How to Build a Good Skincare Regimen

Numerous reasons make us want to look good: we want to feel good, make a first good impression on others, or boost our self-esteem. You may even think that people are treating you differently when you look good, as because of the self-confidence you achieve by looking your best you may also give off more positive energy.

Skin, the largest organ in our body, is one of the most crucial aspects of our lives; it greatly affects our self-esteem, and 3,000 disorders could influence how we perceive ourselves. Waking up with zits in the morning or walking around with flaking skin impacts our mood, choices we make, and how we see ourselves throughout the day. 

Skincare has become an inevitable part of many people’s lives, and the skincare industry keeps growing. Everywhere you look and go, you encounter countless skincare products, and if you still prefer putting toothpaste on your pimple in a pinch rather than start digging through them, you need a better skincare routine. However, you may feel behind skincare trends and may feel embarrassed to ask friends who already sound like experienced dermatologists. That’s why in this article, we will provide you with the essential steps for a good skincare regimen, so you can feel confident in building one for yourself.

Wash Your Face Twice Per Day

Even if you already own numerous skin products, you need to use them in the correct order. Moisturizing your skin before cleaning it wouldn’t make sense, as you would wash out the product from your face. Before applying anything to your skin, you need it to be clean, so it can easily absorb products, and your pores won’t get clogged.

Almost five in 10 people in the United States live in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Air pollution can significantly impact your skin and cause clogged pores, which lead to acne breakouts. To clean your skin from dirt, pollutants, bacteria, and excess oil, you need to wash your face at night and in the morning. Some mistakenly believe using face wash products in the morning is unnecessary, and only water will do the job. However, our skin can accumulate environmental debris even when we sleep, and it’s essential to remove unwanted skin contracts by washing the face in the morning and at night. Those who use makeup should double cleanse the skin at night – remove the makeup with an SPF with a cleansing oil, balm, or micellar water, and then use a regular face wash to wash the face. You can skip this step in the morning and stick to washing your face. Double cleansing is also beneficial to those who have very oily skin or live in one of the most polluted cities.

Consider Using Toner

Toners are water-based formulations, and using them is an optional step to include in your skincare routine. Toners help nourish and hydrate your skin and may prevent clogged pores. There are different types of toners on the market; some contain alcohol, while some are alcohol-free and provide hydration with hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Hydrating toners offer an extra layer of hydration and are suitable for any type of skin. On the other hand, exfoliating toners remove dead skin cells from the skin and usually contain chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid. They can help prevent flakiness and reduce the appearance of pores. Exfoliating toners can be a great addition to your skincare routine if you have normal, combination, or oily skin type. And finally, toners that solve specific skin problems can help you with different skin conditions. Some provide anti-aging properties, and some are beneficial for acne-prone skin. The best time to apply toner to your skin is immediately after washing your face twice per day. Dampen a cotton pad with toner, then swipe it over your face, neck, and chest and allow it to dry before you head to the next step of your skincare routine.

Apply Eye-Cream

Many forget about the gentle skin around the eyes when thinking about skincare products. A pea-sized amount of eye cream around your eyes can help prevent dark circles, puffiness, and other under-eye concerns. You should apply eye-creams after washing and cleansing your face; however, whether you use it before or after your face moisturizer depends on its texture. Sometimes, it may go under your moisturizer, and sometimes on top. Usually, eye creams’ packaging provides instruction on using it and can help you determine whether to use it before or after the moisturizer. It’s best to use eye-creams twice per day.

Apply Spot Treatment

If you are dealing with breakouts and acne-prone skin, you may want to add spot treatments with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or salicylic acid to your skincare routine. The best time to apply spot treatment products on your skin is before moisturizing it. Wait at least for a minute for your skin to absorb the product. Then use the moisturizer around the spots first, so you don’t wipe acne products all around your face – they can irritate your skin, especially the skin around the eyes. Once you cover your face with a moisturizer, apply a small amount over the zits with spot treatment. You can use acne spot treatment products both in the morning and at night.

Moisturize Your Skin

For your skin to keep glowing, you need help to maintain its balance. Moisturizing helps prevent water loss in our skin’s outermost layer and is a crucial part of your skincare routine. It’s best to moisturize skin both in the morning and at night. Products with SPF are great to use during the day, so you hydrate your skin while also protecting it from sun damage. Before bedtime, apply heavier moisturizers with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and dimethicone to help keep skin hydrated. Oil-based lotions are good at night, especially during wintertime, but if you are prone to breakouts, use oil-free moisturizers during the day and apply a lightweight serum at night. Moisturizing should be an inevitable part of your skincare routine, as it helps hydrate, balance, and repair your skin.

Use Sunscreen

And finally, to achieve glowing skin, you need sunscreen. UV rays break down the collagen, can increase cancer risk, and may cause discoloration. Sunscreens help avoid sunburns and premature skin aging and protect your skin from possible sun damage. Products with at least 15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) will help you have healthy and glowing skin. 70.8% of U.S. adults use at least one form of sun protection, and if you aren’t yet protecting your skin from UV rays, it’s time to add sunscreen to your shopping cart and a skincare regimen.

While there may be more to skincare, the steps above are crucial for achieving healthy-looking skin so that you can feel your best.

For recap:

In the morning:

  • Wash your face
  • Use toner (optional)
  • Apply eye-cream
  • Apply spot treatment
  • Moisturize your skin
  • Use Sunscreen

At night:

  • Wash your face
  • Use toner (optional)
  • Apply eye-cream
  • Apply spot treatment
  • Moisturize your skin

Keep a Healthy Diet

There are three main parts of a healthy diet: water intake, nutritious food, and a regular sleep schedule. Nothing helps hydrate your skin more than water. For healthy glowing skin, make sure to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, especially if your skin is looking dull and your lips get chapped often (those are signs of poor hydration).

Forget diets! Dieting can encourage binge eating and you have the risk of bouncing back when the diet is done. Instead, focus on the proportion of the foods on your plate. One fourth should be lean protein, one fourth should be simple carbohydrates (such as rice, pasta, corn, potatoes), and half of your plate should be vegetables. Want something sweet? Don’t punish yourself with a strict diet – enjoy that chocolate and have that glass of wine, but be mindful of your portions.

Sleep is equally important. Did you know that consistent lack of sleep leads to craving sugar, increased stress hormones, and an imbalance of hormones in the body (read cystic acne)? Have you noticed how you want to eat more when your body is exhausted? Energy drinks can only help so much before they become a problem for your heart. Analyze your lifestyle and make space for a regular sleep schedule. You don’t necessarily need to be in bed by 10 PM if your work schedule doesn’t allow it, as long as you have at least 7 hours of interrupted sleep every day. Are you coming home after midnight? Invest in sun-blocking curtains to help you stay asleep. Trouble falling asleep? Try taking CBD+Melatonin softgels an hour before bedtime to help you stay asleep throughout the night. Sore and tight muscles? Apply a layer of CBD+Menthol Sport Cream (enriched with aloe leaf juice and olive fruit oil to nourish your skin) before bed and enjoy a cooling sensation as you fall asleep.

We hope these steps will help you keep your skin healthy, look your best, and feel confident using your skincare products in the right order.