Trying to build your skincare routine can be a pain in the neck, especially with the overwhelming options out in the market. What is a sleeping mask you ask? Toner, who is she? Double cleansing, who now? Trust us, we were all once a skincare newbie and while it is tempting to hop on the 12-step skincare routine train (choo-choo), it is better to have a solid foundation of what a basic skincare routine should look like.
Step 1: Know your skin type
Before all else, know your skin type. Skincare is not one size fits all. Your skin needs specific products that are tailored to your skin type. Not sure what your skin type is? The chart underneath should help and if you still find yourself uncertain, perhaps it’s time to visit a dermatologist and get to know what your skin is like and the care it needs.
(chart via theklog)
Step 2: Get to know the 4 main steps
The main goal of any skincare routine is to keep your skin look and feel its absolute best. It also helps troubleshoot certain areas that need aid. Skincare routines don’t need to be complicated. Start with:
Remove all the impurities and start with a clean canvas.
Toning helps balance your skin and prepares your skin for the rest of your skincare products.
Moisturizers help hydrate and soften your skin. Don't forget a hydrating sheet mask, too!
And of course, this step is non-negotiable. You must wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 at all times. Sunscreens help protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.
It is best to remember that for these products to work, you need to apply it in order of consistency.
Step 3: Give it some time
Patience is a virtue. Every skin is different and requires a certain period to heal and rejuvenate. Having a consistent routine and products make it easier for you to pinpoint which product isn’t working for your skin.