How to Start a Skincare Routine

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Introduction

You may have heard that our skin is the largest organ on the body. Since our skin encompasses the whole of who we are it makes sense that it deserves special care and attention to maintain its health and vibrance. Starting a skincare routine can be overwhelming with the plethora of products, videos, and influencer thoughts available. I myself struggled to get started with a skincare routine and felt like I was swimming against the current. However, this blog post will walk you through some essential steps to establish a simple and effective routine to get you looking your best.

Step 1: Figure Out Your Skin Type

The first step when building a skincare routine is to identify your skin type: oily, dry, combination, or sensitive? You have to understand your skin type in order to pick the most effective products that will work with you rather than against you. For example, if you have oily skin, you may need noncomedogenic (non pore clogging) products while those with dry skin may seek out products with hydrating ingredients.

Step 2: Start with Cleansing

Cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine, it makes up the foundation. To start you can begin with washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Cleansing is the best way to remove dirt, excess oil, or makeup each day. In order to maintain a healthy skin barrier, make sure to look for a gentle cleanser that does not strip your skin of all its natural oils. The cleanser should be suited to your skin type.

One gentle cleanser is La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser. This cleanser contains niacinamide and ceramides as well as prebiotic thermal water to gently remove any excess oils, makeup, or impurities without stripping the skin.

Another well known gentle cleanser perfect for those beginning a skincare routine is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. This cleanser is hypoallergenic, paraben and sulfate free, as well as fragrance free which makes it perfect for those with sensitive to normal skin.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Now the next step that you can add into your skincare routine is to exfoliate BUT don’t go overboard. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells from your face to reveal brighter vibrant skin underneath. However, exfoliation can lead to irritation and dryness so start SLOW. You can exfoliate 1-2 times per week to begin with. You can try a mild exfoliant or chemical exfoliant that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).

Step 4: Target Specific Concerns

If your skin is struggling with specific concerns like acne, fine lines, or hyperpigmentation then you can use targeted products to address those concerns. For example, if you are looking to target fine lines and wrinkles you may choose a product with retinol and if you are struggling with acne, you may seek out products that contain salicylic acid.

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is especially delicate which means it can be more prone to dryness or fine lines. If you are looking to target wrinkles and fine lines you can opt for a product like CeraVe Skin Renewing Eye Cream which contains caffeine and peptides to smooth fine lines and brighten the skin. 

Incorporating an eye cream into your routine can help to ensure that delicate skin is hydrated and moisturized. You can use eye creams to target dark circles and puffiness such as the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream which contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to calm the skin and restore moisutre.

Step 6: Hydrate and Moisturize

Hydration is vital to maintaining healthy skin. Opt for a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that works for your skin type. Even those of you who have oily skin need a good moisturizer to help balance your skin’s natural oils. Look for a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid for some added hydration.

Step 7: Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must for your morning skincare routine. Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can lead to premature aging and risks of cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (at least 30) daily even when its cloudy outside. Also, reapply sunscreen ever two hours.

Step 8: Be Patient and Stay Consistent

It may be hard when we are first starting a routine but staying consistent is key. You have to give the products some time to work so be patient. Try to stick to your routine for 4-6 weeks before expecting results. This will give your skin time to adjust.

Conclusion

Starting a skincare routine can feel daunting but it doesn’t need to be intimidating. The best thing you can do is to start slow and simple. Give your skin time to adjust to each step. Many of these steps are optional especially when you are first starting out. In the beginning it is more than alright to just use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen in the morning. Once you find products that your skin likes then you can start adding in more things like active ingredients or targeted products.

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