Uganda experiences all year-round warm weather. This makes it one of the best places to live (if you enjoy all year round summer). However, with this kind of weather, one needs to take care of their skin or else they risk suffering from all sorts of skin ailments.
Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — your daily habits, in fact, have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. But depending on which product reviews you read or doctors you consult, there is a dizzying number of opinions on everything from how to moisturize to how to protect yourself from UV rays. Ultimately, caring for your skin is simply personal. Here’s what you should keep in mind to sort through all the noise.
But before you develop your skin care routine, first get to know your skin type as this helps you choose the best products to use. There are five common skin types; Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination and Sensitive. Most beauty shops can help you test your skin but sometimes you are able to tell if you have oily or dry skin. If you can afford to have a professional do it, then please do, if not you can use this simple check.
However, this simple routine is friendly for all skin types. Think of your skin-care routine as consisting of four main steps:
- Cleansing — Washing your face.
- Serums — Treat/Nourish the skin.
- Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin.
- Apply Sunscreen – Protect your skin
Washing your face is the most basic and essential step of any routine. Our skin comes in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each day that should be gently removed. Wash twice a day, morning and night, to avoid clogged pores, dullness and acne.
The right formula cleanses your skin without stripping essential, healthy oils. Get a cleanser that is suitable, affordable and easily accessible to you.
Splash some water on your face and then apply the cleanser, you can use a facial cleansing brush or your fingertips (make sure they are clean). Cleanse in circular motion.
Think of them as supplements — these thin liquids deliver an extra shot of nutrients to your skin. It can be a good way to add in specific ingredients that you may not have in your other products or add another layer of skin-replenishment. Simply put, serums are powerful skin allies. Filled with concentrated doses of active ingredients, these elixirs can mitigate a number of issues, from dark spots to wrinkles.
If you have the time and inclination, here are some hero ingredients to look for:
- Alpha and beta hydroxy acids to gently remove dead skin cells that can clog pores, improve sun-damaged skin and minimize dullness.
- Hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, seal in dewiness and plump skin to subtly treat fine lines.
- Rose water and green tea to calm irritation and reduce redness with an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Vitamin E and C to fight daily exposure to free radicals that can age your skin.
The most basic function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin. “Essentially, moisturizers assist in preventing water loss through the outer layers of skin”. “They can also complement the naturally found protective oils and other building blocks within the skin, such as ceramides.” This is one product that doctors recommend using year-round, for all skin types. Skin naturally loses the ability to retain moisture as we age and daily activities, such as washing, can strip natural hydrators from the surface.
Consider this your cheat-sheet;
“70% are now using serums, SPF’s, toners, primers, and highlighters to enhance their skin – a growing beauty step which has become essential within the last couple of years.” No sunscreen, what’s the big deal? This is a common notion as to why people should wear sunscreen. Here are a few reasons why everyone should wear sunscreen
- It helps prevent Fine lines and wrinkles
- It helps prevent skin discoloration
- Skin cancer is rising and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer
Don’t forget the golden rule “DRINK PLENTY OF WATER”. Beautiful, healthy skin requires daily care.