Having a skincare routine is very important if you want to keep your skin healthy and glowing all the time.
Skincare routine is not supposed to be complicated and you should see results a few weeks after committing to it.
In this post, I will be telling you all you need to know about how to create a skincare routine and some tips and tricks that will help you stay consistent and motivated.
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Before we start anything, you need to know that we have different types of skin. My skin is probably different from yours but here are all the skin types we have. Read along and figure out what skin type do you have.
The different skin types
Dry skin produces minimal oils and has a low sebum production level
It may feel tight in certain areas or all over and may have flaky patches and/or rough texture
The skin Can be prone to sensitivity and can sometimes look pale and lackluster
May lack shine
not have a lot of suppleness or elasticity
Dry skin can be caused by many factors including diet, certain skincare treatments, rough cleansing, natural aging or weather changes.
Oily skin often looks greasy and thick
The pores of the face are enlarged, and oily skin is more prone to acne breakouts
The face has a high shine volume throughout.
Oily skin can be caused by genetics, diet, hormone levels, weather, lack of proper skincare and certain cosmetic or skincare products.
1. Problematic skin usually has a lot of acne or chronic breakouts all over the face
2. Whiteheads, blackheads and cystic acne are common.
3. The pores are usually enlarged or clogged.
4. Redness and inflammation are very common.
5. The skin is excessively shiny.
Some causes of problematic skin are genetics, diet, stress and bad skincare.
Mature skin has lost some or most of its firmness and suppleness.
The elasticity of the skin is also lessened.
There are wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
The skin loses its ability to retain its form after being stretched
There are less collagen and elastin in the skin, these are proteins that build skin.
Skin looks thinner and brown spots appear
The dead skin cells shed a lot slower
The skin often looks tired and dull
The skin may have an uneven color and texture
Causes of maturing skin include changes in the body and the natural aging process and your genetics.
* Sensitive skin is easily inflamed and irritated.
* Sensitive skin has many different triggers before becoming inflamed such as cleansing or simply touching the skin.
Symptoms of inflammation include redness, dryness, and flakiness.
Some causes of sensitive skin include allergies, low tolerance to certain skincare products, circulatory problems, environmental factors, medications, stress, and age.
If you have this skin type, you don’t know what the Lord has done for you. How does it feel to be God’s favorite?
Skin is plump and supple. The skin has an even texture and color tine
Normal skin does not have excess oil
Breakouts and pimples are uncommon
The skin is firm and has an overall healthy appearance
This is my skin type. Girl, I have to tell you this skin type is not for the weak.
Combination skin means there is more than one skin in different areas of the face.
A common example of this is oily skin in the T-zone area, which is the forehead and the center of the face, and dryness on the cheeks.
So what’s your skin type? Still can’t figure it out? I gotcha! Take this easy tissue test.
How to determine your skin type
1. Leave your face as it is without applying any cream or lotion.
2. After a while, take a tissue and press it at the T-zone. The T-zone is
the forehead area and the nose area.
3. Take a good look at the tissue.
Here’s a quick look at the different skin types reaction after the test:
• Oily skin: oil on the tissue and shiny face with large open pores.
• Dry skin: pores are small and the skin feels stretchy and very dry after soap
application and there are signs of flaky skin and also dead skin.
• Combination skin: the T-zone will be oily but the parts of the face like the cheeks
and the other parts will be dry. This is the most common skin type.
• Normal skin: there will be no shine/oil and no flakiness as well. The skin will feel
smooth and healthy. If you have this skin type, congratulate yourself because you
are one lucky person.
• Sensitive skin: there will be irritation due to scented soap or cleansers.skin
might start burning(I don’t mean it will be on fire, please) when exposed to heat.
Weather change can also cause irritation.
Finding out your skin type is a step closer to choosing the perfect skincare
products. When I did this test, I found out that I had combination skin and now I
buy products for combination skin only and my life has been so much easier. It’s
Now that you have figured out what your skin type is, let’s talk about creating the skincare routine.
Steps to include in your skincare routine
If you’ve watched YouTube videos about your favorite YouTuber doing their skincare routine, you will notice that they do a lot of steps, probably up to 15 steps. Let me be honest with you, ain’t nobody got time for that. As a college student, I always try to do things as fast as possible and I love things that will not take too much of my time. I don’t even think they also do those steps every single day. That’s a lot to handle.
I will be listing only the most important steps you need to add to your skincare routine and in the order that they should be applied to save you the stress. You’re welcome.
step 1: Cleanse
For most skin types, excluding oily, a gentle cream cleanser should do the trick. Cleansing properly is very important because you want to get all that dirt and oils off your face. Choose a great cleanser that is perfect for your skin type. for cleansing, I love to use black soap. it just gets the job done perfectly Read my story here about how I cleared all my acne in one week using black soap.
step 2: Exfoliate
Your skin is always regenerating and shedding old skin cells and if you don’t remove them then they can pile up on your face and affect your makeup and the look and quality of your skin overall.
The amount of exfoliation varies but the general rule is to exfoliate every week.
Some exfoliants are made specifically for everyday use.
I like to exfoliate every 3 days using my favorite homemade body scrubs because it justs makes my face and body smooth and it’s inexpensive.
step 3: Tone
Toners are products that prepare your skin to absorb the nutrients from any products you apply. I love these drugstore toners and when I’m feeling creative, I make this DIY toner.
step 4: Serums
Serums are concentrated products that give your skin added moisture and nutrients. Serums are specially formulated to be absorbed into your skin for maximum benefits.
step 5: Moisturizer
This is probably one of the most important parts of your skincare routine so please don’t skip it. Your moisturizer not only hydrates your skin but also gives your skin essential nutrients it needs to repair damage and protect itself.
step 6: Sunscreen
SPF is a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine.
Sunscreen is important for your entire body but especially for your face. I would choose a sunscreen that’s oil-free, water-resistant and has an SPF of at least 30. Make sure you always apply sunscreen before you leave your house.
step 7: Lip balm
The skin on your lips is just as important as the skin on your face when it comes to makeup, so you want to make sure you keep your lips moisturized.
As you can see, a skincare routine doesn’t have to be so complicated. All you have to do is to choose your products and start using them. Here are my all-time favorite drugstore skincare products that work like magic.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it.
Do you have a skincare routine yet? What are your go-to products? Tell me all about it in the comments section.
Don’t forget to share this post with your loved ones if you found it extremely helpful and stay hydrated!
my go-to products have to be the dermologica cleansers x
that’s great! I have heard good things about their products but I’m yet to try them. I will check them soon.
These points you mentioned are absolutely necessary for a good skin care routine.
I scrub my lips with a natural loofah in the shower. Removes all those dead cells and gets the blood circulation going.
Jaya Avendel says
My skin is oily; you described the feeling of it being dry after soaping so well!
Lip balm is always part of my purse but, admittedly, I need more moisturizer.