Determine Your Skin Type.
In order to build a proper skin care routine, you first need to know what skin type you have and what your skin concerns are in order to find the right products for your needs. I can’t count the number of times when I worked at The Body Shop that customers would return items from the Tea Tree line, saying “I don’t get why this didn’t work for me – my friend uses this and her skin is beautiful!” While tea tree line is fantastic for treating blemished skin, it isn’t going to help the dry patches I’m seeing all over your face – in fact, it may dry your skin out even more. Your skin is different from your friends, and therefore needs different products. If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, you can start by reading 4 Common Skin Types and How to Determine Yours. This will give you an idea of what skin type you may have based on your concerns, and give you some key words to use with any consultant you may encounter in a skin care boutique.
De-clutter Your Product Stash.
I know, I know, this article is about building a skin care routine, but if you’re like me, you have a zillion products you don’t use on a regular basis – and most of them might not even be the right product for your needs. When I first became interested in skin care, I bought dozens of products based off of recommendations from friends (see above – you guessed it, my skin type was not the same as the people I was getting recommendations from). Most of these products now sit in a drawer, untouched and some even unopened because I just don’t need them. Take it from me, you will likely never need those products, so if they don’t address your skin type, toss them.
Start from Scratch.
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the products you don’t need, you can start building a suitable routine. When trying to determine the right products for your skin, less is more.
I initially started dabbling in skin care products to address dryness that made my foundation look patchy, and the occasional blemish on my chin. I had a cleanser, and a moisturizer to start, and then someone told me I needed a toner (“You don’t use a toner? You need it!” “Why?” “Everyone should use toner.”). Then I was told to use an oil before my moisturizer for the dryness. And a serum. And a spot treatment for the blemishes. And a mask twice a week to treat my skin. And an exfoliator for dry flaky spots. And a night cream. And a moisturizer with SPF for sunny days. And then I got more breakouts, so I got a cleanser meant for acne prone skin. And the list just goes on and on. Eventually, I was using eight or nine products in my daily routine – some of the products were to treat conditions caused by other products, but I had so many products in my routine that I couldn’t pin point exactly which product was causing an issue, and which products were treating my natural skin type.
So just do yourself a favor, and start over. I advise just starting with the bare essentials that everyone needs – a cleanser to get rid of any dirt and grime, and a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. You’ll need to wait a couple weeks to see the full results of how those two are affecting your skin – only then should you slowly add in products. If you still have blemishes, add in a spot treatment. Still having excessive dry patches? Maybe add in an oil. The key is adding only one product at a time so you can fully understand how that product is working for you skin. A tip to help you decide whether or not to keep the new product in your routine – if a new concern pops up after you’ve started using a product, ditch the product. You don’t want to over-complicate your routine by using products to treat problems caused by other products.
Keep a journal.
Or a note on your phone, a piece of paper next to your skin care products, or whatever else helps you keep track of what you’ve used. List any and every product you’ve added into your routine, and how it affected your skin. Keep track of the dates you added in the product, as well as the dates of any new skin care concerns that have come up. If a product didn’t work for you, write that down as well so you don’t accidentally try that one again.
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