building a kick-ass skin routine.
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Building a skincare routine perfect for you is hard to achieve. Skin types vary from person to person and can change depending on both internal and external circumstances e.g. puberty, stress, different washing powder. We can't with full confidence give you a skin routine tailored specifically for you, but we can definitely give you a guide to start.
It sounds cliche but by understanding what our skin is telling us first, we can pick the ingredients that work well with it.
We have curated the below routine as a rough guide for you to follow. Add or remove steps as you please and use products that work for your skin. A large part of the skincare journey is trial and error (trust me, you'll get there in the end!)
Step 1: cleanser.
Starting off with a cleanser is key to helping other products further along to really get into the skin and work their magic. Cleansers get rid of any built-up dirt you've acquired throughout the day, or excess sebum we want to say goodbye to. If you're going to do anything, CLEANSE.
Step 2: toner.
Toners are great at minimising the size of our pores and also get at any of the dirt our cleansers may have missed, making sure our skin is nice and clean.
Step 3: serums.
This is where you can really target any problem areas you want to address. Serums can help improve dullness, redness, or any pigmentation if you’re struggling with it. They’re also great for helping improve the appearance of wrinkles, not that this is something you need to worry about just yet but prevention is key!
Step 4: eye creams.
After all of those hours we spend staring at a screen, we need something to brighten up our under-eye area. By introducing an eye cream, it helps us look awake and have a glow, not forgetting that it hydrates the skin around our eyes also.
Step 5: spot treatment (optional).
If you suffer from acne-prone skin and have a few breakouts, this may be a great step to add into your routine. Any products with benzoyl peroxide are great for removing the bacteria on the skin, as well as reducing redness. Make sure that you use it a maximum of twice a day as it tends to be drying, so be careful. Spots, you’re no longer welcome.
Step 6: moisturiser.
Moisturise, moisturise moisturise! This is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine, even if you do tend to have more oily skin. If this is the case, then opt for a gel-based moisturiser, this way you get the benefits of moisturising without the feeling of that extra layer on your face.
Step 7: face Oil.
Face oils work by penetrating the skin, taking in all of those lovely products you’ve already used on your skin, whilst still keeping all of the nasty stuff out. They also create a barrier for any other product that goes to sit on top of this, which over time, can improve your skin's natural barrier which is a bonus.
Step 8: spf.
We always recommend wearing SPF. After what we’ve done to look after our skin and make it feel silky smooth, we want to protect it from the outside, especially the sun. The bare minimum SPF we expect you to be using on top of your SPF foundation (if you wear it) is SPF 30. Look after your skin.
Remember, always introduce one product into your routine at a time to see whether your skin agrees with it or not. Trying products out is key and don’t be disheartened if your routine doesn’t work out straight away, we know you’ll get there eventually.
Tip: If you love The Ordinary skincare as much as we do, head on over to deciem.com, and under their contact section, they have a form you can fill out, expressing any skincare concerns you may have, and they will personally get back to you with what product would work a treat.