How to Build a Skincare Routine That Works for You
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to slay your skincare game, this blog post is for you!
Whether you’re a skincare newbie or have been using products for a while but want to create a routine which delivers results, knowing how to build an effective skincare regime will revitalise your complexion.
Want to know how to get your skin glowing? Of course you do!
Let’s delve into the main steps of creating a skincare routine that really works!
Know your skin type
Knowing your skin type will help you to determine which products are best for you to use.
Typically, there are several skin types;
Oily skin is characterised by shine, possible blemishes and uneven skin texture. Oily skin is caused by excess sebum production which is when your skin produces more oil than it should.
There is no specific ‘cure’ for oily skin but creating a gentle skincare routine helps to balance your complexion.
Dry skin is dehydrated, often with patches of scaly, peeling or irritated skin. Dry skin types need moisture to restore their complexion. Some dry skin types may suffer from redness.
Mature skin is likely to have fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dark spots or pigmentation. Mature skin can also be dry due to a loss of moisture as you age.
Sensitive skin types may have dryness, extreme irritation, redness, peeling, itching or/and stinging. Sensitive skin can also be oily, combination or mature.
Normal to combination skin may seem practically perfect, with a little oil in the t-zone or with slight dry patches. Normal to combination skin still requires care, especially if there are dry or oily patches.
Once you know your skin type, you can select products which aim to give you enhanced results. For example, if you have dry skin, use moisturising products. If you have mature skin, using retinol or vitamin C will help.
The main steps
Every skincare routine contains the same steps which you can take to up your A game;
The very first step in your skincare routine is your cleanser. The aim of a cleanser is to remove makeup, impurities, dirt, and grime. There are varying types of cleansing products, including cream, foaming, lotion, and balm but they all have the same goal.
The type of cleanser you choose to use depends on your skin. If your skin is very oily, opt for an oil free, wash off cleanser rather than a heavy balm. Alternatively, if your skin is dry, a cream or balm cleanser is likely to be more nourishing.
The second step in your skincare routine is toner. A toner helps to remove any remaining traces of cleanser and prep your skin for serum and moisturiser. Some toners also help to hydrate.
When it comes to toner, you can choose a product tailored towards your skin type or you can select one which is suitable for most complexions.
Hydrating toners tend to suit all skin types, while tea tree and witch hazel toners are best suited to oily, blemished skin.
This is where your skincare gets interesting! Unlike other skincare products, serums target the deeper layers of your skin, which is why you’ll find many serums are tailored towards specific skin concerns.
You can choose one or more serums and rotate them every day to get the very best results for your skin. Depending on your skin type, you’ll want to use one or more of the following;
Hyaluronic acid serum
A God-send for dry, dehydrated skin, hyaluronic acid is considered a powerful ingredient for restoring moisture. It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, locking moisture into the skin for visible results.
As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is beneficial for brightening, clearing, and minimising visible signs of ageing. Essentially, vitamin C boosts collagen production to keep your skin looking more youthful.
It’s also an effective ingredient for alleviating acne as vitamin C fights the bacteria which causes spots to form.
If you’re worried about wrinkles, retinol serum is the way forward. Retinol is one of the few ingredients which has been shown to effectively reduce signs of ageing on the skin.
Retinol is a type of vitamin A which boosts skin renewal, including collagen production to help diminish fine lines, wrinkles and a lack of firmness.
Our LiveSkincare Regenerate Retinol Serum contains 2.5% retinol to repair skin, treat hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and promote suppleness. While 2.5% may seem like a low amount, it’s considered one of the most potent amounts of retinol. However, as our retinol serum contains soothing aloe, you’re unlikely to notice any redness or irritation after use.
The final step in any skincare routine is moisturiser. All skin types require hydration, even very oily complexions (in fact, oily skin is often dehydrated which is why excess oil is produced to lubricate the skin).
Oily skins can use a lighter moisturising cream to nourish without feeling too heavy. If you have dry skin, using a heavier cream to moisturise will help to soften and smooth. Blemished skin types should choose an oil-free cream to hydrate without irritating spots.
Combining these four steps and using them daily will completely transform your skin. Within a few weeks, you’ll start to notice positive changes, including differences in texture, tone and suppleness.
Remember, it also important to nourish your skin from the inside too – even supplements can help to promote a beautifully luminous complexion.
Start your skincare routine with Live Skincare and select the very best ingredients for your complexion. Our serums are ready to rejuvenate your skin!