Finding the right skin care routine for you isn’t always easy. There are many different types of products out there, so it can be difficult to know where to start.
We’ve broken down a basic daily skin care routine, from the order to use the products in and the difference between a morning and evening routine.
Plus, we’ve given a few skin care product recommendations to get you started.
Your morning skincare routine:
Although the basics of a morning and evening skincare routine will be the same, your skin needs slightly different things when you wake up and when you go to sleep. Here’s what your morning routine should include:
Start with cleansing
To start of your morning skincare routine, it’s best to wash your face. This removes any oils or dirt which can help your skin avoid blockages which can cause acne (1). You should look for a cleanser that suits your skin’s type.
If you’re not sure what your skin type is, you could try: Skin Academy Zero Face Wash This is a vegan friendly skin was that uses sacha inchi and coconut oils to hydrate your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
Time to tone
Toners help to remove any oils or dirt that are still on your skin after cleansing. They can also help the rest of your skincare products to absorb. If you have sensitive skin, look for a toner with hydrating ingredients.
Apply your serum
If you want to use a facial serum, this is the best time to apply it. These are designed to tackle specific skin concerns, so you’ll need to think about what is right for you. If you want to tackle acne, for example, you might want to use a serum that had vitamin C to reduce redness and inflation.
Serums are lighter than moisturisers so they can penetrate deeper into your skin, without it feeling greasy.
Now it’s time to apply your moisturiser, this helps hydrate your skin leaving it feeling soft. There are many moisturisers available, and you might find you need a different one in the winter and in the summer (more on winter skincare here).
You could try Skin Academy Zero Day Cream
It’s made with shea butter, for it’s natural healing properties, and coconut oil which helps hydrate skin throughout the day. Simply massage into to clean and dry skin.
If you want to take extra care of the skin around your eyes, you might want to consider using an eye cream. The Skin Academy Zero Eye Cream helps to moisturise and hydrate the areas around your eyes.
Don’t forget SPF
UV rays found in sunlight are the main causes of skin ageing and can cause skin cancer (2). To help protect yourself make sure to apply sun cream in the morning and just before you go out. For more advice on sun cream and SPF, here’s our blog on sun protection at home.
How to look after your skin before bed
Our bodies repair themselves over night, so here’s how to make the most of that time with a night-time skin care routine.
Remove any make up, or dirt and oils from the day
Like your morning routine, you should cleanse your skin with your chosen cleanser or face wash at night. This helps to remove any makeup you were wearing, and any residue on your skin from the day.
Time to exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin can help get rid of dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling nourished and soft.
How often you should exfoliate will depend on your skin type, to start with try once or twice a week and see how your skin reacts.
For a natural facial scrub, try Skin Academy Zero Face Scrub, the apricot seeds help to remove any dead skin cells.
Pamper yourself with a face mask
If you’re using a face mask in the evening, you should use it after your usual cleanser to make sure your skin is clean, then follow up with the rest of your routine. It depends on the type of mask you’re using to how often you should use it, but generally you might want to do a mask once or twice a week.
If you’re looking for a mask to help cleanse your skin, you could try the Skin Academy Detoxifying Mud Mask which has vitamin C to help revitalise your skin and charcoal to remove impurities.
Or, if you want an extra hydration boost try the Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask. It’s easy to apply and helps rehydrate and soften your skin.
Use a toner
Like in the morning, a toner helps to remove any dirt and oils left on your skin after cleansing. To save yourself some money, you can use the same toner in the morning and evening.
Hydrate your face and eyes
If your eyes are a focus area, this is the time to apply your eye cream. Try to focus on what your specific concerns, for example if your eyes tend to be puffy use a cream or serum that targets puffiness.
Once you’ve used your eye cream, then it’s time to moisturise. You might want to use a night cream that is richer than your day cream as it will absorb into your skin while you sleep.
You could try Skin Academy Zero Night Cream that has green tea extracts, sacha inchi oil and sweet almond oils to hydrate your skin while you sleep.
Facial oils for extra hydration
If you’re skin needs a little extra hydration, you could use a facial oil. Apply these after your moisturiser and spend a few minutes massaging it into your skin.
The Skin Academy Indulge Regenerating Facial Oil to help retain moisture in your skin and hydrates your skin without leaving any greasy residues.