Beauty Skincare Tips: Basic Routine for The Newbie (Or A Lazy Day’s Fix)Aisha AliuApril 27, 2022

​​​It’s okay to be unsure of your next year’s wedding outfit, what car to buy in 2050, even your unborn triplets’ 20th birthday present. But with skincare, you must never be uncertain. Yes! It is a golden rule contained in the skincare code of Hammurabi, (just ask anyone from 1755, they will confirm it). 

Taking the time to care for yourself should never be treated in the way you’d treat junk (an indulgence) or deciding whether to buy a Hermes bag with company’s money (hesitation, plus clownery). Rather you should be decisive with skincare, treat it as a necessity. An obligation that should be observed 365/366 days a year, 2 times a day. 

I understand how difficult staying consistent is, especially on those days you want nothing more than to collapse into bed and shut your eyes and dream of your long-distance lover (or what ice cream will taste like in heaven). But as the Book of Skincare chapter Glow verse sixteen says: “Consistency is key.” You cannot afford to disobey the holy book (or to not glow!)

Now more than ever the skincare industry is booming, and there is far more awareness on taking care of the largest organ in our bodies – the skin. But because there are a variety of products every day in the market for all of our different skin types, it could easily get confusing and overwhelming, particularly for a newbie. Picking the right products is a real hassle when there is no guiding hand to point us in the right way. In this article, you’ll find expert advice on everything you need to know about everything you need when beginning your skin care journey.

Keep It simple but significant:

Don’t buy all the products you see on the shop shelf, or the products your favourite influencers advertise because you think it is what’s best for you. Start instead with the 3 basic routine steps: Cleanse, moisturise, protect (sunscreen). 

It can be really tempting to buy many products and just trial-and-error it, but your skin can easily get overwhelmed by the number of products you are introducing, and skin glitches which originally weren’t there may begin to pop up. Plus, you can save more money and avoid wasting products by just keeping it simple, till you understand your skin well enough to introduce a new product: an exfoliant. 

 

Observe/Discover your skin type:

The easiest way to discover your skin type is by observing it through the day. Are your T-zones often oily and shiny? (Your T-zones are your forehead, your nose, and your chin). Is your skin dry and flaky even after applying lotion? Do you get a combination of both? 

 

The skin is classified into 4:

  • Oily Skin: Excessive amount of shine due to overproduction of oil.
  • Dry Skin: With dry and flaky areas that may feel tight.
  • Sensitive Skin: Prone to redness and itching.
  • Combination Skin: A combination of both oily and dry skin types. 

 

Create a basic routine:

It gets easier after determining your skin type, because now you can narrow your search to what your skin needs and what your skin needs to avoid with a ten-foot pole. Thankfully, most brands include the skin type they are formulated for, making your search easy. Here are the first 5 steps you need as a beginner. 

1. Choose a suitable cleanser:

A cleanser is a product formulated to remove dirt, oil, pollutants, bacteria, and other impurities your skin encounters during the day or at night. Cleansing helps you start or end your day with clean skin and allows your other products to get easily absorbed. 

 

Our cleanser recommendations include:

Cerave foaming cleanser: Suitable for oily skin type; Cerave hydrating cleanser: Suitable for all skin types; Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser: Suitable for all skin types.

 

 

2. Find the right moisturiser: 

Did you know the skin loses water over the course of the day? It’s why we are usually advised to keep hydrated by drinking enough water (at least three litres a day is the doctor’s recommendation), and by moisturising too. Even with an oily skin, it is important to moisturise, because if not our skin compensates for a lack of moisture by producing more oil, which then goes ahead to clog the pores and encourage breakouts. 

All skin types will do well with an oil-free and fragrance-free moisturiser. We recommend these to help you stay hydrated:

Neutrogena hydro boost water gel: Suitable for oily skin; Cerave Moisturizing lotion: Suitable for dry skin. 

 

 

Always use a sunscreen:

Whether you’re a pilot or a Tiktok star, in Alaska or on the moon, SPF must always be in your bag (or not too far away!). Wear sunscreen every day, even if it’s a cloudy day. Asides protecting us from risks of skin cancer, it also slows down ageing. Some moisturisers and lotion contain SPF, but it’s best to buy a product whose sole duty is to protect us, and to ensure the SPF is 30 or higher to guarantee maximum protection. These sunscreens are skincare sweethearts, thank us later: 

Missha Essence SPF45: Suitable for oily skin; Missha Aqua SPF45: Suitable for dry skin; La Roche–Posay Ultra-Light Sunscreen: For sensitive and dry skin.

 

 

 

Now, Put It Together:

So, what to do is cleanse, moisturise, and protect – for a morning routine. But for a night-time routine, just cleanse and moisturise. This is simple enough that we should be able to follow through every day.

But be patient:

Who hasn’t touched up on a new product in the evening and marched straight for the mirror in the morning expecting to look like magic? Best in impatience? Call my name. But unfortunately, skincare isn’t an overnight miracle, and if you do stumble upon a product that promises an overnight miracle, you’d be wise to pick up your slippers and run for dear life. Breathe in and breathe out. Enjoy the process. Give your skin time and give your routine 1-2 months before introducing new products like a toner or an exfoliant. 

 

And one more thing: always remember to give yourself credit for how far you’ve come. Encourage yourself! If you don’t, who will? (And of course, always remember the holy book of skincare chapter Glow verse sixteen).  Do you have any questions? Reach out to us. The world of skincare may be terrifying at first, but we are here to offer guidance and help you take your first steps into glowdom.