In many of my articles, I have always spoken to follow a good skincare routine for healthy and glowing skin. But what should be the steps of the best skincare routine? In today’s article, I will tell you how to start an ordinary skincare routine.
To build a perfect skincare routine, you should know what your skin type is.
Lucky you! If your skin is normal then there are not many pimples on your face and the best thing is that almost all the products suit your skin. You almost experience almost no dryness, oiliness, and sensitivity.
Dry skin is flaky, sensitive, and itchy. Dryness can cause by a lack of oil in the skin. Skin that feels and looks rough and tight, especially after bath is dry skin.
Excessive sebum production can lead to oily skin. If you have oily skin, your face will always glow. Oily skin is acne-prone skin with large open pores and blackheads.
Combination skin is simply having oily skin on the forehead, nose, and chin (T-Zone) and dry and normal skin on the rest of the face. People with combination skin also has large pores, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Sensitive skin means skin that is easily irritated, either by environmental things such as sun, wind, cold, or topical products, like lotions or fragrances. You need to be very careful when choosing products for your skin.
If you have pimples on your face that never go away then it means you have acne-prone skin. People with acne-prone skin often have pimples on their face, forehead, chest, back, and shoulders.
Hopefully, by now you will know what your skin type is. If you still have confusion then talk to a dermatologist. Once the skin type is detected, it will be easier to choose the right skincare products. Let’s start the morning to evening skincare routine step by step.
Morning Skincare Routine – This is the first essential and basic step in the morning skincare routine that cannot be ignored. Always wash your face with lukewarm water. Then take face wash or cleanser according to your skin and massage it on your face and neck in circular motions. Clean every part properly and gently. After that, rinse it off with lukewarm water. It is necessary to clean the products that you use at night on your face, that’s why morning cleanse is important.
Nighttime Skincare Routine – The first step in the nighttime skincare routine’s rule book is also cleansing. Our skin has to face dirt, pollution, sweat, and sun all day. Due to which it is extremely important to clean the oil and grime from the face. In case, if you skip this step of cleansing, you may face a lot of skin problems such as pimples, blackheads, dull skin, etc. So before going to the next skincare step, wash your face and neck properly.
Morning Skincare Routine – Toning is the second most important step in the skincare regime but many people choose to leave this step out. Toning is important to remove whatever is left on your face after cleansing. It also balances the skin’s PH levels and shrinks the pores. Use a cotton pad to apply toner on little damp skin.
Nighttime Skincare Routine – Toning before bedtime is also necessary to clear the leftover pore-clogging particles like makeup, sunscreen, and dirt. Use an alcohol-free toner and follow the same above procedure to apply this. you will be surprised to see that there is still dirt on face after cleansing. But toner is able to remove all the remaining dirt and grime.
Morning Skincare Routine – Face serums are a generally concentrated formula that is for specific skin issues. You can buy serums according to your skin issues like dull skin, dark spots, aging skin, and acne. Whichever serum you use for your skin issues but it should be applied before moisturizing. Serums applied in day and night are different. For instance, day serums are antioxidant serums because they give you additional benefits during the day.
Nighttime Skincare Routine – Some face serums work best when applied at night like retinol serum. This super serum shouldn’t be used while the sun is shining. Apply a few drops of serum on your face and spread gently. Wait for 2 minutes before the next step. By then serum will absorb deep into your skin. Follow the same applying procedure in the morning skincare regime.
Morning Skincare Routine – No matter what type of skin you have, but applying a moisturizer in the day and at night is super important. Everyone’s face moisturizer can vary according to their skin. People with oily skin can use water-based moisturizer and dry skin people have oil-based option. On the other hand, for sensitive skin you can apply fragrance-free hypoallergenic moisturizers that contain aloe or chamomile are awesome. And if you are lucky and have normal skin, then keep your moisturize simple, light and non-greasy. Even those with the combination skin can use the same moisturizer.
Nighttime Skincare Routine – It is necessary to apply a good night cream to repair skin damage that occurred during the day. But if you want to keep only one product for your day and night routine then there is no harm to apply day moisturizer at night.
5. Eye Cream
Morning Skincare Routine – Eye creams are often used to eliminate under-eye problems like dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and dryness. Some people think just applying moisturizer is also sufficient for eyes but it is not. Your eyes need special care and treatment. Our skin has different needs during the day and night so we should use the product accordingly. During the day use an eye cream to protect eyes from pollution, dirt, and sun.
Nighttime Skincare Routine – The nighttime eye cream can help to solve the problems like dark spots and tiredness. To apply an eye cream you should be extra careful. Always apply 3 dots with your finger on the orbital bone and then gently massage with your ring finger. Don’t try to do this process in a hurry because it can damage the sensitive skin around the eyes.
6. Lip Care
Morning Skincare Routine – Yes, It is very important to maintain a lip care routine to get soft, supple, and healthy lips. Slather a vitamin E enriched lip balm to moisturize your lips. The skin of the lips is thinnest and sensitive and they can also easily burn and get dry in the sun. So to avoid any kind of sun damage, use a lip balm with SPF and reapply this after every hour. Even there are plenty of lipsticks with SPF available in the market to protect your pout.
Nighttime Skincare Routine – Lips also need extra care after the end of the day. Start exfoliating your lips after washing your face. Gently massage them with a homemade lip scrub. This will help to slough off the dead and dry skin cells. After washing the scrub immediately moisturize them with lip balm and leave it overnight. Twice a week exfoliation is sufficient. If you have cracks on your lips then don’t scrub because this will make them worse. With this step, your nighttime skincare routine ends. But one important step remains in the morning skincare routine.
Protecting your skin from harsh UV rays you have to apply sunscreen during the day even in cloudy days also. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends purchasing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher, and waterproof. Sunscreen helps to prevent sunburns, premature aging, and dark spots. So before leaving home, make sure to apply sunscreen on your face and neck and also apply again after every 2 hours.
Finally, your daily skincare routine ends here.
The A.M. to P.M. skincare routine is all about protecting and repairing your skin with nourishing ingredients. You can’t get great skin without building a good skincare routine. After following a proper skincare regime you will notice a beautiful change in your skin. So be consistent to get gorgeous results.
For good and healthy skin, you have to take care of yourself not only from outside but also from inside. In short, eat healthy, drink plenty of water, stay happy, and exercise regularly. Beautiful results of these efforts will appear on your face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Should I use an exfoliator before or after cleansing?
A – It is important to remove dirt, oil, and makeup before exfoliating the skin. Exfoliator helps to remove the dead and dull skin cells and gives you silky smooth skin.
Q – How often I should exfoliate?
A – It depends on your skin type. Otherwise, it is advisable that you should exfoliate two to three times a week but don’t overdo this process.
Q – Can I add face packs in a skincare routine?
A – Yes of course. After the cleansing step, you can use a face pack. You can apply face packs 2-3 times a week in the morning and evening. If you want to try natural and chemical-free options, then homemade face packs and face masks are the best options for you. Simply choose a face pack or mask depending on the condition of your skin.
Q – Can I skip some steps?
A – Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing (CTM) are unavoidable steps of basic skincare routine. You can skip the remaining steps. But it necessary to apply sunscreen during the day and exfoliate the skin 2-3 times a week.
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