How To Build The Perfect Skincare Routine

Get your skincare steps in order.

Skincare habits, for the most part, are developed and encouraged by noticeable change. If a hyaluronic is doing your dermis good, chances are it will remain a staple in your line-up while others may come and go depending on their apparent efficacy. I say apparent efficacy because too often genuinely good products are paired to lacklustre results. Touting the use of a particular product because it ‘brightens and smooths’ is all well and good, but how does it integrate into your existing routine?

You may have the world’s fanciest assortment of skincare products and it could all amount to zilch if applied incorrectly. These are some hard and fast rules to follow when building your routine that will ensure each product does its job nicely and without complaint.

WASH YOUr DAMN FACE

Think of your face like a canvas. Building out your masterwork on a canvas that was oily, dry and covered in dirt would significantly diminish the potential of the final product. The same goes with your face. Love it or hate it, cleansing must be step one in your routine.

Keep an eye out for a cleanser that hydrates and is free from soaps and fragrances. Generally speaking, we would advise to keep your bar of soap as far away from your face as possible, unless of course it was from Baxter of California, who’s specially designed cleansing bars are purpose built to remove dirt and grime without stripping the face of moisture.

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TONE!!

Ok, so, probably not what you wanted to hear. Didn’t we just wash our face? Toning may seem like a redundant step in your routine, and while optional, is the perfect primer to begin laying your foundation. A toner will help unclog pores, hydrate the skin and can actually boost the efficacy of your other skincare products. Your potential step two could be the difference between pretty ok skin and great skin.

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SERUMS

After you tone (or cleanse, no pressure) a serum is your next stop. Serums on the whole are lighter and more easily absorbed by your skin than your standard moisturiser which is why we apply them beforehand. Unless of course you’re opting for an oil-based serum. Not to muddy the waters too much, but these should be applied after you moisturise.

If you’re a ‘more is more’ kind of person, chances are you have multiple serums lying around. A good rule of thumb is to apply moisturising serums (hyaluronic for example) at night-time and antioxidants/exfoliants (vitamin C, AHA/BHA) in the morning.

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MOISTURISER

Finally, we’ve made it to the good ole’ moisturiser. Moisturiser’s are the pièce de resistance of any good skincare routine and act to lock in the effects of all previous steps and make sure your skin stays healthy and hydrated. Double points if you opt for an SPF infused lotion.

Apply your moisturiser last and make sure you give the previous steps some breathing room to soak in and do their thing. A neat little trick you can use is to brush your teeth between serum and moisturiser application. This small amount of time is plenty for each element to penetrate the outer layer of skin and work its magic.

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