How to Build a Skin Care Routine?
Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA - your daily habits, in fact, have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. But depending on which product reviews you read or doctors you consult, there is a dizzying number of opinions on everything from how to moisturize to how to protect yourself from UV rays.
Ultimately, caring for your skin is simply personal.
Here’s what you should keep in mind to sort through all the noise.
Skin Care Tips Before You Start
Three Main Steps
Think of your skincare routine as consisting of two main steps:
- Cleansing — Washing your face.
- Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin.
The goal of any skin-care routine is to tune up your complexion so it’s functioning at its best, and also troubleshoot or target any areas you want to work on. "Beauty routines are an opportunity to notice changes within yourself,” says the Founder of Dermasure & Zone Skincare, Smiley van Zyl. As your skin needs shifts with age, so will your products. Still, he adds, “it’s not about creating perfection.” Allow these two steps to becoming your daily ritual that fortifies your skin and grounds your day.
Give it Time
The science behind skin-care products has come a long way but there’s still no such thing as an instant fix — you need time to reap the benefits, says Smiley van Zyl. “Results are only seen through consistent use,” he explains. Generally, aim to use a product over at least six weeks, once or twice daily, to notice a difference.
Tip: With any skincare product, apply in order of consistency — from thinnest to thickest. For example, cleanser, toner, serum, and then moisturizer.