We heard that you have been giving your skin the cold shoulder lately. You stare at the mirror every single day and utter the same exact words: “It is high time I start a daily skincare routine”, but you never do it anyway. Why? Perhaps you are worried about the 7 different steps that you have to follow or maybe you have no clue about what products to apply, which product goes on top of what, and what do these products do. This might be confusing but not anymore.
Good news! We are going to help you follow a step-by-step guide to a daily skincare routine. And you know what’s the best part? You don’t even have to follow all these 7 steps as some of them are optional. Some faces only need a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. That’s it. Easy as a pie!! All you need to do is follow the steps below:
Rise and shine! Even before you sip your morning coffee, you have to rinse your face with water and gently massage your face wash onto your skin; then wash it with lukewarm water and not hot water as relaxing as it may seem. Cleansing your face twice per day ( in the morning and at night) removes dirt and impurities that can cause clogged pores, acne breakout, and dullness. Always make sure that your hands are clean, and remove your makeup with a cleansing oil (and not makeup wipes) before slathering the cleanser on.
What? You are already complaining? You don’t need this extra shot of nutrients? Of course, you do. Although toners are optional and each type of them has a different role, you can use them to hydrate your skin, dissolve blackheads or even treat acne and pumps. You can apply the same toner in the morning and at night but never use an acid-based toner at night if you are already using retinol. Opt for toners that contain BHA or AHA.
Sometimes, Toners and serums could be mistaken as one and the same but they are not. While toners provide light-weight hydration, serums offer intense yet light-weight hydration and treat hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines. In the morning, apply a serum that contains antioxidants ( dermatologist swears by using vitamin C serum!); while at night, choose a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid.
Btw, a serum is optional too!
- Eye cream
Frankly, eye creams are not necessary for most people. However, they improve the health and thickness of the eyelid skin and prevent fine lines and collagen loss. Now, if you don’t want to use it, this is totally fine as long you are applying moisturizer and sunscreen around your eye area. In case you have changed your mind, opt for an eye cream with a metal roller-ball applicator in the morning while choose a hydrating eye cream at night.
- Spot treatment
Wait a minute. Before you start complaining, let me tell you that this one is optional too! If you don’t have zits, scars, or dark spots, toss your spot treatments away. It is recommended to use spot treatments with hydroquinone or niacinamide, but never overuse them as they may cause irritation. Talk to your skin; address its needs; then treat it right away!
If you are waiting to read “ this is optional”, sorry this is not going to happen. Moisturizing is a must. Always. Twice per day! Moisturizers not only hydrate your skin but also confine all the products underneath so that they will be more efficient. Yes, yes, they can do miracles.
It is better to apply hyaluronic-based moisturizer in the morning and keep the thicker and heavier one for the night.
Congratulations!! You have reached the final step. Whether it is freezing cold or burning hot, you have to wear sunscreen as it is the only armor against harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer. While buying a sunscreen, make sure that it has an SPF of at least 30 and the label reads “broad-spectrum”. Even though the sunscreen is the last step of your skincare routine, this doesn’t mean that you have to apply it once. Make sure to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, especially during summertime.
The steps are not complicated as you thought, right? Now, there is no turning back. Befriend your skin, pamper it a little more, and show it some love. How do you do that? The question is simple. Follow this skincare routine and let the magic begin.
On a more serious note, please don’t say that you have no idea where to find these aforementioned skincare products because Pari Gallery has all these goodies that your skin will love. Check our website or mobile app and we are sure your cart will be full.