It’s important to note that dry skin is usually associated with colder climates and oily/combination skin is usually associated with warmer, more humid climates like ours. You may want to adjust your routine according to the weather. When starting out, it’s a good idea to choose products that adapt well to weather changes, like moisturizers that can be layered on during colder seasons or sunscreen that is easily reapplied for the summer months.
Step 1: Cleanser
A low pH cleanser is a great first step in forming your skincare routine. It’s in charge of washing off the dirt and excess oil at the start and end of the day. You’ll want a cleanser with a pH below 7 to maintain your skin’s naturally acidic pH. Bar soap just doesn’t cut it as they can be very drying with a pH of 9-10. This article is a great read for more information on pH levels and skincare.
Step 2: Moisturizer
A lightweight moisturizer is your best friend for climates like ours. It provides much needed hydration, which results in softer, healthier skin. Even oily skin types need hydration. Stripping your face of oil (usually from washing too often or using a cleanser with a high pH) can actually lead to oilier skin!
Step 3: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is the ultimate anti-aging product. It prevents premature wrinkles, helps fade dark spots, and provides much needed protection from cancer-causing UV rays. However, you can say goodbye to the sticky white sunscreens of your childhood as there are now dozens of comfortable formulations to choose from for different skin needs.
Step 4: Exfoliant
Washing your face regularly removes the dirt, oil, and products that pile up on your face daily but to get it really clean, you need to exfoliate. There are a few options when it comes to exfoliants, but a physical scrub is a great start. Your body naturally sheds dead skin on its own, but exfoliation helps speed that process along. It can also help with clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and even acne. Physical scrubs usually have an immediate effect resulting in softer, smoother skin after one wash, though they aren’t recommended for everyday use. Once a week is a good rule of thumb, but it can vary depending on the product and the sensitivity of your skin.