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Daily Skin Care Routine – 5 Simple Steps For Every Skin Type

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Daily Skin Care Routine – 5 Simple Steps For Every Skin Type March 16, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if your skin just took care of itself? No need to worry about cracks, wrinkles or anything like that! Just turn up looking flawless all the time! Well sadly, there isn’t anyone in the world who has that luxury. Depending on your skin type, there is actually a lot you should be doing to keep your skin healthy and pretty.

Did you know most women aren’t fully aware of their skin type? In this article, you will gain insight on how to determine your skin type and find information on how you can customize your skin care routine to suit your skin type.

Know Your Skin Type

  • Normal Skin

Normal skin has a balanced feel to it. That is, neither does it feel dry nor does it feel oily or sensitive.

  • Oily Skin

If you are constantly blotting or washing your skin to combat greasiness, you have oily skin. Oily skin tends to have larger sebaceous glands to produce excess oil. This skin type is usually genetically inherited and is prone to acne.

  • Dry Skin

Dry skin has a compromised moisture barrier through which moisture keeps escaping through the course of the day. This skin type feels taut and is easily irritated. Dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging than other skin types.

  • Combination Skin

If your skin has more than one texture, i.e., if it is dry in some places and oily in others, it is likely that you have combination skin. Typically, people with combination skin experience oiliness around their T-zone and dryness everywhere else.

  • Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is prone to irritation more than other skin types. If you are constantly finding red patches on your skin and are more susceptible to acne, it is likely that you have sensitive skin.

  • Aging Skin

Aging skin has three determining factors – fine lines/wrinkles, dark spots, and skin sagging. Dry skin tends to age faster than other skin types and therefore the skincare regimen for both aging and dry skin is similar.

How To Customize Your Skin Care Regimen To Suit Your Skin Type

What Should My Daily Skin Care Routine Look Like?

It is not uncommon to be unsure of how to care for your skin type. In this section, you will get to know about different skin types and what kind of products you should use.

1. Daily Skin Care Routine For Normal Skin

1. Daily Skin Care Routine For Normal Skin

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When it comes to normal skin, a simple CTM routine in the morning can do wonders for maintaining the health of your skin. To keep your skin looking radiant and healthy, follow the steps listed below.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Cleanse your skin with a gentle sulfate-free cleanser. Sulfate-free cleansers do not dry out your skin and do a good job of getting rid of any excess oil or grime that might have settled in your skin.

Step 2: Tone

You must, at all costs, avoid toners with alcohol in them. Not only are these products extremely harsh on your skin, but they also dehydrate it and lead to dryness. Instead, use toners with natural ingredients such as rosewater.

Step 3: Moisturize

Using a moisturizer with SPF will help hydrate your skin while protecting it from the sun. Look for something that has an SPF value of 25 or more. Also look for products that are non-comedogenic and ones that are specially formulated for the face.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.

Step 2: Tone

Tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.

Step 3: Serum

Invest in an antioxidant serum. These serums help nourish your skin and improve its defense. They also contain ingredients such as algae extract and vitamin C, which promote healthy cell turnover and keep your skin looking vibrant. Keep an eye out for revitalizing ingredients such as rosemary and peppermint.

Additional Treatments 

1. Exfoliate With Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is gentle on your skin and possesses the ability to deeply penetrate it. It dissolves and sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter and feeling smoother.

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2. Daily Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

2. Daily Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

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Because of the larger oil glands, oily skin needs a little extra care than dry skin. But on the bright side, this skin type is not prone to premature aging.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

It is important to invest in a cleansing facewash if you have oily skin. You can also look for oil-free cleansing foams for this skin type. Keep an eye out for sulfate-free products as these will control oiliness while cutting the risk of drying out your skin.

Step 2: Tone

An alcohol-free toner with ingredients such as sodium PCA, witch hazel, or geranium is the way to go when dealing with oily skin. These astringent ingredients help clean your skin and refine your pores without damaging or dehydrating your skin.

Step 3: Moisturize

Contrary to popular belief, moisturizing is crucial even for oily skin types. Dehydrated skin can kick your sebaceous glands into overdrive, leaving your skin in worse condition than before. Look for oil-free moisturizers. Non-comedogenic lotions are usually a good option for oily skin. These products feel light on your skin, keep it hydrated, and leave it with a matte finish. Alternatively, if you have extremely oily skin, you can choose to invest in a good hydrating gel.

