With all the craze about skincare, it can be overwhelming to touch especially when hearing about 10-step routines that involve so many products, requires quite a waiting time, and dedication. Delving into skincare can be daunting, but this shouldn’t stop you from getting that clear and healthy skin.
Don’t be intimidated with the wide range of skincare selections you see and the number of steps you think needed for your own routine. Let’s start with identifying what your skin type is and we’ll work from there:
Normal skin: People with this skin type are fortunate enough for they have relatively clear skin. Normal skin has no flakiness or excessive oil production. Having this skin type are free to try a wide range of products for they don’t suffer from major skin concerns and/or sensitivity.
Dry skin: This type is prone to flaky patches, tightness, and is easily irritated. People with dry skin need to concentrate on locking hydration to avert these scenarios.
Oily skin: This skin type leaves a greasy shine around the face. People of this type are also prone to acne breakouts and blackheads. The goal for oily people out there is to balance the oil production and keep the breakouts at bay.
Combination skin: Those with this skin type experience shine on the T-zone and dryness on the other parts of the face. The treatment here is similar to oily skin, however, addressing the hydration needed by the other areas.
Aside from tailoring your regiment to your skin type, you also need to adjust the routine according to the weather. For instance, dry skin types would need to double up on hydration during cold season while oily/combination skin get more comfortable putting on a lot more moisturizer compared to when the weather is humid and warm.
Now that you’ve determined your skin type, let’s move on and start building your skincare routine starting with the no-fuss basics. Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated so it’s best to start gradually.
Step 1: Cleanse
Don’t fall into the cleanser advertisements that promise to get rid of all your woes in a few washes. That’s a far stretch and impossible to single-handedly tackle all your skin problems.
It’s best to find a cleanser that is apt for your skin type and one that simply and effectively takes the grime off your face without interrupting your skin’s moisture barrier and acid mantle. A low pH cleanser is recommended for this.
Step 2: Tone (Optional)
Toners are not necessary if you already picked pH-balanced cleanser. But just in case you use a cleanser that isn’t low in pH but your face loves, following up cleansing with a toner to revert the pH level of your skin back to normal is best advised. Some toners have beneficial effects on the skin.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Cleansing gets rid of the dirt, oil, and makeup on the surface but to take on the deep seating dirt, a good exfoliation is key.
Exfoliation can speed the process and treat acne, whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores, and even hyperpigmentation. However, it’s important that you start slow and be gentle when it comes to it otherwise, over exfoliation will do more harm than good.
Step 4: Treat
Depending on what skin issues you aim to deal with, treatment can come in the form of essences, serums, and ampoule. You’re not limited to using just one among the three, however, since you’re just starting out, try one first then work from there.
Essences have a lighter formula and variations that targets acne problems, oil control, brightening, anti-aging, and the likes. Serums are thicker in consistency compared to essences and targets various skin problems as well. Finally, ampoules pack the highest concentration of ingredients despite the light texture. It sinks into the skin quicker and provides faster results than the formers. Similar with the two, ampoules come in variety when targeting skin concerns.
Step 5: Moisturize
This applies to all skin types. Yes, even those with oily/combination skin who are susceptible to breakouts. Slathering on a moisturizer is an essential step in your skincare routine most especially if your skin is lacking hydration.
The key is finding the right moisturizer for you. For oily/combination skin, you’d want to look out for gel or any lightweight, noncomedogenic moisturizers. For dry/normal skin types, any moisturizer that assures hydration would suffice. If you’re using exfoliators, it’s best to follow it up with good moisturizing to keep your moisture barrier intact.
Step 6: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is non-negotiable when it comes to your morning skincare regimen. All your hard work of putting your regimen at night and in the morning could be useless if you don’t top it off with constant use of SPF.
Sunscreens protect you from sun damage. As you know, exfoliation can make your skin more sensitive to the sun which is why you need this every morning. Also, it’s the best anti-aging product out there.
Skincare is a trial and error process. Be patient. You won’t see instant changes in a night. Observe how your skin reacts to each product and eventually, you’ll find what your skin loves. Also, don’t forget to patch things first!
Let this simplified skincare regimen be your guide to building your routine. Of course, depending on your skin type and needs, tailor it as you will. Don’t forget to read about the ingredients and do a thorough research first before purchasing a product so as not to drain your money. Good luck on your skincare journey!
About the author: Tin is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis, Australia’s leading makeup brand, the epitome of luxury, education, and glamour.