Normal skin – routine and minor imperfections
If you are the lucky owner of a normal skin type that does not give you too much of a headache besides the occasional pimple and some excess sebum, the chances are high that you are experiencing this due to a lack of a basic routine.
Same goes for blackheads and whiteheads: without a proper cleansing routine, the occasional exfoliant and a healthy amount of moisture, your skin can’t function properly.
This type of skincare routine is especially significant in those moments when you are not treating something lin particular – acne, severe dryness, rosacea, etc. – but instead are looking to prevent signs of aging and maintain a healthy balance.
A basic skincare routine is also an excellent start for those of you who are new to the vast world of skincare products. You can test the waters and see what works for you while getting your skin adjusted to the new process.
Makeup removal and cleansing
These are two different steps that come in pairs. One without the other usually causes problems.
The most popular product for removing makeup nowadays is micellar water – a transparent solution in which you can find little chemical formulations called micelles that attract the impurities from the surface of your skin. Micellar water can be an excellent first step in your routine, but it’s essential to know that such product is not meant to sit on your skin for too long.
Here is where the cleanser comes to rescue. By using a gentle foaming cleanser, you not only remove any micellar water left on the surface of your skin, but you also double-check that you removed all dirt and impurities.
An excellent exfoliant removes the dead skin cells, improves skin texture, and leaves your skin smooth and glowy. Try to stay away from mechanical exfoliants (those with little bids inside) as they tend to irritate and damage your skin’s surface.
Instead, opt for something like The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. This product can be used up to twice/week. You can apply a small amount all over the face (avoiding the eye area), leave for about 10 minutes, and then remove with lukewarm water. Pat dry, and you are ready for the next step.
Using a toner right after cleansing can help calm irritations, regulate the sebum production, and – depending on the product – can offer an extra dose of hydration.
You can pat the skin with a cotton pad soaked in toner once your skin is completely dry. If you don’t find a toner necessary, you can also opt for a face mist. This can be used throughout the day to refresh your makeup and any time you feel like you need a pick me up.
Proper hydration is an essential and unskippable step, no matter your skin type or concerns. Here you pretty much have unlimited options – choose a lightweight gel-cream for fast absorption or opt for a more rich moisturizer if you feel like you need it.
Hydrating the eye area. I could not skip this topic without mentioning the eye area. This particular spot on your face is thinner and requires special care. Consider introducing in your routine an eye-cream that helps prevent signs of aging, and that helps you manage dark circles.
Hydrating lips. We can’t ignore lips either, especially right before bedtime. You can use a simple balm or a lip mask to wake up with smoother and fuller lips.
SPF, SPF, SPF
The best method to prevent wrinkles and maintain overall good skin is using an SPF. It is, in my opinion, one of the most important products in your routine, and it should be used daily, all year-round.
I’m a firm believer that less is more when it comes to skincare, and I think that you can rely on such a skincare routine whenever you are in doubt.
Treatments with acids or other potent ingredients can be used for a limited period, and then you have to be able to return to a simple and efficient routine.
I hope that this article will be useful for you at some point, and as always, if you have questions about your skincare routine, I would love to help. You can write me your questions right here firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Till next time,