Step 4: SPF

Slathering on sunscreen is not the most appealing idea if you have oily skin. However, this is simply because you probably have not been using the right products. Sunscreens with zinc oxide can make a world of difference to your skin care routine. These products leave your skin with a matte finish while also preventing breakouts. Honestly, it’s a win-win no matter how you look at it.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.

Step 2: Tone

Tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.

Step 3: Serum

Alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids can help refine the appearance of large pores. They also brighten your skin while fading dark spots. Serums with these ingredients are a must if you deal with dullness or large pores. If you tend to have a lot of breakouts, look for serums that contain salicylic acid and/or tea tree oil.

Step 4: Retinol Cream

With regular use, retinol creams can also help refine your pores and completely transform your skin.

Additional Treatments

  1. Clay Mask

A clay mask can help absorb excess oil from your skin while exfoliating it. The trick with clay masks is that they need to be removed before they dry completely.

  1. Face Oil

This might sound a little counter-productive, but massaging your face with oil can help unclog your pores and soothe your sebaceous glands. Ensure to wash off the oil after a couple of minutes of massaging.

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3. Daily Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin

3. Daily Skin Care Routine For Dry Skin

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Caring for dry skin is pretty simple. Since your skin is dehydrated, you need to keep it hydrated.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Invest in a mild cleanser that does not lather or foam. These are gentle on your skin and get rid of dirt without stripping your skin of moisture.

Step 2: Tone

Look for extremely mild ingredients in your toner. Toners with ingredients such as cucumber and aloe vera help clean your face while keeping it hydrated.

Step 3: Antioxidant serum

An antioxidant serum will help reinforce your skin’s defense. It also helps curb collagen breakdown.

Step 4: Moisturizer with SPF

Invest in a hydrating moisturizer for dry skin and look for one with a minimum SPF of 15.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.

Step 2: Tone

Tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.

Step 3: Serum

A retinol serum will penetrate your skin and slough off dead skin cells, all while revealing a healthier layer of skin. It will also help prevent the formation of fine lines.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Since dry skin is prone to aging and fine lines, using an eye cream can keep your skin looking youthful and healthy for a long time. An eye cream that contains peptides can help boost collagen activity, improving skin cell turnover.

Step 4: Moisturize

Invest in a night cream with a high hydrating value. Moisturizers that contain evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, cranberry oil, phospholipids, borage oil, or rosehip seed oil are good options as they act like the natural lipids in your skin and reinforce your skin’s moisture barrier.

Additional Treatments

  1. Peel

Dry skin tends to flake, which can lead to buildup of dead skin cells. A gentle peel can help remove these dead skin cells and make your skin more receptive to the products you are using.

  1. Face Oil

You can use a face oil as an alternative to night cream if you have severely dry skin. You can leave the oil on overnight.

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4. Daily Skin Care Routine For Combination Skin

4. Daily Skin Care Routine For Combination Skin

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Since combination skin is a mixture of dry and oily areas, it is important to find a middle ground for treating it. This is why a skin care routine for combination skin can mimic steps from other routines.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Follow the instructions given for oily skin. If this is too drying for you, switch to using a cleansing lotion that does not foam or lather.

Step 2: Tone

Follow the instructions given for oily skin.

Step 3: Moisturize

While you do not need to use an oil-free moisturizer for combination skin, invest in a lightweight mattifying moisturizer that will control oiliness while keeping your skin hydrated.

Step 4: SPF

Follow the instructions given for oily skin.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.

Step 2: Tone

Tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.

Step 3: Serum

Follow the instructions given for oily skin. Follow this by applying a retinol serum, which will help exfoliate your skin while preventing the formation of fine lines.

Step 4: Moisturize

Moisturize your face with the same product that you use in the morning.

Additional Treatments

  1. Mask

Use a clay mask for the oily areas of your skin. This will help absorb excess oils without drying out the rest of your skin. Ensure to remove the mask before it dries.

  1. Face oil

Massage your face with face oil every couple of days to keep your skin hydrated and also control oil production.

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5. Daily Skin Care Routine For Sensitive Skin

5. Daily Skin Care Routine For Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive skin requires the use of gentle products. It is a good idea to invest in hypoallergenic products as these are gentle and do not cause irritation.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Use a gentle cleansing lotion that does not lather or foam to wash your face in the morning. This will help get rid of dirt without irritating your skin.

