When you hear “ordinary skincare,” you might think of a brand or you might think of outdated skincare products. However, you could replace the word ordinary with standard. What’s standard in skin care? Cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen.
Those three “ordinary” skincare products can do wonderful things for the health, condition, and appearance of your skin.
The power of ordinary skincare:
1. Oil and dirt removal
Cleansers play a foundational role in the overall condition of your skin. They break up the natural oils, grease, dirt, and grime that naturally collect on the skin’s surface. Left to their own devices, the collective gunk on your skin dulls its appearance and clogs pores, leading to inflammation, acne, and breakouts.
However, not all cleansers are made the same. Cleanser ingredients are where you want to look for the extraordinary.
You want a cleanser that breaks up excess oil but still leaves your skin’s natural moisture barrier intact. Removing this barrier can overdry the skin, leaving it flaky, itchy, and irritated. Oddly enough, removing too much moisture can cause the skin to overproduce oil and cause more breakouts.
A formula like SkinResource.MD’s Total Facial Cleansing Gel or Tea Tree Clearing Facial Cleanser do the work of cleansing away the oil and dirt you don’t need while leaving your natural moisture barrier in place. If you’re prone to acne, Tea Tree Clearing Facial Cleanser contains the natural antibiotic properties of tea tree oil to fight acne-causing bacteria.
2. Restores moisture from acne treatments
Sometimes necessary acne treatments strip your skin of its natural moisture. If you don’t restore that moisture, your skin may overcompensate by producing more oil than necessary. The result—breakouts.
Daily moisturizers like Oil Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer or Baobab Skin Correction Facial Cream give your skin an added moisture boost to balance hydration levels. However, they do so without clogging your pores and contributing to acne. These moisturizers allow your acne treatments to do their job while keeping your skin happy and hydrated.
3. Rehydrates the skin after time in the sun
Spending time outside making a little vitamin D is always a good idea. However, too much time in the sun can zap your skin of much needed moisture. Daily moisturizers and richer moisturizers applied at night rehydrate your skin after a day in the sun.
Oil Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer makes a great day moisturizer because it’s lightweight and quickly absorbs into the skin. When your day in the sun soaks up more than your energy, try a thicker moisturizer like Ultra Rich Biolipid Cream.
4. Aids aging skin
As we age, our skin’s ability to create natural humectants (substances that hold onto moisture) decreases. Consequently, as you age you tend to get drier and drier skin. Moisturizers help your skin keep up with demand as you age.
If you live in a dry climate or you naturally have dry skin, you may need added hydrating help from a serum, like Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum. The hyaluronic acid in this serum holds onto water and helps it penetrate the skin’s top layers.
5. Provides needed nutrients
Ordinary skincare products often contain extraordinary ingredients designed to protect your skin from the outside in. Oil Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer, for example, contains antioxidants to counteract the damage done by free radicals.
Free radicals are a byproduct of your body’s natural oxidative process. They’re also found in your surrounding environment. These pesky particles break bonds between skin cells and interfere with the skin’s ability to heal, contributing to the visible signs of aging. Ordinary skincare products with extraordinary ingredients like antioxidants can protect your skin from daily skin damage.
6. Create a protective barrier from the sun
While we need the sun to live, it emits ultraviolet (UV) rays that penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. Unfortunately, they can also penetrate your skin. UVB rays are primarily responsible for sunburns because they do not penetrate the skin’s outer layer. UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, doing damage you can’t see but can cause serious help problems. Both types of UV rays can alter your skin and contribute to skin cancer.
Ordinary skincare products like sunscreen are the protective barrier you need to spend time in the sun without putting your health at risk. More importantly, physical (versus chemical) sunscreens are the ticket to keeping your skin safe while avoiding unnecessary chemicals in your body.
Essential Solar Protector, an SPF 47 moisturizing sunscreen, is a broad-spectrum (protects from UVA and UVB rays), physical sunscreen that’s reef-safe, lightweight, chemical-free, and resists water for up to 80 minutes. Another option is Hyaluronic Facial Solar Protector, a tinted, moisturizing, SPF 44 sunscreen with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid adds extra hydration to the skin while the rest of the formula protects the skin.
When the ordinary becomes exceptional
Skincare products come down to what’s inside—the ingredients. Look for cleansers that protect the natural skin barrier, moisturizers that nourish, and physical sunscreens with broad-spectrum coverage that can resist perspiration. High-quality ingredients turn what looks ordinary into something spectacular and powerful for your skin.