I can’t even begin to stress how much of a novice I was with skincare just a year ago. My skincare routine was always something that I would “get to” but never actually. Because I never prioritised it. That’s because, I thought, my routine would have to be something really complex, with fancy-coloured jars and intricate serums that promised to tighten my skin back to birth-like standards. In reality though, the notion was stored at the back of my brain and I was never going to get round to it until I broke down what a basic skincare routine should be.
Stripping back the idea of a routine to something I can actually manage was key here. I started with a simple three-step plan and worked from there, and today I’m going to talk to you guys about what that was for me. After all, I’m sure all of us know the importance of a skincare routine. Maintaining and caring for our skin is one of the most important things we can do. Keeping it protected from the elements, and making sure that it’s in the best condition it can be daily.
Break It Down into Three Easy Steps
If you’ve spent any time around anyone who has a skincare routine, you’ve probably heard the terms cleanse, tone and moisturise. (Probably with a few exclamation marks and maybe even an underline for moisturise). That’s because these three are the pillars to any routine.
Whether starting or ending your day, you want to incorporate a plan of cleansing, toning and moisturising as your most basic skincare routine.
When looking for products that can do these three, I started by glancing around my local supermarket. My favourite cleanser at the minute is this Soap Bark and Chamomile one from Burts Bees. I started with their Sensitive edition, and after trialing my tolerance to the Soap Bark, I moved on up and haven’t looked back.
The toner that I use is from The Ordinary. Back when everyone was singing their praises (which, to be honest, a lot of people still quite rightly are). I decided to try them out, and I fell in love with this one. It’s made with 7% glycolic acid, and is toted as one of the best products in The Ordinary’s skincare range.
And finally, my moisturiser. If you’ve spent any time on my Instagram you’ll have seen me singing (or screaming) the praises of the Olay Whip series. I just love it. So. Much. I love the consistency, that it’s light, absorbs quickly, and has SPF. Basically, it ticks every box in my mind and I’m already on my fifth or sixth jar (I’ve tried the entire range and don’t have a favourite – they’re all great!).
Find an Exfoliator That You Like
Along with cleansing, toning and moisturising – exfoliating is another box that needs a big old tick next to it.
Exfoliation is needed for healthy skin because it clears all the dead cells that build up over time. Some exfoliators are only needed once or twice a week, while some (that are much milder) can be used every few days.
To keep on top of break outs and build ups, I definitely recommend incorporating exfoliating into your basic skincare, it’s just that important.
Try to Get Into the Habit of Doing Your Routine Once or Twice a Day
The final piece of the puzzle: actually doing your routine daily. Routines can be hard to get used to, but it’s estimated that after two weeks of following one, you become naturally tuned to it. Once you’re in the habit of doing your skin each morning before you leave and once you get home in the evening, you’ll be golden.
Don’t feel bad if you miss a few days here and there, nobody is perfect with their routines. Just try to keep on track and take each day as it comes. Sooner or later, you’ll be in the habit and your skincare will be getting better and better every single day.
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What does your basic skincare routine look like?
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