Hammering out the best skincare routine from scratch for the first time is no easy feat! We all look back on the makeup routines of our youth with horror (I’m looking at you panda worthy eyeliner and 4 shades too dark foundation) but it takes us so much longer to ditch crappy skincare products!
I’ve had a skincare routine of some sort since age 15 but I (embarrassingly) didn’t start using a decent moisturizer until about 4 years ago. I know, I know, I’ve learned the error of my ways! This 6 question skincare routine quiz will give you tailored product suggestions for your skin type and where to easily buy them!
90% of these products are under $10 and so they’re also great for any budget. There’s absolutely no reason you can’t put together the best skincare routine for your skin type without breaking the bank. I’m been entirely sucked into the cult that is the skincare community. I’ve been considering dropping $50+ on a certain moisturizer but most people have not reached that level of skincare obsessed *yet*.
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When you’re first putting together the best skincare routine for you, it’s better to stick with inexpensive products so you can find out what textures and styles you prefer. Getting stuck with a spendy product that you’re obligated to finish just because of the cash you forked out is a major pain in the neck!
What are the must-have steps of a skincare routine?
So first things first! Here are the main components of the best skincare routine for you:
After you have these “bread and butter” skincare products down you can also delve into nice to have but not 100% essential skincare products like:
- Eye Cream
- Face Masks
- Cleansing Balm (for removing heavy makeup)
If you’ve scrolled down this far I hope you’ve taken the amazing skincare routine quiz above. But just in case, we’re also going to break down every step! And even if you did take the skincare quiz keep reading. Knowledge is power and we’re going to make sure you find a powerful skincare routine that’ll have your skin glowing!
The best facial cleanser for your skin type
Here are the best toners for your skin type
A great toner is the foundation of your skincare routine and is sadly too often skipped over! Toners help ensure we cleanse every speck of dirt and makeup from our skin. They also help keep our skin’s pH balance in tip-top shape.
FYI: Your toner should never burn or sting! This means the formula is too strong for your skin and the product should get the boot. If you want to learn more about why toners sometimes burn and why some cleansers make your skin feel tight, check out my article here.
The best serum for your skin type
Picking out a great serum is a key step in building any skincare routine. You’re also not tied down to just one type of serum so feel free to mix and match! Click through the slideshow for some tailored suggestions for your skin type. I’ve also written a huge knockdown drag out piece on what specific ingredients to look out for in serums here.
So what moisturizer should you use?
We’re almost done building the best skincare routine for you! Moisturizers aren’t only dependent on your skin type. It’s actually going to heavily rely on personal preferences!
If you live in a humid climate or if you’re looking for a skincare product to use in the summertime stay away from heavier creams. Not all moisturizers will play nicely with makeup so you’ll want to keep that in mind as well.
If you wear a water-based foundation make sure you pick a water-based moisturizer. And the opposite is also true; oil-based foundation plays well with oil-based moisturizers. Click through the slideshow to find your perfect match. Each cream will have a note on whether it is oil or water based in the slideshow below 🙂
Try not to get too wrapped up in the extras like face masks and essences until you’ve gotten your main skin routine hammered out.
Although once you have….. you need to check out my guide on face masks here! And if you want to dig into the nuances between ampoules, emulsions & essences you can read up on ’em here.
You made it! It may seem like information overload now, but I always say the more you know the better! You’re now armed with the info on the best skincare routine products so go build an astounding skincare routine!