For a skincare-obsessed blogger like myself, a skincare routine is a joy that I look forward to twice a day. But for some it may not be so easy. It’s difficult to know where to start with skincare with so much choice on the shelves so I’ve created a small cheat sheet on how to start a skincare routine for those of you that may feel stuck.
With so much to choose from, it’s easy to get bogged down in products. I find my skin actually responds better to skincare when I keep my routine simple. I keep a rotation of 4 products in my cabinet: makeup remover, cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer. I like to switch it up every once in a while depending on what my skin is doing, so I usually have a few of each, but that’s totally not necessary.
And don’t get too intimidated by all of the serums and toners and such on the market. If you start with the four steps I mentioned you’ll get a feel for your skin (more on that below) and be able to chose products later on.
Keep a Routine
While it may feel tedious, keeping your routine up is important. It really doesn’t have to take longer than 5 minutes, especially in the mornings when all you’re doing is washing away sweat from the night before. And don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately: skincare takes 1 to 2 months to really start working.
Listen to your Skin
This sounds weird, doesn’t it? When I first got into skincare and makeup and all of this fun beauty stuff I thought people must be insane to say that I should listen to my skin. But it really is true! As you get experience with what your skin should feel like (and that’s different for every person, I think) you’ll know when something is wrong. That will also help you to choose the best products for your skin!
If you wear makeup then you must double cleanse. I don’t want to sound preachy, but seriously, your skin will thank you. One cleanse is to remove the makeup, the second is to actually clean your skin. So for instance, I will use my Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil or Nivea Micellar Water to remove my makeup and then go in with the Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Cleanser to make my skin all clean again.
I hoped these tips on how to start a skincare routine have helped! If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask me below and I will do my best to answer them. (Or check out Caroline Hirons’ blog – that’s where I go when I’m feeling stumped!)