When many of us begin a new skincare routine, an overwhelming amount of excitement can often overcome us. We begin our mornings using our new products and end our days restoring the skin. But what if the products are not showing the promised results? This article will explore how you can build a successful skincare routine and discuss how long it will take to see the beneficial results for your skin.
How do I start a skincare routine?
The term ‘skincare routine’ is often passed around social media with no real guidance or advice attached to it. The truth is, in order to start a skincare routine, you must first determine your skin type. There are three common skin types: dry, combination, and sensitive.
Dry skin is usually characterised by rough and flaky skin with fine lines appearing around the forehead and mouth. If you have combination skin, you may experience dry patches in certain areas of the face as well as an excessively oily T-Zone. Finally, sensitive skin is characterised by inflamed and irritated skin, especially after using certain products. It must be noted that there are a variety of other skin types, so make sure to complete some research before committing to a select skincare routine.
A majority of skincare routines contain three important steps: ‘Cleanse’, ‘Hydrate’ and ‘Sunscreen’, so make sure to use products that accommodate these principles. When first using new products, begin applying them gradually, so that you can be assured that each product is safe and suitable for your skin type. Moreover, it is important that you complete the first two steps twice throughout the day, once in the morning and once before you go to bed.
What is a good daily face routine?
Essentially, an effective morning skincare routine should cleanse the face of any harmful toxins that have built up during sleep and prepare the skin for the busy day ahead. On the other hand, an effective night-time skincare routine should clear the pores of any debris collected throughout the day and enable the skin to begin its rejuvenation process whilst you sleep.
A morning skincare routine should expand upon the three previously mentioned steps and allow the skin to absorb the selected products. For example, it is recommended that you use a high-quality cleanser to clear clogged pores and create a brighter complexion for the day ahead. Next, apply a toner to help wipe away any harmful toxins that are still deep within the pores. For an added boost of protection, try using a serum, such as a Vitamin C serum, to neutralise free radicals within the skin and protect the skin’s surface from harmful pollutants. Then apply a gentle, yet effective moisturiser to help hydrate the skin and keep the visible signs of ageing at bay. Finally, apply a layer of sunscreen with an SPF 30+ to help protect the skin from harmful sun damage and keep the skin looking and feeling healthy.
A night-time skincare routine should be slightly simpler, yet still powerful. Begin by cleansing the skin of any makeup or residual dirt that still resides on the face after a long day. Then apply a gentle toner to act as a double cleanse for the skin. Finally, use a thin layer of moisturiser to help boost hydration as you sleep.
How do I know if my skin is improving?
There are a few key signs that help show whether or not your new skincare routine is having a positive effect on your skin. Firstly, your skin should be able to retain an adequate amount of hydration, meaning that it is smooth to the touch and reflects light well. This is because your skin should be less oily, giving it an even and subtle complexion. Moreover, your skin should be reacting well to the products and not causing excessive itchiness or irritation. Finally, a good skincare routine should allow your face to be bright and uniform in colour.
How long does skincare take to work?
The results of a new skincare routine truly depend on the collection of products you are using and the frequency that you are using them. However, studies have shown that on average it can take around 3-4 months to see the beneficial results of an effective skincare routine. Keeping this information in mind, that is why it is so important to be consistent with your skincare routine and do not apply changes so abruptly if the results are not instant.
Why does skincare need so much time to show results?
By applying your skincare products for three months before making any changes, you are allowing your skin to complete three whole lifecycles, giving your skin enough adequate time to transform and show positive results. Moreover, this long period of time allows products to penetrate deeper into the epidermis and dermis, which in turn, allows for more truthful and effective results.
How often should I do my face care routine?
Ideally, you should complete your skincare routine twice a day. The first routine should be completed in the morning and the second routine should be completed in the evening. It is advised that you apply products in order of consistency, using the thinnest products first, then applying the thickest. This allows the products to seep deep into the skin and not get stuck in between the layers of other products. It is important to remember that the goal of an effective skincare routine is not to cure problem areas instantly but to build a strong foundation for healthier skin.
Which products should I use for my type of skin?
As mentioned earlier in this article, there are many different skin types, including dry, combination and sensitive. Here are three products that are specifically designed for each type of skin and they are all available on the Dermoi! online store:
If you suffer from dry and flaky skin, try using the ‘Hydraluron Moisture Jelly’ from Indeed Labs, currently available for £23.99. This lightweight and gentle moisturiser is packed with hyaluronic acid, which helps to increase the firmness of the skin and instantly illuminates your complexion. Adding on to this, the ‘Hydraluron Moisture Jelly’ is free from any fragrances or dyes, making it perfect for sensitive skin. Moreover, this product adds a protective layer to the skin, helping to retain moisture and build better-looking skin over time.
For combination skin, PCA Skin offers the ‘Facial Wash Oily/Problem’ for just £26.06. This powerful cleanser uses lactic acid to lift away makeup, dirt and other impurities, helping to clear the pores on a deeper level. This product is also perfect for acne sufferers as it clears the skin but also reduces harsh inflammation at a surface level.
Finally, if you are looking for an effective sunscreen that can help boost your skincare routine, try ‘Heliocare 360: Water Gel SPF50’. This product is a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which absorbs dangerous UV rays and protects the skin from harmful sun damage. Moreover, this sunscreen also helps to hydrate and repair the skin, giving you ultimate protection and care.
Skincare routines can feel like a daunting step in your skincare journey, especially if you are just starting out. However, a skincare routine should be an individual and carefully crafted procedure, working to care for your skin and your skin alone. If you are looking to optimise your current routine, or build a new one entirely, why not try some of our recommended products and give your skin the ultimate boost?
Author: Melody Day