Your skincare routine is deeply personal to you. You might think that skincare is just washing your face and applying some moisturizer, but it is way more. Your skin is extremely sensitive, and a part of your body is directly exposed to the environment. We might not see it, but our skin goes through a lot daily. We must take care of it. So, a skincare routine is something that will help you take care of your skin. Moreover, it would help if you did not forget that your skincare routine can be an excellent way to de-stress. It has therapeutic properties too. So, if you do not have a skincare routine yet, join us on this journey to develop the basics of your skincare and then build from there.
We are extremely thrilled to have you along on this ride. So, without further ado, let us get into it.
Step-by-step skincare routine
Now, you might ask, how can you build a skincare routine that suits your skin? Your question will be answered soon. So, to build your skincare routine, which actually works for your skin, you need to know your skin type. Skin type can be classified into three broad categories; Dry, oily, or combination. So, you need to use products that control these aspects of your skin. A skincare routine, despite your skin type, has certain basic products that you might include in your everyday routine. So, without wasting any more time, let us get into it!
It goes without saying that a cleanser, or as most of you might call it, a “face wash,” is an absolute must in every skincare routine. A good cleanser is something that will take your makeup off smoothly, will not leave your skin feeling dry and patchy, and will definitely not make you break out. So, research a bit about your skin type, and then choose a cleanser that fits your skin type. Personally, suffering from dry skin, I go for cleansers that are gentle and has moisturizing ingredients. You can go for anything that suits your skin.
In the second step, you use a toner. Toner is the part of your skincare routine that provides immediate hydration after using a cleanser. To use a toner properly and to get the most out of it, drop it on your palms and dab it on your face. Try not to use cotton pads as it absorbs a lot of product and wastes it. However, for toners, you also need to keep your skin type in mind, as the wrong toner might break you out badly. Toners with active ingredients like glycolic acids must be used carefully. Otherwise, hydrating toners can be used without thinking too much about it.
Now, here comes the part which is a bit tricky, but you do not need to worry. A serum is a step in your skincare routine that will give it a boost. But, there is a high chance that you can go wrong with serums and damage your skin barrier. However, no need to worry. You can begin by introducing a vitamin c serum to your morning skincare routine. At the night, before you go to sleep, you might want to lock in the hydration, so using a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid is recommended. Serums with AHA/BHA can take time to get used to, but they are great if you struggle with hyperpigmentation.
Now, we have come to the most important step in your skincare routine. All of the skincare you just did; the toners, the serums, all of it, will be locked in by a good moisturizer. You just can’t skip out on moisturizer while you’re doing your skincare. However, to find a good moisturizer that suits your skin type, you need to search a bit. For oily skin, you might need a moisturizer that effectively hydrates your skin plus controls the excess oil that builds up throughout the day. For dry skin, you need a super hydrating moisturizer that does not feel greasy on your skin.
From dermatologists to celebrities, everyone, literally everyone, has been raving about using sunscreen. Sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare, even more so than a moisturizer. A good sunscreen will not only protect you from the harsh UV rays of the sun but will make your skin look fresh and glowy. However, choosing sunscreen, you need to know some things first. You can either go for a mineral sunscreen or chemical sunscreen. Try to go for SPF 30 and above for ultimate protection against the sun. Keep in mind that some sunscreens leave a white cast on your face before settling in your skin. So choose your brand of sunscreen accordingly.
Eye cream is a step in your skincare routine that you can include or you can just choose to skip out. However, in the days of exceeding screentime, dark circles and poor undereye areas are common in people. Ruined sleep schedules and increasing time in front of the computer have done this to us and given us severe eyebags. Our under-eye area is one of the most sensitive areas of our skin, so taking care of that is important. You can easily include an undereye cream in your skincare routine.
Skincare Routine Night
As you start getting into the world of skincare, you will understand that your skincare routine during the day differs extremely from your skincare routine at night. During the day, you need ingredients that are defensive; that will protect your skin from the pollution and harsh sun. However, at night, you need something that will calm your skin down, that will repair your skin from the inside out overnight so that your skin gets ready for the next morning. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
For a nighttime skincare routine, you need to first start with micellar water or a cleansing balm. Both of these have one thing in common; they take your makeup off which you have on for an entire day. After taking your makeup off, you need to go in with a gentle cleanser, which will be kind to your skin and not strip the natural oils from your skin.
The next step is the general toner step, and you can go with any toner that you like. Now, in your skincare routine at night, you can add things like serums and facial oils. It will repair your skin overnight and moisturize your skin well. Lastly, go in with your favorite moisturizer that has super hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramide.
Pro tip: your skincare only works when you give yourself a good night’s sleep. So, go get that 8-hour beauty sleep that you deserve.
Korean skincare routine
In the skincare industry, K-Beauty has been getting a lot of hype. If you are a fan of the Korean entertainment industry, you will be in awe of their beautiful, glass-like skin. (Which gave rise to the “glass skin trend” on social media). Their skin shines from the inside out, and people all over the world have been trying to achieve that. However, we might not have the genetics for such skin, we might as well just follow what products they use to keep their skin looking so youthful and glowy. Hence, the K-Beauty industry and its domination.
K-Beauty skincare routine can be intense at times, with skincare steps reaching upto 10 steps. However, you do not need to do that much to keep your skin healthy. What works for everyone might not necessarily work for you. So, you can take some tips from the general Korean skincare routine, but your skincare routine is something that can’t be derived from a generalized version of something.
So, we have come to the end of our blog. I hope this blog was relatable and informative to you. Now, you can finally get to creating the skincare routine and have the skin that you always wanted!