A good skincare routine is essential at any age. Healthy habits in your twenties and thirties can strengthen and prepare your skin for the effects of ageing later in life. The goal of any skincare routine is to brighten and even out your complexion. While flawless-looking skin is ideal, your skincare routine should focus on keeping your skin at its best and leaving you feeling healthy.
In this blog post, we’ll be talking about all the steps needed for any skincare routine. We’ll also cover what order you should do skincare, as well as how a daytime and nighttime skincare routine can be different.
A basic skincare routine
To build a skincare routine which matches your needs, you’ll need to think about products which offer benefits that target your problem areas. This means you’ll need to adjust your skincare routine based on your skin type, age and the current season.
Whatever your specific skin care needs, all skincare revolves around these three basic steps:
- Cleanse – washing your face;
- Treat – balancing the skin and target problem areas;
- Moisturise – hydrate and soften the skin.
Keep in mind, when trying out a new product in your routine, it needs time to work. You should aim to use the product over at least six weeks, once or twice daily, to notice a difference.
It’s also important to read up on the ingredients a product contains. At Kady Valente, we promote skincare products which use essential and safe ingredients only. We’ve also discussed home remedies and DIY skin trends which can harm your skin.
Daytime skincare routine
Whatever the day has in store for you… Cold or hot weather, staying indoors or going out, relaxation or a busy schedule… This daytime skincare routine will prepare and protect your skin, alongside promoting an all-round healthy complexion.
Cleansing the skin is the first step to any good skincare routine. To help the ingredients in your skincare products properly absorb, you need clean skin that’s free of oil and grime.
We recommend using a gentle cleanser, especially if you plan on using more active ingredients later on. A harsher cleanser or over-cleansing the skin can break down its barrier.
This step is optional. Toning helps to balance your skin’s pH. For acne-prone skin, ingredients like salicylic acid can calm breakouts. For dry or sensitive skin, we recommend a hydrating toner to soothe the skin.
Vitamin C offers many benefits for your face and skin. These include keeping your skin hydrated, reducing redness, protecting against sun damage and maintaining your youthful appearance. The best time to use a Vitamin C serum is during the day, when UV radiation is at its highest.
Looking to try a Vitamin C serum? Why not give Wonderment a go…
Moisturising keeps the skin hydrated and strengthened. During the daytime, apply a lighter moisturiser which will soak in quickly and won’t cause pilling under the makeup.
We’ve recently launched our very own Wonderment Illuminating Moisturiser!
Even if you’re living in the UK and don’t get much sunshine. Even if you’re staying indoors. This step is a must for protecting against UV rays, which can damage and age the skin.
Nighttime skincare routine
For the nighttime, you don’t need to worry about protecting your skin from the sun. It’s also a great time to make sure your skin is getting the nutrients and care it needs as skin regenerates and repairs itself during sleep.
Again, we recommend a gentle cleanser, which helps to take off makeup. As well as being more environmentally-friendly, a cleansing oil dissolves all makeup without stripping your skin. Makeup wipes can irritate the skin and leave behind a layer of residue which cause breakouts.
Toning is also optional. You can use the same toner as the one applied in the daytime. This step needs to happen before the treatment and moisturising part of your routine.
Eye creams and acne spot treatment can be applied here, especially if you would like to see a pimple go away sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that a good skincare routine should act as a preventative measure against acne and skin irritation. Breakouts are often the result of oil building up in your skin, so you should focus on keeping your pores unclogged and clean.
Moisturising is also important at night. A night cream has a higher concentration of ingredients than a daytime moisturiser, focusing on repairing and reconstructing the skin.
Alongside a daytime moisturiser, we also have our very own Wonderment Illuminating Night Cream!
5. Face Oil
Finishing your skincare routine with a face oil is an optional step. It can lock in the active ingredients of all the products you’ve just applied while you sleep, as well as giving your skin an extra boost of moisture.