When you’re starting out with a skincare routine, there are so many different options to choose from. But with so many reviews and opinions on the internet, it can be hard to figure out where to begin or what products might work best for you. This guide will hopefully help you narrow down the products that could be right for you.
First things first, Know your Skin Type
The best skincare routine doesn’t need to be cheap products nor does it need to have all fancy one-of-a-kind products. When it comes down to it, the best skincare routine starts with knowing your skin type. Do you have dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin?
Once you’ve figured out your skin type, it’ll be easier to find the perfect skincare routine designed just for you.
Next is… Know the Basics
There is a wide variety of skincare products out there. It can be overwhelming for those of us who want to improve our skin but do not understand how to go about doing so. Improving your skin might sound like a scary or time-consuming task, and that’s why we are here to help.
Whenever you search up skincare routines on YouTube or Google, they give you content full of skincare gurus and they basically talk about their “own” skincare routine and how it works for them. We took the liberty to scan through all this content so that you don’t have to, and summarized it all in this article.
What every skincare guru has in common is the order of the routine, which we simplified in 5 easy steps!
Step 1: Cleansing
Cleansing is the foundation of good skincare. It’s also an essential part of your daily routine. With proper care, wrinkles can be delayed, skin elasticity can be preserved, and impurities can be removed.
The key to beautiful skin is having it cleaned and well-hydrated, especially after a long day. That’s why we recommend cleansing in the morning, night, and after exercising to relieve yourself from any unwanted stress.
The main focus of a cleanser is to clean your skin without stripping the necessary layers. A lot of cleansers are more moisturizing and hydrating than typical face washes. This is where your skin type comes into play. Since there are different kinds of facial cleansers, knowing your skin type will help you build a foundation of what kind of a cleanser you’d want to purchase for your skincare routine.
Step 2: Toner
After cleansing, it is recommended to follow it up with a toner to prepare your skin for better absorption of beauty nutrients. Toners don’t have many benefits, but they do provide a good base for your skin to absorb your skincare products better. You see, toners are not designed for beautification; they are actually made to prepare your face for the next steps in your skincare.
There are several ways to apply skin toner. Usually, you wipe it on with a cotton ball or pad. Sometimes you spray it or put a few drops on your hand and gently tap it on your face for absorption, but that’s really specific to the product. If you have questions, check the product description for instructions.
Use the pad or cotton ball to gently spread the toner on your face and neck. Avoid getting it in your eyes or rubbing the cotton on your face. Maintain gentle application on the face. Apply it to hard-to-reach areas such as the hairline, eyebrows, and sides of the nose.
Step 3: Serum
Serums are known for their ability to penetrate into the skin, down to the bottom of the deepest part of the skin. Because they can travel directly into where they are needed, serums can be much more effective in bringing results than other skincare products. If you have a serum, you should apply it after your toner, but before your moisturizer or sunscreen.
Serum application instructions will vary by each product so you have to read the instructions for details. A serum may be applied using your fingers, patting it on your face, or directly dropping it on your face using the dropper or pump of the serum bottle. Ensure coverage of your entire face while allowing the serum to penetrate your skin.
Step 4: Moisturizer
The main purpose of a moisturizer is to hydrate the skin and leave your skin feeling smooth. Moisturizers sometimes have an SPF, which helps protect your skin from the sun. Moisturizers can be applied in the morning and at night, and should always be applied after a serum and before applying cosmetics.
Once you’ve put a small amount of moisturizer on your face, use a swirling motion to spread it over each area. After this, let your skin fully absorb the moisturizer before applying makeup or before moving on to the last step of your skincare routine.
Step 5: Sunscreen
For the last step, this can be skipped depending on your routine. For a night routine, most moisturizers have an SPF added on to them so it’s not exactly necessary to add more but for morning routines especially if you go out and about daily, sunscreen is definitely important. Even if you’re not going out of the house, you should still apply sunscreen during the day because UV rays can penetrate through the glass of your windows and cause damage to your skin.
Protecting your skin from overexposure to sunlight can help prevent wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. An essential protein called collagen is important for keeping the skin strong, but it can be broken down by overexposure to sunlight.
Get a pea-sized amount of sunscreen and just like your moisturizer, apply it in a circular motion to spread it over the areas where the sun usually hits the most — an example is the T-Zone.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all these new products but you only need the basics. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. It’ll make everything easier, especially when you find products that really work for your skin. Remember that consistency is key!
We hope this article gave you a head start in finding your own skincare routine.