Finding the best skincare routine for your skin type can be a daunting task with the seemingly endless options to choose from.
Knowing which products to look for based on your skin can help take out the guesswork and give you a skincare routine that really works for your skin.
No matter what your skin type—normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive—your skincare routine should always have these essential steps: cleanser, serum, moisturiser, and mask.
Skincare Routine for Oily Skin: Due to larger oil glands, oily skin types produce higher sebum content which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. The key here is hydrate lightly to lesson that oil production.
In the morning start with a sulfate-free cleansing gel to cut back on bacteria that leads to breakouts. Follow with an alcohol-free toner with natural oil-cutting astringents like geranium or witch hazel, then a lightweight oil-free moisturiser and, always, sunscreen.
At night, add in an AHA/BHA serum to help clear acne-prone skin of pimples. Once a week, indulge in a gentle clay mask to deep clean blackheads and reduce the appearance of pores.
Skincare Routine for Dry Skin: Because moisture escapes through invisible cracks in dry skin’s moisture barrier, it is more susceptible to irritation which can lead to a dull, rough complexion.
For your morning routine, choose a mild, non-foaming cleansing lotion, an alcohol-free toner, a highly potent hydrating serum rich in antioxidants (look for vitamins E, A, and C), and a moisturiser with sunscreen to protecting against the damaging and drying effects of UVA/UVB exposure.
At night, add in an eye cream and opt for an ultra-hydrating moisturiser with botanical oils and extracts that help repair the skin’s natural barrier. If your skin is extremely dry, you can you layer a radiance-booster facial oil under your moisturiser or en lieu of your moisturiser at night, but always finish with sunscreen in the morning.
Finally, don’t forget to incorporate a gentle exfoliator once a week to remove skin cell buildup — but avoid harsh face scrubs.
Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin: This delicate skin type is more prone to irritation that leads to red patches and requires a skincare routine that’s ultra gentle with noncomedogenic products.
For both your morning and nighttime routine, use a sulfate-free cleansing lotion, alcohol-free toner with anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea or chamomile, and a fragrance-free moisturiser with mineral-based sunscreen.
If your skin is inflamed, soothe it with a cooling gel-based mask that delivers water-based hydration once a week and mildly exfoliate twice a week with a lactic acid-based serum.
Skincare Routine for Combination Skin: Just like it sounds, combination skin is both dry and oily on different areas of the face, requiring a middle-ground approach to skincare that combines the routines above. This means a bit more experimentation to find what works best for your skin.
Start with a cleansing oil, but if your skin starts to feel too dry swap it out for a cleansing lotion. Stick with an alcohol-free toner and lightweight moisturiser, even if it’s not oil-free. You can still use a facial oil, but it save it for your nighttime routine to keep your complexion from becoming overly dewy, and if you use a clay mask, only do it once a week in blemish-prone areas, like the T-zone.