Today we’re talking skincare inspo for different skin goals. After all, everyone’s skin is unique – some people have dry skin, oily skin, or one of the many skin conditions that affect as many as one in three Americans.
The ideal skincare routine not only addresses all your skin issues, but also helps you progress toward your ideal skin — such as skin that’s acne-free, youthful, moisturized, or glowing. This quick guide to various ingredients and products can hopefully give you some ideas on how to get started.
For acne-free skin
There are 2 key ingredients to look out for here. Salicylic acid is a gentle chemical exfoliator that works to unclog your pores. Meanwhile, niacinamide protects the skin barrier and regulates oil production. Both of these are gentle enough to use daily. You can wash your face twice a day with cleansers and use dedicated acne treatments at night with products like The Inkey List’s Niacinamide Serum. Be patient, though — it may take up to 8 weeks to see visible results.
If you feel like pre-made products aren’t working for you, try out local Philly brand DVINITI Skin’s CHEMIXTRY Studio. Here, a personal chemist can give you a customizable care kit that’s perfect for your unique skincare needs.
For youthful skin
We’ve previously talked about the importance of SPF in skincare. Using a lightweight sunscreen with SPF 50, like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50, is crucial to protecting against premature aging.
However, if fine lines and wrinkles have already made an appearance on your face, you can minimize them with a more comprehensive anti-aging skincare routine. The best ones to use are cleansers and eye creams that are rich in peptides. These boost the production of collagen to make the skin bouncy and elastic. Also look for products with retinol, a form of Vitamin A that speeds up cell turnover, and glycolic acid, which boosts the presence of both collagen and elastin in the skin.
For moisturized skin
If you have dry skin, you might want an extra-moisturizing skincare routine. The trick is to have hydrating ingredients in everything you use. This includes hyaluronic acid and glycerin, humectants that bring moisture to the skin, and ceramides, which create a barrier to lock all that moisture in. If you’re looking for more natural ingredients, try shopping locally at Abiyah Naturals. Their products are all hand-made and contain ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, honey, and aloe vera.
For glowing skin
For those who just want that extra glow, look to South Korea — the birthplace of the “glass skin” phenomenon — for inspiration. One important tenet of Korean skincare is double-cleansing. Start with an oil cleanser, then go in with a gentle foaming cleanser like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.
After toning comes the fun part: double serums. Try using active ingredients like those mentioned above to target particular skin concerns. Then simply moisturize and apply sunscreen as usual. These extra steps can help clean and repair your skin better so you can get that glow.
Ultimately, all you need to do is pay attention to what your skin needs. Hopefully, this quick guide will help you get your skin to where you want it to be!