Building a skincare regime can be extremely difficult, especially now when there's an overwhelming amount of products. Cleansers, toners, moisturizers, oh my! There's simply so many products out there, that so many people have been lost on how to build a morning and night time ritual. How much of a product should you be using? What product should you use first?
In this post, I'll break down how to build a simple and easy to follow regime for yourself.
First off, as I always state in most blog posts, every single person's skin is different, and you can't just slap on the same product that you see someone else using, simply because they love it. If they have dry skin, and yours is oily, you probably need something else. I always advise seeing a local esthetician to truly get your skin on track. However, building a routine that is efficient doesn't mean you need a million products, it just means you have core products that are doing the job for your skin needs.
So what should you be doing daily, morning and evening?
— AM Routine:
Find a facial cleanser you love, this can be the exact same as your PM cleanser, as long as it works for your skin type, having a cleanser is very important. Moisturizer! Always make sure to moisturize, it's a simple step, that goes a long way (and just to add, applying moisturizer will help your makeup sit better on your skin, and provide a primed canvas). Lastly, apply SPF! SPF should be used year round, gloomy or sunshine. Make sure to incorporate it into your morning routine, and apply it daily (tip: if any leftover product is on your hands make sure your neck is coated, and rub the rest onto your chest and hands). If you want to take your morning routine a notch up, applying a Vitamin C serum will add extra hydration, help with hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, helps with skin aging, and my favorite - brightens your skin!
— PM Routine:
For your night time cleanse, I always advise double cleansing, which I did a post on prior on my blog in this post here: Double cleansing, what is it? After cleansing, you'll want to apply a target serum for your skin type, however I always recommend Vitamin A (retinol). Retinol is a lifesaver, but absolutely follow the instructions of your company's retinol because of the strength of some retinol. Lastly, you're always going to want to finish with moisturizing, you can either splurge in a night cream, or you can use your moisturizer that you used in your morning routine, as long as it's doing the job, it'll work!
— Weekly Routine:
Some things are not meant to be done everyday, simply because they are too harsh on the skin; such as exfoliating. Exfoliating should be once or twice a week, using either a chemical or physical exfoliant. Do not over exfoliate, over exfoliating can lead to dryness in the skin. Secondly, weekly you should be doing a mask, I always recommend doing an intensive mask, my absolute favorite mask to do weekly is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This product is absolutely amazing, super potent, and gets the job done. Truthfully, after using this, I like to then apply a sheet mask, because the clay mask tends to dry out the skin due to the ingredients, and the mask drawing out impurities. That is as easy as it is for weekly routine.
This is your beginners guide on building a simple and efficient routine to get your skincare on the right path. Lastly, every four weeks, go visit your esthetician. Allow us to do extractions, and do a proper treatment of your skin, that way you get to relax, and we get to get your skin glowing, and also recommend exact products that target your skin type! I hope this post was able to help you build a basic and efficient skincare routine, allow this to be the road map to your routine.
Until next time, keep up with me on Instagram, & of course, reach out with any questions! xo