So you're new to the world of facial care? You've realized it's time to start taking care of your skin but don't know how? Don't be intimidated by a "ten step skincare routine." Everyone's skin is different and everyone has different concerns and desires, but there are some basics for new skin care professionals. In the beginning, a simple care routine is enough to see positive changes in your skin. So it doesn't have to be complicated!
A healthy mind in a healthy body is powerful. Add to that healthy skin and you're unstoppable.
#1 The basis of your new care routine
The most important thing is to start with a simple, relaxing facial care routine. Even the best care routine is of no use if it's too much for you after a week or if you stop having fun with it. That's why your new care routine consists of just three steps: cleanser, cream and sun protection.
First step: cleaner
A good start is to wash your face every morning and evening. This is important to rid your face of dirt, sweat, makeup, and sunscreen.
You should be careful to find the right facial cleanser for you. We recommend a mild, moisturizing cleanser because you don't want to further dry out your skin or compromise your skin barrier too much. Never use a harsh, harsh cleanser on blemishes either, this can aggravate inflammation!
Cleaning in the evening is a must and should not be replaced by cleaning wipes! If you have very dry skin, you can only wash your face with a little water in the morning.
Second step: moisturizer
As a second step, you use a care cream every morning and evening after cleansing. Your skin care cream forms a protective coat around your skin to prevent your skin from losing moisture throughout the night and day. The higher the moisture content of your skin, the less fine lines and wrinkles appear.
You should find a facial care product that feels comfortable on your skin and that suits your skin type. This may take a few tries, but we are sure: everyone will find the right care for themselves!
Even people with blemishes should definitely use a moisturizer. Excessive washing without the appropriate use of a moisturizer can lead to an overproduction of oil. No matter how oily or impure your skin feels, without moisturizing it will be dry and irritated after cleansing.
If your skin is oily, use a light gel cream. The following creams moisturize and soothe your skin without weighing it down. These care creams neither clog your pores nor make your skin shiny after use: the iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream, the Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel and the Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion.
For combination skin, i.e. skin that has both oily and dry areas, we recommend the following face creams: the iUNIK Beta-Glucan Daily Moisture Cream, Puritos Deep Sea Pure Water Cream and Bentons Cacao Moist and Mild Cream.
Third step: sun protection
Leiden, many people still do not know how UV radiation affects the skin in the long term. Daily sun protection of at least 30 SPF or higher is essential to prevent skin aging and skin cancer. Always apply sunscreen as the last step in the routine and do not mix it with other products, otherwise the sun protection factor will be reduced.
Chemical and mineral sunscreens exist, and in some cases both are combined in one formula. Mineral sunscreens act like a protective shield that, thanks to ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, prevents the sun's rays from penetrating the skin. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, protect the skin from UV rays by absorbing them.
In the end, it's also about making the application of the sunscreen as pleasant as possible. For dark skin tones, we also recommend chemical sun protection, as this does not leave a white film.
#2 Make your grooming routine a new priority
Your skin should be a priority because this important organ does so much for you. It is, among other things, a protective barrier against mechanical, thermal and physical injuries and harmful substances. Your skin prevents the loss of moisture and reduces the effects of UV radiation. It is also an important sensory organ, helps regulate temperature and produces vitamin D.
Apart from the numerous other functions that we could enumerate, the skin is also one of the most important features of a person's appearance. Unfortunately, many people know how psychologically stressful and painful unhealthy skin can be.
Fortunately, more and more people are prioritizing their own health over time, but skin health is often overlooked. Therefore, it is time that healthy skin also moved more into the focus of our minds. Instead of punishing blemishes with aggressive skin care, let's ask ourselves what our skin needs to heal.
Skin care is self care!
#4 Your time to relax
And last but not least, don't forget that your skin care routine should be your time to relax! Instead of seeing facial care as something you have to do, it's something you treat yourself to.
In the morning you can collect yourself and recharge your batteries during your care routine for the day. In your evening routine, you can then let go of the stress of the day and prepare for bed.
Use it as a time for yourself. Light a candle, take a bath in front of it, put on relaxing music or make a ritual out of your skin care routine. Especially in today's stressful and hectic times, everyone deserves a moment for themselves.
Cover photo by Jasmine Chew