If you tuned in to our previous blog called “The Basics of Treatment:101” you are already on a journey to perfecting your skincare routine. As we discussed, the third step called “Treatment” is the most tedious to perfect, and yet it is the reason why your skin concerns will be eliminated. Some skin concerns include aging, acne, dark spots, dehydration, scaring and so on. In this blog article, we are going to break down treatment methods by different product types and how that particular product targets skin concerns. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Exfoliators are used to break down and remove dead skin cells that remain on your face. Moreover, exfoliators are huge money savers since they actually “help out” the other products in your skincare routine. Exfoliators allow your other products to be absorbed more easily which allows you to use less products while getting better results. There are two types of exfoliators: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are in the form of a scrub and can be very damaging to the skin as they cause microdermabrasion. Chemical exfoliators are gentle acids that remove dead skin cells much more evenly and don’t irritate your skin if used carefully and in small amounts. Chemical exfoliators include ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, AHA/BHA, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid. Exfoliation is a great treatment method for oily and acne prone skin, individuals with dark spots, scaring, and even dehydration as long as you follow up with a good moisturizer. However, don’t use exfoliators everyday of the week. First introduce yourself to the product by applying it once a week and work your way up to three times a week. It is recommended that you use exfoliators at night so that you are not exposed to the sun, but if you prefer using them it in the mornings, follow up with a good SPF.
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that is commonly used in skincare for its benefits. Exfoliators target the top or outer layer of your skin while Retinol products go deeper, into the middle layer of your skin. By doing this, Retinol promotes the natural production of collagen and elastin in your skin and gives a plumping effect to your skin, while also exfoliating the top layer of the skin. Retinol is most famously known and used for it’s anti-aging benefits since it promotes the production of collagen. It can as well be used for acne,oily-prone skin, dark spots, scarring, and even under eye pigmentation if it is an active ingredient in eye creams. Retinol should be used with caution as it has the tendency to dry out your skin and cause irritation. Much like exfoliators, introduce retinol into your skincare routine slowly and starting from once a week. Remember to either apply it at nighttime or use it with sunscreen. This will ensure that you won’t experience any of the side effects.
Hyaluronic Acid is a chemical naturally found in our skin that promotes hydration and leaves your skin looking dewy and supple. It is a very gentle ingredient that is found in most hydrating creams and serums. This ingredient can be used for every skin concern. Individuals with dehydrated skin will love this product as it directly targets their concern. Individuals who use exfoliators and retinol can use Hyaluronic Acid on the days where they don’t use these products. This will restore any dehydration that may have occurred while exfoliation or using retinol.
These are the basic treatment products and ingredients used to target different types of skincare concerns. They often have the above mentioned ingredients in serum forms. However, you can also find face masks with such ingredients. Although face masks are not necessary when you have a good skincare routine, they are sure fun and a great form of self-care.
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