A plus side of being indoors with so much free time is that a lot of people have had time to focus on things that they might have otherwise been too busy for. If you don’t have a skincare routine already, now is the time to build one. Here are a few tips for how to create one that you’ll actually benefit from!
There are so many products out there for your skin. It can be overwhelming for those new to it. Start off small when building your routine. The three key steps, to begin with, are cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Once you have these three steps down, and your skin is used to it, you can begin to add more to your routine! Remember to add products slowly so that you don’t shock your skin.
Give it Time
Even the best skincare products take time to start working. Some will show results faster than others. Before you add new steps to your skincare routine or remove some that you feel aren’t working, be sure that you give them enough time to start seeing the benefits. Generally, a product has to be used regularly for 6 weeks for you to start seeing a difference.
Follow an Order
There is actually a specific order in which skin care products should be applied. We’ve covered it before here, but the most important thing to remember is to apply products in order of consistency. Start from thinnest to thickest. This will allow your skin to absorb everything it needs to from the products.
The best skin care routine is a consistent one. A common mistake people make is not sticking to their skincare routine. If you’re just starting out, pick a frequency that you can stick with. Maybe its once a day, maybe it’s every other day. Just be consistent if you want results!
Night and Day
A lot of people new to skincare are surprised to learn that you should actually have two different routines; one for the daytime and another for the night. Some products can be used for both while others might be specific for the time of day. If doing a separate skincare routine for both day and night is too daunting, you can start with a small one for both or begin with a daytime routine then eventually add a nighttime one.
When in doubt, turn to the professionals! If you’re unsure what type of products you need, what your skin type is, or how to address your skin issues be sure to reach out to a specialist. Even though we are currently closed, AFYA is offering virtual skincare consultations! We’re more than happy to answer all of your questions.