Cleanse your face
Before you embark on your beauty routine, it's imperative to initiate the process by thoroughly cleansing your face and removing any traces of makeup. Failing to do so is a cardinal sin in the realm of skincare, as it can lead to the unfortunate consequences of clogged pores and unsightly breakouts. To circumvent these potential skin woes, the initial step is to liberate your face from makeup using the gentle yet effective magic of cleansing oil. In stark contrast to makeup wipes, which often leave behind an undesirable residue, cleansing oils elegantly dissolve away every vestige of makeup, all while preserving the integrity of your skin.
Following the makeup removal ritual, the next pivotal phase is employing a facial cleanser to purge your skin of the accumulated impurities, excess oil, and bacteria that have taken up residence throughout the day. These facial cleansers manifest in a multitude of formulations, including jelly, oil, gel, foam, micellar water, and more. The key is to select one that harmonizes with your specific skin type, especially if you grapple with the vexing issue of acne-prone skin. This step culminates in a serene, circular massage of the cleanser onto your visage, ensuring that it gently but decisively liberates your skin from the day's wear and tear. And, of course, it culminates in a thorough rinsing with water, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Apply a toner
Gone were the days when facial toners were these alcohol-based, terrible liquids that irritate your face and even make it sting. Today’s toners are filled with exfoliants to treat bumps and acne or hydrating, gentle ingredients that coddle dry skin. Either way, toners are highly useful and should be applied right after cleansing to soothe the skin and refine pores.
Just pour a few drops of toner into a cotton pad or your palms and pat them onto your face. Instead of sitting on your face, toners are essentially priming your skin to better absorb other products later on.
It’s serum time!
A good serum may be what’s standing in the way of you and flawless skin. Serums are generally packed with nourishing ingredients that protect your skin against early signs of aging, free radical damage, and other skin issues. For uneven skin complexion, you might opt for a vitamin C serum with brightening properties. Or if you have dry skin, look for a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and quench thirsty skin.
Serums are great in leveling up the skincare routine and amping up your skin health. But don’t beat yourself up if you forget to apply serums once in a while as they are totally optional in this 8-step skincare guide.
Use eye creams
You can apply your regular moisturizer to the under-eye area. However, this area is delicate, and not all skincare products are suitably formulated, a specialized eye cream or eye gel is recommended.
The rule of thumb is to apply skincare products in order of texture, from thinner products to thicker ones. Thus, make sure you apply eye creams before putting on a face moisturizer as the former tends to be lighter. Use your ring finger which has the gentlest touch to massage and tap the eye cream or gel into place for better absorption.
Treat your spots
Whether they’re dark spots, scars, or zits, ideally at this stage in the skincare routine you should apply spot treatments. You can perform this step either at night or in the morning, but nighttime is more preferable considering that your body is in its repair mode.
For breakouts and pimples, you may desire acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid. It dissolves skin cells and oil and is therefore suitable with inflamed bumps or clogged pores. Benzoyl peroxide, with its bacteria-killing properties, is another great option for your acne, though you should not use these two ingredients at the same time to avoid skin irritation.
What about dark spots and scars? You can try a spot treatment with niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) that gradually brightens scars and marks, or hydroquinone - a powerful skin-bleaching ingredient. Hydroquinone can irritate those with sensitive skin due to its strong properties and is not to be used regularly until you are sure your skin is okay with it. On the contrary, niacinamide can be used daily for its gentle effects.
Whichever you choose, remember to dab a thin layer of spot treatments over your spots or zits and wait until it dries before continuing with the application of other skincare products.
Moisturize the skin
Achieving and maintaining beautiful, radiant skin is a common goal for many individuals. However, some people may harbor concerns about using moisturizers, fearing the onset of excess oil production or potential breakouts. The great news is that there is a moisturizer suited for everyone, and it plays a crucial role in preserving the health and happiness of your skin's protective barrier.
Daily moisturization is essential for your skin's well-being. It serves the dual purpose of infusing your skin with vital hydration and acting as a protective sealant, ensuring that all the carefully chosen skincare products you've applied can work to their fullest potential.
Ideally, you should aim to moisturize your skin twice daily, in both the morning and evening. In the morning, opt for a lightweight moisturizer that won't weigh your skin down, providing the perfect canvas for makeup application if desired. In contrast, the evening allows for a more indulgent, thicker moisturizer, which can work its magic while you sleep, aiding in overnight skin repair and rejuvenation. By adopting this consistent skincare routine, you can achieve and maintain skin that radiates health and beauty.
Add in retinoids
Retinoids include all vitamin A derivatives among which retinol is the most common. They sink into your skin to boost cell turnover and trigger collagen production. This allows them to reduce breakouts, dark spots, and fine lines, thereby causing your body to nourish smoother and fresher skin.
You are not likely to achieve any significant changes until four to six months of consistent use. As good things take time, be patient to reap the benefits of this so-called “miracle product”. Also, sunscreen is a must if you use retinoids since they make your face extra sensitive to the sun.
Seal in all the goodness with face oils
No products can penetrate face oils but they can easily penetrate serums, treatments, and moisturizers, meaning they need to be applied last. At the same time, they seal in all the layers of skincare products you have just applied and prevent them from evaporating.
Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, face oils are not reserved for dry skin only. Certain oils like aloe and marula oils can soothe sensitive skin whereas jojoba and rosehip can reduce excess oil in acne-prone skin. Just make sure you always apply face oils last.
We know we already described the last step in the perfect skincare routine, but if you follow this 8-step procedure in the morning, add in the 9th step by wearing sunscreen and the 10th one by using our supplement for skin beauty for it to be effective. That way you can keep early aging signs and skin cancer at bay!