Skincare is a very personal topic. Some people like to just wash their faces with water and they are good to go, and some prefer to use few or many products. For someone who is just starting out, it can be quite intimidating to try and put together a whole kit from scratch.
the products below are mentioned from my personal experience (and I have dry, sensitive skin). For oiler skins, most of the products should still work, but customise it to suit your skin type!
The bare bones of a skincare routine are the famous cleanse, tone and moisturise. A good cleanser can make all the difference to the state of your skin, because if your skin is still covered in oil and makeup from the day, any product applied on top will not be as effective. Double cleansing is what I have found to be the most effective for removing makeup/sunscreen. As the name suggests you cleanse twice. This can be done with the same cleanser or two different cleansers.
Balm and cream cleansers are my two favourite types. Balm cleansers melt into an oil on contact with the skin, and are great for removing and dirt or makeup on the skin. Cream cleansers are more gentle, and are good to use as a morning cleanser or as a second cleanser. If you have quite oily skin, you might want to try a clay based cleanser instead. Wash off all cleansers with a warm, damp face cloth.
Lots of people may consider this a superfluous step, but it is my favourite. Toners are great for refreshing and providing a quick dose of hydration before you move onto moisturiser. Oilier skins will probably want a more clarifying version, but make sure to check for the alcohol content before buying.
The range of moisturisers on the market can be quite mind boggling. When starting out, it can be a lot easier to get a simple no fuss moisturiser and then proceed from there. For the daytime I use a moisturiser with a bit of SPF to cover me for the 10 minute walk in. If you tend to spend more time outside, then make sure you use a separate SPF so that you don’t get any sun damage. For night time, pick another slightly more hydrating version. If you find regular creams tend to leave your skin feeling like an oil slick, try switching to a lighter gel based formula instead.
If you already have your basic routine down, but want to amp up things a bit, you might want to add a few other products into your routine.
Face masks are a staple in my routine, especially for a pamper night. A clay based face mask is great for when you need something a bit stronger than your cleanser to draw out any impurities or if you are starting to break out a bit. Add a hydrating mask for when your skin feels like it needs a good long drink and that should cover most of your needs. Hydrating masks are also great for winter or when you need to spend 10 hours on a plane.
If you want to splurge on one part of your skincare routine, this is the place to do this. Serums are treatments that pack quite the punch in a few drops. Depending on the product they can soothe, hydrate, clear up blemishes or boost radiance. A lot of science goes into serums to get them to penetrate the skin and work effectively and for this reason they tend to be more expensive(there are still some great affordable ones out there too!). If you plan on splurging a large amount, it’s worth looking around and seeing if you can get samples before actually buying.
Oils are similarly great for sorting out a whole host of issues, even if you have oily skin! They can be used on their own, or mixed in with your moisturiser for a more intensive treatment.
There are two main types of exfoliators, physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are scrubs that help get rid of dead skin cells, dust and other fun stuff. Make sure your scrubs are 1. Not too abrasive and 2. Don’t contain plastic microbeads that kill fishes. Chemical exfoliants do the same job, but through the use of acids instead. As scary as that may sound, these can sometimes be better for sensitive skins. There are different types of acids,and with different strengths, so make sure you choose one that suits your skin. See here for more details.
Similar to moisturiser, I would suggest starting off with something simple and working up from there. Eye creams are great for hydrating around the eyes, while gels (especially ones that come with the metal roller ball)are amazing for soothing and cooling and don’t do much for fine lines.
What does your skincare routine look like?
Until next time, Love, Me 🙂