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Bullet #1) First, Read Your Problem

  • How much damage am I causing to my skin by not cleansing and moisturizing regularly?
  • Will my skin age prematurely or develop acne or other blemishes?
  • How will my skin feel and look in the long run?
  • Is it worth sacrificing my skin’s health and appearance for the sake of convenience or laziness?
  • What other self-care practices am I neglecting in my life, and how is that impacting my overall well-being?

Bullet #2) Now, Read Your Solution

Prioritize your skincare routine!

When you don’t prioritize your skincare routine, you’re not just neglecting your physical appearance but also potentially harming your skin’s health and impacting your mental health as well.

Bullet #3) Deep Dive Into Sinkcare Routine

Beginning a proper skincare regimen can be quite challenging. The store shelves can be overwhelming, the TikTok tips and tricks can be conflicting, and the product reviews are never-ending. Additionally, each person has unique skin types, formula preferences, schedules, and lifestyles to consider. Although there is no one definitive method to take care of your skin, we consulted with expert dermatologists (the pros who truly understand) to assist you in determining how to begin and what to consider while developing the best routine for your skin.

How can I begin a daily skincare routine?

According to Ashley Magovern, M.D., a dermatologist from Manhattan Beach, California, you can start with three simple steps, no matter what kind of skin you have:

  • Clean your face
  • Treat your skin
  • Moisturize your skin

Cleaning your face means washing it, and moisturizing means adding hydration to your skin.

But what does “treating” mean?

It involves using serums that have beneficial ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, and alpha hydroxy acids to help with problem areas. What you use will depend on your skin type and what results you want to see.

Keep it up! Positive results come to those who are patient, and that applies to skincare routines too. Even the most effective skincare products require time to show their effects, so don’t anticipate immediate results. If you stay committed to a regular, daily routine, you can expect to see some improvements within six to 12 weeks, and it may take at least three to four months to determine if your new routine is truly working.

Here are some dermatologist-approved daily skincare routines for morning and night that work well for various skin types, including oily, dry, combination or acne-prone skin.

Morning Skincare Routine Steps

#1) Cleanser

The first step in any skincare routine should be to cleanse your face, as it removes impurities and excess oil that can clog pores and dull your skin. It’s important to be gentle while cleansing your face, as using a harsh cleanser or over-cleansing can break down your skin’s protective barrier.

Look for a cleanser that will gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its healthy oils. We suggest using a sulfate- and soap-free cleanser that is pH-balanced and gentle to maintain your skin’s barrier without stripping it. Here’s how to find the best facial cleanser for your skin type:

  1. For oily skin, use a foaming or gel cleanser that will remove excess dirt and oil from your skin. Look for ingredients like niacinamide and salicylic acid, which can help regulate and remove excess oil.
  2. If you have acne-prone skin, use a gentle foaming cleanser with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur.
  3. For dry skin, use a lotion, cream, or balm formula with hydrating ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and botanical oils.
  4. If you have sensitive skin, try a micellar water cleanser, which is an ultra-gentle cleanser that includes tiny particles called micelles that trap impurities and lift them away without drying your skin in the process.

#2) Toners

Toners are liquid skincare products that are applied to dry skin after cleansing using fingers, a cotton ball, or cloth, and before using other leave-on skincare treatments such as serums and moisturizers. A high-quality toner can ensure that your skin is completely clean and free of grime, while also providing an additional dose of active ingredients.

Here are the ingredients to look for based on your skin type:

  1. If you have acne-prone skin, look for toners with hydroxy acids like salicylic acid and lactic acid, which can increase cell turnover.
  2. If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for a hydrating toner or essence without drying alcohol, but with ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid that soothe and moisturize.
  3. For combination skin, look for toners with gentle exfoliants, hydration boosters, and antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea. These ingredients can help combat free radicals and prevent skin damage.
  4. If you have oily skin, look for toners with astringents such as alcohol or witch hazel that can tighten pores and reduce oiliness.

Overall, toners can be a helpful addition to your skincare routine, but it’s important to choose the right one for your skin type and concerns. You can incorporate a toner into your routine by applying it after cleansing and before any other leave-on treatments.

#3) Serum

When it comes to treating and protecting your skin, a serum tailored to your specific concerns can deliver concentrated amounts of powerful ingredients that can address a variety of complexion issues such as wrinkles and dark spots. Depending on your concerns, you may even use several different serum formulas.

An antioxidant serum is a great option for anyone looking to protect their skin and prevent the formation of free radicals. Vitamin C is considered the gold-standard antioxidant and is ideal for use in the morning.

In addition to antioxidant serums, there are also anti-aging serums that feature powerful ingredients to address wrinkles and fine lines, such as:

  1. Hyaluronic acid serums: These serums draw moisture into the skin, helping to combat dryness and dullness while also plumping the skin.
  2. Niacinamide: This form of vitamin B3 brightens and evens skin tone, boosts collagen production, and calms inflammation.
  3. Retinoids: These stimulate cell turnover to increase collagen production and reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Retinol is best used at night.
  4. Peptides: Made of amino acids, they are the building blocks of collagen and can boost its production to smooth lines and increase the skin’s firmness.

