Knowing where to start when creating your perfect skincare routine can become a bit overwhelming. The range of products and advice available online makes it challenging to know where to begin, and you’re left wondering which products will work for your skin? In what order should all these products be applied? How many products do you actually need?
Having an effective daily routine begins with these three basic steps: cleanse, moisturize, and sunscreen. Although many other products and suggestions are available online, these three steps are the building blocks for an effective daily skincare routine that will leave you looking youthful and your skin refreshed. If you have another step, like makeup, that will go over the sunscreen as a last step.
Step 1: Cleansing
Every good beauty routine should begin with a good cleanse to allow the other products you apply to be adequately absorbed, which won’t happen if you apply them to dirty or oily skin. Dermatologists recommend cleaning with a gentle face wash such as Obey’s Silky Milk Cleanser, which removes makeup and other impurities. Many people opt for a harsher cleanser, but this can cause significant skin damage and make it more sensitive to sun damage, especially if you plan on applying products with active ingredients soon after.
Step 2: Moisturize
Suppose you are applying other optional products such as toners or vitamin serums – in that case, moisturizer should only be applied after these products, as it helps lock in the active ingredients of these products. This step is particularly important at night to seal in the hydration. That way, when you wake up, your skin will glow and look youthful and fresh-leaving you ready to start your day. Ideally, it would be best if you use moisturizer twice a day. However, for daytime use, it’s better to choose a lighter moisturizer intended for daily use, as heavier creams can cause oily skin and may cause your makeup to cake. Keep in mind that some products should only be applied at night, such as Retinol, as it makes the skin more sensitive to sun damage.
Step 3: Sunscreen
Most dermatologists agree that this is the most essential step in your daily skincare routine. Exposure to the sun and UV rays has been cited as the number one cause of premature aging, not to mention the health concerns which are much more important. Many people don’t realize that protecting your skin from sun damage is critical even if you spend most of your day indoors, as the UV rays go through glass and can still reach you through windows. Ideally, you should be using a daily sunscreen with moisturizing properties, for example, Obey’s Replenishing Daily Moisture Sunscreen Cream.
This step is obviously unnecessary at night. Ideally, you can substitute it with a good face oil or serum. Although many people with acne or oily skin worry that oils may cause their skin to break out, this is not true. A majority of serums soften and hydrate the skin. Serums with active ingredients such as alpha hydroxyl acids and retinol can help add moisture and plumpness to your skin.
As you get used to this basic routine, you can begin to build on it over time, adding other essential products such as toners, eye creams, and overnight restorative creams. Every routine has to start somewhere, and with time and practice, you can create a routine that works for you and your skin.
If you’re just starting out, don’t use a bunch of new products all at once – since this can irritate your skin and lengthen your routine (which will be difficult to keep up). Start with the basics – cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen.
Once you get used to that, gradually add more products you want to try until you find the perfect routine for your skin and lifestyle.