The retail world of skincare can be downright overwhelming––trust us, we get it.
This is part of the reason why it is so important for us here at BSE to make skincare knowledge accessible, and remind everyone the benefits of a proper skincare routine that is adapted to your needs.
Regardless of what those needs are, there are basics to follow in order to establish a routine that will help bring you one step closer to your #skingoals…and we’re here to break it down for you!
The goal of any skincare routine is to help your skin function at its best and target any areas you want to work on. Whether you have a specific goal in mind––or whether you love your skin just the way it is––skincare is a one-way ticket to skin health.
You can start with the basics by keeping in mind the three essentials for skincare:
Cleansing the skin is pretty straightforward. At night, you want to remove all makeup, SPF, and invisible dirt accumulated on your skin during the day. In the morning, you want to cleanse away excess sebum and bacteria that may have spread from your pillowcase and sheets.
IS CLINICAL CLEANSING COMPLEX
YONKA PARIS MICELLAR WATER
This step is meant to rebalance the skin after cleansing. It is also the step that will allow you to target any skin issues you may be experiencing.
Popular AM treatments include:
- Hyaluronic acid boosts hydration, seal in dewiness, and will plump the skin to subtly treat fine lines.
- Vitamin E and Vitamin C serums––we love the ZO Skin Health 10% and the SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex––will fight the daily exposure to free radicals that can age your skin.
PM treatments include:
- Retinols that speed cellular turnover, minimize fine lines and wrinkling, as well as counteract dark spots.
- Alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs) can be used to improve sun-damaged skin, minimize dullness, and slough away dead skin cells that can clog pores.
VIVIER SKIN AHA/BHA EXFOLIATING CREAM
In order to choose the right products and ingredients for your needs, it’s crucial to know your skin type. Not sure if you’re the dry, oily, or combination type? Check out our Glow Lab Skin Quiz to find out!
A moisturizing cream will be applied as the last step, in order to lock in your treatments and subsequently protect your skin.
A lightweight morning cream is meant to protect your skin from environmental aggressors you’ll face when you leave the house. This is why many of them contain antioxidants to minimize pollution-based free radicals and (ideally!) an SPF to shield you from ultraviolet radiation.
A night cream, on the other hand, focuses on repairing damage. They will often contain hydrating molecules, emollients, and active ingredients that target specific concerns. And yes, even those with oily skin types need to use a moisturizer––lightweight formulas exist for this reason!
Despite all of these suggestions, there’s still no such thing as an instant fix. Results are only seen through consistent use; a routine or a new product integration should be given at least 6 weeks of use to notice a difference.
And of course, you can always start with what you have; the last thing you want to do is overwhelm your skin with a whole new drugstore routine filled with fragrances and cheap ingredients. Less is more, and quality over quantity!
Until next time,
The BSE Team