I believe that skincare is important for any person. A major issue however is that many people find skincare inaccessible and don’t know where to start. By sharing my experiences, I hope to aid at least one reader in starting or changing their routine.
Sometimes brands give their own recommendations but I would suggest doing your skincare routine at least once a day. I usually do it in the morning so I’ve got healthier looking and feeling skin throughout the day, but I also do it in the evening sometimes.
Sadly, there is no ‘magic bullet’ for skincare, so you will have to explore a little and see which products work the best for you. I use Kaeso Beauty because they work for my skin and come in quite large amounts so I don’t need to buy more too often.
Before trying to buy anything, you should know about skin types. There are 4 different types:
Dry | Oily | Combined | Normal
The first 2 are self-explanatory and combined is simply when your face has both oily and dry parts. Ironically, normal skin is by far the rarest type so don’t worry if you don’t have it. That is why major skincare brands often have at least 3 different versions of each product so they can cover a larger demographic. If you are unsure of your skin type, I would recommend buying products designed for combined skin and adjusting if necessary. If you find that the products make your skin too shiny / oily, maybe try products designed for oily skin and vice versa. I personally have combined skin so usually use combined products, although I tend to use hydrating products when my dry patches flare up.
I always start with cleanser, which removes make-up, dead skin, oil, dirt and general grime from your face. I don’t wear make-up very often but mine is exceptional at unclogging my pores which is a big plus for me as I already suffer from an abundance of blackheads. Usually, you need to wash this product off so perhaps not the best when in a rush.
This helps clean pores but also closes them and I find that to be its biggest function. If your pores are closed, it reduces how much dirt and oil can get into them. Furthermore, this is a product that soaks into your skin so you can use it on-the-go. Just remember to get a bottle with a spray nozzle if you plan on using it in a hurry as I’ve made that mistake before. It tends to last a while and really revitalises my skin.
Although you can use chemical ones, physical exfoliators (usually hard particles in some form of gel) are the most common type and rub off the top layer of dead skin to reveal the fresh skin underneath. It removes a lot of texture if that’s something bothering you; the one I use has a moisturising effect too so works wonders on those dry patches I mentioned.
This is the least necessary item on the list but, if you fancy something a little extra, this is a great choice. On one hand, they vary wildly and it can take a while to find one that works for you. On the other hand, they help replenish moisture, improve complexion and have a much longer lasting effect than most other products. These do tend to sell at a higher price point however and is really a bonus step.
This is effectively a serum with a much shorter effect but I do think it is very important. They’re much easier to find, easier to pay for and it’s easier to find one that works for you. Serums tend to have a lot of unnecessary ingredients that are more for show whereas moisturisers usually have simpler but more effective ingredients. Another essential, especially for those with dry skin.
Avoid scented products, they are often bad for your skin.
A cleanser, toner and moisturiser are good for beginners.
Don’t be afraid to try new stuff and shop around.
Try to do your routine regularly to see an effect.
Sometimes you need different products for different circumstances.
And finally, the most important thing to remember is that you should do it for you. Skincare does usually improve the visual appearance of skin but the actual health of your skin and how you feel about it is exponentially more important than what others may think of it.