The fact that everybody’s skin is unique is a beautiful thing. However, there’s no denying that this can also make caring for your skin a little trickier. It means that you need to take all of your skin’s individual quirks into account when choosing products and putting a skincare routine together.
If this has left you feeling confused, read on. Introstem is about to share 10 skincare tips that all skin types can follow, so that you can rest assured that your skin is receiving the basic level of care that it needs.
1) Cleanse Your Skin at Least Once a Day
One of the most important things that you can do for your skin is to keep it clean. From general dirt and pollution to sebum and dead skin cells, it doesn’t take long for the skin to end up covered in a layer of grime. Leave this intact and all of those impurities will soon start to work their way into your pores, where they’ll begin to cause a deeper level of damage to your skin. Not only that, but they’ll also block any other skincare product that you apply from properly penetrating your skin, rendering them useless.
This is why cleansing is vital for all skin types, and is something that you should be doing at least once a day. With that said, cleansing can be irritating for the skin too, so pick a gentle cleanser. Foaming cleansers are quite harsh and should be avoided. On the other hand, mousse cleansers, like the Introstem Stem Cell Mousse Cleanser, are much milder yet still form an effective lather that’ll moisturize while it cleanses.
2) SPF is a Must
Another tip that’s vital for all skin types is to protect your skin from the sun. Research confirms that the sun’s UV rays are responsible for up to 80% of the visible signs of aging that develop on the skin, meaning wrinkles, discoloration, and more. Plus, you’re likely also aware of how the sun can lead to skin cancer, which SPF can help to prevent.
The Introstem VitisCell Facial Shield Cream SPF 30 makes this easy. It’s a two-in-one product that not only protects the skin from UV damage but also moisturizes. It’s brimming with hydrating ingredients and antioxidants, including aloe vera leaf extract, green tea extract, and grape stem cells, to leave the skin looking revitalized after every use.
3) Find a Gentle Exfoliator
Just like cleansing, exfoliation is something that all skin types need to be doing. This is particularly the case as you age. As your skin grows older, the rate at which it sheds its dead skin cells to naturally exfoliate itself declines. This results in a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and within the pores, which can quickly lead to roughness, dullness, and breakouts.
Many of the exfoliators out there are designed for specific skin types. However, the Introstem Stem Cell Facial Peeling is more of a universal formula. It makes use of bamboo powder to physically slough off dead skin cells, plus mandelic acid to provide some chemical exfoliation magic.
With that said, when it comes to exfoliation, you can’t completely ignore your skin type. Although our exfoliant can be used on all skin types, how often you use it will depend on your skin’s needs. The oilier your skin, the more often you’ll need to exfoliate. If you’re new to this, start off by exfoliating once a week and then gradually adjust the frequency as you go on.
4) Apply a Hydrating Toner For a Splash of Moisture
Skincare newbies often avoid toners, simply because it’s often not easy to understand why a toner is actually needed. Toners have also earned a bad rep over the years since, back in the day, they used to be filled with harsh preservatives that would dry out the skin.
These days, however, toners are very different. A hydrating toner is not only a great way to boost your skin’s moisture levels post-cleanse but it will also help to keep your skin’s pH level feeling balanced. This will go a long way in keeping your overall complexion healthy.
Of course, there are still some not-so-great toners out there, so make sure that you pick a formula that’s genuinely hydrating. The alcohol-free nature of the Introstem Stem Cell Facial Toner is ideal. It’s brimming with ingredients that will hydrate and soothe your complexion to leave your skin looking plump and dewy.
5) Use a Vitamin C Serum Daily
Most people choose serums based on their skin type and skin concerns. This is down to how most serums are targeted formulas that have been created for a specific reason. For example, if you’re battling with the appearance of skin aging, the Introstem Stem Cell Anti-Aging Wrinkle Treatment will help to iron away the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
This is where a vitamin C serum comes in. In case you’re not familiar with the ingredient, vitamin C is a true skincare superstar. It helps with just about every aspect of the complexion. From diminishing the visibility of wrinkles to firming and tightening the look of the skin to fading the appearance of discoloration and dark spots, vitamin C is an ingredient that everyone would benefit from.
