Skincare is an important part of anyone’s daily routine; however, figuring out what to use, how to use it, and why you even should can be daunting. We’ve compiled a list of the most common basic skincare routines that people use, so you can have a roadmap to beginning your own skincare rituals! The main goal here is to ensure you’re doing the correct order of skin care.
If you see these steps and are even more scared, fear not! The best skincare routine is one that works for you, and that could mean more or less than what most people think you should do. If any of the steps below don’t work for you, don’t force it!
Wash Your Face
The first step in any skincare routine is to wash your face. If you’re thinking, “what skin care products do I need,” cleanser is number one. If you do nothing else for skincare, you should at least wash your face. Not washing your face daily leads to acne and pollutant buildup, and can exacerbate other skin issues you might have.
Face wash routines are simple: rinse your face off with warm water and use some cleanser to clear dirt and sweat and any other pollutants from your skin. You should try and wash your face morning and night, even if you only do your full routine once a day.
If you want to use facial toners, you should apply them immediately after cleansing your face but before any other products. Different toners do different things and depending on the type of toner you have, you’ll want to apply them in the morning and/or night. As with all skincare products, check the label for how you should best use your toner.
Generally speaking, you just want a few drops of toner on your hands or a cotton pad to gently wipe your face. Toner can do anything from hydrating your skin to exfoliating your pores, so decide on what you need before buying one.
After toner, you’ll want to apply any facial serums you’re using. Serums are similar to toners in that they can serve a variety of functions, so check the label for how best to use them.
The main thing to check is whether your serum(s) is water-based or oil-based. The former will be applied before moisturizer, while the latter will actually be applied after (out-of-order, we know!).
Use Eye Cream
If you’ve got bags under your eyes no matter how hard you try, then eye cream is probably next in order for your skincare routine. You can use a normal moisturizer under your eyes, but if you really want that hard-hitting moisturization, then specialized under-eye cream is the way to go.
Apply eye cream before regular moisturizer, as eye cream is usually thinner and the thicker moisturizer will help lock it down.
Moisturize Your Face
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. If you want a two-step skincare routine, then you should cleanse and then moisturize. Moisturizing your face is incredibly important to keep your face healthy and good-looking. A solid moisturizer will go a long way to making your skincare routine the best it can be.
Morning and Night Routine Differences
We’ve mentioned a few differences between morning and night skincare routines, but there is one big one: whether you’re using SPF or night cream. SPF is integral to a good morning routine while night cream is a great addition to any well-rounded night face routine.
SPF is, of course, sunscreen. Protecting your face from sunburn and long-term sun exposure is integral to maintaining more permanent facial health. You want good facial SPF for your daily routine, and some facial SPFs even act as moisturizers as well! The main thing is having SPF at all: decent SPF is better than none.
Night cream should complete your night skincare routine order. It can help lock in moisture and provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to repair and recharge while you sleep. Simply apply it at the end of your nightly routine and you’re good to go!
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