HOW TO BUILD A SKINCARE ROUTINE

Whats your new skincare routine going to be

Written by Abbi Ryan

Abbi Ryan is a contributing author and a creative director at Dr. J's Natural with a passion for all things health and wellness. As a former college athlete and fellow health enthusiast, Abbi aims to share her thoughts and research about the important things that will help create a happier and healthier lifestyle. In her spare time, Abbi enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and painting new pieces of wall decor for her new home!

April 13, 2022

When it comes to a skincare routine, good products aren’t enough to see a change in your complexion. Whether your routine is 3 steps or 10 steps, for your products to be most effective, they must be applied in the correct order. Follow this skincare routine guide to building your daily routine for the best results for your skin!

KEEP IN MIND

When building your skincare routine, it is important to remember that your products should be applied in order from thinnest to thickest. Products that are thinner in consistency (like a serum) are going to have a tough time penetrating the skin if a layer of moisturizer (thicker consistency) is already applied.

Also, please keep in mind to READ YOUR INGREDIENTS and avoid harsh chemicals that can cause further damage to your skin. Also, avoid ingredients that are simply there for fragrance, these products may irritate your skin and will not be effective either.

CLEANSER

As a general rule of thumb, cleansing your face once in the morning and once at night is ideal. Wash your face gently, rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.

If you wear makeup, it might be wise to cleanse twice at night. Once to remove makeup (you may also use micellar water) and once to fully clean your face.
Foaming cleansers are generally ideal for those with oily skin while cream or gel cleansers are better for drier skin.

TONER

Toner is the next step of an optimal skincare routine. This step can be optional, however, toners are great for further cleansing the skin before applying your active ingredients.

Face Mist Toners + PCA contain antioxidants that can help get rid of toxins and provide anti-inflammatory effects to the skin. Apply your toner via spray or dab onto a cotton ball and gently spread it onto your face.

SERUMS

Serums are an emerging trend in the skincare industry but with further research, they have become a necessity when it comes to reaching your personal skincare goals.

Antioxidant serums are most effective when applied in the morning. Vitamin C serum is a great example of a morning serum that can be applied to help protect your skin from “free radicals” throughout the day.

Hydrating serums are most optimal when applied at night, so look for a good hyaluronic acid serum that can hydrate overnight. A hydrating serum is especially useful if you use a lot of acne spot treatments and more intense products that can dehydrate your skin when not replenished.

Whatever serums you choose, remember to apply water-based serums before moisturizers and oil-based serums after moisturizers during your routine.

EYE CREAM

This is certainly an option step that should be utilized according to your specific needs. Since eye creams tend to have a thinner texture, you’ll want to layer this product underneath your moisturizer. Eye creams can help reduce puffy eyes, dark circles, and crow’s feet that often appear as you age.

As an alternative, you can apply a layer of moisturizer to your under-eye area instead. The skin under your eyes is very thin and requires hydration in order to avoid signs of aging too soon.

SPOT TREATMENT

Acne spot treatments are best used at night. Nighttime is when your skin goes into repair mode, so choose a spot treatment that is effective but not too harsh on your skin.

Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are both very drying to the skin and can cause irritation when paired with retinol treatment. Adapalene is an acne treatment retinoid that has acne-fighting benefits that can help with breakouts.

Spot treatment should only be used in very small doses and applied to acne spots and blemishes at night.

MOISTURIZER

Moisturizer is one of the basic necessities in any sunscreen because good skin hydration is a major factor in your skincare routine. This step can also help hydrate your skin while locking in all of the products you’ve just applied.

Choose a moisturizer that has active ingredients such as ceramides which help with nourishing the skin.

Day moisturizers often contain SPF which can be useful if you want to combine steps in your skincare routine. Night moisturizers can have a thicker texture since most repair of the skin cells happens at night and hydration is necessary for cell regeneration.

SUNSCREEN

Sun damage is the main cause of rapid skin aging and a number of other skin conditions. Sunscreen is the last step in your daytime skincare routine and this is a must-have. If your moisturizer does not contain SPF, apply sunscreen to your skin as the final step before starting your day. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are the best option because they are formulated to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation.

THE BASICS OF A GREAT SKINCARE ROUTINE

A 7-step skincare regimen isn’t for everyone, and for some, it’s even longer. However, it is important to get the basics in twice a day in order to get the best results. Cleanser, Toner & Moisturizer are the major steps in your day-night routine and sunscreen should always be the last step during the day. Sticking with these 3 major products can also produce skincare benefits.

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