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A Beginner’s Guide to a Skincare Routine

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and, yet, it is largely neglected by us. The reason why many tend to neglect skincare and body care is because there’s just so much information out there and It can get very overwhelming. So, here’s your guide to a simple skincare routine!

A lot of people don’t venture too much into skincare also because of all the steps involved. But it doesn’t have to be a very complicated 8-step routine! Simple is, more often than not, better. 

Figuring Out Your Skin Type

Before you embark on your skincare journey, you have to know what your skin type is! Roughly there are three four skin types: -

  1. Dry Skin - If you have dry skin, over the course of the day you can feel your skin getting tighter. Your skin may look a little dull too and you’re constantly moisturising your face.

  2. Oily Skin – If you have oily skin, you’ll find that your face gets pretty greasy over the course of the day. Because of the excess oil, you’ll probably have a lot of blackheads, whiteheads and acne too.

  3. Combination Skin – Now this skin type is a mixture of the above two. What does that mean? Well, it means that your skin is dry in some part and oily in others (generally the T-zone). You may find that your skin leans more towards the dry side during the winter and a little too oily during the summer.

  4. Normal Skin – If your skin type is normal, then lucky you! Your skin is pretty well-balanced, not too oily and not too dry.

Knowing your skin-type is really important as it allows you to choose products that can cater to your skin type and concerns. For example, if you have oily skin, you probably don’t a cream that’s too creamy and thick!

Now, if your skin tends to get red or irritated pretty quickly, you have sensitive skin. You can have allergic reactions to certain ingredients so it’s all about picking and choosing the right products. Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter whether your skin is dry, oily or combination, it can still be sensitive! 

You don’t always have to consult a dermatologist before starting a skincare routine but, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to check with a dermatologist, just in case!

The Basics

Now that you know what your skin type is, let’s get down to what your skincare routine should consist of!

  1. Cleanser
    The first step of a skincare routine is to cleanse your face thoroughly. This gets really important at night because, throughout the day, our face comes in contact with dust, pollution and other environmental stressors. Cleansing allows your skin to breathe.

    If you wear makeup, or even if you wear sunscreen, you should ideally double cleanse at night. This means, first remove your makeup and sunscreen with an oil-based cleanser, milk cleanser or a simple micellar water and then go in with an organic, gel-based sulphate-free cleanser that is suited to your skin-type. A double cleanse is gentle on your skin, not stripping away your skin’s natural oils and, despite this, is highly effective.
    Avoid using makeup wipes at all costs because they contain alcohol and that can irritate and dry out your skin!

    You should also exfoliate or scrub your skin once to twice a week but not more than that! Excessive scrubbing can irritate your skin and also cause microtears. Exfoliation helps get rid of any dead cells, revealing clearer and brighter skin.

  2. Face Mist
    Face mists are great for hydrating your skin, balancing pH and prepping the skin for next steps. You can also use a face mist at any time during the day to freshen up and can even use it to set your makeup. Depending on your skin type, a lot of face mists and toners are available in the market. For example, if you have sensitive skin, our Lavender and Chamomile face mist is a great choice. Both lavender and chamomile are very soothing and gentle on the skin. Read more about our face mists *here*.

  3. Moisturiser
    There is a common misconception that people with oily skin don’t need to use a moisturiser. This is not necessarily true. Often, if your skin is too oily, it could be because you’re not hydrating and moisturising enough! Now, hydration and moisturisation are two different things that re often used interchangeably. Hydration refers to water. If you’re not drinking enough water, it could be a reason for your skin being dehydrated! Moisturisers can contain hydrating ingredients but their main purpose is to lock all that hydration into your skin.

    Facial oils work as excellent moisturisers and, yes, they work for oily skin as well! Facial oils can be light-weight, fast-absorbing and great at controlling sebum production. They’re hydrating too and are even suited to sensitive skin.

    Night creams tend to be thicker because, at night, your skin recovers and replenishes itself and does tend to require more moisturisation (you’re also not hydrating as much as you would during the day either).

  4. Sunscreen
    Do not get lazy with sunscreen! It is super important! From an anti-ageing point of view, sunscreen is a must. Exposure to the sun causes hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Then there is the more serious matter of skin cancer (which is incidentally the only preventable cancer). There are a lot many sunscreens available today that cater to different skin-types. There are also physical and chemical sunscreens. We’ll go into which is what in a later post.

    If you have sensitive skin, a physical sunscreen is a good idea but they tend to leave a white cast so be mindful of that!

Start with these four products and see how you do. If you feel you want to try more, you can use a face mask once to twice or week. If you’re struggling with puffy eyes and dark circles, you can also incorporate eye creams into your skincare routine. Apply an eye cream before your facial oil so that the latter can lock-in all that goodness from the eye cream!

If you’re new to skincare, it can be hard to form a habit of doing it in the morning and at night. But it’s a must! Try attaching any new habit to a pre-existing task. For example, make a rule that you’ll wash your face in the shower and apply any mists, oils or creams later. At night, be sure to wash your face after you brush your teeth. Grounding your new habits with tasks you already perform is a great way of sticking to your habits!

We’re all so particular about our bodies, and yet, we neglect our skin! Whether you’re a boy or a girl, old or young, you skin is a part of you and deserves some attention and care. They say when you look good, you feel good and skincare is such an important step. So, take the time to pamper yourself with a skincare routine. Enjoy every step and process and celebrate being in your own skin!

At Juicy Chemistry, we believe that your skin deserves the best of the best. Our products are certified-organic and don’t contain any synthetic additives. They’re preservative-free and cruelty free and cater to all skin-types. Shop our collection *here*.

REFERENCES

  1. https://arizonaderm.com/how-to-build-skincare-routine-beginners/
  2. https://www.allure.com/story/beginner-skin-care-routine
  3. https://www.self.com/story/guide-to-skin-care
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/tmagazine/skincare-routine
  5. https://www.skincare.com/article/a-beginners-guide-to-starting-a-skin-care-routine
  6. https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/the-absolute-beginner-s-guide-to-skincare-20190320-p515qc.html

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