Having great skin is not just a matter of genetics. Our daily habits and how we take care of our skin play a big role in what we see in the mirror as we get older.

Of course, there are many types of skin, and they each bring their own challenges and care needs. Darker skin contains more melanin to defend against sun damage and wrinkles, but is also more at risk for scarring, discoloration, and pigmentation problems. Oily skin can ward off signs of aging by keeping the skin moist and smooth, but also retains more dirt and other irritants than drier skin.

Fortunately, no matter your skin type, there are some universal steps you can take now to keep your skin happy and healthy for many years to come. Whether you have dark skin or light skin, oily skin or dry skin, these five skin care fundamentals will give you the tools to feel comfortable in your skin for a lifetime. Read on to learn more, and if you’re looking for beauty services in the Denver area, you can call Henry’s Salon to schedule your skin care consultation today!

1. Cleansing

Dermatologists agree that the first step in any great skin care routine is simple: wash your face. To avoid clogged pores, skin dullness, and acne, gently cleanse your skin of pollutants and dirt every morning and every night. Make sure to find a cleansing formula that removes irritants without stripping your skin of its essential, healthy oils.

To keep your skin as clean as possible, avoid touching your face throughout the day. Also, keep your pillowcase clean with frequent washings — it’s in contact with your skin for hours at a time, so make sure to minimize potential irritants.

2. Toning

Toners can help balance and even out your complexion, and prime your skin to absorb the other products in your skin care routine. It should be applied after cleansing and before any other product. Toners come in all shapes, sizes, and formulas, so you can find one that works with your skin’s specific needs. Formulas containing hyaluronic acid will help moisturize, while those containing rose water and green tea are anti-inflammatory and can reduce redness and irritation. Formulas with alpha and beta hydroxy acids focus on removing dead skin cells and brightening the skin’s appearance.

Do some research of your own to find a toner that works with your skin!

3. Treating with Serum

Some people hear the word “serum” and think it sounds a bit quacky, like a potion whose effect is more placebic than anything else. But serums, like toners, come in all forms and formulas, and many of them are loaded with powerful skin allies. Some of their most common — and most important — ingredients include antioxidants that can help slow the effects of aging.

Most dermatologists agree that everyone, regardless of skin tone or type, can benefit from a general antioxidant serum every morning. Beyond that, the choice is yours! With limitless options for ingredients that can tackle specific skin problems, do some independent research to find the right serum for you.

4. Moisturizing

To hydrate and soften your skin, invest in a good moisturizer. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and drier, and is less capable of holding in water. An effective moisturizer will reinforce the outer layer of your skin to hold moisture in, and complement your body’s natural protective oils.

Experts agree that this is one product that everyone — even oily skin types — should apply every day, year-round, for healthy skin. Different skin types require different moisturizer textures:

  • Oily skin = gel moisturizer (water-based, lightweight, absorbs quickly)
  • Normal/combination skin = lotion (more moisturizing than gel, absorbs thoroughly)
  • Dry skin = cream and soft creams (more oil-based, heavier than a lotion)
  • Sensitive or inflamed skin = balm (heavy-hitting, lots of moisture, good for soothing)

Feel free to experiment until you find a moisturizer that makes your skin feel replenished all day long!

5. Protecting with Sunscreen

Listen up: your mother is right. Sunscreen is by far the most important skin care product in any routine. Experts agree that whether your skin is dark or light, oily or dry, your year-round regimen needs to include a daily sunscreen. It will prevent fine lines and wrinkles, minimize changes in pore appearance, and most importantly, protect against skin cancers of all kinds.

Implementing a daily sunscreen is as easy as using a daily moisturizer with a built-in broad spectrum SPF of at least 30. Your skin will look and feel healthier for much longer, and you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your part to protect yourself from preventable disease.

Schedule Your Skin Care Consultation at Henry’s Salon Today!

If you want to start or change up your skin care routine, the skin care experts at our beauty salon are ready to help! At Henry’s Salon in Denver, we offer a variety of skin care treatments, including facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, and our aestheticians can work with you to identify your skin type and how to take care of it.

Contact our day spa now to schedule your consultation today!