Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! I have done quite a few posts about my skincare routine, my favorite products, etc., but what I have not done is a beginner’s guide to utilizing skincare.
There are so many products in the beauty industry that it can be quite overwhelming when you are a newcomer. Well, we all welcome you with open arms on this journey that will literally change your life.
I am here to help you determine the best route to go with your routine and where you can start. So, if you are interested in how you can start a skincare routine and which products to choose, then keep on reading!
Determine Your Skin Type
Before we even get to talking about products or the order in which you should do them, you need to determine your skin type. Skincare products are formulated for different types of skin and knowing which type you are plays a huge role in getting the best product.
Oily Skin– Usually has acne and frequent breakouts. Gets greasy throughout the day and has large pores.
Dry Skin– Has dry patches and flaking. Skin can be sensitive and easily irritated. Your face may feel tight and dehydrated.
Combination Skin- Usually has an oily T-zone and may have recurring acne in specific areas. Combination of characteristics between the dry and oily skin types.
Normal Skin-Does not see the extremely dry or oily side of the spectrum. Skin is relatively clear, but there may be occasional acne.
Adding Products in Slowly
Now that you have determined your skin type, it’s time to start purchasing products and figuring out what works best for you. It is important that you should introduce products one at a time. Introducing too many products at once can shock your skin and if you have an irritation, you will have not clue what product is the culprit.
For example, add in a new cleanser and wait about two weeks before adding in another new product. That time is sufficient enough for your skin to properly test out a product.
What Products to Purchase
Typically when you are shopping for skincare products, there will be descriptions that indicate what skin types a certain product is geared towards. When you are first starting out, that is an excellent thing to follow.
If you are shopping in store and are unsure of this information, ask an associate for help or pull it up on your smartphone. I often research products a lot before I actually pull the plug on purchasing them. Doing it this way means you can read reviews and gain all of the information available.
Here is a screenshot from the Sephora website indicating facts about the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser:
You can also search for products by skin type or concern using the filter tool on websites.
Products Don’t Solve Everything
You can go out and buy the best and most expensive skincare products on the market and still have skin issues. In addition to using good products that work for you, you need to also feed your skin internally.
This includes a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and lots of water! Water is key here! Upping your water intake will help your body flush out all toxins, even the ones from your skin.
If you want to know more about this topic, speak to your dermatologist or physician and see what they recommend. They are trained professionals after all!
Start a Routine and Stick To It
Having all of the products in your bathroom is great, but are you sticking to a morning and night routine? Your skin needs consistency and regular product use will increase effectiveness. Here is my routine for the nighttime:
- Makeup Removal
- Facial Oil
- Face Mist
Keep in mind that I have very dry skin so a facial oil is a must. If you have any other skin type than dry, this is probably not necessary. My skincare routine has also been developed over years. Do not feel like you need to have this many steps right away.
A basic skincare routine for beginners can include the following steps:
- Makeup Removal (Nighttime only)
- Tone (optional)
I listed toning as optional, but I highly recommend it! A good toner will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt and debris left behind by the cleanser. More importantly, toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.
You can add in serums over time as well as oils if needed. Your skin will appreciate a healthy routine either way!
You can use that same basic routine at night, but maybe instead of a regular moisturizer, try a night cream. At night is when your skin can really reap the benefits of your skincare.
Those are my basic steps and tips for a beginner’s guide to skincare. I hope that you found this information helpful and, as always, if you have any questions feel free to send me a message on any of my social media sites.
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Featured image is source from Garnier.