Skincare is everyone’s latest obsession, as it should be. With all of the fun new products out there that promise to solve all of your skin concerns, it’s easy to see why there’s so much hype. It seems there are products in every consistency, with all sorts of ingredients and fun touches like a shimmery unicorn sheen (cute, love it).
But unfortunately, many of these things are just fluff. Just because a product smells good and looks cute doesn’t mean it will do anything to help your skin.
So what should we look for in reliable products to use every day? How many products should you be loading on your face, and for that matter, what order should you use them in?
Here’s what that daily skincare routine should look like.
It All Depends
Before we start telling you what to do, let’s get one thing out of the way first: this process will look a bit different for everyone. We know that’s maybe annoying to hear, but it’s true.
The most important thing is that your skincare routine is suitable for you and your skin. How do you do that? Figure out if your skin is drier or more oily. Is it sensitive? Do you have frequent breakouts or other skin concerns like rosacea or psoriasis? All of these will factor into what your daily routine should look like.
To make it easier on yourself and to make sure you get the products and system that’s perfect for you, you can always count on personalized skin care from Proven. They’ll get you set up with the ideal skincare routine for your skin’s needs and take out the guesswork.
Step One: Cleanse
The first step in your routine should be cleansing. Find either a cream cleanser for dry, sensitive skin, a clarifying cleanser for oily or congested skin, or a foaming cleanser. Whichever face wash works for you, start your regiment by cleansing before anything else. It’s gentlest on the skin to use your hands, but if you prefer a scrubbie or washcloth, that works, too.
Some schools of thought think you should only cleanse your skin once a day, and many of us cleanse twice a day. If you skip the face wash in the morning, you should rinse your face with warm water and then carry on with the rest of your routine.
Step Two: Toner
If you’re into toners, now is your time. The purpose of a toner is just to keep your skin damp while you apply your other products, so you technically can just use a spray bottle of water on your face if you don’t want to invest in one. This step is pretty optional.
Step Three: Serums
Serums work best after you tone/cleanse but before you moisturize. Since they are thinner than moisturizers and absorb into the skin more effectively when wet, do your serum third. There are many out there, so have fun experimenting.
Step Four: Moisturize
This is arguably an essential step in your skincare routine. You know how vital it is to have dried-out skin, but you may underestimate how powerful a moisturizer is if you have acne. Acne is frequently the result of an overproduction of oil to compensate for a dry and irritated skin issue, so moisturizing balances your skin out and keeps it healthy no matter the texture.
Step Five: Night Cream
A night cream is a thicker version of a moisturizer meant to be worn overnight so that your skin has ample time to soak up all the benefits uninterrupted. This concludes your wonderful day of skincare!