How do I start a skincare routine and why is so important?
Nowadays, it seems like everyone is talking about skincare, which products to use, which ingredients to avoid, etc. But you might be asking yourself how do I start a skincare routine and why is it so important? Skincare and a skincare routine are different for everyone as it depends on your skin type and your skin condition, for example, if you have dry or oily skin, or if you are male or female.
Let’s start at the beginning: Why is having a good skincare routine important?
First, it helps your skin stay in good condition as throughout the day our skin sheds cells and with good skincare, you can help your skin stay clean and nice looking. Secondly, it can make you look younger as quality skincare can help you look more radiant and treat wrinkles. Finally, skincare can often prevent skin condition and skin problems, like acne, which is often easier (and cheaper) than getting treatment for them after they happen.
So how should you start your skincare routine?
Most importantly, you need to find out what your skin type is and what products and ingredients are going to work for you. This might be done by trying different products before finding the perfect one. Important details to clarify are if you have oily or dry skin, if your skin is easily irritated and if you might be allergic to any ingredient often used in skincare. The most basic skincare routines involve a cleanser to wash your face, a serum, a moisturiser and sunscreen.
What is the best time to do skincare?
In the morning, our skin is the most sensitive, since hormonal activity at this time is highest, meaning this can trigger allergic reactions and cause sensitivity, itching, redness or inflammation. During this time, it is best to use a calming face wash, to wake you up and gently clean your face.
In the morning you should also put on a serum that can keep your skin healthy and reduces damage caused to it during the day. In general, morning routines also include moisturiser to give your skin some hydration throughout the day. Finally, it is important to put on sunscreen before you start the day as it protects the skin from sunlight, which can severely damage your skin in the long run. Throughout the day if you are feeling like your skin is not hydrated anymore and feels tight and dull you could use a bit more of your moisturiser.
Finally, at night you should apply serums and creams that have anti-ageing ingredients, for examples. Before bed, you don’t need to worry about protecting your skin from the sun or other pollutions which means that you can focus on creams that work on regenerating and repairing your skin. However, before you apply your creams, make sure to use a cleanser to clean anything off your face that might block the other products from working properly and effectively.
Should I do my skincare routine twice a day?
Your skincare routine can be longer or shorter depending on the day, as some products like masks or exfoliators are not to be used daily. What you should use twice a day is a cleanser which helps you have a clean face to apply products to, as well as washing away any dirt, bacteria or grease that has built up throughout the day. Another step from your skincare routine that should be done twice a day is a moisturiser, often you have a different moisturiser at night than in the morning, but you should still include this step in both routines. However, sunscreen should be applied daily but only in the morning, there is no need for it to be applied before bedtime. Serums are another product that should be used twice daily but there might be different serums depending on the type of day. But a product that treats spots, for example, should be applied as needed, meaning when you are aware of a spot on your face. Moreover, as mentioned before, masks and exfoliators should be used once, maximum twice, a week as they can be too harsh on your skin when used often and leave it red and irritated instead of providing their actual goal of smooth skin.
What should my morning skincare routine be?
By now you have read a lot about products applied in the morning and products applied at night. So, what should your morning skincare routine look like? Here a small guide of a basic skincare routine done in the morning:
First up is a cleanser, this will get rid of dead skin, pollutants, oils, dirt and bacteria that might have built up during your sleep. A cleanser will also prep your skin to absorb the following products as intended to guarantee the best results. Which cleanser you should use depends on your skin type, there are more oily cleanser or more exfoliating ones that could harm your skin more than help, depending on your skin conditions and type.
Next should be a toner, it helps further primer your skin to absorb active ingredients from the following products. Here again, the toner you should use depends on your skin type as some have different levels of exfoliation.
After toner you should apply a serum, this will work deep in your skin and provide it with antioxidants that protect the skin from daytime stressors or pollutants. Again, make sure to find a serum that works for your skin type.
The second to last step would be moisturiser, but if you want to include an eye cream it should come before this step. Moisturiser hydrates your skin while also keeping that hydration locked in throughout the day.
Finally, you should also put on sunscreen before leaving your home as it prevents UV damage, which helps to keep your skin healthy and younger-looking.
Can I use 2 different cleansers a day?
It is recommended to use two different cleansers a day as they can have a different purpose depending on if it is night or morning. In the morning, as we learned, the skin is sensitive, so a gentle cleanser is a better choice to start your day off with. However, at night your skin will have more to clean off, as well as having make-up to remove. A stronger cleanser might be more effective here as it can clean your makeup if you are wearing any, while at the same time washing away the dirt and bacteria that has gathered on your skin throughout the day. You could even double cleanse at night if you are feeling like your skin is not fully clean after one wash.
What’s a good daily night face routine?
A good daily night face routine should be different from your morning routine, as your skin naturally repairs itself at night, you should use products and treatments that give your skin what it needs. As mentioned before, a stronger cleanser or even a double cleanse can be effective at night, as dirt, oil, bacteria, or even makeup can build up and block your pores throughout the day. After that, you should use a toner which is used and applied just as in the morning. Toner preps your skin to take in different active ingredients in other products that follow this step. If you use eye cream for dark circles or crow’s feet, this is the next step in your routine. After this, products such as treatments, serums or peels should be applied next. These products depend a lot on your skin type and conditions as they have very different results. Overall, these products are used to help skin with its repairing, restoring, and regenerating. The last step in your night face routine should be moisturiser or night cream, the only difference that night cream is generally thicker and heavier, as they are designed to be absorbed over several hours.
What are the best skincare products?
To help you start your new skincare routine, here a few of dermoi‘s best skincare products:
1. iS Clinical Cream Cleanser. This cleanser soothes and reinforces a dry skin barrier, while also deeply cleaning pores and skin without causing irritation. It can be used as an eye makeup remover and will leave your skin with a silky-smooth finish.
2. Rejuvenating Serum. This serum will take care of all signs of ageing skin such as wrinkles, fine lines or sagging. It will leave your skin looking youthful and radiant.
3. Jan Marini Age Intervention Face Cream. This moisturising face cream will help target the changes in ageing skin while also healing it from cumulative sun exposure. Of course, it will also keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
4. Heliocare 360 Mineral Tolerance Fluid. This SPF cream will protect your skin against UVB, UVA, HEV (high energy visible lights) and Infrared damage. It also prevents photo-ageing spots, hyperpigmentation and does not leave a whitening effect.
5. Skin Care Management System Normal Combination Skin. If you want to buy one skincare package/bundle that has everything you need for a basic face care routine, this is the one for you. This skincare set includes the Bioglycolic Face Cleanser (237ml), the C-ESTA Face Serum (30ml), the Bioclear Face Lotion (30ml), the Transformation Face Cream (28g) and the Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF33 (57g). This will give you a basic well rounded skincare routine all in one set.
Is a new routine necessary when working from home?
Working from home and the pandemic, in general, has left people in a situation of stress or a bit unmotivated to do their skincare, this all might have resulted in acne or other skin conditions. During these times you might want quick and easy products or even need completely new products due to new skin problems appearing. So, this might leave you with a new skincare routine being necessary. Here again, it is important to know what your skin needs, and you might have to try new products again until you find one that works for you.
But it is important to note if your skin did not change due to working from home and you are happy with the appearance of your skin, you can definitely stick to the routine you already have.
Author: Julie Heinisch