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How to build a skincare routine

October 29, 2021
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Building a skincare routine that suits your skin type juuust right can be a little confusing. The good news? We can help! Whether you’re a beginner looking for the basics or are a bonafide beauty aficionado, this step-by-step routine will help you on your way to brighter, glowing skin.

Morning routine:
Your morning routine is all about hydrating and protecting your skin from the environmental factors you’ll come across in your day. Things like the sun, pollution, and toxins in the air!

1. Cleanse
2. Toners & Mists
3. Serums
4. Moisturisers & Oils
5. SPF

Evening routine:
As your time to unwind from the day, your evening ritual is all about cleansing, treatment and recovery.

1. Double Cleanse
2. Toners & Mists
3. Exfoliation (1-3 times a week)
4. Mask (1-3 times a week)
5. Retinoids & Serums
6. Moisturisers & Oils

What does each step do?

Cleansers

 

Morning: A gentle cleanse in the morning will wash away excess oil, grime or dead skin cells you’ve picked up from your pillow in the night and leave you with fresh, cleansed skin that is ready to soak in the next steps of your routine. A foaming cleanser is a great option for oily, blemish-prone or combination skin, while a gentle oil-based cleanser nourishes dry or dehydrated skin.


Night: When it comes to melting away makeup, SPF and general grime from your day, we love a double cleanse – especially an oil-based gel cleanser followed by a lightweight foaming cleanser. This removes impurities, cleanses pores and leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and hydrated.

Toners & Mists

A gentle toner removes any residual impurities and helps to return your skin to its natural acidic state after cleansing. A mist on the other hand, will hydrate and soothe your skin, and can be applied during your skincare routine as well as being spritzed throughout the day for a quick skin refresh.

Retinoids

Retinoids are your Vitamin A derivatives. They fight signs of ageing by stimulating collagen production, clearing pores, smoothing scars, brightening skin and preventing breakouts. It’s important to introduce retinoids into your routine very slowly to avoid irritation as your skin adjusts. Start with once a week, then twice a week, and eventually include them every other night. It can take six months to start seeing results from retinoids, so patience (and consistency) is key.

Serums

We love serums! Your skin will love serums! They are the secret to honing in on specific skin concerns, targeting everything from fine lines to dark spots.

Serums will often contain concentrated doses of active ingredients – things like Vitamin C, Peptides, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid. So what do these ingredients do?

- Vitamin C: Your go-to for protecting your skin from free radicals (like pollution and toxins).
- Peptides: The peptides found in serums mimic the naturally occurring peptides we already have in our body to help reduce dark spots and support collagen production.
- Niacinamide: A form of Vitamin B3 that targets blemishes, helps to clear congestion and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
- Hyaluronic Acid: As one of our all-time favourites, Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates the skin.

An antioxidant-rich serum in the morning will brighten your skin and protect it from free radicals, while a hydrating serum in the evening will keep your skin from drying out overnight (especially if you’re using anti-ageing or acne treatments that can irritate and dry out the skin).

You can use multiple serums – just be sure to apply your targeted serums first and follow up with multitasking serums.

Moisturisers & Oils

Moisturisers and oils create a protective barrier over your skin and lock in all the other products so they can work their magic – which is also why they’re the last step in your evening routine.

Every skin type needs moisture. (Yep, even oily ones.) As a fundamental in any skincare routine, moisturiser hydrates your skin and keeps your skin barrier healthy and happy. A day cream will often be lightweight and energising, and should help to protect your skin (like GoLightly – which uses Arctalis™ to protect your skin from digital blue light pollution). Your night creams will be a thicker, more luxurious texture to repair damage and replenish your moisture levels through the night.

Oils are a nourishing addition to a skincare routine, but shouldn’t be used in place of moisturiser. Think of it this way: If you were thirsty, you wouldn’t rehydrate by drinking a glass of oil! Your skin’s the same. A luxurious oil like SuperSuper is the most occlusive ingredient in any skincare routine, so it should always be applied last to seal in all the moisture.

SPF

SPF is the most important step in any morning skincare routine. It should be applied hail or shine, all year round, even if you can’t see the sun. UV rays are pesky (and dangerous) things – responsible for early ageing, dark spots and most importantly, skin cancer. A broad-spectrum SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is a must. We love the lightweight, non-greasy feel of Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+.

Exfoliation

Want to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores? Exfoliation is the answer! Physical exfoliators like our SupearlaNova have tiny gritty particles that buff dead skin cells away. Chemical exfoliators use acids (like Glycolic, Mandelic or Lactic) that break down the dead skin cells. To make sure you don’t over-exfoliate and disrupt your skin barrier, we recommend:

Sensitive/Dry skin: Once a week
Combination/Oily skin: 2 - 3 times a week

Mask

Follow up your exfoliation with a face mask of your choice.

- Clay and charcoal masks will absorb excess oil and decongest pores, making them a great option for oily, blemish-prone or combination skin types.
- For dry skin types, sleep masks work wonders. They’re super hydrating and nourishing, so unlike other masks, they should be applied as the last step in a skincare routine (in addition to or in place of a night cream, depending how dry your skin is).
- If you have dull skin or uneven skin tone, a brightening mask will leave your skin plump and glowing.
- If you’re opting for a sheet mask, look for one that has ingredients that target your specific skin concerns. We love to pop our sheet masks in the fridge – it makes them feel super refreshing.

How often you use a mask will depend on the type of mask and your skin type. A general rule of thumb is 1 - 3 times per week.

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