Cleanse, prepare, care – but how and how often? And with what? We reveal the best skin care tips that will make your skin glow.

Cleansing, toner, serum: There are lots of products that we can use to pamper our skin. But the huge selection can be quite confusing! Fortunately, proper skin care is not as complicated as it sometimes seems. All you need are our skin care tips!

1. Everything in order

The most important skin care tip: The order in your beauty routine and when applying your care products is crucial. The absolute basic rule is: first comes daily cleansing, then (once a week) a peeling. This should always be applied to cleansed skin – and not as a cleansing product. Then comes deep care: brighteners, anti-aging serums or a decongestant eye cream are now in order! Then you can apply a day or night cream and only then, depending on your needs, a foundation.

When it comes to care, the general rule is: Light textures always belong under heavy textures. Otherwise the products cannot work properly.

2. Proper cleaning

How you cleanse your skin depends on the Skin type Dry skin is best cleaned with a cleansing milk that contains fat. This will prevent your skin from coming into contact with water too much. If you prefer to use facial toner, it should be alcohol-free. If you have oily skin, you can wash your skin in the morning and evening with a soap-free cleansing gel – not more often, as this does not make the skin any cleaner, as a study by Harvard Medical School has shown.

3. Never forget to remove your make-up!

Remains of ‘old makeup’ can clog pores and disrupt the skin’s natural regeneration cycles. That’s why you should always Remove make-up thoroughly. In order not to destroy the skin barrier, the cleaning products should be pH-neutral and not degrease the skin too much.

A real hype has developed around a make-up remover product in skin care tips. Micellar waterThe clear liquid is reminiscent of facial toner and is applied to a cotton pad, which you can use to remove all your makeup in no time at all. Your eyes won’t burn and even dry and sensitive skin won’t be irritated. Disadvantage: Most micellar waters contain a chemical surfactant that is responsible for their phenomenal makeup removal effect. Critics accuse surfactants, which are also found in detergents, shampoos and shower gels, of making the skin more permeable and allowing harmful substances to penetrate the body. However, there are alternatives from natural cosmetics that do not contain surfactants.

4. Exfoliate regularly – but not too often

Dead skin makes the skin look colorless and dull. A peeling tailored to the specific skin type removes these dead skin cells without irritating the skin and stimulates blood circulation. Depending on your skin type, use at least once a week. By the way, oily skin should not be exfoliated too often, as too much cleansing can cause the sebaceous glands to increase their oil production – don’t rub too hard, as this promotes inflammation. Tip: We’ll tell you how to make your own exfoliation here.

5. Which cream is the right one?

Dry skin needs a rich cream that keeps the skin moisturized. A clear sign that the cream is not enough for your skin is if you feel tight again two or three hours after applying the cream. Then you should immediately switch to a richer cream. Creams with calcium are good for mature skin and can help maintain the natural skin barrier.

In winter, the skin is best protected during long walks and outdoor sports with a rich wind and weather cream. If the sun is shining, it should also be UV filter If the skin is flaky, a face cream with urea is a great help, as it binds the skin’s own moisture. For sensitive skin, the simpler the care, the better. Because the fewer ingredients your skin is exposed to, the less likely it is that it will react with irritation. It makes sense to use a complete care series because the ingredients are repeated.

6. Apply cream correctly

Gently pat is the best technique. But the tapping route is also crucial: First, the cream is applied to the chin. From this starting point, tap upwards to the cheeks. This stimulates the skin and ensures that the nutrients are properly absorbed. Finally, the forehead is creamed again. To do this, apply a small amount to the Nasal root From here, use your fingertips to draw half-moon-shaped circles on both sides up to your temples. Be particularly careful around the eyes, as the skin there is very thin and sensitive. It is best to tap gently from the inside outwards with your ring finger (the index finger exerts too much pressure).

7. Use an extra night care product

Around midnight, sebum production on the face is at its lowest, so night creams can be a little richer. Even over a portion humidity The skin is happy in the evening because it has released a lot of it during the day – the skin barrier is much more permeable during the day than at night. Care with repairing anti-aging ingredients is particularly useful while we sleep because the skin is now particularly busy regenerating and building collagen.

8. Don’t over-care

Can skin care also be harmful? Yes! Because Too much and a wild combination of different products overwhelms our skin. Be careful with particularly rich recipes. Too much fat in the cream creates a good breeding ground for impurities. If you add ingredients that promote blackheads, such as peanut, sesame or olive oil, you are practically guaranteed to get pimples.

Overcare can manifest itself as so-called perioral dermatitis (stewardess disease, mannequin disease). The result is redness, pustules and nodules around the mouth. Similar symptoms can also be seen in the eye area or at the entrance to the nose. Often the only thing that helps is a break from skin care – a zero diet for the skin.

9. Does a serum make sense?

A serum is suitable as a supplement for every skin type. Serums contain up to three times as many active ingredients as a creamand in the highest possible concentration. If you have sensitive skin, you should use one without an alcohol base. Stressed areas of skin can also be treated with a serum. What is the best way to use a serum? After cleaning The skin is particularly receptive to active ingredients. Therefore, the first step in care should be the serum.

Then, as usual, the Day or night care applied. For combination to oily skin, a serum may be sufficient for daytime care, especially in summer. There are also some serums that contain oil. They are used to quickly improve the skin’s surface and to optimize the skin’s feel. They are particularly suitable for stressed, dry skin.

10. Don’t forget your masks!

In case of unpleasant feelings of tension, dryness wrinkles, redness and flaking skin or pimples, a Mask tailored to your needs help the skin immediately. We can use this beauty ritual to relax, especially in the evening. Dry skin can use a moisturizing mask two to three times a week as an intensive treatment, while impure skin should not be irritated with a mask too often. Important: When applying, avoid the eye area – otherwise your eyes may burn quickly, as some products contain penetrating oils.

Extra tips: What to do about pimples?

What should you do when blackheads and pimples appear? Above all, stay cool. With a good concealer, even major skin disasters will not be noticeable. Acute inflammation improves when a soothing gel is applied at nightfor example with zinc or niacinamide. In the long term, intensive peelings (e.g. microdermabrasion) can normalize the skin. Also check whether the care really suits your skin: “Many acne patients contribute to their own skin imperfections by using creams that are too heavy,” says Prof. Dr. Ingo Worret, dermatologist at the Technical University of Munich. Therefore, only use products that are specifically advertised for oily skin. If it says “for normal and combination skin” or “for all skin types,” it’s probably not the right one.

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Brigitte