What do I really need in my skincare routine?

Are toners necessary?

No, toning is not necessary for skin health. Toners were originally developed to remove soap scum from the face when lye-based soaps combined with hard water left a sticky residue post cleansing. The alcohol-based toner removed the soap scum eliminating irritation and contributing to cleanser mildness.

How do I start a skincare routine?

Here are the steps for a good skincare regimen:

  1. Wash your face. Morning and night, rinse your face water and rub a small amount of gentle cleanser between clean palms. …
  2. Apply toner. …
  3. Apply serum. …
  4. Apply eye cream. …
  5. Use spot treatment. …
  6. Moisturize. …
  7. Apply retinoid. …
  8. Apply face oil.

How many serums do I need?

The reason why people suggest a maximum of two or three serums comes down to layering and penetration. Heaps of brands, salons and experts recommend leaving time between applying your serums and moisturisers, and doing it in a specific order so as to allow all of the ingredients to actually sink into your epidermis.

What is a simple skincare routine?

The basic steps of a skin-care routine are a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen, Emily Newsom, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, tells SELF. Seriously, that’s all you have to do. “I like to keep things pretty simple,” she says.

What should my facial routine be?

Think of your skin-care routine as consisting of three main steps: Cleansing — Washing your face. Toning — Balancing the skin. Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin.

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