If you do your research on how to start creating a skincare routine, you’ll find a ton of information on what the best regimen is and which products to use. This can become overwhelming, especially if you’re a beginner and aren’t sure where to start. Your skincare routine doesn’t have to include a lot of steps or become difficult to keep up with. You want to keep it as simple as possible.
I put together five easy tips to follow when creating a skincare routine. There are certain things you should take into consideration before starting one, and following these tips will set you on the right path for healthier, clear skin.
Creating a Skincare Routine:
Know Your Skin Type
It’s important to know your skin type before creating a skincare routine. You need to find out what you should use and/or avoid based on your skin type so you can achieve healthier skin. There are four different categories:
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You want to know the characteristics of each one and pay attention to how your skin reacts in certain situations. Here are some characteristics of each skin type:
- Normal skin has the right balance of moisture, even skin tone, and smaller pores.
- Combination skin has two different types. One part of your face may be dry while another is oily.
- Dry skin doesn’t produce enough oil to protect the outer layer of skin and lock in moisture. Your skin may feel tight and flaky.
- Oily skin has excess sebum secreted by the glands underneath the facial skin. Your skin may tend to look and feel oily even after cleansing.
Keep It Simple
It’s best to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible and only use products that are necessary for your skin. If you include too many steps and products, you’re more than likely not going to remain consistent with it. Also, using a lot of different products may lead to irritation and you won’t achieve the results you’re looking for.
Honestly, it shouldn’t take you any more than 10 minutes to do your routine (unless you’re doing a facial mask). I can’t tell you which products to purchase, however, here are some steps to include in your regimen and how often to do them.
- Cleanser (twice daily)
- Exfoliant (2-3 times per week)
- Toner (twice daily)
- Facial Mask (1-2 times per week)
- Moisturizer (twice daily)
- Sunscreen (every morning)
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Sunscreen should be a priority in your morning routine. Even if your other skincare products contain SPF, it’s still good to add another layer of protection.
Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. It can also slow the development of wrinkles, premature aging, and prevent brown spots. Overall, wearing sunscreen consistently will ensure you maintain healthier skin. There are many options to choose from, however, any sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is good enough. You would apply this after your moisturizer every morning.
One of my favorites is from a brand called Black Girl Sunscreen. I love how easily this absorbs into my skin and it doesn’t leave you feeling or looking greasy. It’s formulated with all-natural ingredients and can double as a moisturizer.
Use Natural Ingredients
I never paid attention to the ingredient list when shopping for skincare products until I started taking my routine seriously. If I saw someone recommend a product and it claimed to treat a concern, I had to have it. The only problem with this is a lot of products contain chemicals and ingredients that can cause irritation.
Your body absorbs what you put on your skin, therefore, you want to choose products that contain all-natural ingredients. They’ll usually have nourishing ingredients that your skin will love. Switching to clean beauty will help promote the overall appearance of your skin and address concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes.
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Consistency is key when creating a skincare routine. The best thing you can do is to have steps to follow every morning and evening. Staying consistent will help you achieve healthier, clear skin. I know it’s not easy to stay consistent, we all have our days where we don’t want to do anything. However, you don’t want to forget about your routine and end up back at square one.
Develop a good habit of taking care of your skin every
Following these tips will help you create a routine that is suitable for you and your skin type. A basic routine is what you should stick with, it doesn’t need unnecessary steps. Don’t forget to be patient as you treat your skin concerns.