Protecting our skin is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves for both, aesthetic reasons and health reason. Yet, this can be one of the habits we tend to neglect the most.

Many women are simply not up to speed on important skincare knowledge and therefore don’t understand the damage that can be caused by leaving skin unprotected.

With a little bit of information and practicing good habits, we can treat our skin the way it deserves and give it the protection it needs.

Here are 5 steps every woman should take in protecting her skin:

1. Know Your Skin

One of the most important things to do, before developing a skincare routine or buying products, is to know what kind of skin you have. Different skin types react differently to certain ingredients, products, consistency, concentrations, etc.

Is your skin easily irritated? Do you find that your skin can become extra dry, especially in the colder months? Do you have texture? Are you acne-prone?

It’s important to understand whether your skin is primarily dry, oily, or a combination of both. This will help you determine what exactly your skin needs, in regard to hydration especially.

Is your skin easily irritated, and if so, can you identify what things might bother it? For example, some skin types are extremely sensitive to products with fragrance while others are unphased.

Do you find that your skin is acne-prone or easily develops texture? This is an important aspect to understand prior to treating your skin as some ingredients may cause this to worsen rather than solve the problem.

Knowing your skin is incredibly important and should be step one in everyone’s relationship with their skin.

2. Sun Exposure and UV-Ray Protection

Your mother’s nagging to wear sunscreen as a child was not for no reason. Protecting your skin from the sun and limiting exposure is arguably one of the most important steps in taking care of your skin.

The sun emits UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays have the ability to penetrate your skin into the deeper layers and cause long-term issues like the formation of wrinkles and premature aging. UVB rays are the kind that cause sunburn and are primarily responsible for the development of skin cancer.

This isn’t anything your skin should be exposed to which is why incorporating an SPF into your skincare routine is essential. Whether you search for an SPF moisturizer or prefer a concentrated serum, this isn’t a step you’ll ever want to neglect.

If you forgot your SPF for the day, try to limit sun exposure as much as possible. It doesn’t take long for the sun to do its damage. Protect that beautiful face and keep it bright and healthy.

3. Stay Moisturized and Hydrated

Did you know that drinking the required amount of water per day can have a direct effect on your skin? Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to promote skin health. Know your recommended amount of water to consume per day and stick to it.

You’ll also want to moisturize your skin as best you can. Find a moisturizer with quality ingredients that provided added benefits of hydration like hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, glycerin, ceramides, and other essential oils.

Make sure you’re using a moisturizer that’s properly suited for your skin type. If you have acne-prone skin that tends to be oily, search for a product that doesn’t have a high content of oil or will leave your skin feeling greasy.

4. Use High-Quality Products

Skimping on your skin isn’t beneficial and you’ll surely pay for it later. When it comes to the products you use, always make sure they contain beneficial and high-quality ingredients. A low-quality skincare product can be worse than no skincare product as it may cause irritation, acne, and additional problems you didn’t have before.

Avoid using products that contain alcohol or irritants such as parabens and artificial preservatives. The best kind of skincare products are those that contain all-natural ingredients like essential oils and naturally occurring vitamins and acids that are present in our bodies.

Also, avoid any kind of product that contains a high concentration of fragrance. While some fragrances are light, pleasant, and leaving a refreshing feel on the skin, too much can cause irritation and breakouts.

5. Create A Routine That Works and Stick to It

Lastly, find a skincare that works for you and stay consistent. Everyone’s skin is unique and what works for some may not work for others.

Find products that benefit you, whatever or however many there may be, and use them consistently. With most things in life, results don’t typically occur overnight and although some ingredients may be faster acting than others, time and repeated use will change your skin for the better.

 Healthy skin is happy skin. Follow these five steps to treat your skin with the care it deserves, and the benefits will speak for themselves.

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