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People often take their skin for granted, I know that I do. We don’t tend to think about the importance of skincare until the signs of ageing start. And even then, many focus on faces, forgetting about the rest of their bodies.

But skincare is essential. It is not just about looking good but also about staying healthy. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. So it’s essential to be proactive about your skin health and start caring for your skin…


One of the most critical aspects of skin care is keeping your skin clean. Dirt, oil, and other impurities can accumulate on the surface of your skin and can clog pores, leading to acne and other skin problems. Cleaning your skin twice daily is the best way to remove these impurities and keep your skin healthy. However, there are plenty of products that go into the cleaning stages. The first and most obvious item is soap, which comes in different forms.

Traditional bar soaps are made with natural ingredients and can effectively clean the skin. However, they can also be harsh and drying, especially for people with sensitive skin. Gel soaps are a good alternative for people with sensitive skin as they are typically more gentle. Liquid soaps are available and come in pump bottles and bar form.

The second product you might use during the cleansing stage is a facial cleanser. Cleansers are designed to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and other impurities from the skin. They come in different forms, such as gels, creams, liquids, or pads, and can be applied to the skin with your hands or a washcloth.

Cleansing your skin will help to keep it healthy and free from blemishes.


After cleansing your skin, you’ll want to follow up with a toner. Toners are used to remove any remaining impurities from the skin and to restore the skin’s pH balance.

Toners are usually liquid and applied to the skin with a cotton ball or pad. They can be alcohol-based or glycerin-based and may contain other ingredients such as witch hazel, aloe vera, or chamomile. Using a toner is optional, but it can help improve your skin’s health.


Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Exfoliating can be done with scrubs, brushes, or chemicals.

Scrubs use abrasive particles to remove dead skin cells. Brushes use bristles to slough off dead skin cells. And chemicals use ingredients like glycolic acid or salicylic acid to dissolve the bond between dead skin cells and the surface of your skin.

You should exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to keep it healthy and free from build-up. A mild exfoliating scrub is the best option for those with sensitive skin. Finding the right exfoliating product for your skin type might take trial and error, but it is worth the effort.


After cleansing, toning and exfoliating your skin, you will want to apply a moisturizer. Moisturizers help to hydrate the skin and protect it from environmental damage.

Many moisturizers are available on the market, such as lotions, creams, gels, and ointments. Choose a moisturizer that is right for your skin type and needs. People with dry skin should look for a thick cream or ointment that contains hyaluronic acid or glycerin. People with oily skin can get by with a light gel or lotion. For people with sensitive skin, they should look for a hypoallergenic moisturizer that doesn’t contain fragrances or other potentially irritating ingredients.

You should apply a moisturizer to your face and body daily, especially after showering or bathing.


In addition to cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing your skin, you will also want to protect it from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the skin and lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

To protect your skin from the sun, you should use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply sunscreen to every uncovered part of the body. The list might include the face, neck, chest, ears, and hands. People must reapply the product every two hours or more if they are sweating or swimming.

You can also protect your skin from the sun by wearing clothing that covers your skin, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats.

Keep Your Skin Protected

Caring for your skin is essential to keeping it healthy and looking its best. Be sure to cleanse, tone, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin daily. And don’t forget to protect it from the sun. Following these simple tips, you can achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin.