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How many times have you found yourself wandering which product comes first in your skin care routine? Should you put primer before or after your moisturizer? What comes first what comes last? There serums and toner and treatments…who wouldn’t get confused?
If you think I was born with the inherent knowledge of the correct order in which to apply my skin care routine, think again. Until a couple of months ago I had no idea what a skin care routine consisted of. But let me get things from the beginning.
I have very oily skin and I suffered from severe acne for quite some time. When I first got my acne under control I was only using two things, a cleanser and a moisturizer.
I’m going to be honest here and say that sometimes I was using my moisturizer because I thought it was making my face more oily but after some advice from my dermatologist I realized not using my moisturizer was causing excess oil production. It’s a circle; not using moisturizer makes your face dry and the dryness results in an oily face.
How I developed my own Skin Care Routine
Even though my face was much better after my treatment I still had a few breakouts and I was afraid that if I used more products I would cause more breakouts. I developed my skin care routine over time with products that are right for my skin and now my face is in a really good condition and I only get pimples every now and then.
To get here I tried a number of different products and I did my research. My skin is oily and acne prone so I make sure everything I buy is right for me. So the first step for everyone is to find your skin type and determine your skin’s needs. There are so many moisturisers and serums and primers on the market that the search for the right one can get overwhelming. That’s why you should know what you skin needs before beginning your search.
Now that you know your skin type and what you need it’s time to get to the practical stuff. I’m going to talk about my own skin care routine.
My everyday morning skin care routine consists of 7 steps:
- Eye cream
- Spot Treatment
These are the steps I follow in my morning routine, I’m going to also show you the products I like and use regularly but keep in mind that not all products are suitable for every skin so before buying anything make sure it’s suitable for you and your skin.
Step 1: Cleanser
The most important step in your skin care routine should always be to clean your skin of any dirt and residue oil your face produce overnight. In order to build an effective routine and for products to be as effective as possible you should start with a clean face. I use the La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel since it is specifically created for oily skin and it cleans my face of oil. It can be a little drying but since I use a serum and moisturize my face properly I don’t really have a problem.
Step 2: Serum
After a thorough cleansing I use a serum. If you use toner use it right after cleaning your face a wait a few minutes to dry before continuing with your serum. I don’t use a toner that’s why I don’t include it here. I don’t really have a personal opinion.
I recently started using a serum. Serums are essential for your skin health and that’s why you shouldn’t skip them. There quite a few different serums on the market but don’t just buy the first one you see, research out the ingredients and their properties.
Find the best one for your skin type and add I to your everyday routine. My serum is by The Ordinary and contains two ingredients,Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, that help with existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts which are perfect for my oily and acne prone skin.
Also, you can use a jade roller to massage your serum. I’m still in the hunt for the perfect Jade Roller so no personal experience yet on the matter.
Step 3: Eye Cream
I have to admit I’m not a fan of eye cream and until recently I didn’t use one. I always thought that I didn’t really need an eye cream and to be honest visibly I can’t say I have seen any dramatic changes but I have decided to continue using it and actually find one that I really like. At some point I read an article about skin care and that even though we think we may not need an eye if we start using one early we may save ourselves a lot of trouble in te future.
That’s why I decided to start using one and I will continue to use it! I have a travel sized eye cream from Seventeen (it’s a Greek company) but I will be buying a proper one soon.
Step 4: Spot Treatment
Not all people use spot treatments but if you have or had in the past an acne problem, like me, you know how frustrating it is to try and figure out when to apply it. Even though my active acne days are long past me I still get pimples every now and then and a spot treatment is my third most important product, after my cleanser and moisturizer.
Make sure your serum is completely dry before applying your treatment. I really like the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for spot treatment.
Step 5: Moisturizer
Moisturizing and cleansing your skin are the most important parts of a skin care routine. Find a moisturizer that matches your skin type and needs. I have used quite a lot of moisturizers some were good some not so good and I did learn some things on the way. If you have oily skin like me make sure you only use oil-free products, also I found I liked natural and vegan products more than the heavy chemical ones. Currently, I use the La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive Fluide and I’m very happy with the results.
Step 6: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is also very important and we should use it both in the summer and winter. You want to protect your face from the sun ray so make sure your sunscreen has a high SPF, ideally it should have an SPF 50. I want a light sunscreen so I use the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light SPF50+. If you haven’t realized it yet I love La Roche Posay.
Also, if you plan on going out and you don’t want to put on foundation you can use a tinted sunscreen that offers both sun protection and some light cover like the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream Anti-Shine Tinted Pump SPF50+.
Those are the 6 steps for my morning skin care routine, now you can proceed with your usual makeup routine. I definitely plan showing you my makeup routine in a future post so keep an eye out.
You can find my Makeup Routine here: My Makeup Routine: The Complete Guide
I know they may sound a lot and you think you don’t have time for all these steps but believe me my skin care routine isn’t as time consuming as you may think and once you found your own skin care routine you will understand why it is worth it.
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