When you take good care of your skin, you’ll see it right away. It’s something that should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, but it’s also the kind of thing that, even if you struggle with your diet or you don’t exercise as much as you should, anyone can do. The hardest part of skincare is getting into a good routine, but once you do, you’ll soon fall into the good habits that will leave your skin looking and feeling great.
Read on for some ideas on how to build a skincare routine so you can start taking care of the biggest organ in your body (or, should we say, on it).
Identify Your Skin Type
The first thing you’ll need to do when you’re creating your perfect skincare routine – one that you can do every day, no matter where you are or what you’re doing – is to identify your skin type. Unless you know what kind of skin you have, you won’t know what kind of skincare is going to be best for you. There will be products that are specially formulated to work with your own skin type, and using these rather than products that aren’t going to help, is very important.
Skin types include oily, dry, combination (some areas are dry and some are oily), and sensitive. It’s fairly simple to determine which type you have just by touch and sight, but if you have sensitive skin you might have to think back to any products you used in the past that caused a reaction – if this happened, your skin is probably sensitive.
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize
The trifecta of cleanse, tone, and moisturize is something that many people have heard of, but not everyone pays attention to when it comes to their skin. The best skincare routines are going to include all three of these elements, in that order, and it should take place twice a day.
Begin by cleansing your skin to remove any bacteria, dirt, or makeup that might be lingering. Even if you’re using specially formulated makeup that is kind to your skin (such as vegan foundation makeup), you’ll still need to remove it before you can thoroughly cleanse. Next – and this is the part that many people forget – you should use toner on your skin. Toner removes the last of the impurities that the cleanser was unable to get to. Finally, you’ll want to moisturize to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Using a light cream in the morning and night cream in the evening.
As with anything new, your skincare routine may not start to show improvements in your skin for a few days or even weeks, depending on your skin type and how long it’s been since it was taken care of. That doesn’t mean you should give up on what you’re doing though; it’s all about being consistent.
How to Build a Skincare Routine
On average, it will take about a month before any truly noticeable changes manifest, so if nothing happens after that time, you might want to try out some different products until you find the one or ones that work best for you. Whatever you do, though, don’t stop taking care of your skin.