If you want healthy, radiant, glowing skin. You need to perfect your skincare routine.
I know I said it myself also. The perfect Routine?! With all these products and gurus telling what to use when and for what. It is hard to say what the perfect routine is. And it's easier said than done to get the best routine possible.
We believe that the perfect skincare routine is the one that works for you and your concerns.
Today we will go over how to build a basic skincare routine and work from there.
How to build your very own skincare routine
Nothing will happen overnight. The faster we come to terms with that the better we will be for it. Regardless of your skin type and whatever type of skincare products you use. Nothing will change without consistency.
Give it time
Besides being consistent with your routine. You have to give these products time to work. Whether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, or any other skin concerns. You have to give your routine ample time to work. Skincare routines are not magic and results will not happen overnight.
Do not overdo it.
Some skincare routines are made up of multiple steps. Some routines go up to 10 or 11 at times. This does not mean that every routine will be this long daily. The basic things to worry about when building your routine are cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
Why the order of your routine matters
The order of application matters most when you are applying prescription products.
It is all about skin absorption. So when you are not using prescription products just keep in mind that water and oil do not mix.
It is recommended to use your water-based products first. Then layer on oil-based products for the best effect.
But as we mentioned before. Your main concerns should be cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
Building your own routine
Building a skin-care routine is essential. Essential to maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Different skin types and concerns require unique approaches. Please read all labels and know what your skin type is before deciding on ANY skincare products.
A basic skincare routine should include:
If you have specific skin concerns. There are treatments meant to target certain concerns. Such targeted treatments include using products that contain hyaluronic acid. Or salicylic acid for oily, acne-prone skin. Or kojic acid for dark spots. Incorporating rose water, or facial serums, can help with skin texture and hydration.
Daily sun protection is a crucial step in any routine. Sun protection will help prevent skin damage and skin cancers.
Always opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply throughout the day.
Remember to listen to your skin type to find the right products and routine for you.
Skincare for the day
Cleansing - should always be done first. Remember to be gentle. You do not want to break down your skin's protective barrier by cleansing too often. Or using harsh cleansers not meant for your skin type. The best type of cleanser to pick is one that will cleanse without removing any healthy oils your skin needs.
Toners - toners ensure that your skin is totally clean after using a cleanser. You don't need a toner but certain skin types may require the use of one.
Serums - when using serums please read all labels carefully. The serums themselves will tell you which are best to use at night and which should be used in the morning. Serums target hyperpigmentation, aging, wrinkles, and free radicals. One of the most recommended serums is Vitamin C as it is an antioxidant and will help fight off free radicals.
Eye creams - should not be used on your face. AND face creams should not be used for your eyes. Generally. Eye creams are best used to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and even undereye bags.
Moisturizer - choose a moisturizer that will help keep your skin soft and hydrated. While protecting it from environmental pollutants. Like our Healing Beeswax Lotion Bars.
Sunscreen - The most important step of any daytime skincare routine. Never forget your sunscreen!
Skincare at night
Cleanser - Remember not to use your cleanser as a makeup remover. They are not intended for that purpose. Use a separate make-up remover and then move on to a gentle cleanser.
Toners - If applying toner at night as well try to apply it in the same direction as your morning toners.
Serums - the best time to use products that can stimulate cell turnover while you sleep.
Eye Cream - use a small amount of eye cream of your serums around the eye area.
Treatment - If there are blemishes or any other spots this would be the time to treat them.
Moisturizer - most important at night as it will create and seal in moisture for your skin.
Face oil - recommended if after completing your skincare routine your skin feels a bit on the drier side.
Does this routine work for my skin type?
The above-outlined routine is meant to be suitable for all skin types. It is imperative though that you take this routine as merely a starting point.
No 2 routines will ever be the same and no 2 routines will provide the same results. We all have different skin types and different concerns.
It might take you a little while of trial and error to find your routine but once you do make sure to stick with it. Give it time to work its magic before giving up.
What if this routine does not work for me?
We always recommend going right back to the basics if a routine is not working for you.
What are the basics?
Cleanse, Moisturize, and use sunscreen.
Once you have this down. Slowly introducing other products. See which one is not working for you might be the way to find out where you need to change.
At what age should a Skincare routine start?
This is debated quite often. Many people have differing opinions on what the right answer should be.
Our 8-month-old has a super basic skincare routine consisting of moisturizers and SPF.
Our 11-year-old has a more complicated skincare routine. In her preteen and early teenage years, she is more receptive to what a skincare routine is and should be.
A quick review
Building your very own skincare routine can be a daunting task. We always recommend sticking to the basics; Cleansing, Moisturizing, and SPF. If you have other skin concerns. Products can be introduced by following morning and night guidelines. Again these are just guidelines. You should work your own routine out with the products that work for you and your concerns.
As always, please read all labels carefully. Make sure the products and ingredients are compatible with your skin type.
It is not about skincare. It is about feeling comfortable in your skin.