4 step skincare routine
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Skincare can be very overwhelming these days with brands coming out with new products every other month. When a product goes viral, you feel like you also need it, but I’m here to tell you that sometimes, less is more.
Keeping your skincare routine as simple and as short as possible is important. This stops you from damaging your skin barrier and did I mention that your pockets won’t suffer it too?
In this post, I will share a simple 4 step skincare routine for beginners. This is all you need to maintain a healthy skin. Let’s get into it.
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Step 1: Cleanse
This is the most important part of your entire skincare routine and I can’t emphasize this enough. Cleansing your skin morning and night gets rid of impurities, excess oil, and makeup. When you cleanse properly, this helps you to keep your acne under control as well as your blackheads and whiteheads.
There are so many types of cleansers out there and finding the right one for you starts with knowing what your skin type is.
- If you have oily, combination skin, go for foam cleansers.
- If you have dry skin, go for a hydrating cream cleanser.
- If you want to take your cleansing to the next level, try Double cleansing.
Double cleansing is a skincare method involving two sequential steps to clean the skin thoroughly. You go in with a cleansing oil/ balm to break down your sunscreen and makeup properly and then follow it up with a foam cleanser. Ever since I started double cleansing, I have seen a huge difference in my skin texture.
If you want to know my recommendations, read the following posts:
- Best Korean cleansers for oily skin
- Best Korean cleansers for dry skin
- Best Korean cleansing oils for all skin types
- Best Korean cleansing balms to check out
Step 2: Tone
Although some think that toner isn’t necessary, I believe adding one to your skincare routine takes your skin to a whole new level. Toners are liquid skincare products designed to be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. Applying a toner has so many benefits such as balancing the pH of your skin, removing any leftover residue from cleansing, prepping your skin for the next step of your skincare routine, etc.
Choosing the right toner for your skin depends on your skin type and end goal. There are toners for dry skin, oily skin, and sensitive skin. There are also hydrating toners, exfoliating toners, and soothing toners. I use a lot of toners for different purposes so I recommend you have at least 2 that you rotate regularly. Toner pads too have been popular these days and they are great because they are easier to you and can be used as quick sheet masks.
If you need some advice on the best toners for your skin, I highly recommend you read these posts:
- Best Korean toners for oily skin
- Best Korean exfoliating toners
- Best Korean toner pads ever
- I’m from rice toner review (my favorite toner at the moment)
Step 3: Moisturize
First of all, you have to always moisturize your skin even if you have oily skin. Not moisturizing your skin will cause your skin to produce more sebum which will only make you oiler. Moisturizers provide essential hydration, strengthen the skin barrier, and come in various types for different needs, textures, and times of day. If you have oily skin, you should go for lightweight moisturizers and if you have dry skin, consider going for moisturizers that have ceramides and glycerin.
Here are some of the best Korean moisturizers for oily skin.
Step 4: Sunscreen
At this point, not using sunscreen daily should be considered a crime. Sunscreen made the biggest difference in my skincare journey. I used to struggle with some serious hyperpigmentation and using sunscreen regularly made it fade so much faster and overall, I look younger than my age.
Sunscreen is a crucial skincare product that protects the skin from harmful UV rays. It helps prevent sunburn, and premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Apply sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, and choose one with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF suitable for your skin type, I always go for SPF50. Reapply regularly, especially during extended sun exposure, for effective sun protection.
If you don’t like applying sunscreen, using a sunstick will make the process easier especially reapplication and I recommend you keep one with you, always.
If you need some recommendations, check out the following:
Final thoughts on the 4 step skincare routine for beginners
I hope you enjoyed this post. This is all you need for a basic skincare routine especially if you’re trying to become consistent. Keeping it simple makes it easier to do.
Once you feel like you have this 4 step skincare routine in place, slowly start adding more steps such as serums, retinol, eye creams, etc.