How to Build a Skin Care Routine: The Perfect 5-Step Skincare Regimen

Building a skincare regimen isn’t easy. But in this article, we will be sharing some tips on how to implement an effective regimen for better skin.

Overview

Millions of Americans struggle with less than perfect skin. While some conditions are more serious than others, it seems that only very few people would say that they are happy with the current condition of their skin.

Skin conditions in America are a rampant problem. Data from the American Academy of Dermatology shows that up to 50 million Americans[1] suffer from acne on an annual basis. That is a significant portion of the population. So why are serious and mild skin conditions so common? One of the main reasons is that people simply don’t approach skincare the way they should. What most people don’t understand is that there are many different skin types and you can’t take a universal approach to caring for your skin.

First, you have to be aware of what your skin type is, what kind of skin problem you are experiencing, and the best way to go about solving it. And a lot of skincare and cosmetic brands don’t necessarily help either. To sell as much of their products as possible, they lead people into thinking that one solution will work for everyone. That simply isn’t the case.

5 Ways To Augment Skin Health

What works for someone else would probably not work for you. In this write-up, we are going to focus on identifying a skincare routine that will be of great help, starting with 5 relatively simple steps.

Step 1 – Identify your Skin Type

Identify your Skin Type
This is perhaps the most important step of all because it will direct the rest of your skincare routine. To identify your skin type, wash your face with a normal cleanser, then pat it dry. Don’t put on any moisturizers, makeup or creams. Wait for about one hour, and then closely observe your skin; how it looks and how it feels. If your skin feels a bit tight when you talk or smile, you likely have dry skin. If your forehead and nose are a bit shiny, you might have normal or combination skin. If your cheeks are also shiny, you could have oily skin.

Step 2 – The Cleaning Process

Now that you have an idea of what your skin type is, learn how to clean it. The general rule of thumb is to cleanse your face twice daily. For normal as well as oily skin, this is ideal. But if you have dry skin, rinse your face with plain water and wash it with a cleanser only once a day. If you have oily or combination skin, try to use cleansers that are oil-free or non-comedogenic as these types of products could clog your pores[2].

Step 3 – Tone

No matter what skin type you have, never use toners that are too harsh or abrasive. Toners that rely on alcohol as their primary active ingredient should be avoided. Instead, look for those that include alpha-hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, green tea, or rose water, as these components are gentle yet chemopreventive and healing[3].

Step 4 – Moisturize

Moisturize
Your moisturizer should be able to help prevent hydration loss on your skin. The best moisturizers are the ones with ceramides. These components create a formidable barrier on the skin, locking in moisture. Moisturize every day, no matter what skin type you have. If you have oily skin, water-based gel moisturizers will work best for you. For normal or combination skin, use a moisturizing lotion that absorbs well. If you have dry skin, an oil-based soft cream would be your best option.

Step 5 – Ensure UV Protection

This is the final, crucial step that you should be incorporating into your skincare routine. After you have done steps 2-4, make sure you apply a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. It doesn’t matter whether you use a mineral or chemical-based sunscreen, make sure you are using one. Even if you don’t cleanse, tone and moisturize daily, at least be sure to apply sunscreen every time you go outside.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I identify my skin type?

The simple guide we described in step one of this article is the quickest and simplest way to determine which skin type you have.

Which type of skin is best?

Type of skin
All skin types have their benefits and drawbacks. All are prone to fine lines & wrinkles. Oily skin isn’t prone to scaling and flaking but is prone to breakouts. Dry skin won’t typically break out but can get irritated very easily. Normal or combination skin is perhaps the best balance, but it still needs very specific care.

How long before a skincare routine works

It depends on your skin. But if you are sticking to your routine every day, you should start to see an improvement within 3 weeks.

Do I need both serum and moisturizer?

Only if you are having significant trouble keeping your skin moisturized. If you have the dry skin type and feel that even the best moisturizers aren’t locking in moisture well enough, you should use a serum as well.

What time should I conduct my skincare routine

You should follow your skin care regimen every morning and every night. You can also do it after you work out.

Conclusion

Remember that the utmost step in your skincare regimen is diligence. You have to stick to your routine every day to see results.

Also, if your main goal is to prevent fine lines & wrinkles, the most crucial parts of your regimen are moisturizing and ensuring UV protection. If you are more concerned with preventing pimples and breakouts, then make sure you are not skipping your cleansing and toning regimen.

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