Following the right skincare routine will allow you to enjoy smooth, radiant & poreless skin. One survey has shown that over 90% of women know that sleeping with their makeup can harm their skin. Yet only 60% of them will invest time & effort to wash away the impurities.
If you want to give your face a luminous look without investing way too much time, you’ve come to the right place! Here is how to do your skincare routine in only 3 steps!
Step 1: Cleansing
Use a cleanser to wash away dirt, oils, and other pollutants which are in your pores. A face cleanser will remove all the traces of makeup, as well as excess impurities. This cleanser will help you remove any debris, and it should be used on every skin type.
Which cleanser should you use?
Light foaming cleanser – This cleanser is very light & foaming, ideal for removing makeup while not drying out your skin. This one foams up and works wonders for oily or acne/sensitive skin.
Gel cleanser – Gel cleansers do not foam up, but they feel very lightweight on top of the skin. This cleanser is ideal for normal skin and anyone who wants that refreshing outcome.
Lotion cleanser – Lotion cleansers have a silky soft texture. These are mostly used by women with dry or sensitive skin. Lotions are usually very creamy, but not that ideal at removing waterproof makeup since they are more so nourishing.
Soap – Women who do not have time to wash their faces usually multi-task with a bar of soap. If you use soap as your daily cleansing method at least make sure that it is very nourishing, hydrating, and that it doesn’t break you out.
How to use it?
Make sure you cleanse your face morning & night. You can use the same cleanser, or you can switch it up morning & night. Apply your product on top of the skin making upward circular movements. Never drag your skin downwards since this step promotes wrinkles. Rinse out the product with lukewarm water in 1-2 minutes after rubbing the product in.
Step 2: Toner
Most women skip on using a toner because they feel like it dries them out. However, toners should be used by any skin type, as well as any age group. Toners help out with removing the leftover impurities that your cleanser didn’t pick off. They also minimize the appearance of pores and balance out your skin tone.
What toner should you use?
Women who have oily skin will love to use a toner. This is because toners shrink pores and calm down oils. Women who have oily skin usually have larger pores, and they produce more oils. You should use something which has bentonite clay or another type of a clay as its active ingredient. Another must-have ingredient is witch hazel.
Women who have dry skin can also bring back the hydration with a toner. If you purchase a toner which has glycerin or essential oils it won’t dry you out, but it will soften your skin and give you a smoother outcome.
If your skin is normal a toner can refresh your skin but also prevent the growth of any ingrown hairs! Strive for something which has hydroxy acid or hyaluronic acid as its active ingredient.
Acne-prone skin should use products which are filled with Salicylic acid.
Combination skin should use something with Lactic acid.
Sensitive skin will enjoy algae or Amino acids.
How to use it?
Apply your toner on top of the skin right after you’ve cleansed it. Make sure it is still somewhat damp. Apply a few drops of your toner to a cotton pad and wipe it over your face. Start at the neck area and make upward motions.
Step 3: Hydration & Protection
You need moisturizer, even if your skin is oily. And you also need an SPF, even it is the middle of January.
A moisturizer will protect your skin from external factors while sealing in all the moisture. You will also feel hydrated throughout the day.
An SPF of at least 30 will protect you from sun exposure during the day. It can also act moisturizing and can serve you as a primer for your makeup.
What moisturizer and which SPF should you use?
You can purchase a cream which has SPF in it. This is great since it is a multi-purpose product which saves you time and your money.
Antioxidants should be your #1 ingredient, no matter your skin type. These neutralize free radicals and give you radiance.
Alpha-hydroxy acids should be in your moisturizer if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
Hyaluronic acid & glycerin are a must-have as an ingredient for dry skin.
Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturizers are a must for women with sensitive or itchy skin.
How to use it?
Apply your moisturizer while your skin is somewhat damp since it will sink a lot faster this way. Make circular motions and let it penetrate into your pores before you proceed with your routine.
You can apply your SPF on top in case your moisturizer didn’t contain any of it.