I’m not sure if it’s laziness or the desire to have great skin without having to follow numerous complex steps, but I’m all for simplicity. Simplicity in ingredients. Simplicity in what a particular product can achieve. Simplicity in my routine. Here is a guide for those who also want a fuss free but effective skincare routine.
I will differentiate between daytime and night time routines as these massively affect what your skin needs. I’ll explain. During the day the most important thing is to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Whilst at night, your focus should be on treating any skin concerns you have as your skin works the hardest while you sleep.
Cleanse - there are many different types of cleansers that suit various skin types. Gel, clay, foam and bar cleansers work well on oily and combination skin types whilst cream and Micellar cleansers are good for dry and sensitive skin types. Do some more research to find one that’s right for you. This cleanse should wash off product used overnight.
Tone - it removes any excess dirt/product that your cleanse didn’t get rid of and balances the pH of your skin ready to receive the products that follow.
Moisturise - this step nourishes your skin and provides an extra coating of protection from the harsh effects of the elements. Then depending on what other ingredients are in your moisturiser; it can brighten, deal with pigmentation, dehydration and much more.
Protect - the most important step. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by wearing sunscreen and reapplying throughout the day.
Cleanse - some people favour 2 cleanses - a pure oil based cleanser to begin with, to remove the grime, makeup and dirt of the day - the oil dissolves tough substances like makeup and sunscreen. Followed by using a water soluble cream, gel or other type of cleanser.
Tone - as with the morning step it removes any excess dirt that your 2 cleanses didn’t get rid of and balances the pH of your skin ready to receive the products that follow.
Exfoliate - I tend to favour a chemical exfoliant and as I know I have combination skin I find the BHA variety is better for me. However there are various types (mainly AHA but also PHA). This step is to remove dead skin cells and many agree that it is a magical step. It can help reveal glowy skin under dull, rough looking skin. Also great for helping to clear dark spots left over from blemishes.
Treat - here is where the serums typically come in. What you choose really depends on your skin concerns. There are antioxidants like vitamin c, vitamin e, niacinamide and ferulic acid. Others like hyaluronic acid, retinol, kojic acid and much more.
Moisturise - as with the AM routine it nourishes and hydrates.
Mask - you can do this once or twice a week to treat your skin. Again it depends on your skin concerns; there are a variety of masks (clay, sheet, charcoal, moisturising etc).
Eye cream - from your twenties it’s a good idea to start using eye cream to help maintain elasticity of the skin on the eye lids as well as minimising collagen loss and the appearance of fine lines later on.
Let me know what your skincare routine looks like.