The Ultimate Guide to Building a Skincare Routine

Posted by Juliette Lac on

Basic Skincare Routine

A skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. However, with so many products and steps to consider, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this ultimate guide, we will break down the key steps to building a skincare routine that works for you.

Step 1: Know Your Skin Type

Before you can build an effective skincare routine, it's important to know your skin type. Common skin types include oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. Understanding your skin type will help you choose the right products and ingredients for your skin's needs.

Step 2: Cleansing

Cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine. Choose a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type to remove dirt, oil, and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Cleansing should be done twice a day, in the morning and evening.

Step 3: Exfoliation

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, promoting smoother, brighter skin. There are two types of exfoliation: physical exfoliation, which uses a scrub or brush, and chemical exfoliation, which uses acids like glycolic or salicylic acid. Exfoliate 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin's needs.

Step 4: Toning

Toning helps balance the skin's pH levels and removes any remaining impurities after cleansing. Look for a toner that suits your skin type and avoid products that contain alcohol, which can be drying.

Step 5: Treatment Products

Treatment products, such as serums or spot treatments, target specific skin concerns like acne, aging, or hyperpigmentation. Choose products with active ingredients that address your skin's needs and apply them after toning.

Step 6: Moisturizing

Moisturizing is essential for all skin types, even oily skin. Choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type and contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides to hydrate and protect the skin.

Step 7: Sun Protection

Sunscreen is the most important step in any skincare routine. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it every day, even on cloudy days or indoors.

Additional Tips:

  • Listen to your skin and adjust your routine as needed.
  • Give new products time to work before expecting results.
  • Be consistent with your routine for best results.

Building a skincare routine doesn't have to be complicated. By following these steps and choosing the right products for your skin type, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin. Experiment with different products and techniques to find what works best for you, and remember that consistency is key to seeing results.


Below are some product recommendations for a basic skincare routine:

  1. Cleanser:

    • For oily/acne-prone skin: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
    • For dry/sensitive skin: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

  2. Exfoliator:

    • Physical exfoliator: The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub
    • Chemical exfoliator: Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

  3. Toner:

    • Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
    • Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

  4. Treatment Products:

    • Serum: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
    • Spot Treatment: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

  5. Moisturizer:

    • CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
    • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

  6. Sunscreen:

    • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Sunscreen SPF 100
    • EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

Remember, these recommendations are general and may need to be adjusted based on your specific skin type and concerns. It's always a good idea to patch test new products and consult with a dermatologist if you have any questions or concerns about your skincare routine.


JLAC Beauty Skincare Team

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