I’m not going to lie, I only developed a solid skincare routine a couple years ago. When I was younger, I really didn’t have anyone to tell me what products I should use or how I should take care of my skin. Everyone in my family has pretty good skin, so no one could offer personal advice whenever I’d experience breakouts (and trust me… they were really bad). I put this little guide together because this is something I wish I had when I was struggling with my skin. So I hope this genuinely helps you and maybe provides you with some information you may not have already known. I’m not a dermatologist and I’m not qualified in an way, so this guide is just full of information I have picked up over the years. Always use your own judgement and common sense.
The best time to start a skincare routine is now! These are habits you can carry on throughout your life that will help you age gracefully. Also, when your skin is at it’s best, makeup goes on so much easier. Not to mention that when you have nice skin, you don’t have to wear foundation and concealer as often!
It’s important to keep a couple things in mind though.
- I cannot emphasize this enough – everyone’s skin is different! So while your first instinct may be to go out and buy products that have worked for your friends or your favourite Youtubers, it isn’t guaranteed that you will see the same results.
- Don’t expect immediate results. It takes a couple weeks to a couple months to see results or changes in your skin, so be patient!
- It’s important to realize that skin can be very sensitive to change. Do lots of research first, pick out a couple items you want to try and use them. If they don’t work, phase them out by using them less and less frequently and implementing a new product in more and more frequently, rather than just switching products right away.
Okay. Now that all that is out of the way let’s get to the good stuff. First things first, you want to make sure you are buying products that are right for your skin type. Most people already know their skin type, but since this is a beginner’s guide, I’ll break it down for you.
- Normal: You have balanced skin – not too oily, not too dry… no real skin concerns. Lucky you!
- Oily: Your skin produces excess oil and you may have larger pores, resulting in your face looking greasy or shiny
- Dry: The complete opposite of oily skin. Your skin doesn’t produce enough oil. Your skin may feel rough or flaky
- Combination: Some parts of your skin are oily and some are dry
Now that you can identify your skin type, it’s on to the products. Always remember to choose products suitable for your skin type!! My skin is oily, but not acne prone. All the products shown are ones I use on the daily, so if we have the same skin type, then these might work for you as well.
A very, very basic routine consists of the following three things, used in the same order, morning and night:
- Cleans your face of dirt, oil and dead skin cells
- Avoid products with added fragrance or perfume as this will irritate your skin
- Removes excess dirt that your cleanser may have missed, helps to balance your skin’s pH levels
- Choose one that doesn’t contain alcohol, as it will damage and dry out your skin more than help it
- Those with dry skin may skip using a toner because it strips too much moisture from their face. My suggestion is to substitute toner with a serum instead, to bring more moisture to your face
- My favourite step in my skincare routine – so refreshing!
- Reintroduces moisture to your face that may have been stripped away from cleansing and toning
- Same with cleansers, avoid anything with extra perfumes or fragrances!
As I’ve mentioned, these three steps are the basis of any skincare routine, but they are also the steps I use in my morning routine, mainly because they are quick, simple and effective. My night time routine consists of more products mainly because your skin repairs itself when you are asleep, so I like to apply the best products to aid in that process.
I have been modelling and building my own skincare routine off of this ten step korean skincare routine I found on SokoGlam. I have 8 products in my routine, so I’m not at the full ten steps, but following this guide has really helped me determine which order to use the products and all of its benefits. Click the picture to see the ten step skincare routine!
Next week I will be posting my own night time routine, as well as why I think routines are so important, not only for your skin, but also for your life! I swear I could go on and on about skincare and about all the things I have picked up over the years. I definitely don’t have the best skin, but compared to where I was when I was 16, there has been such an improvement, and it mainly comes from developing a skincare routine that works for me. I hope this helped you if you are overwhelmed about developing your own routine, and if you have any questions or have anything you want to know, you know where to hit me up 😉