Let’s start with the basics: cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen.
A cleanser will remove any built up dirt in your pores, a moisturizer will hydrate your skin and a daily sunscreen will protect your skin from UV rays. Beyond these basics, there’s a strategic approach to curating your skincare regimen that can help save you time and money.
Step 1: Consider Your Type (Skin Type - That Is)
It’s important to find skincare products that work well with your skin before setting a routine. Before you buy any products, identify the type of skin you have (dry, oily, sensitive, etc.), as well as any concerns you want to address. For example, if you have sensitive skin but are looking to reduce texture, you have to be especially careful when selecting your skincare. Many exfoliants can be too harsh for sensitive skin types and can worsen your skin rather than correct it. A gentle chemical exfoliant with added ingredients to soothe and hydrate your skin is less likely to cause irritation than a physical one, but it may take some trial-and-error before you can build the perfect routine for your skin’s needs.
Step 2. Screen Your Products Like They’re Your New Beau
There are many ‘hot topic’ skincare ingredients such as AHA’s, BHA’s, niacinamide, or retinols, but just because they’re popular, doesn’t necessarily mean you need them. This is why we recommend some light internet stalking when it comes to your skincare routine, it’s a lot like entering a new relationship - keep an eye out for those red flags!
It can be helpful to purchase a product based on a recommendation of someone you trust, but keep in mind that what works for your friends, family, or favorite beauty blogger, may not always work for you. When it comes to skincare advice, your dermatologist is always a dependable source.
Step 3: Define the relationship
Now that you’ve determined your skin type, concerns, and the products to help you combat them, it’s time to organize your routine, (this is where specific ingredients come in!). Ingredients such as glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid, vitamin A and C, and niacinamide can be found in toners, oils and serums that are designed to address specific skin concerns, but may not be for every skin type. Understanding how these ingredients work together, as well as what you should avoid using together, can help you reach your desired results without having to make too many adjustments along the way.
When it comes to building a skincare routine you’ll fall in love with, (much like dating) the key is compatibility. Once you know what you’re looking for in a routine, and what ingredients fulfill your needs, finding your perfect match will be easy!