A skincare routine involves regularly going through certain steps in order to help ensure that you have glowing skin each day. It is helpful to have a routine because that minimizes the possibility of making excuses to skip your skincare that day. However, with all of the skincare products available on the market today, it can be intimidating to begin an activity like this. To help you get started, here are the answers to four common questions about skincare routines.
1. What Are the Steps Involved?
You might have some confusion surrounding what skincare steps to take and in what order to perform them. Keep in mind that the steps will vary slightly based on whether you are going through your morning or evening routine.
Cleansing your skin should always be the first step because it removes any makeup and prior skincare products and gets your face ready to absorb the new products. Applying warm water to the face also opens the pores and allows for greater absorption of your chosen ingredients.
When you apply skin toner, you help your skin get rid of any product remaining on the face that cleansing did not wash away. Toner also helps to support the appearance of pores. Like cleansing, you should perform this step both morning and night.
Face serums contain ingredients that help your skin look bright and well-hydrated. Popular ingredients in serums include vitamin C, glycolic acid and retinol.
Some people skip to this step directly after cleansing, but toner and serums help the moisturizer do its job. Your skin should be a little bit damp before applying moisturizer, and trial and error will help you to determine how much of the product you should use for your specific skin type. Moisturizers can be water or oil-based, and which one you choose has a lot to do with whether your skin is dry, oily or a combination of both.
Applying sunscreen is the last step you perform during the day only. Reapply sunscreen regularly if you are out in the sun for long periods of time.
These steps can seem like a lot to remember, but once you get into the habit of doing them, they will start to come naturally.
2. Is Timing Important?
Most people do their skincare routines each morning and evening, and you might wonder whether or not you need to apply your facial products at the same time each day and night. Performing your routine at around the same time each morning and night is helpful for remembering to do the steps and not having to think about making time for the steps.
In addition, you should perform the steps when it works best for you. For example, if you find that you are too unmotivated to go through the process right before bed, you might try doing your evening routine when you get home from work or directly after eating dinner. Timing is also important during the skincare routine itself. For example, you want to wait around 10 to 20 minutes or so between each step, depending on the product, to allow your skin to absorb the product.
3. Does Skincare Differ for Men and Women?
While everyone is different, in general, men tend to have more oily skin as well as thicker skin than women. This means that a man may need to use slightly different products than a woman. However, the steps in the routine itself will remain the same for both men and women.
4. Is It Okay To Change Products?
It can be frustrating when a product does not work how you expect it to or when you suddenly start to have a reaction to a product you have used for a long time. This happens from time to time, so do not hesitate to change products if needed.
The more you know about skincare, the easier it will be to take care of your skin’s appearance.