Step 2: Tone

Avoid toners that contain alcohol. Invest in one that contains ingredients such as green tea, white tea, chamomile, and beta-glucan, as they are anti-inflammatory and help reinforce your skin’s immune system.

Step 3: Moisturize

Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic is the way to go when shopping for a moisturizer for sensitive skin. These products will keep your skin hydrated without irritating it.

Step 4: SPF

Follow the instructions given for oily skin.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.

Step 2: Tone

Use the same toner that you use in the morning.

Step 3: Moisturize

Use the same moisturizer that you use in the morning.

Additional Treatments

  1. Gel Mask

A gel mask can be soothing and therapeutic if you have sensitive skin as it helps calm aggravated and inflamed skin with its cool temperature.

  1. Lactic Acid Serum

A lactic acid serum will gently exfoliate your skin and keep it healthy without being too harsh on it. 

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6. Daily Skin Care Routine For Aging Skin

6. Daily Skin Care Routine For Aging Skin

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The skin care routine for aging skin is very similar to the routine for dry skin. This is because dry skin is prone to premature aging.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Follow the instructions given for dry skin. It is important to remember to extend all the treatments to your neck when dealing with aging skin.

Step 2: Tone

Follow the instructions given for dry skin. It is also a good idea to invest in toners that contain alpha-hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids as they help brighten your skin and fade dark spots.

Step 3: Serum

Apply an antioxidant serum as this will help keep your skin healthy while promoting healthy skin cell turnover. The skin cell turnover process becomes inefficient as your skin starts to age. An antioxidant serum will help keep the process running smoothly.

Step 4: Moisturize

Follow the instructions given for dry skin.

Night Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Follow the instructions given for dry skin.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Use a physical exfoliator that contains round beads. These are gentler on your skin than chemical exfoliators and work best on aging skin.

Step 3: Tone

Follow the instructions given for dry skin.

Step 4: Serum

Follow the instructions given for dry skin. It is also a good idea to consult a dermatologist to get a prescription retinol serum as these are more effective for aging skin.

Step 5: Moisturize

Follow the instructions given for dry skin. Additionally, look for night creams that are specially formulated for aging skin.

Additional Treatments

  1. Peel

A glycolic peel will help with additional exfoliation to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.

  1. Brightening Serum

If you have a lot of dark spots and hyperpigmentation on your skin, a brightening serum can help reverse this and make your skin radiant.

  1. Face Oil

Your skin starts to dry out as it ages because your skin’s moisture barrier starts to get damaged. A face oil can help keep your skin hydrated.

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Daily Skin Care Routine Tips For Perfect And Healthy Skin – For All Skin Types

  • Wash Your Face Twice

Washing your face twice a day will keep it clean and prevent breakouts. It is essential not to overwash your face as this will lead to dryness and will damage your moisture barrier. If you have oily skin, do not wash your face more than three times a day.

  • Remove Your Makeup

Never forget to remove your makeup before you go to bed. Makeup can clog your pores and will not give your skin a chance to “breathe.” This can lead to breakouts and skin aggravation.

  • Moisturize Your Skin

Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing must be an essential part of your skin care routine. Your skin needs moisture more than anything else and you must give it what it needs.

  • Cool Showers > Hot Showers

Hot showers open up your pores which leads to moisture loss. To prevent this, try to use cool/warm water to shower and wash your face.

  • Stay Hydrated

This goes without saying. Staying hydrated will give your skin the moisture it needs to stay healthy. If you are dehydrated, no amounts of moisturizer can help revive your skin.

  • Get 8 Hours Of Sleep

Sleep helps keep the cells in your body healthy. The lack of sleep can take a toll on the cell turnover process, leading to skin damage.

Don’t Forget The Sunscreen

The sun is the biggest damaging factor when it comes to your skin, and so it is essential to stay protected from it. Always wear a sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer with a minimum sun protection factor of 15-20.

Keeping your skin healthy might sometimes seem like an impossible task, but the trick is to find what works best for your skin. Everyone’s skin is different and customizing your routine to cater to your needs is one of the most productive steps you could take to optimize your skincare routine. Don’t forget to tell us how this routine worked for you in the comments section below.

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