Do you have a skincare routine? If the answer is no or “I’m working on it”. I get it, believe me, creating a skincare routine especially starting from scratch doesn’t have to be. However, it can be worth it. Creating a good skincare routine is important for so many reasons, but one of the best benefits aside from the obvious of great skin that is, is the fun of trying new products and seeing the results as well as giving yourself a little time for self-care. Still not sold on the idea? Well, keep reading to learn more reasons you need a routine and my current skincare routine so you can have some ideas for where to start building your own.
3 Reasons Why You Need A Skincare Routine
Self Care: When You Look Good, You Feel Good
Yes I know this sounds like a cliche, but it’s true, at least it is for me. When I complete my skincare and makeup routines, I love the way I look. This year especially, everywhere you look there’s an article about how important self-care is, and yes, as I write this I do realize that I am writing yet another article that talks about the importance of self-care. However, over the past year, I’ve come to realize that all these articles were right and self-care is important. When I started taking better care of my skin or at least better than just cleansing it every day, I felt good about it, like I was actually doing something for my health, even if it was just healthy and better-looking skin. After that, I loved seeing some of the skin issues I was struggling with start to fade and clear up over time.
It Saves You Time During Your Morning Routine
A good routine means great skin which means that if you want to go for a natural makeup look or a natural day with no makeup for various reasons. As I wrote in a guest post last year, good skincare means you can rock a natural look if you are running late or too tired to go through your makeup routine. If you are always wearing makeup then it may feel strange the first time you don’t go through your full makeup routine or decide to skip it all together, but you realize you look great barefaced, then it will get easier.
Prevention Is Easier
I hate to break to you, but great skin is a lifelong journey. Your routine has to change because your skin is going to change and you will have different concerns over time. Nevertheless there are things you can do now to prevent some skin issues down the road which is why I may be in my 20’s but I’m taking care of skin now and although I didn’t do a great job sticking to a proper routine when I was younger, I feel good about the steps I did take for my skin in my teen years.
My Current Skincare Routine
When I first got into makeup, for some reason I was focused on the products and not my skin. The truth is taking care of your skin and figuring out what works for you means that you can feel confident in your skin with or without makeup because your natural look will be great and help your skin to look even better in the moments you choose to wear makeup. However, creating a good routine for your skin is easier said than done in my opinion which is why I’m sharing my current one with you.
When I first started using products in an effort to take better care of my skin, I cleaned it and that was it. Now for some people maybe that was all that needed to be done and if you fall into that group of people, great. I am not one of those people. I was really bad about taking care of my skin even falling asleep in my makeup several times a week and if you don’t know, that is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Nevertheless, when I decided to finally put in the effort to create a routine, it was work, but I’m loving every second of it.
My Daily Routine:
Step 1: Cleanser: I cleanse my skin with the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser which is part of the Glow Recipe From Sephora. I love this product, The scent isn’t that strong, but it is definitely there. The full-size bottle is $34 with the mini being $10. I like this product, but I’m looking forward to trying the Aveeno Calm & Restore Nourishing Oat Gel Cleanser which is 12 dollars for more of the product.
Step 2: Toner: Toner, Toner, Toner. I added Toner to my skincare routine around this time last year and I am amazed at the results. Although I’ve never had acne-prone skin, I’ve had a break or two and the scarring to prove it, at least I did until I started using toner once a day. After a few uses, dark spots faded, a few more, and if with or without makeup you’d never know they were there. Of course, I’ll never know if that was because of my routine or the toner itself, but considering how long I had them even when I was cleaning my face, I’m going with the toner. I love the Rosewater and Witch Hazel Toner by Mario Badescu. I bought it from Ulta for 14 dollars.
Step 3: Moisturizer/ Moisturizer With Sunscreen: Moisturizing your skin is so important particularly if you have dry skin or deal with winter. Winter is not at all kind to your skin. Moisturizing your skin helps to keep it hydrated throughout the day for this I like using the Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer from Glow Recipe for $21 When I’m going outside I use the Olay Complete UV 365 Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. Sunscreen is one of the most if not most important factors in your skincare routine, though great in the summer, the sun can do a lot of damage to your skin. I’m not crazy about this product because it’s hard to pump out of the bottle for some reason, but I’ll keep using it until I find something else.
Other Important Factors For Caring For Your Skin
When I first started getting into skincare, I thought my routine had to be this complicated process of 12 or 16 steps, and though some people do have skincare routines that long, it doesn’t mean yours has to be. As a woman who needs assistance to complete tasks at times I like simple easy things I can do myself, so the three-step routine I just laid out is my daily routine, and most days that is all I do, but I also have other steps to my skincare routine that I do once or twice a week.
Step 1: Exfoliate: When I want a deep clean: I use an exfoliating cleanser instead of the one from Glow Recipe, I use the Biore Charcoal Cleanser. /After that I continue with the rest of my routine. I love using my daily cleanser, but getting a deeper clean for my skin is great.
Step 2: Face Masks: Face Masks seem to be the new it product of skincare. I’ll admit I was late jumping on this train because while I knew that adding a face mask was beneficial to my skin, I wasn’t sure about the accessibility of it. I’ve tried sheet masks and regular face masks and I have decided to stick with face masks for this reason despite how amazing my skin felt after some of the sheet masks I used. Face masks aren’t necessary for a good skincare routine but they can’t hurt either. You’ll have to decide what works better for you, a sheet mask or a regular face mask if you choose to add this step to your routine, but like I said it’s not necessary. Feel free to start out with a simple routine and add more steps later.
A good skincare routine may seem daunting to put together, though I’ll tell you now my routine is always changing as I’m working to find the products that work best for me accessibility wise and my skin. I’ve been on my skincare journey for about a year, but I’m having fun with it. I hope this post helps you put together your own skincare round or at least helps you consider the possibilities for products and the benefits to your skin.