Glow Up: How To Build Your Healthy Skincare Routine
There’s nothing better than healthy, happy, glowing skin, is there? Skincare has always been a necessity regardless of age, location, skincare or gender. Over the last few years, there has been a massive uptake in the popularity of having an entire skincare routine tailored to your skin’s needs. While makeup is more popular than ever, and we love to play with it, there’s been a resurgence of the idea that your skin should look lovely both with and without your favorite makeup products! Selecting beauty products to wear after you’ve completed a skincare routine should be about accentuating what’s already there. You need a skincare routine that makes sense for your needs and the time you have available. Different skins have different concerns, and different people are able to do different things, so we’ve tried to make it a little bit easier for you! We’ve put together a list of good options to build skincare routines for a number of skin types. Let’s take a look!
Those of us who have dry skin might have it for a number of reasons. It could be something as inescapable as genetics, a temporary issue due to changing seasons or traveling to different altitudes, or something you’ve created by mistake by using excessively harsh cleansers and toners.
- Hydrating cleanser, day and night: Milky cleansers are great for dry skin because they are naturally the most moisturizing.
- Alcohol-free toner, day and night: Toners are a great weapon, but for dry skin, you MUST avoid ones that contain alcohol at all costs because alcohol will exacerbate the issue.
- Hydrating serum, day and night: Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid that will lock in the moisture you’re providing to your skin.
- Moisturizing cream, day and night: Creams have more moisture than gels, so choose a cream. Look for ingredients like glycerin, niacinamide, and B vitamins.
- Facial oil, day and night: This extra layer (choose a lighter one for daytime use) will keep all that moisture in your skin instead of letting it evaporate.
- Eye cream, day and night: Choose one with vitamin C, vitamin B, shea butter, and collagen.
- SPF: Use every day.
- Use a night masque when you feel it’s necessary.
Combination skin is the most common skin type. You’ll have an oily T-zone and probably dry cheeks. Though the skincare routine for this kind of skin is a little bit complicated, it’s entirely possible to manage. Be gentle with exfoliation and moisturizing.
- Gentle cleanser, day and night: If your combination skin veers more to one side or the other, you may need to choose a hydrating or oil-controlling cleanser. We advise that you opt for a gentle cleanser, which will work for all areas.
- pH-balanced toner, morning and night: Avoid alcohol and choose a toner with hyaluronic acid.
- Gentle exfoliator, 2-3 times weekly: We advise a chemical exfoliant rather than a physical one. Choose one that includes lactic acid.
- Lightweight moisturizer, morning: Choose one that includes hyaluronic acid.
- Richer moisturizer, evening: Choose one that includes hyaluronic acid.
- Face oil, night: Choose a balancing one and rub it slowly into the skin.
- SPF: Use each morning.
- Congestion-reducing face mask: Use once weekly.
Here, again, you could have family genetics to thank for your oily skin. Environmental factors could also be at play, like a humid climate that causes excess sweating and clogged pores.
- Oil control cleanser, day and night. Choose a foaming cleanser that features a low dose of salicylic acid for clear skin.
- Light moisturizer, day and night. Choose a lightweight formula that includes niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. No oil, no silicone.
- Balancing toner, day and night. Keep your sebum in check with calming tea tree, chamomile, or witch hazel.
- Chemical exfoliant: Use 2 to 3 times weekly.
- SPF: Use daily.
- Oil control face mask: Use once weekly.
- Retinol. This little complex is your best friend to avoid developing excessive wrinkles as you age and also to even out your skin.
- This should be part of every woman’s skincare routine from age 21 onwards. Whether you take collagen pills, use a powder or have it in your creams and serums, it will keep the elastic in your skin healthy.
These skincare basics will help you on your skincare journey. If you make these routines a habit, you’ll wake up with fresh, glowing skin every morning! The goal is longevity; to keep your skin looking as good as possible, for as long as possible, and our routines will get you there.