That’s why vitamin C serums, just like the Stem Cell Vitamin C Serum, have become so popular. This Introstem formula is particularly beneficial because it contains two forms of vitamin C. It combines these with vitamins A and E, both of which are, just like vitamin C, antioxidants. This will help to boost the visible effects of the vitamin C, bringing you even better results.
6) Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Another tip that’s crucial for all skin types to follow is to keep your skin moisturized. This is something that those with oily skin often fail to do, simply because their skin already feels oily and greasy enough without layering a moisturizer over the top. However, don’t forget that oil is very different from water. A moisturizer boosts your skin’s moisture, meaning water, content, which is what your skin cells need to function optimally.
Finding a moisturizer that can be safely used on all skin types can be tricky. This requires a lightweight formula that won’t clog pores on oily or combination skin yet it needs to be rich enough to soften and quench dry skin.
However, the Introstem Thermostem Completion Cream meets the mark on all fronts. This sumptuous moisturizer boasts a silky, oil-free formula that’s packed with lightweight hydrating compounds. It’s full of antioxidants too, making it ideal for replenishing and balancing your complexion’s moisture levels.
7) Know How to Layer Your Skincare Products
Whether your skincare routine consists of three products or ten, applying them in the correct order is so important if you want those products to work as efficiently as possible.
Why does this matter? Because if you incorrectly layer those products onto your skin, they won’t all be able to penetrate through. Some will end up blocked by others, meaning that they’ll end up being ineffective.
Fortunately, getting this layering right is easier than many think. The general rule to follow is to go from light to heavy when it comes to the consistency of the products that you’re applying. This is why a toner should follow on from your cleanser, after which serums should be applied. These can then be sealed in with a moisturizer.
Applying your products in this order will help to ensure that all of those formulas are able to work to their full potential.
8) Don’t Expand Your Skincare Routine Too Quickly
Once you’ve mastered the basics of your skincare routine, it can be tempting to start adding in more products. From essences to additional serums, there’s so much out there to choose from.
When it comes down to it, there’s nothing wrong with a skincare routine that encompasses several steps. In fact, in some parts of the world, a 10-15-step skincare routine is the norm!
However, while this may be the case, it’s important to take things slowly when expanding your skincare routine. Ideally, you should only be adding in one new product at a time. This way, you’ll be able to fully comprehend how your skin reacts to it. You’ll be able to figure out exactly how it’s helping your complexion or if it’s causing sensitivities. If you start using several new products all at once, this becomes so much harder to do.
9) Avoid Using Hot Water on Your Skin
Whether you’re cleansing your face or languishing under a shower, there’s no denying that hot water can feel so soothing on the skin. However, at the same time, it’s also slowly damaging your complexion.
How? It all comes down to how hot water strips away the skin’s natural protective barrier. This barrier, which lies on the outermost layer of your skin, performs a number of crucial roles, from retaining moisture to preventing irritants from entering your skin. As soon as this barrier is compromised in any way, your skin will start to experience a variety of problems.
Ideally, you should be trying to keep this barrier as intact as possible if you want your skin to look bright and healthy. So, whenever you’re using water on your skin, turn the temperature down. It doesn’t need to be cold – lukewarm should be sufficient to keep things comfortable for you without causing any harm to your skin.
10) Feed Your Skin From Within
Finally, let’s talk about your diet, which is something else that all skin types should be paying attention to. After all, the food that you eat provides nutrients to your skin cells from within. So, it goes without saying that the healthier your diet is, the healthier your skin will look.
You probably already know what you should and shouldn’t be eating. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats are extremely beneficial while heavily processed foods that are full of salt or sugar should be avoided.
With that said, take it slowly when making dietary changes. One small tweak at a time is all you need. If you go all out with a complete overhaul, you could end up feeling overwhelmed, meaning that there’s less chance that you’ll stick to your new and improved diet.
Skincare For All Skin Types From Introstem
Although it’s vital to ultimately know and understand your skin type, the skincare tips that we’ve shared above can be followed by everyone. They cover the very basics when it comes to skincare, which you can then adapt and expand on once you become more acquainted with your skin’s unique needs.