Cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen. This basic skincare routine can get you through your early 20s. But as we age or develop skin concerns, this basic regimen might not provide the nourishment that your skin needs. We’ve put together this guide to show you ways to improve your skincare routine and achieve your glow goals.
1. Determine your skin type
Are you using the right product for you? Knowing your skin type helps you choose the right products for your routine.
For sensitive skin
Avoid products with alcohol, fragrances, and sulfates (for cleansers).
Stay away from preservatives such as formaldehyde or parabens as it can cause allergic reactions as well. The key to taking care of sensitive skin is choosing gentle products with only the essential ingredients.
For oily skin
Hydration is the key to good skin, and that goes for managing oily skin too. So stay away from alcohol-based toners and astringents which can cause your skin to dry out and lead to even oilier skin. If you have oily skin, you can be more prone to acne so make sure that your products are non-comedogenic – which means that these products won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts.
Exfoliation is very important if you have oily skin. Look for products that contain salicylic acid which can help reduce excess oil, but make sure to keep it gentle and not overdo it.
For dry skin
If you have dry skin, it's important to choose skincare products that are specifically designed to nourish your skin. Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. Rich moisturizers are your best friend and you can even get away with facial oils for that glowy finish. For added moisture, you can also incorporate mists and essences to your routine.
To make it easy for you, we’ve curated a 5-step Hydrating Bundle that targets all your dry skin needs. This ultra-hydrating and rejuvenating set includes the Hit Refresh Gel Cleanser, Fine Print Serum Mist, Water Melt Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Glow Theory Gel Moisturizer, and the Finishing Touch Facial Oil. This bundle is a deeply hydrating blend of hyaluronic acid and nourishing oils to lock in moisture, plump and smooth the skin, while providing the ultimate hydration.
2. Cleanse properly
Proper cleansing removes dirt, oil, and makeup, and prepares your skin for the rest of your routine. It’s important to only use a gentle cleanser in the morning to avoid over-stripping your face. Before you retire for the night, double cleansing is a must! Double cleansing involves using an oil-based cleanser first to break up make-up and sunscreen before coming in with a water-based cleanser to thoroughly cleanse your face. Alternatively, you can use a micellar water as your first cleanse, but the consistent use of cotton rounds can be harsh to the skin.
3. Exfoliate regularly
If you feel like your pores are often clogged up with whiteheads and blackheads, you might not be exfoliating enough. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and promotes cell turnover, helping to reveal smoother, brighter skin. You can exfoliate your skin by using physical exfoliants like scrubs, and chemical exfoliants like AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids). Make sure to exfoliate once or twice a week ONLY to avoid damaging your skin barrier.
4. Moisturize effectively
Moisturizing helps to hydrate and nourish your skin, making it softer and smoother, so choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type and use it consistently. If you have oily skin, a gel moisturizer might be best for you. If you have dry skin, a richer cream moisturizer or face oil might be your choice.
5. Protect your skin from the sun
No amount of serums, toners, or treatments can take better care of your skin like sunscreen does. Sun damage can cause premature aging, dark spots, and even skin cancer, so always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply regularly when spending time outdoors.
6. Incorporate serums and treatments
Serums and treatments are targeted products that can help address specific concerns, such as fine lines, dark circles, or acne, so look for ingredients that suit your needs and apply them after cleansing and before moisturizing.
7. Take care of your skin from the inside out
Eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep can all contribute to healthier, more radiant skin.
8. Don't forget about your neck and hands
Your neck and hands can also show signs of aging and sun damage too, so be sure to extend your skincare routine to these areas (especially SPF!)
1. Add Face Masks
Face masks are a great way to give your skin an extra boost of hydration, nutrition, or detoxification, depending on the ingredients. Incorporate a mask into your routine once or twice a week for best results.
The Instant Edit Resurfacing Mask is a potent mask that harnesses the clarifying benefits of AHA and BHA to reveal a softer, more radiant complexion. A powerful blend of glycolic, lactic, malic and salicylic acid work to exfoliate, even skin tone, and improve skin texture. Made in Japan.
2. Eat More Plant-Based Food
Eating a diet rich in plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, can provide your skin with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote skin health and radiance.
3. Include Vitamin D3 in Your Routine
Vitamin D3 is essential for overall health, including skin health, as it can help reduce inflammation, promote collagen production, and support a healthy immune system. Consider taking a Vitamin D3 supplement or incorporating foods rich in Vitamin D3 into your diet.
4. Facial Massage
Massaging your face can help increase blood flow, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and promote relaxation, all of which can benefit your skin. Use gentle, upward strokes with your fingertips or a facial massage tool to massage your face for a few minutes each day.
A note from Italic
In conclusion, boosting your skincare routine can have numerous benefits for your skin's health and appearance. It's important to remember that consistency is key, and that it may take time to see results, but with patience and dedication, you can achieve your skincare goals and maintain healthy, radiant skin for years to come.