Is your skin naturally oily, dry, or some combination of the two? Are only certain parts of your face prone to oiliness or dryness? These are important things to consider when formulating a regular skincare routine. How you go about caring for your skin depends on the type of skin that you have, and unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all method to the madness, and not all skincare routines are created equal. Take the time to learn your skin type, and care and love will come easily. Luckily, we’ve got tips on the most important steps of any thorough skincare routine. What follows is the best basic guide to skincare that anyone can easily follow, and adjust to cater to the needs of their own skin.
1. Find the perfect cleanser.
Start by testing out cleansers that target your skin type, whether you have dry, oily or combination skin. If you decide to buy your cleanser in-store, pay close attention to its ingredients. Cleansers, like skincare routines, aren’t universally beneficial. While they may work to address one issue – let’s say, oily skin – they can negatively impact your skin in some other fashion. When choosing a cleanser, or skincare product in general, it’s best to opt for ones with natural ingredients, and to avoid ones with artificial parabens.
2. Follow up with toner.
Toner should immediately follow your cleanser in your morning routine, and will work to remove excess residue leftover from your cleanser – especially if your skin is oily or prone to acne. Those of us with combination and especially drier skin types may find this step in the process unnecessary, as the use of toner with these skin types can end up drying it out even more. But for those whose skin type works well with a cleanser, a good toner will draw out excess residue left behind by your cleanser, enhance your cleanser’s benefits, and leave your skin feeling fresh and clean.
3. Utilize a serum, based on your skincare needs.
Serums, like your cleanser, are formulated to target problem areas on your skin. Unlike your cleanser, however, serums host active, often natural ingredients that are concentrated to treat these issues. While all serums are comprised of some combination of antioxidants, retinol, and peptides (a.k.a., important proteins that your skin needs to function properly), you’ll need to find one to suit your skin type. Water-based serums, for example, are awesome for oily skin types, and because of this, people with oily skin may not always need to follow up with a moisturizer. Oil-based serums, on the other hand, work well for people with drier skin types. Whatever the case may be, and whatever problems you’re looking to treat or prevent (say, wrinkles, spots and/or acne scars), serums are a necessary component of skincare.
4. Invest in a good moisturizer.
Invest in a good moisturizer that, again, caters to your skin type. The right moisturizer will serve as the icing on the proverbial skincare cake, sealing in all of the benefits of the first three products, and leaving your skin feeling fresh, smooth and giving it a nice glow. Ideally, dermatologists and makeup experts recommend opting for a moisturizer with SPF in to further protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
5. Be consistent.
Remember to always care for your skin by being consistent with your routine; regularity is the only way to ensure that your routine takes effect. In no time at all, you should be able to fully observe its benefits.