Skincare is about maintaining healthy and glowing skin all through your life. As you grow older, your body’s natural skincare mechanisms become weaker. So, skincare is about responding to the changing needs of your skin. Thus, skincare is about constantly evaluating, analyzing and changing your skincare routines. Your skincare routine should change based on the environmental conditions, your age, and changes in your skin type.
Skincare is also about awareness. With technological advancements and research, more and more facts are being brought to light every day. Also, the composition and nature of skin care products seem to be changing with time. So trying out the new products is also a part of skincare. However, skincare advice using a new product over a small patch of skin (not facial skin) first, just to see how your skin reacts to it.
Skincare also means knowing how to use your skincare products. Good practices include things like applying the moisturizers while the skin is damp, using upward strokes for better penetration of skincare products, removing the make-up before going to bed, cleansing before moisturizing or applying make-up, using the correct amount of skincare products, etc. Thus, increasing the effectiveness of your skincare products is another focus area of skincare.
Some precautions, like avoiding contact with detergents, are also part of skincare. Skincare means being gentle with your skin. Things like over-exfoliation, use of low-quality products, and application of strong-chemical-based products, are all harmful to your skin. Some people have a wrong notion about skincare. For them, skincare is – using large quantities of products as often as possible. However, this really isn’t skincare (and that’s why awareness is so important).
Skincare is also about visiting your dermatologist for the treatment of skin disorders. Ignoring the skin disorders can be fatal for your skin and might lead to permanent damage. So, if things don’t improve with over-the-counter medication, you should immediately visit a dermatologist. Self-surgery e.g. squeezing of acne/pimples is a big no (it can lead to permanent damage to your skin).
So, seriously skincare is more about precautions and preventive measures (than treatment). Skincare is about being proactive as well as reactive. In fact, we can say that skincare is about being proactive about the needs of your skin so that the need for being reactive is reduced to a minimum.