National Skincare Education Day - What You Need to Know

Tomorrow is National Skincare Education Day! This special day is dedicated to spreading awareness about skincare and educating people about the importance of taking care of their skin.

From understanding the basics of skincare to adopting healthy skincare habits, National Skincare Education Day serves as a reminder to prioritize our skin's health and vitality. So, let's dive into the world of skincare and discover how we can enhance our skin's natural beauty!

In today's blog, I'll be talking about why skincare education is important, what the skincare basics are, how to find out what your skin type is, and what ingredients you should use or avoid.


Why have I never heard of National Skincare Education Day?

National Skincare Education Day is actually a recent celebration that was started in September 2020. It was started by Higher Education Skincare who wanted to emphasize just how important it is to use safe, clean ingredients in your daily skincare routine.


Why is skincare education important?

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and serves as our body's first line of defense against environmental stressors. Skincare education is crucial because it helps us understand how our skin functions and how we can protect and nourish it.

With the right knowledge and best practices, we can prevent and help combat common skin issues like acne, premature aging, dryness, and sensitivity, and work to maintain healthy and radiant skin.

Skincare education also works to promote self-care and boost self-confidence. When we feel good about our skin, we feel better about ourselves.

Probably one of the biggest things that skincare education teaches us is how to go about making the best and smartest decisions for our skin. Skincare education encourages us to be mindful of the products we use on our skin and make informed choices considering factors such as our skin type, specific skin concerns, and ingredients in products.


What are the basics of skincare?

The 3 Absolute Basics You Need to Have in Your Skincare Routine: wash, moisturize, and wear sunscreen.

Despite what you may see, you don't actually need 20 different skincare products in your skincare routine. Honestly, if you have that many, you're probably putting too much stress on your skin and doing more harm than good.

At the absolute bottom line, you need to make sure you do 3 simple things in your skincare routine: cleanse, moisturize, and protect.


1. Cleanse

Washing your face with a gentle cleanser will help wipe away any dirt, debris, or excess oil that's lingering on your skin. This will help keep your skin healthy and help prevent signs of premature aging, acne, and inflammation.

You always want to start with a clean slate before applying any other skincare products.

2. Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin helps to prevent dry, flaky skin and decrease water loss by forming a barrier on your skin that locks in essential nutrients.

Moisturizing should be done close to last to help lock in those essential nutrients from any other skincare products you're using.

3. Protect

Protecting your skin means wearing sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen is crucial to help maintain healthy skin, protect your skin against sun damage and harmful UV rays, and decrease your risk of developing skin cancer.

If you're someone who often wears makeup, putting sunscreen on before you do your makeup can actually provide a better base for makeup application.

Make sure you use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.


Now, it's absolutely okay to have more than just the basics in your skincare routine, but if you're a beginner, starting with more than just the basics can wreak havoc on your skin.

It's important to start slow and build up to using more products, like serums or firming oils, once your skin gets used to the basics.

If you're not a beginner, but you still need a little help with knowing when to apply certain skincare products, check out my quick guide!


How do I find out what my skin type is?

Skin types: oily, dry, combination, sensitive

Understanding your skin type will allow you to make more informed decisions on the ingredients and products you should be using. If you're using a product that doesn't work for your skin type, you could be increasing your chances of acne, inflammation, or other skin issues.

Your skin type is due to your genetics. However, there are certain factors that can contribute to certain skin conditions, like your lifestyle, the climate you live in, how stressed you are, and how much sun exposure you get.

In general,

  • oily skin is typically shiny;
  • dry skin is typically flaky, scaly, or tight;
  • combination skin is oily around the T-zone area but tight or dry in other areas;
  • and sensitive skin is prone to redness, dry patches, sunburns, or rashes.


How do I know what ingredients NOT to use?

In general, there are certain ingredients that you shouldn't use on your skin because of how harmful they can be to your skin's overall health:

1. Parabens

2. Polyethylene Glycols

3. Formaldehyde

4. Phthalates

5. Diethanolamine

6. Triclosan

7. Oxybenzone

If you're looking for any skincare products and you see 1 or more of the above ingredients listed, don't use them. You can end up doing more harm than good to your skin and end up with the opposite results you were hoping for.

Interested in learning more about why you shouldn't use these ingredients? Read here.


How do I know what ingredients are considered safe to use on my skin?

There are also ingredients that are generally considered safe for your skin, regardless of your skin type (though some may be better suited for specific ones):

1. Glycerin

2. Hyaluronic Acid

3. Niacinamide

4. Vitamin C

5. Retinol

6. Ceramides


Still with me? I hope so!

I know it was a lot of information all at once, but I genuinely hope it helped you.

With all that being said, it's essential to customize your skincare routine based on your own unique needs. And above all, you have to make sure you maintain consistency. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.


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