With tons of Instagram pages and videos showcasing multiple skincare tips, you must know that skincare does not cater to a one routine fits all ideology.
So, what's the first step to curating the perfect skincare routine, you ask? It all begins with analyzing your skin type. Choosing products without identifying your skin type can sometimes make your skin worse instead of improving it.
There are four skin types; wherein Oily skin tends to have an oily shine all over, and this skin type is more prone to acne. Combination skin is dry on the outer cheek and has an oily T-zone covering the nose, chin, and forehead. On the other hand, dry skin is flaky and scaly; it has less oiliness or shine.
And sensitive skin is easily prone to reactions from new products, as a result of which this skin type has to use very specific products as their skin barrier is comparatively weak.
To answer your question on how can I determine my skin type:
1. Wash your face: Wash your face with a gentle face wash and pat it dry.
2. Don't apply any product leave your face bare for at least 30 minutes.
You can easily determine your skin type depending on how your skin feels after 30 mins.
If your skin is parched and tight, you have dry skin, and if there is a lot of shine all over and your skin is greasy, you have oily skin. However, if there's oil only around the T-zone, you have combination skin, and if your skin feels itchy or looks red, you're most likely to have sensitive skin.
There are differences in the individual requirements and concerns of each skin type which is why a skincare routine needs to comprise products specifically targeting the same. For instance, using a cream-based moisturizer on oily skin will only make the skin feel greasier and heavier, leading to clogging of pores.
A skincare routine's main goal is to make the skin look and feel at its best by avoiding damage. A skincare routine also helps repair any superficial damage caused t the skin and minimizes the prevalence of skin concerns as well.
For a basic skincare routine for beginners, we suggest you keep your skincare routine basic instead of jumping into actives and chemical peels. Understand what works for you and what doesn't so that you can have an array of products that work for your skin.
Basic skincare routine steps include:
Consistent cleansing is the key to unclogged pores and clear skin. A gentle cleanser will clean your skin of dirt and bacteria and render a clean base for product application. The Clean It Off Face Wash is perfect for all skin types as it deepens the skin without leaving it dry and irritated.
Paraben and alcohol-free toners can work wonders for the skin. Try the Dab It On Toner, enriched with the goodness of probiotics to balance your skin's pH levels and give you a supple glow.
Moisturizing is essential for all skin types; it does not increase oil production in oily skin! The Soak It In Face Cream is a dream formulation comprising jojoba oil and Niacinamide that nourishes your skin and controls excess sebum production as well!
Never skipping sunscreen is the golden rule of skincare. While you can choose from physical or chemical sunscreens, lathering yourself with SPF 30-50 is extremely important to keep the harmful effects of UV rays at bay.
For oily skin: Use non-comedogenic products even when using makeup to avoid clogging of pores and acne formation. You can also incorporate a serum to combat and target acne for a basic skincare routine for oily skin.
For dry skin: Moisturize your skin thoroughly well and use simple formulations. Avoid spending more time in the shower and ease down on exfoliation.
For combination skin: Use oil-free products and avoid exfoliating your T-zone too much. With combination skin, it is important to use the right products to cater to the oily and dry side of the skin.
For sensitive skin: Products with gentle and simple formulations are the key to acing sensitive skincare tips. Look for products specially formulated for your skin type and read the ingredient list to know what you should avoid.
It is very important to know about ingredients in skincare generally as well. Ingredients like Niacinamide, Retinol, and Hyaluronic acid will amp up the efficacy of your skincare and must be opted for. Hyaluronic acid is a water-based skincare ingredient that binds moisture to the skin and makes it look plump, while Niacinamide fights inflammation and protects the skin from environmental barriers at the same time. Retinol is a hero ingredient that exfoliates and increases collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And if you want the benefits of these skin care ingredients combined, get your hands on the Deep Clean Complete, The Clean Squad, or Team Hydration combo!
Exfoliation and proper cleansing are also important in a skincare routine for glowing skin. Use a gentle exfoliator instead of physically scrubbing your skin, and avoid exfoliating when you have acne. Always double cleanse when removing makeup; first, with an oil-based cleanser and then a face wash. Also, avoid using too much product around your eyes as the skin around your eyes is sensitive. If you are wondering when should I consult a dermatologist about my skin concerns? The answer is only if the product usage is not helping you!
You can also incorporate natural ingredients into your skincare. Like the goodness of aloe vera to soothe inflammations and treat sunburns and honey for acne, jojoba oil for nourishment, and turmeric for a glow.
We understand you cannot physically use these products every day, so the best solution is to look for skincare products that incorporate the goodness of natural ingredients for you to use every day. Just like the minimal yet effective range of skincare at Sonnet Wellness.
Skincare is crucial, but it is also important to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Our takeaway would be that you experiment (safely) and find the perfect set of products that cater to your skin concerns. And you always have probiotic skincare by Sonnet Wellness as your safe bet!