You step into a room. Everyone freezes. You walk past everyone as everything happens in slow motion. You are the center of the world and your flawless skin is the stuff of fantasy. Now, snap out of it and check if you have these 5 must-have basics for your skin.

1. CLEANSER
As you go about your day, your skin puts in plenty of effort to make sure you stay clear of harmful elements. It accumulates dust, dirt and produces sweat that keeps you cool. If left unchecked, all this grime and goo clogs up your pores, leaving your skin susceptible to blemishes, scarring, and accelerated aging. 

 You need to have a cleansing routine that eliminates the impurities on your skin. Cleansers can be in oil or aqueous form. 

Cleansing oils strip away the makeup on the skin while aqua-based cleansers rinse away any leftover oils, leaving your skin free to breathe.Cleansing should be a nightly routine so as to prevent build up through the night.  

2. SUNSCREEN
This is a no-brainer. Think of the sun as a constant assailant and your skin as your first line of defense. Ultra-violet rays from the sun could cause you sunburn and in worse cases, certain types of cancers. Sunscreen exists for the sole purpose of protecting you against the constant barrage of the sun’s harmful rays. 

What’s the right sunscreen for me? 

Getting the right sunscreen makes a big difference in the outcome of your skin’s health. These factors will assist you in picking out the ideal sunscreen for daily or periodic use: 


  • Time Spent Outdoors 

Mobility and the time spent in the sun is an important consideration in sunscreen selection. Spending less time exposed to UVB rays requires that you pick a sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15. However, if your schedule exposes you to long hours in the sun, you will need to pack sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.


  • Skin Sensitivity

It is vital to note your skin’s sensitivity before purchasing any sunscreen. Since sensitive skin is more susceptible to damage, sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide work better to keep off the sun’s rays.


• SPF Spectrum 

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures a sunscreen’s protection specifically against UV-B rays. Sunscreen with a factor of 15 and above offers about 93% protection. That means, out of 100 photons, only 7 penetrate the skin. SPF 30 sunscreens offer up to 97% protection. 


There is a misconception that higher SPF means better protection. In reality, the only difference between SPF 30 and 50 is only 1% more protection.


SpectrumBroad spectrum sunscreens offer protection against sunburn-causing UVB rays and cancer-causing UVA rays. Choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen will prove to be a better investment.


3. MOISTURIZER  

The first rule of basic skin care is to make sure your skin is always well moisturized. Keeping it well hydrated from within and topically ensures you stay looking your best. Pay attention to problem areas such as under the eye for best results.


4. SERUM 

 Serums are a gem to beauty buffs. In addition to being extremely good for oily skin individuals, they contain a high concentration of antioxidants and skin brighteners. The skin absorbs serums faster than it does creams. The beauty of serums is that you can incorporate them with your everyday moisturizer if you have drier skin.  


5. EXFOLIATES

Your skin is aswarm with dead skin cells. Aging reduces the skin’s ability and frequency of new skin cells generation. It is crucial that you include an exfoliating regimen on the skin about bi-weekly to keep your skin looking radiant.  


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