What’s your skincare regime looking like right now? Is it something you religiously do every single day? Once or twice a week? Or perhaps you haven’t mastered one yet?
If you haven’t, we totally understand.
After all, there’s not just one skincare routine that’s right for everybody’s skin because everybody’s skin is different, be it dry, combination, normal, sensitive or oily.
Ideally, though, we should all be in the habit of taking care of our skin with a good skin care routine.
Keep reading for practical advice on establishing a skincare routine.
Why a skin care routine is important
We should all have a good skin care routine.
Why? Because looking after your skin, in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and upwards with a daily skin routine can:1
Keep your skin in good condition
Skincare routines can help prevent breakouts, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and help keep your skin looking and feeling great.
The best skincare regimes exfoliate dead skin cells, moisturise skin and give it the nutrients it needs for a healthy glow.
Help skin stay looking young
The older we get, the slower our skin cells regenerate, which can lead to dull-looking skin in the process.
Skincare routines help with removing dead skin cells and encouraging the development of more youthful cells, not to mention, skin-plumping collagen production.
Last you a lifetime
The sooner you start taking care of your skin and giving it the attention and nourishment it needs, the less likely you are to experience issues.
This applies to whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and over, everybody’s skin is grateful for some dedicated daily TLC.
Help boost self-confidence
When you look in the mirror and you like what you see, e.g. your hair looks great, your skin looks healthy and your eyes are sparkling, what’s not to love?
Skin routines are central to good skin, and when your skin looks good, you can’t help but feel good, and more confident, too!
What is the best skin care routine?
Every skincare routine differs depending on your skin type and lifestyle, but there are a few important tips that everyone can take on board.
Every morning and evening, begin by washing your face with warm water.
You’ll need a cleanser that’s been designed for your skin type, and when you’re cleansing you should use upward strokes and massage your skin.
This should help stop any wrinkles forming.
When it comes to washing it off, make sure you use a fresh, warm flannel or muslin cloth and you don’t miss any areas of your face.
Take time to massage in a moisturiser and never, ever, go to sleep while still wearing your makeup.
If you can, avoid facial wipes as they can irritate your skin.
Use clean makeup products
To help keep your skincare products as free from bacteria as possible, try to wash your makeup brushes once a week and never leave the lids off your products.
If you’re going to spend time outside, wearing a sun cream is a must. You need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays all year round.
Choose a factor 30 sun cream, with a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars, at the very least.
Sun damage can increase your chances of skin cancer and cause your skin to age prematurely too.
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It’s important you remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day as you want your skin to be hydrated.
If you can, try to apply a face mask once a week. There are plenty of natural face masks for you to pick from and they’ll give your skin a big boost.
- We should all have a good skincare routine, regardless of our age
- The best skin care routines can keep skin in good condition
- They can also help skin stay looking younger for longer and boost self-confidence
Skin care routine steps
Not sure what to apply and which order to apply it in?
When you’ve got more than two or three products to think about; some just for the morning and some just for the evening, it’s not always easy to know when to use them.
If in doubt, follow these skin routine steps:2
Morning skin care routine
It’s the number one step and one of the most important steps because it cleans your skin.
In order for your skin to absorb any of the ingredients in steps 2 to 8, it needs to be squeaky clean – e.g. free of oil and dirt.
There are plenty of natural cleansers available for you to choose from.
Toners help prime your skin for the products you are then going to apply to it. It helps it to absorb ingredients better too.
Pro tip: This is an optional step, you don’t have to apply a toner if you don’t want to.
Serums are essentially a huge dose of skin goodness, i.e. nutrients, hydrator and antioxidants, that can all work wonders for skin.
You don’t have to use serums, but they do carry a lot of benefits.
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Pro tip: Apply Vitamin C serum to protect skin from the environment and damage caused by free radicals during the day. Got sensitive skin? Use it every other morning instead!
Eye creams have a thinner and lighter consistency than face moisturisers, so be sure to apply them before you apply moisturising products to enable them to absorb better.
Generally speaking, apply thinner products first, then layer up with thicker and heavier products.
Pro tip: Use an eye cream that comes with a roll-on applicator. It’ll help reduce any puffiness, especially if you keep yours in the fridge so it’s nice and cold when it comes to using it.
If you’re using retinol at night, and are in need of spot treatment, then you may want to use it in the morning, to give your retinol chance to work at night.
Make sure you apply it before your moisturiser so that it can properly sink in.
Pro tip: Use either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for spots. Benzoyl peroxide kills blemish -causing bacteria and salicylic acid dissolves oil and skin cells.
Now, this isn’t a step you should be skipping.
Moisturiser is compulsory and should be applied morning and night (no excuses).
Why? It keeps your skin barrier healthy and enables it work effectively as a barrier.
It also helps seal in all of the ingredients from the products you applied in steps 1 to 5.
Pro tip: Give your moisturiser time to properly sink in (around five minutes) before applying your make-up.
Face oils are what’s described as being ‘occlusive’; they seal in all the ingredients and moisture from your skincare products.
Over time, this can lead to softer and smoother skin.
Unlike other skincare products, sunscreen or SPF, doesn’t sink into the skin.
It sits there, protecting skin against the sun’s UV rays and other free radicals, which is why you can apply it after oil.
It’s non-negotiable too, always apply an SPF of at least 30. Every. Single. Day.