What does the perfect skin-care routine look like?

Are you using countless products on your face and seeing absolutely no results? This is because it is not enough to have the best skin care products: You need to know the order in which to apply them, and have a healthy nutrient and vitamin rich diet. However, your diet doesn’t always promise your daily skin requirements- that’s where taking oral supplements can help.

Your skin care routine should depend on your skin type, ingredients, formulations of your products, and the time of day. A good rule of thumb- is to apply in order of texture, from thinnest to thickest, since thin products won’t be able to penetrate thicker ones.

If you have open pores, redness & excess sebum production- use 10% Niacinamide. For dry, sensitive & irritated skin- Copper peptide can do wonders. For firm, hydrated skin, lesser fine lines & wrinkles- use Hyaluronic acid with Vitamin B5.

Here’s a morning routine you can follow- For mornings, start with cleanser, then toner, then a Vitamin C or Niacinamide serum comes next. Follow up with sun-screen if you need to head outdoors.

For night time- double cleansing is your best friend, followed by active serums like Glycolic acid or Retinol, then coat with eye cream and moisturizer.

Now for the equally important factor in skin care- lifestyle choices! Healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems.

Protect yourself from the sun
Prolonged sun exposure can cause wrinkles, spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. Yikes, slather on the sun screen with an SPF of at least 15 when you step out!

Ditch the cigarette
Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin age faster.
If quitting is hard for you, try nicotine patches.

Eat a healthy diet
You are what you eat. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins and include plenty of water.

Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin sensitive and trigger acne breakouts. Get enough sleep, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you love.

Take supplements that make your skin healthy inside, out!
The top 5 supplements to opt for are Astaxanthin, Marine Collagen, Zinc, Omega- 3 Fatty acids, Pre & Probiotics. You can opt for single simple, effective and inexpensive products which has single composition like oral supplements, or incorporate foods that are loaded with it.

Having said all this, it is important to keep in mind, that what works for someone else, may not work for you. And if this basic skin-care routine does not work for you, get in touch with a trusted dermatologist.

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