All the skin care options out there got your washcloth in a twist? No worries! A legit routine can be as simple as 1-2-3 (or, at max, 1-2-3-4-5!)
It’s important to have a consistent ritual that helps your complexion function as it should: Turning over skin cells regularly to prevent dullness and acne, and maintaining optimal moisture so that it’s neither too oily nor too dry. The trick is finding the right routine that will help bolster your skin’s natural function. Here, we’ve created a get-ready primer for the skin care essentials you need to live your best, most radiant life.
Read on, and when you’re ready to take the next step, chat with our Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Experts to help customize with products best suited to your unique needs.
There are three main steps to the most fundamental of skin care routines: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Cleansers are available in an array of textures, from foamy to milky, and can help reduce oiliness or add hydration. Likewise, toners are no longer alcohol-laced moisture-strippers. Look for a pH-balanced formula that helps balance skin, or beauty essences and waters that offer added hydration without any slickness. To moisturize, choose a lotion for normal skin, a cream for dry skin or gel formulas for oily types. (And yes, even oily skin still needs hydration.)
If you’ve already got the basic three-step routine covered, it’s time to take a more treatment-oriented approach to long-term glowiness. To prevent damage, incorporate an antioxidant-rich serum into your regimen—following your toner—to help shield skin from daily aggressors like pollution. (To correct past damage, look into a concentrated ‘booster’ formula; ingredients like vitamin C helps restore dull skin and eradicate sun spots of the past.) To blast fine lines, seek out ingredients like collagen and elastin-stimulating retinol—just be sure to use an SPF with the latter to avoid sun sensitivity—and apply at night only.
You get a gold star for wanting to take a more targeted approach to your already awesome routine! The under-eye area can always benefit from a little extra TLC, so try an eye cream with caffeine to help reduce puffiness, and brightening ingredients like vitamin C to minimize the appearance of dark circles. Aside from your daily routine, a concentrated mask should be used weekly. Clay masks are super popular for oily skin types, while sheet masks are best for dehydration (and if you’re uber dry, try an overnight option.)
Whatever your routine, don’t forget about the rest of your skin—and hair too!—especially during the dry mid-winter months. Hands and limbs will benefit from the silk-ification of a body lotion, while a facial primer provides an instant, post-moisturizer and pre-makeup radiance boost. Finally, like your skin, your strands could likely use some extra moisture in the form of a hydrating shampoo, conditioner or treatment.
That’s it! Remember, a new skin care regimen can take weeks before results become evident, so don’t expect overnight results. Good skin is a marriage of practice—and patience.