Putting together a skin care routine can be challenging. There are so many different types of products you could use — but which ones deserve a spot in your daily regimen? Not to mention, determining your skin type can be a challenge all on its own.
Finding a foolproof skin care routine doesn’t necessarily mean having to sort through what seems like endless amounts of products formulated for different skin types.
STEP 1: CLEANSE YOUR COMPLEXION
Just about every skin care routine should start the same way—yep, we’re talking about cleansing. This is one step that should be non-negotiable in your routine. In the morning, reach for a no-rinse cleansing option, like towelettes, to get your day started on the right foot.
STEP 2: CLEANSE, AGAIN
Sometimes, you may find it useful to cleanse a second time. When you feel like you need a little extra cleansing, step up to the sink and use a rinse-off facial cleanser formulated for all skin types, which lifts dirt and impurities without drying out skin.
STEP 3: USE A FACIAL OIL
Treat yourself to a spa-like experience at home by applying a facial oil to your complexion after cleansing. Yes, you can use one even if you have oily or combination skin! It’s all about picking the right one.
STEP 4: HYDRATE YOUR COMPLEXION WITH MOISTURISER
Just like cleansing, moisturising should be a non-negotiable step in your skin care routine—regardless of your skin type. Immediately, skin feels softer, smoother, and fresher, while skin tone looks more even and skin texture looks smoother with continued use over time. Smooth it gently onto your face and neck, alone or under makeup, after cleansing.
STEP 5: NOURISH YOUR EYE AREA
You shower your face with a whole lot of attention—but what about your eye area? You shouldn’t neglect it! Oftentimes, the delicate skin surrounding your eyes can be one of the first areas to show visible signs of ageing. Reach for an eye cream to help defend against premature signs of ageing around the eyes, including puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.
STEP 6: WEAR A BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN—AND TAKE OTHER SUN PROTECTION MEASURES—DAILY
If you plan to ever step foot outdoors, this one’s for you (so basically, this one’s for all of us). Come rain or shine, cold or cloudy, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily and reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating).
STEP 7: MASK A FEW TIMES A WEEK
Why limit yourself to using one mask when you could use a few? Multi-masking is a popular skin care trend that involves using multiple masks on different areas of your face at the same time. Mix and match to find your perfect multi-masking routine.
STEP 8: EXFOLIATE (JUST ENOUGH)
How often you should exfoliate depends—while some people can handle daily exfoliation, others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you. Once you figure that out, reach for an exfoliating scrub and add it to your weekly beauty routine.
STEP 9: WIPE AWAY MAKEUP
Before letting your head hit the pillow at the end of the day, it’s time to take off all the makeup you applied in the morning before heading out. Sleeping in your makeup is a total skin care no-no. But you don’t even have to go to the bathroom sink to cleanse your skin. Stock up on a no-rinse cleansing options to get the job done. You’re done!