In this blog post, I’ll show you a simple skincare routine for beginners.
When you’re starting a skincare routine, it’s important to keep things simple.
Because you’re learning your skin and how it reacts to products.
And also remember that less is more when doing a skincare routine as a beginner.
This can help you discover the products your skin loves and the ones that aren’t good for you.
Let’s dive in.
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Skincare routine for beginners with dry skin
Before we move further, let me remind you that I have dry skin.
So, this post will focus on that.
Let’s be honest here.
Most beginners used to wash their faces with body soap.
At least, that was me.
I thought a face wash was just extra stuff that people use to show off.
So, when I started a skincare routine, I bought a face wash.
And it made a huge difference in the appearance of my skin.
There are lots of great face washes in the drugstore.
This is the one I used before moving on to a cleanser.
And you can start with that.
But if you feel like you want to jump to the real thing right away, then move to the next step.
I only started using a cleanser in mid to late 2023.
Yeah, I came late to the game. Duh!
Cleansers clean your face deeper than face washes.
But some people use both.
But you don’t have to use both a face wash and a cleanser since you can get many benefits from just one product.
Remember, less is more.
Another thing you must add to your skincare routine as a beginner is exfoliation.
When you exfoliate your skin, it opens the pores, removes dead skin, and reduces the chances of breakouts.
Also, exfoliating your skin makes it easy for it to absorb skin care products and treatments.
That means your skin will get smoother and look more radiant.
But you must be gentle when exfoliating.
I used to think scrubbing harder was better.
When you scrub your skin too hard, the product can irritate your skin and cause redness.
And you’d wonder why your skin looks weird.
So remember to exfoliate gently no matter what skin exfoliant you use.
As a beginner, another important product you must add to your skincare routine is sunscreen.
I didn’t know how important sunscreen was until I started using it.
Again, I was late to the sunscreen game.
But we learn as we grow, right?
Well, don’t wait too long, like me, before you start using sunscreen.
I currently use this sunscreen for my dry skin.
It is moisturizing and doesn’t leave a white cast.
The white cast is something that disqualifies most sunscreens.
So remember that when buying sunscreen.
Also, read the reviews and look at pictures of previous buyers.
Don’t just buy a product because someone on TikTok says it’s great.
Look at real people’s reviews on Amazon or wherever you shop.
I know some of us still moisturize our faces with body lotion.
And as someone starting a skincare routine for the first time, you must get a face moisturizer.
I forgot to mention that you can get sunscreen and moisturizer in one product.
But what I noticed about some of those moisturizer-sunscreen products is that the SPF is kind of low.
My Eucerin sunscreen has an SPF of 50, while Elf sunscreen moisturizer has 30.
And I also discovered that when I use sunscreen before moisturizing, my skin stays moisturized for longer.
Compared to when I use the sunscreen as a moisturizer.
For reference, this is the moisturizer I’m currently using.
Last but not least, please use a face mask.
There are several face masks you can try:
- Peel-off face masks
- Sheet masks,
- Clay masks.
- DIY face masks – oats, Greek yogurt, honey, coffee, etc.
I used a charcoal peel-off face mask in the past, and it was okay.
But these days, I heard that peel-off face masks aren’t the ideal.
So I use clay, sheet, and DIY face masks.
The clay and sheet face masks I use are from my Birchbox and Ipsy subscriptions.
And they’re really good.
So here’s a simple routine and how to use these products
Wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.
Pat dry with a clean washcloth.
Protect & moisturize your skin
Next, apply sunscreen and moisturizer afterward.
Nighttime skincare routine
Again, wash your face in the sink if that’s what you prefer.
You must make sure to exfolate your skin at least twice weekly.
Use a gentle product and scrub your face in circular motions.
Let the product rest on your face for several minutes before you rinse it off with lukewarm water.
If you like to use a face mask, try it.
I prefer to use face masks after scrubbing.
Again, let the face mask sit until it’s dry – 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the product.
Then rinse it and use moisturizer.
Things to remember when you start a skincare routine
I just want to add a few things that helped me in my skincare routine.
Hopefully, you’ll find a couple of them helpful too.
It’s better to do extra for your skin at night.
I mean the exfoliating, face mask, etc, do them at night.
So your skin can rest and look plump in the morning.
Also, the products will treat your skin without makeup interfering with them.
After doing an at-home facial, make sure to wear sunscreen the next day.
But if you’re indoors throughout, you don’t need to wear sunscreen.
Some people do, but I’ll only tell you what I do.
I can’t justify wearing sunscreen when I’m indoors all day.
Sometimes, skip makeup and just give your skin room to breathe.
You can do this when you’re at home or even when going out sometimes.
But if you can’t go out without makeup, then mix some moisturizer with a tiny bit of foundation and apply it to your face.
It would give you mild coverage with a no-makeup look.
Change your face towel often.
Some people use a clean washcloth daily to dry their faces after washing.
But if that’s too much for you, maybe change your face towel every two days.
This simple step can help keep bacteria at bay and prevent breakouts.
So, that’s a simple skincare routine for beginners.
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I’ll do my best to answer them.
Thanks for reading.
See you in the next post.