One of the most frequently asked questions are “How to layer skincare” and “what do I include in my daily skincare routine?”.
We are constantly exposed to various videos and blogs on social media with people or celebrities sharing their morning and evening routines. Some of them are quite excessive and use up to seven or more products at both times of the day.
I am a firm believer that to create your own routine, you need to understand and assess your skin’s individual needs. Everyone’s skin is unique in its structure and requirements-–one size, certainly doesn’t fit all when it comes to skincare.
A guide on how to layer skincare like a pro
Personally, I don’t use a dozen or more products morning and night––I keep it simple. In an ocean of skincare products with lofty claims it’s important to know which ingredients and formulations truly work for you and your skin. So here are some recommendations.
Skincare layers 101
1. In the morning wash your face with water (normal and dry skin) or a gentle face wash (oily and combined skin).
2. When deciding how to layer skincare, serums come first because their texture makes them easy to absorb. Serum with an antioxidant is a great way to start your skin’s day. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and hydroxytyrosol are just a few ingredients that protect your skin from oxidative stress, equalize your complexion, and give you a glowing, fresh look.
3. Depending on your skin type, your next step would be a moisturizer (dry, sensitive, normal) or hydrating cream (normal, oily, combined). Use a product with sunscreen protection or add the sunscreen separately. Sunscreen is an essential part of everyday skincare, not just in summer or when we’re exposed to the sun. UV rays are able to reach your skin even on a cloudy day.
4. In the evening, use a face wash or cleanser again that is suitable for your skin type and the amount of makeup you wear daily. Try a mild exfoliating agent, foaming wash, or others. Do not use harsh exfoliators or peelings more than twice a week.
5. Your evening serum can have a richer texture to truly nurture your skin. Ingredients you can include are retinols, retinoids, or vitamin A forms. They truly are masters of anti-aging and should be included gradually in your routine. Try to add them once every four days, when you see your skin is well adjusted, then increase to every other evening. Personally, I use them once a week or every 4 days. For other evenings you can use a peptide serum. Peptides are building blocks of proteins such as collagen, which naturally degrades over time. These products help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and give a “plumper” look to your skin.
6. Top all this off with a moisturizer, and your routine is complete! If serums are a nuisance or you simply don’t have the time, you can include a moisturizer with retinol or peptides to finish.
All benefits of a skincare routine
I’ve noticed that having a dedicated skincare routine is not solely about caring for your skin––it also gives you an incredible feeling of accomplishment by taking time for self-improvement and having a quiet moment to do something good for yourself.