You have probably heard of the eight-step and ten-step skincare routine, but those routines are not the best for your skin or your schedule. Too many products can be overwhelming to your skin and can take a long time to complete. All you need is just three or four products, a few minutes, and you have already gotten yourself a reliable skincare routine. If you have a tight schedule or just want to save time, here are the basic skin care steps that you can follow, both day and night.
Daytime Skincare Steps on the go:
Many people think that you do not need to use a cleanser in the morning because your skin is supposedly already clean, but that is not the truth. As you sleep at night, tiny dirt and dust particles can stick to your skin, so it is important to wash your face with a facial cleanser. The cleanser will also help to prepare your skin for the rest of the products in your skincare routine. The right cleanser can make a huge difference so choose one that is gentle for your skin. If you have any specific skin trouble, like acne, you can get cleansers with active ingredients to help combat it.
Toners are an optional step to a skincare routine, but they work great to add another layer of moisture to your skin. It can also help the other products to absorb better. If you have dry skin or living somewhere that can get quite dry or cold, adding the best toner to your skincare routine can help a lot. Try to avoid alcohol-based toners that can irritate your skin. Instead, go for something gentle and hydrating. If you have acne and tiny bumps on your skin, you can try using a toner with a chemical exfoliant to treat them.
No skincare routine is complete without moisturizer. Whether you have dry skin or oily skin, you must incorporate a good moisturizer into your routine. In fact, not using a moisturizer can cause your skin to get even oilier. That is because your skin is overproducing oils to compensate for the lack of moisture on your skin. You can easily find a moisturizer that will suit you, but a good tip is to get a lighter one for a daytime moisturizer. They will take less time to absorb into your skin and they will not feel too heavy, especially if you plan on putting on makeup later.
The right way to finish off a daytime skincare routine is with an SPF or sunscreen. You must not skip this step of the routine because it will help to protect your skin from the sun. Without daily SPF use, your skin is at risk of premature aging and hyperpigmentation. Get a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for the best protection, and make sure to apply it to your neck and the back of your hands. If you are spending more time outdoors, remember to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours to maintain its effectiveness.
Night Skincare Steps On the go:
The cleanser that you use for your nighttime routine can be the same as the one from your daytime routine. However, if you have used makeup during the day, it is important to double cleanse. This means using an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based dirt and finishing with a water-based cleanser for water-based dirt. This will ensure that every dirt and grime on your skin is thoroughly removed without much irritation. You will have to wash your face twice but if you use the right products, your skin will not end up dry. Once your face is thoroughly cleansed, you can apply your toner or just skip to your serums and moisturizer.
Once you have cleansed your skin and applied toner, you can move on to the next step, which is moisturizing. For your nighttime routine, you can add a serum to improve your skin condition. Serums are optional but they are great for those who need more hydration for their skin, or have specific skin troubles, like acne or dark spots. Serums can have a thicker consistency than other skincare products, so you need to make sure that that product is fully absorbed before moving on to the next step.
As mentioned before, a moisturizer is a must-have step to any skincare routine. Even after applying a serum, you should still apply a moisturizer to seal in all the moisture and hydration. You can use a light moisturizer, like the one in your morning routine, or use another one that is specific for nighttime use. All that matters is that your moisturizer is fully absorbed into your skin before you head to bed. By the time you wake up, your skin will be dewy, plump, and well hydrated.
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