Developing a Skincare Routine
Words & Images by Lindsey Latimer
Developing a skincare routine is tricky. It’s hard to know what the best product is for you and your skin concern. As a non-professional, the most crucial piece of advice I can give you to begin is to wear sunscreen. It can save your life! *You should see a dermatologist regularly.
These tips are geared to those of you in your mid-to-late-twenties and early thirties, but caring for your skin is important at every age:
Understand your skin type
Is your skin oily? Dry? Combination? Acne-prone? Sensitive? It matters. Using the wrong type of product for your skin can exacerbate the issue: some products make your skin dryer or intensify your acne. Do some research and ask your dermatologist. Also, get a dermatologist.
Wash it all off
I’ve always heard it’s a good idea to keep makeup wipes on your nightstand for those evenings when you’re too tired (or had too much wine) and don’t have the energy to complete a ritual. Do you really want to keep all of the day’s bacteria on your face? And what for your pillow case? Shudder. I start at night by removing my eye makeup. My eyes are sensitive and I can no longer use oil-based removers, so my optometrist suggested makeup wipes, specifically the Simple and Neutrogena brands. These wipes even remove waterproof makeup while remaining gentle. While wipes are great at removing eye makeup, you need an extra kick for the rest of your face. This is where knowing your skin type comes in: choosing the wrong product could produce undesired results. I have combination skin, though it's dry this time of year. My current go-to cleanser is Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. Another great brand recently recommended to me by another blogger (via her dermatologist) is CeraVe- they have products for those of you who need extra hydration. Bonus: both brands can be purchased at your local drugstore!
I still suffer from hormone-induced breakouts at 30. How unfair is it that we have to deal with breakouts and wrinkles? I'm not acne-prone, so, instead of drying out my entire face, I prefer to spot-treat. For best results, look for a product containing Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.
Women of all ages must never skip this step, even if you have oily skin. During the cold and dry winter months, I prefer a heavier moisturizer. My go-to is Philosophy's Renewed Hope in a Jar. For summer I switch to a lighter cream. Philosophy's Take a Deep Breath is a favorite. Again, choose a moisturizer based on your skin type.
In my early 20s I didn’t use anti-aging products, but at 30 my outlook has changed! I think mid-20s is a good time to start thinking about eye cream- not necessarily with anti-aging benefits, just a product that will add some moisture to the sensitive area. I apply serum before applying moisturizer. Serums should be part of your routine as they often contain antioxidants and other preventive ingredients that moisturizers do not.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and apply a light moisturizer with SPF before your makeup. Keep it simple.
Do you have a skincare routine? What are your favorite products?