The deluge of beauty and skincare products available in the market today makes skincare look like an extremely expensive affair. It's enough to muddle the most organized of minds and trick the most astute of women into buying products that they do not really need. In spite of spending considerable time and money on beauty products most women are not sure if their beauty regimen is right for their skin. This applies to many men as well. A large number of people also think that a perfect beauty regimen would require more time than they can afford to spend. The truth is that a good beauty regimen is a fairly simple affair that neither requires too many products nor too much time. Here we go with what constitutes an ideal beauty regimen for all ages and skin types:
#1: Start the day with Water
Start your day by splashing water on your face, pat dry (don't rub) and apply a good moisturizer. Moisturizer is a must in all seasons, for all ages and all skin types. Those with oily skin can go for a lighter moisturizing lotion or gel, but do not skip this step. Moisturizers containing alphahydroxy acids are good for normal to dry skin.
#2: Exfoliate your Skin
Exfoliate your skin in the shower with a gentle scrub once a week. If your skin tends to be dry, you can scrub less often. Scrubs with synthetic beads are better for sensitive skin.
#3: Wash your Hair
Wash your hair as often as required with a shampoo that suits your hair type and follow up with a conditioner. Most people do not need to do much else for their hair. Sport a simple hairstyle that is easy to maintain and avoid frequent blow drying. Excessive use of hair styling products is also best avoided.
#4: Apply a Moisturizing Sunscreen
Apply a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 15 or more before you step into the sun. This is perhaps the single most important thing that you can do to delay the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
#5: Good Cleanser
The most important product that you must use every evening is a good cleanser. Gentle soap free cleansers are the best for all skin types, including oily and pimple prone skin. Harsh medicated soaps are too drying for the skin and hardly help much with the oiliness. In fact, overuse can aggravate oiliness. Avoid washing your face more than twice a day in any case.
#6: Skin Care at Night
Apply a heavier moisturizing cream for night if your skin is normal to dry. For oily skin light moisturizer is better. Before you tuck into bed, pamper your feet and hands couple of times every week. Apply a thick cream on your hands rubbing it well into the cuticles of your nails. Clean your feet with a loofah and massage with the same cream that you use for your hands.
#7: Anti-ageing Cream
If you are in your 30s use an anti-ageing cream containing retinoids at night. Using an under eye cream to lighten or prevent dark circles is also a good idea at this age. If you are younger and have pimple prone skin, use a medicated anti-acne cream, preferably one prescribed by a dermatologist. Avoid experimenting with fancy anti-acne products. Just make sure that whatever skin care products or cosmetics that you buy are non comedogenic (that does not block your skin pores).
#8: Removal of Unwanted Body Hair
The three essential grooming processes for all women are removal of unwanted body hair, shaping your eyebrows and maintaining a clean hair style. If you are short of time, go for these three at a regular interval and skip other procedures such as a professional manicure, pedicure, and facial massage or hair treatments. Basic and regular cleaning and moisturizing can take care of your hands, feet and face most of the time.
#9: Take care of your Teeth
Your teeth are a part of your face. Maintain good oral hygiene always. Consider a professional teeth cleaning every six to twelve months if you have stained teeth or plaque deposits that do not go with ordinary cleaning. A professional cleaning can add sparkle to your smile.
#10: Aerobic Exercise
Get at least twenty minutes of aerobic exercise every day. It's the best and quickest way to get glowing skin. Your skin will look dull and lifeless in spite of all beauty treatments if you don't get moving.