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Skincare 101: Build a Routine for Beginners

Then meditate your way to youthful skin.

By SotiraPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
Skincare 101: Build a Routine for Beginners
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Skincare can be a minefield! A $511 billion industry with thousands of products; how do you know what’s best for your skin? What does a routine look like?

I find for those who don’t have a true passion for beauty products, it can be very confusing to navigate the beauty industry today. It can be equally challenging to keep on top of it day and night.

First steps

The most important thing to getting started is knowing what your skin type is. The below image can give you an idea of the characteristics of each skin type.

Right, let us get into the routine.


Washing your face is a very important part of your skincare routine. It will remove dirt, oil that has built up in the pores and help the skin to shed the dead top layer.

The beauty of this step is it’s quick and easy, can be done in the shower or at the sink when brushing your teeth.

There are many types of cleansers to suit different skin types. You can get many consistencies.

If you have Combo or Oily skin, opt for gel or foam. Normal to dry skin opt for cleansers in milky, balm or oil form.

This isn’t a hard and fast rule, in fact, there are no rules when it comes to beauty. The key is to find the products that work for your skin, sometimes this does mean trial and error.


Toners are often water like, lightweight liquid-form products that you use after cleansing.

Some opt to use a cotton round, others use their hands to apply the products or for ease, you can buy toner in spray form which is even easier.

I’m someone who personally swears by toning. Although this step has long been a controversial topic, with some questioning whether it’s actually needed. It is!

Toning ensures all oil, dirt and residue are removed from the skin. It will restore and balance the skin's PH after cleansing.

They can also act as an exfoliant for uneven skin tone or treatments for hyperpigmentation.

If you have dry skin you can opt for toners with ingredients like rose, mushroom or hyaluronic acid for hydration. If you have combo or acne-prone, oily skin there are many ingredients on the market and include ingredients like salicylic acid, rice or tea tree.

These are just some examples, there really are products for every skin type or concern.


After cleansing and toning the skin, you want to protect the skin's barrier. Moisture helps to repair the skin as it goes through the lifecycle and sheds.

Moisturising keeps your skin looking youthful too.

I’m someone that loves oil-based products for oily skin, but that’s an article for another day. For the sake of putting a new routine in place, I’d recommend keeping it as simple as possible.

This simple guide from Jordana Mattioli can help with consistency when choosing a product based on your skin type, which hopefully you established earlier in the article.


I recently wrote an article on wearing an SPF each day. I strongly recommend you add this in from day one when putting together your routine. The beauty of an SPF is it can be incorporated in the moisturising step, although I’d recommend a separate product for the sake of nighttime.

These are the bare minimum that should be put into place when forming a routine. Keep it simple, then once you have a grip on these steps day and night you can add in further products as needed.

I love oils, chemical exfoliants, essence; the list goes on. I use the time in the morning and evening to meditate as I go through my routine and it has become something I look forward to instead of a chore.

Hopefully, this has helped you to get started.


About the Creator


Beauty Product Developer, curly girl, and professional matcha drinker. I write about all of the above, helping you to find the best products on the market.

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