The world of skincare has grown exponentially in recent years, making it intimidating for beginners to build a skincare routine. With so many creams, oils, serums, and cleansers populating our social media pages, it can be challenging to know where to start.
Luckily, you don’t need much to start a simple skincare routine. The key is to focus on what your skin likes. Once you’ve found a routine, stick to it. Don’t let all the other products distract you! Generally, all you really need for healthy skin is a good cleanser, sunscreen, and products that moisturize and protect the skin.
There are variations of those products, but that is a good place to start. Read through to find out which products will help even your skin tone and protect your skin from future breakouts and dark spots. Once you’ve tried this routine and found what works, you’ll never go back.
A First Cleanse
As you will soon see, there are two cleansers that everyone should be using, especially at night. The first cleanse will take off your makeup and all the dirt and grime from the day. This cleanse is usually completed with an oil-based cleanser – oil attracts oil, right? Some people also use micellar water.
You don’t have to complete this step in the morning, but it’s the best weapon to use after a long day (or night!) out wearing sunscreen and makeup. This cleanse will unclog your pores and help prevent breakouts, leaving your skin smooth and even. Remember to always follow up with a second cleanse.
A Second Cleanse
The second cleanse is a water-based cleanser that removes all the remnants of the first cleanse and any stubborn makeup that might be left over. For this cleanser, try to avoid soap-based products and anything with too alkaline a pH – that means anything with a pH of 8 or 9. This is because a high pH will make a cleanser too harsh on your skin and might cause irritation or breakouts. Opt instead for a water-based cleanser with a pH of between 4.5 and 7.
Sunscreen is the most important skincare item to even out your skin tone. It’s also the most important product to use if you want to look young as you age. Sunscreen stops dark spots from getting darker, prevents wrinkles, and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. If you like wearing makeup daily, a tinted sunscreen is a great two-in-one option that will both protect your skin and make it look flawless.
Serums are a great option for lightweight moisture that won’t clog your pores and keep your skin tone even and bright. There are tons of options, so you should consider what you want from a serum first. Do you want brightening properties? You might select a serum with vitamin C in it. Do you want it to control oil? A niacinamide-based serum will work for this. Take your time and do some research before you commit to one product.
Oils have become a major part of clean beauty skincare in recent years – with good reason. We like using oil at night to add extra moisture and seal all the other products into our skin. Be sure to find an oil that will work with your skin type. If you have skin prone to breakouts, try to find an oil that is low on the comedogenic scale.
While the world of skincare may appear intimidating, all it takes is one good routine to make your skin glowing and even for life. Remember that the most important thing in skincare is protecting the skin and treating it gently.
Our modern-day lifestyles are already harsh on the skin, so don’t try to scrub too hard or use strong cleansers on your face. Try products slowly, do your research, and have fun. There’s a whole world of other skincare products to try, but starting with the basics is best.