Beginners Guide to Skincare (Picky x Wishtrend)
by WISHCOMPANY INC on Feb 16, 2021
Skincare is Essential!As the biggest organ of your body, and arguably one of the most important, it’s vital to give some TLC to that skin. Skin plays an immense role in protecting us from external pathogens and, you know, holds all of our organs and stuff inside! Skincare is definitely the craze these days, but regardless giving your skin some love has both cosmetic and medical benefits. For example, although we can’t stop the hands of time we can most definitely stop it from showing! With a finely tuned skincare regimen we can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and sun damage! Also minor skin concerns can be effectively managed, like dry or oily skin. Start with Skin Type First step for beginners in skincare, identifying what kind of skin you have. Everyone’s skin is different and unique, so skincare regimen’s can differ. What works for your friends, family, influencers, etc won’t always work for you. You can take the Skin Analysis quiz through the Picky app to find your skin type, or check out the bullet points below:
Quick Tip on Skin TypesTo test out your skin type: Wash your face and let it be for 2 hours. No products or anything to see how your skin naturally reacts. If your skin: • Gets a little greasy or shiny: You probably have oily skin. • Feels dry or flaky: You have dry skin. • Is dry in some places and oily around the T-zone: You have combination skin. • None of these things: Lucky you, you’re considered to have “normal” skin. Important to note that when skin shows signs of an allergic reaction, we tend to categorize that as sensitive skin. However, sensitive skin is a skin condition rather than a general skin type as we listed above. Oily, combination, dry and normal skin can still have certain allergic reactions to different products which can therefore categorize them under the sensitive skin label.
Step 1: CleanserCleansing is fundamental, so make sure you’re doing it right! Wash your face twice a day: Once in the morning and once before bed! But what kind of cleanser is best for your skin type? The answer can vary so use some of the tips we drew out for you: • Acne prone or oily skin: Benefits most from a cleanser containing key ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or even retinol. • Dry, normal and even any sensitive skin: Benefit from a cleanser with glycerin and ceramide works the best.
- In general: some of the best ingredients to use in a facial cleanser are retinol, AHAs & BHAs, ceramides or even vitamin C.
Step 2: MoisturizeMany of beginners in skincare tend to exclude this step, but moisturizing is key! It can help reduce extreme dryness or oiliness, which are harmful to the skin and cause skin conditions like acne. Trust us, everyone needs a good moisturizer. But a good moisturizer varies person to person. Here’s some of our top ingredients for moisturizers: • Hyaluronic acid: Plumps skin and restores lost hydration. • Ceramides: Crucial for skin-barrier strength and overall health. Also important for those with dry skin and eczema. • Vitamin C: Provides antioxidant protection and overall skin brightening. We have a full article for each skin type: Oily, sensitive and dry. Bonus! Product recommendations for oily skin types, dry skin types and sensitive skin types.
Step 3: SunscreenIf there’s one thing you take away from this beginners in skincare guide, it should be that SPF is life! Sunscreen is the first line of defense for our skin and protects us against harsh sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and skin diseases like cancer. Always go for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and apply daily! Doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy, SPF should always be your final step in your skincare routine. There’s two routes you can go with sunscreen: Chemical or mineral-based.
- Mineral sunscreens: work as a shield, blocking the UV rays from penetrating your skin. This is thanks to superstar ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
- Chemical sunscreens: protect the skin against UV rays by absorbing them. Relying on ingredients like octocrylene and avobenzone.