Cleaning Dry Skin
Cleaning Dry Skin

Don’t just grab whatever soap is in the shower or at the sink to wash your face. You don’t have to buy fancy, expensive products. You just need to find skincare that works for you. Use a gentle cleanser or soap and wash — don’t scrub your face. Rinse with plenty of warm water, then pat dry. If you find your skin dries out or gets oily, try a different cleanser.

Step 3: Cleaning Dry Skin

Dry Skin
Cleaning Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t have alcohol or fragrance. Those ingredients can dry your skin out even more. Gently wash your skin, then rinse with plenty of warm water. Don’t use hot water because it removes the natural oils from your face faster. Try exfoliating once a week to get rid of flaky skin cells. It will make your skin look clearer and more even.

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Step 4: Moisturize

Moisturize
Moisturize

You may think you’re too young to need moisturizer — or your skin is too oily — but all skin needs moisture. Moisturizers help keep your skin from drying out. Use it every day, no matter what skin type you have. Apply it while your skin is still damp from washing or rinsing to help seal in moisture. If you have acne or your skin is oily, find a moisturizer that is lightweight and oil-free, so it doesn’t block your pores.

Step 5: Put on Sunscreen

Put on Sunscreen
Put on Sunscreen

Your moisturizer may already have sunscreen in it. But it’s a good idea to use a separate sunscreen, too. The sun can damage your skin in only 15 minutes. Even though you’re young, you can get skin cancer. Look for sunscreen that works against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30. Wear it every day, even if it’s not sunny and even if it’s cold. The sun’s rays can reflect off water, sand, and snow. Reapply every two hours.

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