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Don’t be intimated by the number of products you have to use when it comes to skincare; whether you want it to be a 3-step routine or a full 10-step regimen, just make sure to apply the products in the correct order and you’ll be fine.
In both your morning and nighttime routine, start with cleaning your face! If you applied makeup, remove it first then wash your face with a cleanser that suits your skin type. Cleansing the face is an essential step to your routine as it removes grime and residue that hass built up overnight or through the day. With a clean face, active ingredients of your skin care products will be properly absorbed by your skin.
Toners are used to remove dead cells and dirt left behind after cleansing your face. It also works to unclog pores, prevent breakouts, and dissolve blackheads overtime, but make sure that get a toner that has either BHA (beta hydroxy acid) or AHA (alpha hydroxy axid) to get the job done right.
“Serums are essentially just shots of extremely concentrated nutrients, hydrators, and antioxidants that really amp up your skin health as soon as you apply them,” says Dr. Gohara. We have free radicals on our skin that could cause damage to our skin, and serums are anti-oxidants to protect the skin, such as by improving texture and firmness. In the day, it’s recommended to use Vitamin C serum to help brighten skin and decrease dark spots. As for the night, opt for a serum with hyaluronic acid for hydration.
If you didn’t know it yet, the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate. It’s prone to dryness and can show signs of fatigue and aging, but a good eye cream can help brighten, smoothen, and make the skin in that area firm.
Spot treatments are used to treat blemishes, acne, and can help reduce redness and swelling. Apply only a small amount on the spot and leave it to dry. Products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid is best to kill acne-causing bacteria.
It’s known to all that moisturizers are used to soothe and soften skin, but moisturizers also help to seal in products underneath to make them more effective. The choice of moisturizer depends on your skin type; if you’re oily, you may opt for a gel moisturizer, for normal and combination skin, a lotion type would be ideal, while cream is best for dry skin.
Retinols reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing production of collagen or basically speeding up cell turnover. Retinoids also help to clear pores, fade dark spots, smoothen spots, and brighten the skin.
Face oil also helps to leave the skin soft and smooth but at the same time increases the efficacy of the products. Oils also have anti-bacterial benefits and aids in your anti-aging routine. Apply the oil on your face and even up to your neck and gently press onto face.
Applying sunscreen is a critical step in your routine. Applying it helps prevent or reduce risk of certain skin cancers among its many other uses like preventing sunburn and premature aging. You may not know it but even though the sun is not shining bright, you still ought to apply sunscreen. The bare minimum SPF for your face is SPF30.