key Tips For A New Skin Routine

 

Skincare is quite trendy these days, and for good reason. Because of the increase in skincare popularity, it can be a bit confusing (and intimidating) to get started. Giving your skin some love has medical and cosmetic benefits. Finding a skincare regime that works for you is vital. Yes, we know you can’t slow down the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, or sun damage, but there are some effective ways to manage some of these skin concerns. And knowing your skin type is key in steering you to the right products. Here are some of the key tips for forming your new skincare routine.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that each skincare routine is as unique and individual as the person following it (or attempting to follow it). Browsing through products, you may find them labeled for “normal” skin, but no one really has “the perfectly normal” skin type. You can consider yourself to have “balanced skin” if your skin isn’t too dry or oily, or if you’re not affected by sensitivity, acne, or anti-aging. No matter what skin type you have, three key simple steps to follow are:
1. Cleanse
2. Treat
3. Moisturise
Adding that middle step between cleansing and moisturising is very important and makes a great difference in skin health and appearance over time. What is treating, you ask? This is when you use serums and creams packed with ingredients like Retinol and Vitamin C. Let’s go through these steps in more detail:

 

Cleanse

This should be the first step in any routine because it clears excess oil and impurities which clog up your pores and cause dull skin. Be gentle though, cleansing too often with a harsh cleanser can break down your skin’s natural protective barrier. Quick tip – for dry/sensitive skin, cleanse only at night and then in the morning rinse with water only.

 

Treat – with a toner

Although you don’t really need a toner, smoothing one on will be a great skin refresher and remove any residual debris. For acne-prone skin, your toner should have salicylic acid to combat further breakouts. A hydrating toner is perfect for dry or sensitive skin.

 

Treat – with a serum

A serum that is tailored to your skin can treat and protect, especially if it’s packed with vitamin C, because everyone needs vitamin C no matter your age or skin type, as it helps reverse sun damage.

 

Moisturise

The next step includes heavier formulas that keep skin hydrated and help in strengthening its barrier. If you don’t have dry skin then choose a lighter moisturiser for daytime, like a lotion or quick-soaking gel. For dry skin, opt for a thicker formula like a cream with hyaluronic acid which is a building block for skin moisture retention.

Another important step for any skincare routine is applying sunscreen. Skipping this step is like taking one step backward after taking two steps forward. Sigh. Sun damage is the topmost cause for skin aging prematurely. Not only does the sun cause cosmetic damage, but it can also cause skin cancer, no matter your skin tone.

BONUS TIP – Face oil. Applying face oil is a perfect way to help lock moisture in overnight. Although many people think that applying oil can cause acne-prone skin to break out, it is not always true. Face oils REALLY help to soften your skin. Pat the oil on as a last step in your skin routine.

Keep in mind that your skin can change over time due to factors like age, hormones, weather, and some health-related issues. You may find your skin change from oily to dry or suddenly it becomes sensitive. Even changes to your diet or stress levels can affect your skin. It’s very important to pay attention to your skin. Make sure you are adapting your routine to support your skin’s needs at that present moment (not what it needed before or what you may want in the future). Always chat to your dermatologist for recommendations if you feel your skincare routine is causing more harm than good.

It’s not enough to just have good skincare products, you’ll need to know which order to apply them for them to be most effective. Rule of thumb – go according to texture, from thinnest to thickest. We hope this has helped to demystify some of your skincare routine questions.