If you’re a twenty-something like me, it’s important to start a skincare routine. Although it may seem a bit early to think about wrinkles and dark spots, your skin – and future you – will thank you later. The benefits of properly cleaning, exfoliating and moisturising your skin? It prevents wrinkles, reduces skinproblems and it helps keeping your face look fresh.
So today I will share my daily skincare routine with you! I’ll fill you in on what products I use and the importancy of a good skincare routine, all in a step-by-step guide. Follow along for a fresh face!
These are the steps I take every day:
1. Clean & Tone
3. Using a serum
Sidenote: I don’t exfoliate every day. Instead, I try to do it once or twice a week or when I feel a spot coming. Exfoliating your face too much will do it more harm than good.
First Step: Clean & Tone
Start off by washing your hands: they are your tools after all!
Supposing that it’s morning and you have no make-up on, just follow the next steps. If you’re taking off a full face of make-up, I recommend using some micellaire water first to already take off some of your eyeshadow/eyeliner/mascara. Follow and repeat the steps below if you feel like there is still some make-up left on your face.
I wash my face in the morning to prep it for my make-up, and I wash it in the evening to get my make-up off. Even if I didn’t wear any make-up that day, I still cleanse my skin so the “city dirt” such as exhaust fumes from cars and buses are removed. You won’t actually “see” this kind of dirt laying on your face, but you might be suprised of what comes off when whiping down your face… Here’s how to cleanse your face properly:
Let the water run until it’s lukewarm and make your face damp: this will open up your pores. Make sure the water doesn’t turn too hot: it will dry out your face or worse: you’ll burn yourself. You can use your hands or a washcloth to rub your cleanser onto your face, in a rotary motion. Being careful and gentle is key: you don’t want to rub so hard your skin turns red. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Since there is already a toner in my cleansing milk, I skip this step. But Kiko Softening Toner works just fine.
What I use: I use Kiko “Cleansing Milk & Tone” to wash my face. I’m really happy with this one: since it’s a milk, it leaves my skin quite soft and doesn’t feel dry. To remove my eyeshadow, I like to use Diadermine “Express 3-in-1“. I always try to get rid of some eyemake-up before washing my face, so I don’t have to rub the face cleanser onto my eyes. I’m not supersensitive around my eyes, but getting milky cleanser in your eyes isn’t fun. If I’m feeling too tired after a long night out – Hey, we’ve all been there! – I like to use L’Oréal Paris Sublime Soft Cleansing Towelettes for the sensitive skin. It’s a make-up remover wipe, so it’s supereasy and very useful if you would like to see your bed asap after hitting town!
Second Step: Exfoliate
Second on your to-do-list: exfoliate. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t exfoliate every day. Scrubbing too much can irritate your skin, so I do it once or twice a week or when I feel a spot coming.
Make sure you’re using a scrub meant for your face. Bodyscrubs are too harsh for your face! Apply a dab on your fingers and massage it all over your face and neck, excluding the immediate area around your eyes. Make sure you don’t scrub too hard and damage the upper layer of your face! Rinse your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.
Exfoliating will help reduce acne and breakouts – because you remove dead cells that could clog your pores – , reduce your large pores and allows to absorb your serums and moisturisers better.
What I use: My exfoliater is not shown in the picture at the top, but I like to use St. Ives Apricot scrub. For those who have sensitive skin, I really recommend La Roche-Posay Ultra Fine face scrub.
Third Step: Using a serum
I only use my serum in the morning, since I feel like my skin doesn’t need an overnight serum yet. Depending on how your serum is packaged, you use a few drops or one pump and just lightly tap the serum into your skin.
What I use: Not only do I use Kiko to cleanse my face, but I use one of their serums too! I’m a fan of their Instant Perfection, which smooths and destresses my skin. I’m a bit of a Kiko fan, can you tell? For my eyes, I rely on Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel. I just roll the gel under my eyes and lightly tap it in for an instant pick-me-up. Sometimes I even put it in the fridge, so the cold gel works more effectively!
Last step: Moisturise
Lastly, I moisturise my skin. A moisturiser is the type of product you cannot afford to be without. You wouldn’t let a day go pass without at least drinking some water, right? It’s the same for your skin: lock in that water! It is important that you find a moisturiser that fits your skin type. If you want to know what skin type you are, find out here.
What I use: I’m halfway on my L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection cream. This cream leaves my skin soft and – bonus! – it smells great. But once that one is finished, I’m going back to my good old MAC Complete Comfort Creme. Sure, it’s a more pricey moisturiser; but I’ve bought it several times now and it just leaves my skin softer than others that I’ve tried and it has a 15 SPF in it.
Sidenote: Please don’t skip applying sunscreen regularly just because your moisturiser contains an SPF. It won’t protect your face for the whole day! If you’re spending the day in the sun, it is still very important to apply sunscreen regularly to prevent sunburn.
Do I have to use an eye-cream?
You can certainly add an eye-cream to your skincare, but since I’m already using my Sephora serum I kinda skip eye-cream… I know I shouldn’t though, the skin around your eyes is very thin (around 0.020 mm!) and deserves some special attention. If you decide to use an eye-cream, keep it around your eyes and not on your eyes/eyelids.
Do I have to use a nightcream?
Do you know your skin repairs itself overnight? So why not give your skin some help with a nourishing nightcream? I use Nivea Sensitive Balance Night Cream.
Do you think skincare is important?
What are your current skincare favourites? Let me know in the comments!