Starting a skin care routine can be overwhelming. With so much information available things can get confusing pretty quick. Don’t worry though, your friends at DermaBoss are here to help! While every skin care routine should differ a little based on specific skin concerns, there are still general rules on what makes up the best skin care routine for all skin types.
First, we will dive into what routine everyone should be doing, and then we will dive into specific ingredients that should be incorporated into your routine for more specific skin concerns. Ready to level up your skincare game and get a routine going? Buckle in, and let’s get started!
Your morning skin care routine and nighttime skin care routine will probably look slightly different but in general, your routine should follow a couple of rules:
- Cleanse, Tone (optional), Antioxidant, Eye Cream, Moisturize (in this order)
- Always apply product lightest to heaviest
- Always double cleanse, especially at night
- Avoid ingredients like sulfates, parabens, alcohol, fragrances, and aluminum
- Be consistent- follow a routine that works for YOU and do it daily
Now that we’ve gone over the basics that everyone should follow, let’s get into the specifics. Each skin care routine should follow the general rules above, but different ingredients should be incorporated to your routine depending on your specific skin care concerns.
Best Skin Care Routine For Acne
Most of us have struggled with pesky little pimples at some point in our life. You want to be careful when creating a skin care routine when dealing with acne because you don’t want to incorporate any ingredients that may further irritate the skin. Your morning and nighttime skin care routine for acne should look a little different, this is so you can maximize different ingredients to ensure you achieve your best skin.
Like always, start with cleansing. For the morning, try using a cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin to slew away dead skin cells that might be clogging up your pores and causing acne. We recommend finding a natural cleanser that includes Tea Tree oil, as this ingredient has been shown to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
If you chose to tone your skin after cleansing, try finding a toner with an ingredient like witch hazel. Witch hazel acts as an anti-inflammatory so it will reduce the size and redness of your pimples. After toning, apply an antioxidant serum. We strongly recommend a Vitamin C Serum. Vitamin C will not only prevent breakouts, but it will help to eliminate scars left behind by past and current blemishes.
Another great thing about Vitamin C Serum is it can double as your eye cream. Apply the serum under your eyes and above your eyebrows for a brightening morning boost. Final step? Apply a moisturizer! Any moisturizer will do, but we recommend finding one with a little SPF to protect you from the sun and other environment irritants that your skin will encounter throughout the day.
Start by double-cleansing. This is especially important at night because you want to be sure to effectively remove all of your makeup and build up that may have accumulated throughout the day. After double-cleansing, take to a penetrating toner to ensure your pores are completely clean and free of any junk.
After toning, we recommend incorporating a BHA instead of an Antioxidant serum. Both are equally important to achieving great skin, but they should not be used at the same time. Using the two ingredients in conjunction with each other can cancel out the other’s effects, which is why we recommend using one in the morning and one at night.
Doing so ensures you are maximizing the amount of effective ingredients you may use and creating the best skincare routine for acne. Try finding a serum that includes salicylic acid, as this BHA has been shown to have great effects in reducing the appearance of pimples.
After applying your BHA, the final step is to moisturize. We recommend ending the nighttime skincare routine with a serum or moisturizer containing Hyaluronic Acid. This will ensure moisture does not get lost from the skin from the use of BHA’s, and it is one of the only ultra-moisturizing ingredients that works well with salicylic acid and does not further irritate acne-prone skin.
Best Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin
When dealing with dry skin, there are some key ingredients you will want to include (and some you will want to avoid) to ensure you have the best skin care routine for your needs. You will want to be sure to include ingredients that retain moisture and assist in collagen production, while avoiding ingredients that could potentially dry out the skin.
Begin by cleansing with a cleanser of your choice that gently exfoliates. We recommend finding a cleanser that contains pineapple enzymes as this is a natural exfoliant. Using a gentle, natural exfoliant will ensure that your dry skin does not turn into flakey skin. This Pineapple Brightening Cleanser is a great option for daily use.
When you are dealing with dry skin, it is not necessary to follow up cleansing with a toner. However, if you prefer having a toner be a part of your skin care routine, find one that that includes soothing and moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and aloe Vera. Be sure not to use toners that contain any alcohol as these can dry out your skin even more.
Next, follow up with an antioxidant serum (Vitamin C is our reigning favorite-find one with Hyaluronic Acid for an extra boost of moisture). After your antioxidant serum follow up with a hydrating moisturizer with SPF to protect you throughout the day.
Nighttime is the perfect opportunity to pile on more products without the fear of looking too oily. Start with a gentle and hydrating cleanser that includes plenty of antioxidants and vitamins to feed your skin’s moisture.
After, we recommend doubling up on serums. Using this Vitamin C Serum and Cell Hydrating Serum together will provide your skin with an added layer of hydration that it needs when dried out. First, apply the Vitamin C serum and follow up with the cell hydrating.
The cell hydrating serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid, which is your skin’s best friend when it comes to retaining moisture. Finally, end your nighttime skin care routine by swapping out the moisturizer with SPF for an ultra-hydrating sleep mask that will work powerfully to heal your dry skin throughout the night.