If your idea of skincare is borrowing from your mom, friend, or significant other’s stash – or worse, applying what you see on the internet that’s considered trendy or is filled with good reviews then changing your skincare routine is a must. But hey, don’t fret, that’s why you’re here.
We won’t be feeding you with skincare jargon like niacinamide and glycolic acid since you’re still at the beginning of your skincare journey. We will teach you the basics instead, something that you can easily stick to without many complications.
Effective skincare takes more than just washing your face with water and soap, or mixing several ingredients because you think it feels soft on your skin. Knowing what your products are and figuring out what’s best really takes commitment, consistency, and patience. The effort is worth it all if you are trying to combat breakouts, wrinkles, dryness, open pores, and oily skin.
How to layer products
An easy way to remember the application of your products is from the thinnest to the thickest consistency, or it can also be from liquid to cream. You would be able to receive their full benefits if you put them in their proper order. Not following the correct steps will result in a non-effective skincare regime.
You would also want to put first the products that are filled with key ingredients that will penetrate into the skin like serums and toners and finish off with products that will sit on top of the skin like moisturizers and sunscreens.
Aside from the correct order, experts suggest researching your skin type since not all products are meant for every skin. You can go see a dermatologist to know your skin type, so they can recommend you the best products or you can research them yourself and try some products that are dermatologist-approved. Listen to your skin and be kind to it. If you feel itchy or you think it’s not suitable to you, better find a new one.
You would also have to remember that it takes some time for your skin to absorb these products. You can’t put everything all at once or with just a 30-second interval. Some steps require five to 30 minutes before you proceed with the next one.
An exfoliator in your skincare line will make your other products more effective since it removes dead skin cells. Not removing this can block your pores which can cause acne, blackheads, and other skincare problems. Unlike other products, it is advisable to use this once or twice a week because doing it every day will make your skin sensitive.
The topmost pillar of a skincare regime is a facial wash, cleansing your skin first before putting moisturizing formulas. While soap may do the job, a facial wash contains specific ingredients suited for your skin. There are different kinds that will make your face softer and remove excess oil and dirt too.
Facial wash should be used once in the morning when you get up from bed and once in the evening before you sleep. Remember to always wash your face with warm water since it helps loosen dirt and preserves your skin’s natural hydrating oils, unlike hot water which can irritate and dry out your skin. Put some warm water in a basin before you do your regime or better yet, install a water heater in your shower. You can also reach out to a water heater repair service if you have one but is unable to use it.
For many people, they opt to stir clear of toners since there’s an assumption that toners are the stinging astringents that they see in drugstores and markets. Today’s toner formula has evolved into a thin liquid that contains nutrients to balance your complexion and make your skin feel more replenished.
The most efficient way to apply a toner is to use your bare clean hands instead of putting it in a cotton pad. Depending on your formula, it can be used both morning and night.
Serums are light liquids that give a boost when it comes to moisture, nourishment, and protection.They’re regarded as powerful skin allies due to their capability to fix several issues like wrinkles and dark spots. It protects your skin from other harmful factors that may come from sun damage and air pollution. There are a lot of serums depending on your skin concern such as Vitamin C to help brighten a dull face and Retinol to stimulate collagen production.
5. Eye Cream
An eye cream can be an optional skincare step but if you have puffiness, dryness, or hyperpigmentation then better include one in your routine. Dark circles under your eyes can be due to visible veins or discoloration common with people who have darker skin tones. Dermatologists recommend an eye cream that would best fit your concern and does not contain harsh ingredients since the skin around the eyes can be sensitive and delicate.
Moisturizers are such a necessity for a good skincare routine since it reduces a lot of skin problems like blemishes, dryness, acne, wrinkles, and so much more. It slows the signs of aging and can be the key to smooth supple skin. Moisturizers should be used twice a week, once in the morning and once before sleeping like a facial wash.
The final part of your skincare regime would be sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is such an important thing to do since this can cause sunspots, sunburns, wrinkles, dryness, or even worse, skin cancer. An SPF (Sun Protection Factor) refers to the amount of how much it can protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of not lower than 30.
Sunscreens should be reapplied every 3 hours especially when you’re outside of your home. Although remember that the sun should not be necessarily out for you to apply sunscreen. Even during winter, your exposure to UV radiation is high.
The best way to start your skincare routine is to find the right products, have the dedication and patience, and just learn to love your skin. Skins are not alike and all of us have different needs. If you are overwhelmed with the steps and don’t know where to start nor which product to try first, you can always visit a dermatologist.