With so many beauty products and services out there it can be overwhelming to know exactly what to do to make sure that your skin care and beauty routines are effective. Smart experimentation with products is essential for finding what works for you, but consistency is the most important factor, which means building a good routine that you can stick to.
Any beauty routine has three parts, morning routine, evening routine, and treatments.
Your morning routine should be relatively simple, whether you wear makeup or not. Start by gently washing your face to remove any product from the night before and start with fresh skin. This doesn’t have to be an intense clean, so you might want to use something non foamy like a milky cleanser. Always do your final rinse with cold water to help close the pores. Follow with a moisturizer, preferably one that sunscreen in it and then do your makeup for the day.
Your evening routine is going to be a little more complicated but always start with removing your makeup. This depends entirely on what you prefer to use but you can opt for either a makeup removing cleanser and oil based cleanser (which works well for removing waterproof makeup) or cleansing clothes that are specially woven with fibers that pull make up off.
Once your face is makeup free you’ll need to do a proper cleanse. Something deeper than the cleanser you use in the morning is ideal as you’ll be removing any dirt, left over makeup and excess oil from your pores. If you’re over 30, you may want to consider a cleanser that also has a gentle exfoliant effect too.
After cleansing, you can use a toner to tighten the pores and ensure that any trace of your cleanser is gone. This is an optional step, but ensure that you don’t use an alcohol-based toner as it can dry out your skin causing flaking, or even excess oil production if you have oilier skin.
Your next step is any serums that you might find beneficial for your skin, depending on what issues your skin might have. If your skin is relatively normal, consider a simple vitamin C serum to help keep your skin looking radiant. This is also where you wouldn’t use an eye cream followed by a moisturizer that’s designed for night time use. Then get some good quality shut-eye, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
In addition to your daily routine, consider doing a deep cleanse and exfoliating once a week, followed by a mask. The mask you chose needs to be based on what your skin requires at the time, but a good moisturizing mask is always a good option. If your budget allows, having a facial once a month can also go a long way to maintaining your skin and a trained esthetician can also help you avoid any potential issues, like premature aging or discolouration, long before they start.
Great looking skin is absolutely within your reach if you develop a good routine, get good quality sleep and remember to stay hydrated.