Are you just starting to take care of your skin? No idea what to do or what products to invest in? Do you need skincare tips? This simple, fuss-free guide is just for skincare beginners like you. Remember: everyone should use a cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen, but also everyone has different skin types, so always look for formulas that work for your skin.
Step 1: Determine your skin type
The first step is actually to determine your skin type, which can actually be the most difficult step of the entire process:
If your skin tends to look matte most of the time, or if you experience any itchiness or flakiness, you probably have dry skin. Oily skin, on the other hand, tends to “shine bright like a diamond” all the time, even in air-conditioned rooms. But if you don’t really experience either issue with your skin, then your skin type is normal. And FYI, the occasional pimple doesn’t mean you have acne-prone skin! That skin type means that you experience frequent breakouts, or ones that just never seem to go away.
Step 2: Cleansers
Please don’t wash your face with body soap! Most body soaps contain cleansing ingredients that are meant to get rid of sweat and dirt, but are too harsh for the delicate skin on your face. A good skincare routine always starts with proper cleansing. If you wear makeup, then makeup remover is a must, whether it’s micellar water or an oil-based cleanser. Follow it up with a gentle cleanser like the Cosme Decorte Phytotune Foaming Cleanser. A foam texture will help to gently lift off any dirt or oils that remain trapped in the skin, leaving a fresh clean slate for your next step.
Step 3: Essence/Lotion/Toner
You don’t want to put on a cream moisturiser straight after your cleanser because it won’t absorb well. Instead you need an in-between step, and that’s where essences, lotions and toners come in. Basically you’re looking for watery type things that your skin will drink up after cleansing. Toners contain more clarifying ingredients, so if you have acne-prone skin, something gently exfoliating like the Pixi Glow Tonic, $22, could be your best friend. Essences and lotions are different words for similar things (it depends on the brand!) and are packed with more hydrating ingredients that are great for normal and dry skin types.
Step 4: Moisturiser
Now we are in more traditional moisturiser territory. This step helps to improve your skin’s barrier function and also provide hydration. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, go for a light gel or oil-free texture that will keep your pores clear all day. Otherwise, you can also look for antioxidant-enriched formulas that do double duty by not only protecting, but also improving your skin over time, such as the Alpha-H Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF 15.
Step 5: Sunscreen
Don’t forget about sunscreen! UV damage is one the biggest causes of skin aging, so this step is essential. Gone are the days when sunscreens leave a whitish cast on your skin, so you don’t have any excuse to skip the sun protection. In fact, you can even opt for a tinted sunscreen which provides sun protection and coverage so you don’t have to wear another layer of foundation as well. Try the Anessa Perfect BB Base Beauty Booster SPF50+, $30.90, Watsons for a sunscreen that literally covers all your bases.