Guide to Building an Effective Skincare Routine (Pt.1)



Building an effective skincare routine can get pretty daunting. Especially with thousands of products, tips, and routines we see out there, how do we know which does the job? Fortunately, this article will help break it all down.


Why start a skincare routine?


The goal of any effective skincare routine is to give you the essential building blocks to make sure your skin is functioning healthily and is at its best state. Another goal is that it should be complementing or helping you fix any issues that can pop up from time to time. Let’s say that the more you understand and learn about your skin, the more control you have in maintaining your skin’s best and natural state. Sounds amazing, right? 


Healthy Skin Barrier


Before we talk about the products you need in a basic skincare routine, let’s talk a bit about science. This information will help you understand what you need to focus on and why. 

The reason why we slather anything on our face is to maintain and build a strong protective barrier between us and the outside world. The skin that you externally see is actually a waterproof shield that works hard to keep all the good stuff in (collagen, elastin, fatty tissues, amino acids) and the bad stuff (UV ray exposure, invasive bacteria, pollutants) out. 

For the most part, our skin naturally does a really good job in protecting itself against the outside world. But as we age, the skin protecting process starts to deplete. Your skin loses moisture and dries out. Additionally your collagen and elastin production levels slow down, which can eventually cause your skin to sag or form wrinkles and fine lines. We definitely don’t want that! 


Basic Essentials


If you’re starting out your skincare routine, there are four product types that form the foundation:

  • Cleanser

  • Toner

  • Moisturizer

  • Sunscreen

Here’s a quick overview for each step.


Cleanser

The cleanser works to cleanse your face free of dirt, dust, natural oil, and any other residue on your skin. A good cleanser shouldn’t make your skin feel stiff, irritated, dry or tight afterwards. If you’re wearing makeup, you should consider following a double-cleanse method to ensure all traces of makeup are removed from your face. 


Product Recommendations

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser


La Roche Posay Medicated Gel Cleanser

9 Wishes Rice Foaming Cleanser 


Toner


Toner works to rebalance your skin’s pH levels after cleansing. Since your skin’s pH levels go up during the cleansing process, toner works to bring that pH level down to its normal levels. It’s also a step to help bring your skin some hydration and prep it for the next skincare steps.

Product Recommendations

Tatcha The Essence

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Sioris Time is Running Out Mist


Moisturizer


Moisturizer works to repair your skin barrier by delivering essential ingredients to the skin. It also acts to restore moisture and leave your skin feeling smooth, soft, and supple. Apply your moisturizer after your toner to seal in all the moisture.

Product Recommendations

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Make P:rem Micro Tension Cream



Sunscreen


Sunscreen is a MUST when it comes to protection. It acts as protective clothes over your skin barrier whenever you travel outside. Regardless of rain or shine, sunscreen is a priority for keeping your skin looking and feeling youthful. 

Product Recommendations

COSRX Sunscreen with Aloe 

Krave Beauty Beet the Shield

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid

IPKN Big Apple Sun Cream SPF 50


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