How to Build a Skin Care Routine [The Ultimate Guide]

Here at SkinStore we consider ourselves fanatics when it comes to skincare. Great skin is not just about genetics, but our daily habits. In fact, our skincare routine has a large impact on how we look.  But with so many product reviews and opinions, when it comes to our skin care routine, it’s hard to know what to do or how to do it.

Our survey revealed:

Women use an average of 16 skin care and cosmetic products every day.

Over 85% of women surveyed said they apply a minimum of 16 products a day to their face, before they leave the house. This is a combination of skincare and cosmetics, starting from the facial cleansers they use in the morning, to blusher.

That’s why we created the ultimate skincare routine guide to remove the guesswork from your skincare routine order.  We reached out to just over 3,000 women between the age of 16-75 to gain further insight on their skin care routines, including the cost of the products they apply each day.  

Know your skin type

The right skin care routine starts with knowing your skin type.  Skin care products that are one size fits all rarely work, and it’s because your skin needs tailored products and solutions based on your skin type.  Do you have dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin? 

Once you’ve figured out your skin type, you can also use our “Build Your Routine” section to customize your skin needs and add to your cart!

The Best Order for Skin Care Products

The main goal in our skin care routine comes down to a few simple things.  Keeping our skin looking and feeling its best, preventing further damage to our skin, help repair past superficial damage to our skin, and minimizing irritation to the skin.  It’s about creating a strong foundation for your basic skincare routine.

Below is a brief summary of how to build the ultimate skincare routine.  Read further for more details.

Best order for your skin care routine

The Ultimate Skin Care Routine: Step By Step

Step 1: Cleansing

Let’s talk about why facial cleansing is so important for a morning skincare routine, and night.

Our survey results found that facial cleansing is the most popular first step of a woman’s daily skincare routine. Turns out regular cleansing is key to maintaining healthy looking and feeling skin. Women’s regimes are faster than ever, with the average woman spending just under 10 minutes on morning cleansing.

A common benefit of facial cleansing is removing oil, dirt, and other unwanted elements on our face.  In addition, cleansing helps boost hydration. Regular facial cleansing is an important factor in maintaining proper hydration on the face.  

Excessive dirt buildup on the surface of the skin can cause blockages of the pores, which allows bacteria to penetrate causing inflammation, which in turn can cause acne. For best results: cleanse morning, night and after exercising.  

What is cleansing?

To make a long story short,  cleansers are created to clean our skin.  Cleansers are products we use to remove build up of dirt, makeup, oils, dead skin cells and more!  The main focus is to clean our skin without stripping the necessary layers of skin. Generally cleansers are more moisturizing and hydrating than typical face washes.  

How often to cleanse?

The verdict is still out as to the exact time and frequency to cleanse.  Generally shoot for cleansing once in the morning and once during your nighttime skincare routine. Cleanse your face after a workout to prevent acne breakouts and clogged pores. Pay attention to your skin as excessive cleansing can lead to skin irritation.

How to cleanse?

Identify what kind of skin type you have (see info above to identify your skin type).  Knowing whether your skin is dry, oily, or normal will help discover what type of product works best for you.

Look at product directions to better understand proper application of cleanser, as products can vary in application.  After applying product and rinsing, pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

How to Choose a Cleanser?

Below is a list of some of the markets best cleansers based on skin type:

Best Cleanser Based on Skin Type

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