If you ask 100 people to give you their perfect skincare routine, you’ll get 100 different answers. Suggestions will vary across the board from specific product recommendations all the way to DIY methods learned from someone’s friend’s cousin’s next-door-neighbor. Is it any wonder why you’re so confused about your own skin care routine?
The perfect skincare routine doesn’t have to be that complicated though. Combining knowledge about your skin type with common sense and the answers start to become clearer. So, we put together a practical, start-to-finish guide on how to create the perfect skincare routine for yourself no matter what type of skin you have.
Determining Your Skin Type
While it’s not a stretch to think that dry skin would obviously require some type of moisturizer, many people falsely believe that oily skin does not require moisturizing.
But how do determine whether you have dry or oily skin? It’s not always as obvious as just looking in the mirror. Fortunately, there is an easy and fairly reliable method to determine your skin type:
1. Start by washing your face gently, removing all makeup. Pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.
2. Go about your normal activities for about an hour, taking care not to touch your face.
3. Dab your forehead, nose and cheeks in turn with a clean tissue.
The tissue paper appearing dampened or greasy is a strong indication of oily skin. Many people have combination skin, both dry and oily skin. Combination skin is defined by oily skin through the “T-zone”, including the forehead, nose and chin line that’s ‘combined’ with dry or normal skin on or around the cheekbone areas.
Products Designed For Your Skin Type
There is a wide range of skincare products created for all skin types and skin type variations. Additional considerations when choosing skin care products should also include whether or not your skin is sensitive and/or acne-prone to start with:
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- If you have acne-prone skin, stick with gentle, naturally derived anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory products.
- If you have sensitive skin that becomes easily enflamed, avoid products with fragrance, alcohol or abrasive elements that can easily irritate the skin.
Finding Your Daily Routine
Regardless of skin type, get in the habit of cleaning and treating your skin once in the morning and once at night. Incorporate the following products, using brands appropriate for your individual complexion.
- Cleanser: Most bar soaps are too harsh and abrasive to be used on an everyday basis, so stick with a gentle foam or gel for daily cleansing to remove excess oil, debris, dead skin, and make-up.
- Toner: A good toner or clarifying serum helps restore and maintain your skin’s natural pH balance. It supports your complexion’s acid mantle, which provides a barrier against germs, pollution and other elements that cause clogged pores and cell damage.
- Moisturizer: Believe it or not, even “oily” skin needs moisturizing. There’s a big difference between nourishing moisture and the oil secreted by sebaceous glands. Daily application of moisturizer replenishes and rehydrates skin cells for a softer, more pliable complexion.
Extra Treatment Options
Adding special treatment options on a weekly basis can provide an additional level of treatment and a great way to fight stress and anxiety, which has also been show to contribute to breakouts.
- Exfoliants clear debris from facial pores and slough off dead skin cells for a glowing, more youthful complexion. It also makes your skin more absorbent for toners and moisturizers and helps makeup go on smoothly for longer wear. Use an exfoliant with natural ingredients like willow bark or crushed walnut shells once a week. Avoid brands with microbeads, which have been identified as a dangerous pollutant to our waterways and overall environment. Effective DIY exfoliants can be made with items such as lemon juice, coffee, honey or oatmeal.
- Weekly facials soothe and relax tired skin while hydrating your skin and removing impurities. There are several quality facial products on the market, or you can make your own DIY facial cocktail from items including eggs, oatmeal, milk, yogurt and bananas.
Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
It might take some time getting used to, but you should try to refrain from touching your face during the course of the day. Touching your face brings dirt, germs and bacteria in contact with your skin. Additionally, picking or squeezing pimples can do more harm than good by causing the bacteria from the infection to worsen and spread. If you’re prone to breakouts, consider wearing your hair pulled back away from your face to avoid coming into contact with the excess oil produced by your hair.
Consistency Is The Key
Be sure to try out different products and techniques to find the ones that are most effective for your skin type and your lifestyle. But once you have settled on a routine, stick with it until it becomes routine, like brushing your teeth. Consistency is the key to a perfect skincare routine. If your skin care is haphazard and random, the results will be haphazard and random. As the saying goes, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.”
Once you establish your routine and follow it on a regular basis, you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes no matter what type of skin you have.
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