Putting together a skincare routine can be very confusing and overwhelming at the same time. There are tons of skincare products available at drugstores, and it's easy to get lost. The key is to know your skin needs before you shop. Follow a proper morning and evening skincare routine for flawless skin.
If you’re perplexed where to start, here is a guide to help you design your skin routine according to your skin type.
If your skin is neither dry nor oily, then it is normal. And if acne and ageing aren't your concern, then you can have a basic skincare routine with a minimal beauty product.
Cleanser: Look for a sulfate-free cleanser with a gentle lather. It will remove all the dirt from your skin without stripping away the natural oils. Also, exfoliate your skin with a mild scrubber once a week for deep cleansing.
Moisturiser: A daily moisturiser is a must for all skin types. Apply a light layer on your face. Instead of rubbing it in, press the lotion against your skin for best results.
Sunscreen: You can use a moisturiser with SPF or use a separate sunscreen. This step is very important to delay signs of ageing in the long run.
Cleanser: You must wash your face. It is basic hygiene that everyone should follow.
Antioxidant Serum: For brighter and even-toned, smoother skin, use an antioxidant serum. Watch out for a serum which has ingredients such as Vitamin C and algae extract.
Moisturiser: Last step, apply your favourite cream before going to bed.
Oily or combination skin
Oily skin has larger oil glands and high sebum content. So use products that balance out sebum glands.
Cleansing gel: Use sulfate-free gel or foam cleanser. It will remove all the dirt and excess oil from the skin. Also, keep in mind that a cleanser should remove excess oil without drying out your skin. You should also exfoliate the skin thrice a week to get rid of blackheads.
Toner: If you have acne or oily skin, a salicylic acid-based toner is the best. It will remove excess oil without drying out the skin and also keeps pimples at bay.
Oil-Free/light-weight moisturiser: If you've oily skin, it doesn't mean you don't need a moisturiser. Pick a moisturiser that has glycerin as it helps skin to retain its moisturise. If you have combination skin, light-weight moisturisers are the best.
Sunscreen: Apply a sunscreen that doesn't clog your pores. Zinc oxide sunscreens are the best for oily skin type.
Cleansing gel: Same as morning
Toner: Besides toner, if you have larger pores, you can also use alpha-hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids serum.
Oil-Free/light-weight Moisturiser: Same as morning
Dry skin tends to get dry and has lots of texture issues. The best thing you can do is to restore the moisture and lock it in.
Cleanser: A no-foam, no-lather, super-mild cleansing lotion works best for those with dry skin. However, once or twice a week, one must exfoliate to unclog the pores and for deep cleansing.
Antioxidant Serum: A highly potent serum is important to help prevent collagen breakdown. Look for a serum that has Vitamins E, A, and C. Serum penetrates skin easily than creams.
Hydrating moisturiser: Invest in a cream that helps in repairing your skin’s moisture barrier. Ingredients such as rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, phospholipids, cranberry oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil are good for dry skin.
Sunscreen: Before stepping out in the sun, apply any sunscreen with SPF 30+.
Cleanser: Same as morning
Antioxidant Serum: Same as morning
Eye cream: Dry skin tends to get wrinkles earlier than rest of the skin types. Use an eye cream or a few drop of sweet almond oil under your eyes at night.
Face oil: For extra hydration, apply a few drops of face oil directly on to your face or mix it in with your moisturiser.