Skincare Starter Pack
The beginner’s guide to building a simple, solid skincare routine
The world of skincare can be overwhelming for someone who’s just getting serious about their routine. While products like sheet masks, emulsions, and serums can do wonders for our skin and make our routines more fun, they can be confusing for a total skincare newbie.
Which products should be considered the basic building blocks of skincare? Today’s Skin breaks them down for you.
Good skin starts with clean skin. An effective cleanser will remove makeup and impurities like dirt and dust without leaving your skin parched. Find the one with a consistency that best suits your skin type. As a general guide, cream cleansers work well for dry skin and foam and gel cleansers are for oily or combination skin.
An exfoliator works in your favor by removing dead and dull skin cells, revealing fresh skin cells. It will also helps your skin absorb the other products you apply. You can choose from physical exfoliants like scrubs or chemical exfoliants with acids like AHA, BHA, or glycolic acid.
Moisturizing can seem like a skippable step if you have oily skin or live in a hot and humid country. But a good moisturizer gives you irreplaceable benefits. It holds water in the outermost layer of your skin, makes your skin appear smooth and supple, and can even serve as a barrier against pollutants. Choose a cream or oil formula if you have dry skin and a gel consistency if you have oily-combination skin.
Sun protection is the last and most important step in your routine. UV rays can cause damage to your skin like no other. It can cause wrinkles or premature aging and it makes it harder for dark spots or acne marks to fade. Worse, extreme UV exposure may lead to skin cancer. So in the morning, you can forget your phone, keys, or coffee, but never forget to apply SPF!
Once you have your basic routine locked down, you can add and experiment with extra products. Happy skincare starter kit-building!