How to Create the Perfect Skincare Routine for You!

We all have a hard time finding the perfect routine that will fulfill our desire for perfect skin. There are many factors consider when searching for products, such as labels, packaging, price, ingredients, reviews (like myself)… Confusion! After many trials and tribulations, I have come up with a list of questions that I apply to myself when creating an efficient skincare routine to keep my face clear and my mind sane. I hope these questions also give you an idea of what you really need to look for when creating and perfecting your own skincare routine.

1. What’s your main area of concern?
2. How many products do you have that truly tackle the problem?
3. Is your routine gentle?
4. Is your routine minimal?
5. Do you remove your makeup properly?
6. Do you enjoy your skincare routine?
7. Do you embrace your bare face?

1. What’s your main area of concern?
When I say “main,” I mean your primary, ultimate skin problem you must tackle! For me, my skin was oily, with acne, and hyper-pigmentation. If I were to just pick one, it is without a doubt, the acne. The CYSTIC acne. It was never ending! That meant that the hyper-pigmentation was never ending! Oils were oils – as much as I hated being shiny, I saw the positive side that it was our body’s natural moisturizer and I had a plenty of it. Now that you have your main problem at focus, don’t worry about the other things – it all comes together when you focus on the one!

2. How many products do you have that have a “treatment”?
I’m sure for many of us struggling with acne, the products are endless! But how many tackle your area of concern (AOC)? Is it in the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serum, mask? Or all of the above? If you say all above, that’s the biggest mistake. Having your whole routine laced with potent ingredients always tackling your AOC will never give your skin a break! Pick the one product that will be the treatment in your routine! For me, ABS at night was the treatment, as well as a face mask 1-2x a week. That’s it. For the rest, let’s follow into the next question.

3. Is your routine gentle?
Tying in with the 2nd question – how are you treating your skin? You should not have benzol peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, tea tree oil, lactic acid, etc. in all aspects of your routine! Your skin has an acid mantle with a pH balance of 5.5 to protect it from any potential harm. Your skin will never be fed anything good if you’re constantly applying the treatment! I know desperate times call for desperate measures, but in these desolate times, patience is truly a virtue. So have no fear, keep calm and be gentle!

4. Is your routine minimal?
How many products do you use everyday in your skincare routine, and is it tackling every skin problem? (oiliness, dryiness, acne, hyper-pigmentation, anti-aging, texture, dullness…..) Ask yourself the first question again: what is your main AOC? Because we can’t solve everything, and adding more products will definitely not help. It’s very easy to get excited about trying new products, especially when you’re adding them in to a routine that just started showing results! To truly see results with your AOC, start off as simple as possible and use only what is necessary at the moment! With cystic acne, I cut it down to cleansing, toner, moisturizer*, and masks 1-2x a week. I kept this consistent for half a year until I decided to add in an eye cream, serum and/or spot treatment.

*Note: Serums are indeed amazing, and it is possible to find one that is calming and hydrating enough to use as a moisturizer itself!

5. Do you remove your makeup properly?
The biggest mistake anyone can make in their skincare is not properly removing a day’s face! It was a huge wakeup call for me when I realized that I wasn’t removing my makeup properly. My idea of cleansing was that a good cleanser will take everything off at once and I can’t see it on the towel. It wasn’t until I read about double cleansing and watching very extensive night time routines on YouTube that I thought I may not have been doing enough! If you wear makeup, makeup removal is so crucial in maintaining and improving your skin. I started noticing an improvement when I washed my face with the Cetaphil cleanser twice a night. The big difference was when I started using my Clarisonic Mia 2 and saw how much was left over on the brush head, even after oil cleansing! Out of all the steps you could do in your nighttime routine, proper makeup removal is the most important.

6. Do you enjoy your skincare routine?
This is an important question we must ask ourselves. Sometimes we rush through our skincare routine and can’t be bothered to do it properly because we are tired, there are too many steps, and it becomes annoying sacrificing 10-20 minutes a night. This is true for myself, and it may be for you too. Think of it as a mini pamper session you are getting every night: massaging your face with oil, patting the skin, wiping your face clean with toner…. Mmmm, fresh!

7. Do you embrace your bare face?
If you are like me, I could not stand to look at my bare face for so long. When I woke up, I couldn’t wait to put makeup on and cover my horrible skin, even if I wasn’t going anywhere special that day. At night, I just wanted to be in and out of the washroom quickly and not spend too much time looking over my war zone of a face. I did not want to accept what my skin had become, and what it made me feel. But let me tell you something – the gentler and more minimal the skincare, with a bit of patience and acceptance, the happier you will feel. It is what it is, and it isn’t changing over night with the 10+ products you use. Keep it simple, and be happy seeing a beautiful clean face every night.

xo, M

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