American Academy of Dermatology's Guide to Skin Care on a Budget - Step To Health

American Academy of Dermatology's Guide to Skin Care on a Budget

The skin is the largest organ in the human body. Despite that, we don't give it enough daily care. Learn some tips from the experts.
American Academy of Dermatology's Guide to Skin Care on a Budget

Last update: 31 December, 2021

How many of us would like to have a better skin condition? Whether it’s acne, blemishes, irritation, or premature aging, almost all of us have skin conditions that could be improved with the tips in this guide to skin care on a budget.

An effective facial care routine that helps your skin look its best doesn’t have to be expensive in order to work. Beyond the fancy products that promise to work miracles in a few days, certain effective and necessary steps can be taken.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) gives us many recommendations to skin care on a budget, and highlights the need to adopt a simple routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting in order to get the most out of your skin’s natural beauty. Read on to learn about how to carry out a professional and affordable skincare routine.

Learn to identify your skin type

Before delving into the essential steps of an effective facial routine, it’s important to learn to identify your skin type to understand the care and needs it requires.

Creating a routine for dry skin isn’t the same as creating a routine for oily or sensitive skin. That’s why it’s important to know how to identify which type you have.

1. Sensitive skin

This type of skin is extremely vulnerable to aggressive chemical products and tends to turn red when it comes into contact with your fingers. These people overreact to external factors, such as the sun, cold, or cosmetic products.

Dermatologists point out that it’s such a dry dermis that it becomes more susceptible to the environment, reacting to different stimuli. Although sensitivity is more common on the skin of the face, neck, and décolleté, it can also develop in less exposed places.

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2. Normal skin

This skin type is the most elastic and also the softest. Thanks to its balanced moisture levels and good circulation, the pores are small in size and don’t have unfavorable reactions to products or internal or external factors.

To top it off, it’s the easiest skin to care for, as it doesn’t need special treatments, apart from a normal basic routine. It does, however, need to be protected and properly cleansed.

Sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin is irritated by contact with external agents or friction, such as scratching, for example.

3. Dry skin

This is one of the most delicate skins and prone to irritation and flaking, due to its lack of moisture, which creates a feeling of stiffness. If it isn’t properly cared for, it often has an aged and dull appearance.

You need to provide the necessary moisture levels, either through moisturizers, facial oils or masks, to curb dryness and improve its appearance. In addition, it’s necessary to protect it from external factors such as the sun and pollution.

4. Oily skin

Unlike dry skin, oily skin tends to create more sebum than normal skin, making it look shiny. One of its main problems is that it’s more prone to acne.

This type of skin requires specific products. If possible, cosmetics should be oil-free.

5. Combination skin

People with combination skin can be recognized by the fact that their T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is more oily than their cheeks. It’s a combination of oily skin and dry skin. According to some dermatologists, it’s the most difficult type to look after.

It’s essential to provide good hydration for the dry areas, but not to clog the pores of the oily area and generate imperfections. If moisture is overdone, it can eventually turn into oily skin, and if you don’t moisturize with anything, you run the risk of it becoming dry skin.

Guide to skin care on a budget

A skin care routine can have as many steps as you have time for. A clear example is the famous Korean skincare routines that can have more than 20 steps.

The following guide to skin care on a budget are 5 indispensable tips, endorsed by the professionals of the American Academy of Dermatology. Just use the right products and get ready to see real improvements in your skin.

1. Cleansing is key

Every good facial care routine should start with a thorough cleansing. It doesn’t matter if you were wearing makeup or not; environmental pollution generates imperceptible dirt that ends up in imperfections.

Using a cleanser twice a day helps remove sweat, dirt and oils. In addition, it also prevents breakouts and congested pores. If you have dry skin, you can opt for moisturizing or fragrance-free formulas.

2. Get the most out of your moisturizer

After cleansing thoroughly, choose the moisturizer that works best for your skin type and apply it. The cream will trap water, causing it to evaporate more slowly, which will help your complexion look smoother and more radiant.

3. Use sunscreen

It doesn’t matter if you rarely leave the house or are always in the shade. The sun’s rays are a major cause of premature aging and skin cancer. Make it a daily habit and your skin will thank you.

Applying at least SPF 30 sunscreen daily to your face and uncovered areas of your body will help keep your skin smooth and protected.

4. Use dual-function products

Whether it’s a moisturizer with sunscreen included to help take care of you or a toner with AHA acids, such as glycolic or lactic acid, to help control breakouts and acne marks, just read labels carefully and take advantage of them. Just read labels carefully and take advantage of the different functions a single product can have.

5. Vaseline is a good ally

An inexpensive and easy to get alternative to moisturize the skin and nails is petroleum jelly, due to its great ability to retain water. It’s highly recommended if you have dry skin; however, if you have oily skin, it’s better to look for lighter products.

Vaseline for the skin.
Vaseline is useful for dry skin. It helps to moisturize inexpensively.

Create a personal routine on a budget

Some cosmetic products with active ingredients (exfoliating acids, niacinamide) can help solve problems. However, despite their effectiveness, they should be applied with caution and only once or twice a week, to avoid irritating the skin.

Now that you know how to identify your skin needs, it’s time to put this guide to skin care on a budget into practice. These are 5 essential tips, endorsed by experts.

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