A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Skincare Routine

You’ve heard the term skincare before and understand that glowing, supple and healthy-looking skin is more-or-less achievable with the right routine. Unfortunately, the world of skincare is often a confusing place to navigate, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin.

If you’re ready to start taking better care of your skin but get lost trying to figure out the differences between toners, exfoliators, lotions and masks (aren’t those just for Halloween?), don’t worry. Follow this easy guide to learn all about the components of a beginner’s skincare routine.

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The Three Components of Skincare

Before we get into the particulars, let’s break down a skincare routine into its three most essential components.

1. Wash your face.

Washing your face—every day and every night—helps get rid of the different pollutants (dirt, smoke, grease and more) that come into contact with our faces every day, simply because we’re human.

2. Use a toner.

After washing your face, you’re going to use a toner. A good toner will help remove dead skin cells, reduce inflammation in the skin, and subtly boost hydration. Not only does toner balance your skin after you wash it, but it helps prime your skin to better absorb whatever you slather on it next.

3. Moisturize.

Even if you look in the mirror and notice that your skin is constantly shiny—hey, maybe that’s why you’re reading this article—you still have to moisturize after you use your toner. Hydrating your skin prevents water loss and keeps your skin soft and healthy.

A Beginner's Guide to Building a Skincare Routine

Skincare Routine

Step One: Determine Your Skin Type.

So, you understand the three essential skincare steps. Now, go look in the mirror. If you find that your skin is often very shiny, especially around the T-zone, keep in mind that you probably have oily skin. If your skin is flakier, you might have dry skin. If you’re always breaking out, you likely have sensitive skin. Keep this in mind while you search for products.

Step Two: How to Purchase a Cleanser, Toner, and Moisturizer

Cleanser

When it comes to a cleanser, you’re just looking for something to gently clean your skin. If you have dry skin, try to find a hydrating face wash. If you have oily skin, look for a gently exfoliating cleanser, such as a charcoal face soap. If you’re acne-prone, experiment with an oil-free cleanser—maybe a foaming liquid.

Toner

Toner looks and sort of acts like water, but it actually contains many different good-for-your-skin ingredients. Apply toner within a minute of cleansing your face by either putting it on a cotton pad and sweeping it across your face or simply putting it on your fingers and tapping it directly onto your skin.

Once again, you’re going to choose your toner depending on your skin. Google different toners according to its ingredients. For example, if you have dry skin, look for a toner with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration. If you have sensitive skin, toners with green tea or rose water will calm irritation. If you have oily skin, toners with witch hazel will sweep away the excess without drying out your skin.

Moisturizer

Finally, focus on your moisturizer. Moisturizers are split into two categories: daytime moisturizers and nighttime moisturizers. During the day, you want to use a moisturizer that is more lightweight and will protect your skin against free radicals. Nighttime moisturizers focus on repairing any of the damage your skin came into contact with during the day.

People with dry skin will want to use moisturizers that soothe dryness, while oily skin folks will want to look for lightweight moisturizers that do not contain oil. People with sensitive skin will want to experiment with fragrance-free moisturizers to stave off bad reactions.

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Dennis Hall
Dennis Hall21 days ago

I use WITCH HAZEL, only, now -- NO soap on my face. Witch hazel only removes the perfect amount of oil, and is very healing. Use with cotton ball or apply directly. WITCH HAZEL DECOCTION --> Bring to a boil 1/4 cup witch hazel bark & 3 cups distilled water, reduce heat but don't simmer for 1 hour. Cool and strain. Keeps, refrigerated, for 3 weeks. You can get cheap, wildcrafted witch hazel bark several places online. I like Herbies Herbs.

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Dennis Hall
Dennis Hall21 days ago

I use WITCH HAZEL, only, now -- NO soap on my face. Witch hazel only removes the perfect amount of oil, and is very healing. Use with cotton ball or apply directly. WITCH HAZEL DECOCTION --> Bring to a boil 1/4 cup witch hazel bark & 3 cups distilled water, reduce heat but don't simmer for 1 hour. Cool and strain. Keeps, refrigerated, for 3 weeks. You can get cheap, wildcrafted witch hazel bark several places online. I like Herbies Herbs.

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