How to build your very own morning & night time routine

For the longest time ever, my morning & night skincare routine consist of me washing my face and slapping on aloe vera. It wasn’t until late last year that I read up on a morning & night skincare routine & fully understand it. Till now, I’m still slowly learning what works for my skin.

Following a routine is crucial in helping your skin to address different needs such as hydrating, minimizing pores & sebum production. Hence, these steps are layered in a way that protects & preserves your skin.

You don’t have to follow these steps to a T but it’s a stepping stone for you to know more and understand what these steps do before you develop one that works best for you.

Before doing anything else, you have to find out which category your skin belongs to:

  1. Oily: other than your T-Zone, your cheeks & your chin is oily too.
  2. Dry: you don’t get oily, but you do suffer from flaky skin.
  3. Sensitive: you may see red patches or your skin may feel itchy and tight at times.
  4. Combination/ Normal: you have oily T-zone but the other areas of your face are not too oily or dry.

After finding out what skin type you have, these are the steps to a morning/ night routine but always remember that to always search for products that are suitable for your skin type!

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Let’s talk about morning routine first!

Step 1: Cleanser

  • This step is crucial as it helps you to wash off the dust accumulated from the previous night.
  • Look for something that is suitable for your skin type
  • p/s: if you want, you can totally double cleanse

Step 2: Toner

  • After cleaning, toner will help to balance the pH value of your skin
  • Using cotton pad to wipe away the remaining dirt, this will help you to make sure your face is thoroughly cleanse before putting anything else.

 

Step 3: Antioxidant Serum

  • The serum helps to protect your skin from harmful effects of pollution that can accumulate in your pores throughout the day.
  • The best kind is to find those with hydrating ingredients or those that can help with premature aging.

 

Step 4: Eye-cream

  • Did you know that pre-mature wrinkles can appear when you are in your early 20’s?
  • This is where eye-creams can help you to slow down signs of aging by preventing water loss and improve elasticity around the eyes.

Step 5: Acne Spot Treatment

  • This is not a necessary step for everyone. A spot treatment is the fastest way to go if you develop a zit & you want it to disappear the next day.

Step 6: Moisturizer

  • The purpose of moisturizers is to locks and seal moisture in skin which is why it’s the second last step in your morning routine.
  • Contrary to popular belief, whether you have oily, dry, sensitive, normal skin, everyone needs a moisturizer.

Step 7: Sunscreen

  • Last but not least, sunscreen. This is the last barrier to protect your skin against UV rays.
  • This is especially important for you if you live at a tropical country.

Now for night time!

Step 1: Cleanser

  • Most people choose to double cleanse at night as there are a lot more dust particles stuck to your face.

Step 2: Toner

  • What’s different from this step in the morning is, instead of using cotton pad to wipe all the dirt accumulated from last night, now you pat it in using your hands.

Step 3: Eye cream

  • After a long day, your eye cream will help you to replenish the moisture lost while you sleep.

Step 4: Treatment

  • You can use anti-aging serum, acne treatments, clay mask on different areas on your face to target specific problems

Step 5: Hydrating mask/ face oil

  • There are specific face oils for oily skin! But do be careful and do your research first as not all face oil can be used for oily skin.
  • And the key to keeping your oil under control is to make sure that it is hydrated enough so that it won’t overproduced oil to compensate for the loss of moisture.
  • Needless to say, for dry skin, a hydrating face mask or face oil is your lifesaver to having soft & supple skin!

Step 6: Moisturizer/night cream

  • Night cream will help you to wake up with plump skin as it boosts collagen in your skin and also helps better blood circulation.

That covers all the step needed for your morning & night routine! I know it’s a lot to take in especially if you just started learning about skincare, but feel free to come back to this blog post for more reference. 🙂

The comment section down below is always open for you!

Till next time!

Xoxo,

Claudia

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