How to Build the Best Skincare Routine

How to Build the Best Skincare Routine

It’s never too late to nail down your skincare routine. And while you might purchase a facial cleanser, night cream, and more, how you use these products matters too. In fact, applying them in the correct order is crucial for achieving glowing and beautiful skin.

So, what should your skincare routine consist of? Are there any special considerations you should take into account after 40? In this article, we’re going to find out.

The Ultimate Skincare Routine

Ideally, you want to have a morning and night-time routine. These two regimes might look similar but there are a few key differences. We’ll explain it all in the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Use a Cleanser

Whether it’s morning or night, you’ll want to gently wash your face using a cleansing product, such as CLEAN by Vital Momentum – Skin Smoothing Glycolic Cleanser. However, you want to use caution when choosing a cleanser for your skin, since you don’t want to ever fully strip your skin of its natural oils.

Start by rinsing your face with water, then apply a small amount of cleanser to your hand and gently massage the product across your face. Once done, you’ll want to rinse your face and hands. If it's the evening and you wore makeup all day, you may need to cleanse twice to sufficiently remove any makeup residue and avoid clogged pores.

Step 2: Apply Your Toner

Use a cotton pad to gently spread a few drops of toner across your face. It’s recommended to use exfoliating toners at night and hydrating toners morning and night. At the same time, you should never combine exfoliating toners with retinoids since this can severely dehydrate your skin.

Step 3: Use Eye Creams

If you have a specialised eye cream, this is the time to use it. You want to apply it before any facial moisturisers since these creams tend to be thinner. It’s also not recommended to use hydrating eye creams in the evening as this can leave your eyes looking puffier in the morning.

Step 4: Apply Acne Treatments

These are best applied at night. However, you also want to ensure you’re not using these alongside retinol since this can dehydrate and irritate the skin.

Step 5: Use Your Facial Moisturizer

Moisturizing becomes even more important after 40. This part of your skincare routine locks in moisture. If you can purchase a moisturizer with SPF protection for the daytime, this is even better! Then add a tint and it’s an all-in-one BB cream!

Step 6: Apply Retinoids

These should be strictly used at night. Retinoids actually break down in the sun. Thus, applying them in the morning can be counterproductive. Essentially, retinoids can help reduce aging of the skin by decreasing fine lines, dark spots, and breakouts.

Step 7: Use Serums or Face Oils

Face oils and serums work in different ways to keep your skin hydrated. Serum absorbs deeply into the skin, whereas an oil, with its larger molecules will only penetrate the surface of your skin. Oils often feel like they are more effective, as they feel rich and luscious, but a serum can be a much more effective for your skin. By strengthening these protective layers on top you're reducing trans epidermal water loss while improving fine lines/wrinkles!

TIP:  If it’s the morning, you may also want to finish off your routine with SPF 30 sunscreen. 

Skincare for Over 40’s: Special Considerations & More

After 40, dry skin is a common problem, especially for women approaching menopause. This is where consistency with your routine is important, as well as moisturisers and serums. 

Additionally, for exfoliating, you shouldn’t do this more than two or three times a week as this can further strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it drier and rougher in appearance.

At the end of the day, your skincare routine is all about protecting your skin, as well as potentially limiting or reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s entirely possible to age gracefully with glowing and radiant skin!

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