There’s no shortage of different skincare products available on the market. Knowing which ones to use is a battle in and of itself.
But even if you have all of the best skincare products out there, they won’t be effective unless you know how to use them properly. You need to apply them in the right order to ensure that you get the best results from each of your products.
The best skincare routine looks different for everybody. It depends on your skin type, the formulations and ingredients in the products, and what time of the day you’re using these products.
Despite the differences in each person’s skincare routine, there are some general guidelines that can apply to everybody. No matter what your skin type or the exact brands of skincare that you’re using, you can still follow the general advice that is provided by experts.
So, what are the guidelines? Here is an easy-to-follow guide for building the perfect skincare routine to give you healthy glowing skin.
Wash Your Face
Any great skincare routine starts with a good old face wash. Use warm water to wash away any dirt and built-up oil on the surface if your skin.
Avoid using a heavy hand and pulling the skin. Gently massage your skin as you wash and pat yourself dry with a soft towel.
Cleanse and Tone
The next step is to apply a cleanser and toner to your skin. Use a rice bran cleansing oil and gently massage it into the skin.
Next, take a toner and place a few drops on a soft cotton pad. Wipe the pad across your face with a gentle hand. If you usually complete your skincare routine in the mornings, avoid using an exfoliating toner.
Apply Serum and Moisturizer
The next step is to apply a serum to your skin. Find an option that contains hydrating components and antioxidants. Search for ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs).
Moisturizers lock in the hydration that has been provided by the serum. Find a lightweight option that doesn’t leave your skin feeling too tacky if you usually follow your skincare routine in the mornings.
For those of you who usually apply your skincare products in the evenings, you can get away with a slightly thicker moisturizer.
If possible, always try to find a moisturizer that contains SPF, especially if you are applying it in the mornings before you are heading outside. If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, you should apply a separate broad-spectrum SPF cream afterward to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays.
Apply an Eye Cream
At the end of your skincare routine, apply moisturizer to the areas of skin around your eyes. Focus on the areas just underneath your eyes that are prone to dryness and puffiness.
Avoid using a hydrating eye cream in the evenings as this can cause fluid retention in the areas of skin around your eyes, causing extra puffiness.