ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Fashion and Beauty»
  • Skin Care

Basic Skin Care and Why We Need It

Updated on December 19, 2013
Set of cosmetics on a towel
Set of cosmetics on a towel | Source

Maintaining a basic, daily skin care routine is the first essential step to having healthy skin. It is recommended that a person starts this routine around puberty and continue it throughout adulthood. Daily skin care includes four basic steps: cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and protecting. A good home care regimen combined with a balanced diet, regular exercise, proper rest, and limited exposure to the sun will result in healthy, glowing skin.

Don't know your skin type?

Check out this article - What's Your Skin Type? - to learn about the 5 skin types and how to identify them.


Cleansing is the first step in a daily skin care routine that is designed to remove any dirt, oil, makeup, and environmental pollutants that may be acquired throughout the day. Cleansers should be chosen based on skin type and/or condition (i.e. sensitive skin and acne). Using ordinary body cleansers on the face is never recommended because it can overly strip the skin of its natural moisturizers, and lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Cleansing should be performed twice daily – morning and night.


After cleansing, applying a toner or astringent is the next step. Toners are an extension of your cleanser because they remove any left over residue, as well as balance the pH of the skin and close pores. There is some debate whether toners should even necessary for everyone to use. But, most don’t realize that, just like your cleanser, toners should be chosen based on skin type. For those with dry, sensitive, or mature skin, toners with little or no alcohol that have more hydrating ingredients, like rose water, are best suitable. Astringents are toners designed for those with oily and acneic skin because they have higher concentrations of alcohol or witch hazel that can easily strip away more dirt and oil. Those with normal or combination skin may have to go between hydrating toners and astringents depending on how oily or dry your skin may feel.

Cream In Pink Cup With Towels
Cream In Pink Cup With Towels | Source

Moisture vs. Oil

Some people don't realize that applying moisturizer to your skin is different from applying oil. The oil (sebum) that our skin produces, makes the skin soft and pliable. Moisture, which comes from water, conditions the skin to maintain the overall health and keep up cell renewal. If you apply oil to dry, dehydrated skin, the skin will eventually absorb all of the oil and fast. Apply oil to damp skin, and the oil will trap in the moisture, preventing it from absorbing as fast and it will stay softer longer. All skin types need moisture


Moisturizers are used to replenish and balance the skins moisture and oil content. The first ingredient of a moisturizer is usually water, followed by oils and humectants that help to trap in the moisture provided by the water. There are moisturizers that contain sunscreen that should be used during the day to help protect against the sun. Moisturizers that contain more vitamins and nutrients that promote cell renewal are best used at night because as we sleep our skin cells renew 30% faster than when we are awake. Just like toning and cleansing, moisturizers should be chosen based on skin type and condition and may change based on season.


The last and most important step of the skin care routine is protecting the skin by applying sunscreen. Sunscreen protects are skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun that cause skin cancer and premature aging. An estimated 90% of all wrinkles are caused by sun damage and natural aging causes only 10%. As previously stated, most daytime moisturizers already contain sunscreen, but usually have a lower SPF (sun protection factor) of about 5-30. During spring and summer months, it is recommended that additional sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or above be applied because there is more participation in outdoor activities during these months.

Face Of A Girl With Blue Eye
Face Of A Girl With Blue Eye | Source

Trying to maintain a proper skin care regimen to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant can seem like a very complicated task. Luckily, most cosmetic lines sold today group their products based on skin type and condition so that they can be easily purchased and used together. If you don’t want to purchase an entire line of products at once, select only one or two items at time to buy until you have a full line that will give you a successful regimen. Once you are in the habit of using all of these products regularly, taking care of your skin will no longer seem like a chore.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)