It may seem like there’s a lot to learn about skincare, but you can start with a simple routine that will help your skin feel great and look healthy.
A skincare routine is all about finding a few products that work for you and sticking with them.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to get great results. In fact, it’s important to find products that are gentle on your skin and won’t irritate it further.
A good skincare routine can make all the difference when it comes to how your skin looks, feels, and even smells.
I’ve decided to put together this post to explain the basics of skincare and how to create a simple routine that will work for everyone. With this guide, you’ll be able to create a simple skincare routine that works for your skin type and needs.
Determine Your Skin Type
The best way to create a routine that works for you is to figure out what type of skin you have, what products work best for that type of skin, and how often you need to use them.
Oily Skin: Oily means that my face sweats like crazy, especially during the summer months. It also means that my face gets shiny throughout the day when I use makeup. My forehead is usually where I get the most oily because it sweats most when I do cardio or exercise.
Dry Skin: Dry means that I have some flaky patches on my cheeks and around my nose area, which tends to get very dry when it’s cold outside or if we’re having a heat wave in California (it’s winter right now).
Combination: Combination means that while some areas of my face are oily and some are dry, there are other areas that are normal or balanced out between both oiliness and dryness.
Steps for a Great Skincare Routine for Beginners
A good skincare routine has three basic steps: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
The first step of your skincare routine should be to cleanse your skin. Cleansing removes dirt and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin which helps to make it look brighter and healthier.
It also helps to prepare your skin for other products. You can use a face wash, face scrub, or cleansing balm depending on your preference.
Tonners are a great way to cleanse and refresh your skin after cleansing. They’re also an important step in any skincare routine because they prep your skin so that other products can do their job more effectively. Toners help remove any excess oil from your face, which means less make-up residue or dirt can build up on your face throughout the day.
After cleansing, apply a toner to even out your skin’s pH levels, which helps it absorb products better. There are two types of toners: astringents and hydrating mists.
A good astringent will help to tighten pores, while a hydrating mist will soothe the skin and lock in moisture.
Apply a small amount of toner to a cotton pad and wipe gently over your face using circular motions. You should leave it for about 30 seconds before wiping off any excess with a fresh cotton pad.
Moisturizers hydrate the skin and keep it looking fresh and youthful. They can also help protect against free radicals which cause signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Moisturizers come in cream, gel, or lotion forms, depending on your preference and skin type (oily or dry).
You should apply moisturizer after cleansing but before applying other skincare products such as SPF sunscreen or serums.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin which makes your complexion look brighter and more radiant.
Exfoliation also helps to improve circulation by stimulating blood flow in the dermis layer of your skin. If you have dry or oily skin, you should include an exfoliating product in your skincare routine every day or two days.
If you have normal or combination skin, you can exfoliate once a week or as needed (if you experience breakouts). Some good exfoliating products include glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, lactic acid peels, AHA scrubs, and BHA scrubs (read more about AHAs here).
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
Sunscreen is the most important product in your skincare routine because it protects you against the aging effects of UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreens protect against UVB rays, which cause skin burns and cancer.
Some also protect against UVA rays, which can cause premature aging and wrinkles but don’t burn the skin directly (like UVB rays do).
It’s also important to use sunscreen every day no matter what time of year it is. The sun’s rays are strongest during the summer months but are still present throughout the year even when it’s cloudy or raining outside.
Skincare – Quick Tips
- Don’t use hot water to cleanse your face
- Make your skincare routine achievable
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid chapped lips use your lip balm
- Avoid using too many products
- Do not over-exfoliating
- Do not over-cleanse.
- Use clean sponges or brushes for your skin.
- Get enough sleep
Its A Wrap
Figuring out your ideal skincare routine can be difficult, but the best thing you can do is take it slow. So, start with four steps now, then progress from there. Within a month or two, you should have a solid skincare regimen.
And happy skin