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A good skin care routine is essential for a clear face and an even complexion. It’s crucial to incorporate good products into your routine and use them regularly. Without consistency, hard-to-remove blemishes can form. Dirt and makeup can clog pores even after using makeup remover, so creating a good skin care routine is crazy important! Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect skin care routine!

Tip 1: Know Your Skin Type

This is probably the most important aspect when it comes to creating a skin care routine. Do you struggle with oily or dry skin? Do you break out frequently? Is your skin sensitive to harsh chemicals? These three questions can help you find out what skin type you have, which will determine how you structure your skin care routine. Most brands make products for specific skin types. So if your skin is oily, look for oil-control products. If your skin is dry, keep an eye out for hydrating products. Use your skin as a guide to create your routine!

Tip 2: Know Your Steps

A good skin care routine consists of at least three items: cleanser, toner or astringent, and moisturizer. On top of that, you can add exfoliators, masks, eye creams, spot treatments, and a load of other products. The three basic products, however, are incredibly important in creating your routine. Find quality products that work for your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. I’m a huge advocate of First Aid Beauty, which is formulated for sensitive skin but works well with other types too. I love their cleanser and exfoliator, and I’ve heard great things about their moisturizer. When it comes to drugstore buys, I love Neutrogena products and any items from the Yes To line. The Yes To line also has different ingredients depending on your skin’s needs, which is awesome!

Tip 3: Know Your Tools

There are lot of tools made to help clean your face. The Clarisonic brush is one of the most popular, but expensive options out there. If you’re looking for something similar at a lower cost, check out the Neutrogena Wave, which helps clean deep into pores with vibrating pads rather than a spinning brush. If all else fails, use the tools you have on hand—your fingers. Cotton balls are great for toner or astringent, while fingers are best for moisturizers and cleansers.

Tip 4: Know Your Order and Why!

As mentioned before, skin care routines do have an order. I like to begin by removing my makeup with wipes (I use Burt’s Bees Makeup Removing Wipes) before cleansing my face because I don’t like the thought of just rubbing makeup around on my face. Then, I wash my face with cleanser to get rid of dirt and makeup. Next, I exfoliate a couple times a week to really clear the pores out and remove dead skin. After these steps, it’s time for an astringent or toner, which are like antiseptics for your face that get rid of bacteria and dirt. You can add a spot treatment for blemishes (if you don’t want to buy a spot treatment, try using clear aloe vera), eye cream, anti-aging cream, or any other optional steps. Finish off with a hydrating moisturizer! This will replenish your skin after all the washing it has been through!

Tip 5 Know Your Reactions and When to Stop

Skin can have negative reactions to products, and it’s important to know what these reactions are and what to do if they occur. The first reaction you could have is immediate skin irritation. When I first tried a popular acne product, I experienced skin irritation to an intense degree. My skin became red and painful to the touch, and after continuing to use the product, it got flaky and began to fall off like I had a sunburn. This is not healthy for your skin, and there are plenty of ways to clear your skin up without using harsh products like these! The second reaction you could have is an acne reaction. Some products may cause you to break you out, and that’s just the truth. This can happen with any product, so it’s important to figure out which product is the culprit and eliminate it from your skin care routine. Your routine should not include any products that negatively react with your skin!

With these tips, you can create the perfect skin care routine that’s customized just for you. Don’t forget to wash your face every night to get rid of dirt and makeup! If you’re acne-prone, try washing twice a day!

What essentials are in your skin care routine?