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Build Your Skin Care Routine
Cleaners, toners, serums, moisturizers, masks... there are so many skincare products on the market right now that it can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. Knowing what order products should be applied in, what ingredients your skin needs, and even what skin type you have can be tricky, especially when you are trying to build a skincare routine for certain skin challenges. Treating your skin is really a question of science and finding products that work effectively and safely together on your skin. Here are our tips for creating your own skincare routine that works for you.
Determine what your skin type is
Before you even attempt to establish a good skincare routine, you need to understand your skin. Get to grips with your skin and identify exactly what skin type you have. Is it oily all over, or just around the T-zone? Do you get dry patches on your face? Are you prone to breakouts or acne? Knowing your skin type will allow you to get the right products and formulas. If you aren’t sure what type of skin you have, seek professional help to find out.
Remember the basics
If it all seems a bit bamboozling, remember three basics that have been a mantra among women for decades: cleanse, tone and moisturize. These are the three main steps that make up a good skincare routine. Cleansing washes the face to clean away makeup and daily grime, toning helps to balance the skin, and moisturizing is about keeping the skin hydrated and supple.
Apply in order of consistency
If you aren’t sure what order products should be used, try to remember this simple tip: apply products in order of consistency. That means starting with the thinnest products and working up to the thickest. Therefore, a skincare routine usually goes in this order:
Effective cleansing is the mainstay of any skincare routine and should be done morning and night. It washes off makeup, dirt and any environmental pollutants that come into contact with our skin in daily life. Cleansing well will help to avoid breakouts and blocked pores. Cleansers come in many different types, including creams, foaming washes, lotions, balms and oils such as Aura Cacia Rosehip Seed Skin Care Oil. It’s all about finding which one works for you and your skin type.
Think of toners as a nutrient shot for your skin. They can be used to help rebalance the skin after washing and remove dead skin cells. Look for products that give your skin ingredients you aren’t getting elsewhere in your skincare routine. Some of the best ingredients to look for in a toner include hyaluronic acid, which plumps and firms skin; green tea, which is an anti-inflammatory; and vitamins E and C to fight free radicals.
If you are struggling with issues such as wrinkles, blemishes or dark spots, look for a serum. These are targeted nutrient-filled elixirs that can help tackle these problems. Understanding your skin will help you to find the right ones for you. If you have more than one skin issue, don’t be afraid to use more than one serum on targeted areas.
Everyone needs to moisturize, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizers hydrate and nourish the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Again, there are different moisturizer formulas that work best on certain skin types. Gels, lotions, creams and balms are all moisture-boosting options. Learn which will work best for your skin type. Moisturizers can also promise different effects depending on their ingredients, For example, Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturizer promises to mattify and control oil, while Jason Ultra Comforting Aloe Vera Moisturizing Crème aims to soothe irritated or stressed-out skin.
What else do I need to know?
These are the basic steps for building a skincare routine, but there may be other products you want to add depending on your skin type and needs. The main thing to remember is that your skincare routine is for you; what works for one person may not work for another. Make sure to thoroughly understand your own skin. Once you find your perfect fit, stick with it even if it is different from everyone else’s. Be patient; building a skincare routine takes time. Benefits will only really be seen after regular and consistent use. Give your products time to work their magic. It may take time, effort and some trial and error, but building a great skincare routine is worth the effort.