How do I make a skincare routine?

by Cheysa Brito

Have you ever wondered?

What do I really need to apply now, and what can wait for later? How to use it? What do I need to buy according to my skin type and conditions?

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According to Emily Newsom, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The main steps we all should follow are Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Sunscreen. And if you are a beginner. We recommend starting with those basic three steps.

Of course, we can modify and add products depending on your individual skin needs. For instance, if you're struggling with acne and blemishes, you may consider adding a spot treatment

I know buying lots of skincare products is tempting, but trust me, you don't need them all. In fact, keeping your routine simple will avoid overwhelming your skin and yourself. 

Also, remember that you need to apply them in the correct order for your products to be most effective. There are many things to consider, and that's why I encourage and skin consultation. However, a good rule of thumb is to apply by texture, from thinnest to thickest.

Whether you have a 3 or 9 steps routine, the most important is to apply your products correctly. Have a look at the chart below. Save it and keep it next to your product 'shelfie' so you don't miss it out and maximize your skincare routine.

Keep in mind that when adding a new product, add just one product at a time and give it at least two weeks before adding something else. In this way, you can see the positive results and know which product was responsible for the change. Similarly, if you add something and have a bad reaction, you will know which product was responsible for it.

Finally, it is essential to adjust your expectations. A new product can take anything from 2 weeks to 3 months to give results. So, don't give up and don't get discouraged if you don't see a massive change overnight.

Now, after all, the 'good to know tips, let's dig a bit deeper you're your skincare regimen.

1.  Wash your face; this is a must. Morning and night, rinse your face with water and massage in a small amount of cleanser. Rinse and gently pat your face dry with a towel. 

If you are wearing makeup in the evenings, you could use an oil to remove it, followed up with a full-face gentle cleanse.

2.  Apply toner. If you use toner, apply after cleansing your face and before everything else. Spray it over and allow a couple of minutes for your skin to absorb it.

Basically, think of toners like a sip of beer and serums like a straight shot of tequila.

3.  Apply serum. Morning is the best time to use a serum with antioxidants—like a Vitamin C Serum—it protects your skin from free radicals and the Ultra-Violet Radiation. 

At night, use a moisturizing serum with Hyaluronic Acid, which keeps your skin from drying out at night; your skin is regenerating, so make it the ideal time.

4.  Apply eye cream. You could apply regular moisturizer to your eye area. But you could also use a specialized eye cream; typically, layer it underneath a moisturizer. Since eye creams tend to be thinner than face moisturizers. 

5.  Use spot treatment. It's a good idea to use your acne spot treatments at night when your body is in repair mode.

6.  Moisturize; this is a must. Moisturizers hydrate the skin and lock in all the other layers of product you apply.

In the evening, use a thicker night cream. If you have dry skin, you may want to use a cream morning and night.

7. Apply face oil. If you use face oil, make sure to apply it last. After your other skincare products since nothing else will be able to penetrate the oil otherwise.

8.  Apply sunscreen; this is a must. It may be the last step, but most dermatologists will tell you that sun protection is the most crucial part of any skincare regimen. Protecting your skin from UV rays can prevent skin cancer and signs of aging. To know more, click on Let's Talk About Sunscreen Protection.

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