With all the products and those intimidating videos out there, it must be very difficult to understand skincare. The ever trending glass skin also tempts you to dig a hole in your pockets to achieve flawless glass-like skin.
But, many of you are beginners and while you all are cracking your brain on building up your own skincare routine, I am here to help. I have come up with 5 simple rules on how to build your own skincare routine. No matter what skin type you are, a routine is always a must.
So let's begin.
Rule 1: Know your skin type:
It is very important to know your skin type before you follow any skincare routine. What works for me might not work for you. No matter how intimidating the internet and skincare videos can be, it is very important to know your skin before you slather anything on it. So see if you are oily, dry, acne prone, combination, sensitive and so on. This will not only help you to determine your routine but will also help you to pick out the products effectively.
Rule 2: Never mess up the orders.
By this I mean do not switch your serums before toners or skip toners and so on. To make it simple, think of it like this. Start with the most liquid consistency then slowly build up to a thicker and more solid consistency. This makes sense because this will help your products absorb better. So, a basic skincare routine will be like, cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser.
Rule 3: Separate day and night routine.
You should always have a day and night morning routine and never mix up the two. Morning routine must consist of a gentle skin cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and definitely a sunscreen. This should mainly focus on removing the oil and dirt from the night before. Night routine must consist of double cleansing, toner, serum, moisturiser and a sleeping mask or night cream. This should focus mainly on removing makeup and all the dirt and grime throughout the day. And also, never use your day cream as a night cream or vice verse. The ingredients for both these creams are different and some them might also be sensitive to light or might not work at night. There is a reason why they are clearly mentioned as day and night cream.
Rule 4: Ingredients worth remembering:
Regardless of your skin type, there are some ingredients that are worth your time and money. Antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Skin replenishing agents like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Ceramides etc. Skin restoring agents like Peptides. Acne clearing ingredients AHA and BHA.
Rule 5: Pair the ingredients well:
In my previous article, I already mentioned skincare combinations not to mix together. Some things just don't go together. Like you should not mix Vitamin C with AHA or BHA or Niacinamide. And you should mix Vitamin C with Vitamin E to reap the maximum benefits of both.
This brings me to the end. Hope this will help beginners build a solid skincare routine and hope this will be beneficial. Also, remember to keep your skincare minimal and basic in the beginning. Do not start with too many new products at the same time. Let your skin adjust to it and then work out the rest.