Skincare or skin-harm?
The 1, 2, 3+ process of skincare is not enough – it is generic and lacks substance. Skincare should be exclusive and full of texture to absorp product.
The harm of skincare is a thing, it is the darkside of our obsessions with dermal products. That whilst we think we are taking ‘care’ of our skin (a vague/loose term), our skin is reacting otherwise. Stealthly and gradually to these chemicals…however, ‘good’ chemicals are a thing; and chemicals are more natural than we think…
In abandoning a harmful tradition and taking on a less complex, but more enduring routine, here is a brief guide about what your skincare should actually include:
Ski(onio)n has layers
Skin is almost like a hierarchical structure, and to take care of its layers, the skin must be prepped, not ‘stripped back.’ It should be compactly hydrated with water: water mists, water-based cream and hydration for example.
In having a damp-to-moist surface, a sort of flood gate for your skincare to follow, you can begin the ultimate/fruitful exercise of your routine.
Skincare is all about trial and error, making it a personal journey of yours, not an impersonal demand directed by pseudo-dermatologists online. This journey should be a special moment, and even meditating, not a chore.
Cleanse – a cleansing
In cleaning the skin, you are aiming to get rid of its dirt and bacteria, not strip it from its natural oils or even destroy its barrier. So to avoid this, a delicate approach of placing a warm cloth on the face to prep the skin for the incoming cleansing motion, is sensible. Once prepped, a gentle or oil-based cleanser is most advisable.
- Avoid foaming cleansers.
- Avoid cleansers with harsh chemicals, or any amount of chemicals for that matter.
Ensuring your skin damp and not air-dried shut, your cream-care can ensue. Certainly, it is best to avoid using a harsh towel – not only susceptible to dirt, but harsh drying of the skin that can wear or crease it out. Indeed, the purpose of leaving the skin damp is to enable the securing of moisture to follow.
Not only should your moisturiser, moisturise your skin, but it should be compact with many nutrients. This means you can add several vitamins to your daily moisturiser – such as Vitamin A and C, rather than have it in separate bottles and elongating the routine. You can also add your serums and so forth.
But don’t forget SPF!
Outside your daily routine, you should consider ‘pamper’ days wherein which you really take care of your skin, such as through chemical peels and masks.