#4) Eye Cream

If you want to keep your eye area looking youthful, you should consider using an eye cream. This type of cream is specially formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes, which ages faster than the rest of your face. Eye creams can help with issues like fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark circles, and undereye bags. To find the right eye cream for you, look for ingredients like niacinamide or vitamin C to target dark circles, caffeine for puffiness, peptides and retinol for wrinkles and sagging, and vitamin K or hyaluronic acid for brightening and hydrating. For multiple issues, consider using a combination of these ingredients.

#5) Moisturizer

Moisturizers are essential for keeping your skin soft, hydrated, and healthy. Dermatologists recommend moisturizers for all skin types year-round, as they help to strengthen the skin’s barrier and maintain a youthful appearance.

  1. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, opt for a light moisturizer during the day, like a gel or lotion, that absorbs quickly and won’t interfere with your makeup.
  2. For dry skin, look for a rich cream with emollients, humectants, ceramides, and occlusives to deeply hydrate your skin.
  3. If you have sensitive skin, choose a hypoallergenic formula that’s free of potential irritants like fragrance and alcohol.

When choosing a moisturizer, keep in mind that ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides are crucial for moisture retention in the skin.

#6) Sunscreen

Dermatologists all agree that sunscreen is the most crucial step in any skincare routine, regardless of your age or skin type. Not using sunscreen is like undoing all the other steps you’ve taken to care for your skin. The sun is the leading cause of premature aging, and skin cancer affects people of all skin colors. In addition, if you’re trying to treat hyperpigmentation, not using SPF daily will set you back.

To protect your skin, apply a nickel-sized amount of broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher face sunscreen as the last step in your morning skincare routine. Don’t forget to apply it to your neck and the backs of your hands, and give it 30 minutes to soak in before heading outside. If you want to streamline your routine, you can use a daily moisturizer with SPF instead of using a moisturizer and SPF separately.

There are two main types of sunscreen formulas:

  1. Chemical sunscreens are made with chemical ingredients like avobenzone and homosalate, which absorb the UV light that comes in contact with skin.
  2. Physical sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens, contain mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which reflect UV light off of skin.

Some SPF formulas include both chemical and physical ingredients.

  1. If you have sensitive skin, dermatologists usually recommend mineral and pure zinc-oxide sunscreens.
  2. If you have oily skin, look for non-comedogenic, oil-free gel formulas.
  3. If you have dry skin, avoid spray or gel sunscreens with alcohol.
  4. People with darker skin tones may prefer chemical sunscreens to avoid the white cast of some physical formulas, although brands have started making mineral formulations without a chalky appearance.

Nightly Skincare Routine Steps

It’s important to adjust your skincare routine at night, not just because you don’t need SPF while you sleep. Your skin regenerates and repairs itself while you snooze, making your nighttime routine the perfect opportunity to give your skin the nourishing active ingredients it needs. That’s why it’s called “beauty sleep.”

You’ll still follow the same basic three steps – cleanse, treat, and moisturize – but your nighttime routine will look a bit different.

#1) Cleanser

First, get rid of the day’s makeup and grime. Begin by using a separate makeup remover, if necessary, to take off any cosmetics.

Cleansers are not meant to dissolve makeup, especially around the eyes, and have not effectively done so in our testing.

Then, use the same cleanser you used in the morning. Start from the inside of the face and work your way up, then out and down along the hairline and perimeter until just below the chin.

#2) Toner

If you’re planning to use a toner, apply it the same way as you would in the morning. Toners are liquids, so they should be applied before heavier products like serums and moisturizers to ensure that they are absorbed into your skin properly.

#3) Serum or Treatment

Nighttime is the perfect time to use products with ingredients that remove dead skin cells or promote cell turnover while you sleep, like glycolic acid or retinol. These ingredients help to smooth the texture, brighten skin, and reduce pores. Some serums can be used both day and night.

#4) Eye Cream

Gently apply some eye cream, or alternatively, a small amount of your face serum or treatment, around your eyes. You don’t need to use a lot, but if you start training your skin to tolerate more active products around the eye, you’ll see more significant changes over time.

#5) Acne Treatment

If you have acne a lot, don’t wait for pimples to appear before you treat them. You’ll get more acne if you only treat the spots. You get acne because too much oil builds up on your skin. So, keep your pores clear all over your face by treating them regularly.

#6) Night Cream

It’s very important to put on moisturizer at night to keep your skin hydrated. This creates a layer that stops your skin from losing moisture while you sleep. You can use the same moisturizer that you use during the day, but using a special cream for night-time will help repair any damage that happened during the day. Normal moisturizers only help your skin stay moist, but night creams have ingredients that help your skin in other ways.

Night creams have active ingredients that help improve your skin more than just adding moisture.

#7) Face Oil

Using face oil is optional, but it can help keep your skin hydrated overnight if it still feels dry.Many people believe that if they have acne or oily skin, using oil will make them break out. However, this is not true, as oil can actually help make your skin softer. To give your skin extra nourishment, apply face oil after all your other skincare products have dried. But remember to press it gently into your skin instead of rubbing it in.

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