Building a Solid Skincare Routine

You know me, I’m all about the “less, but better” lifestyle. Likewise, putting together an effective skincare regimen doesn’t need to be a complicated affair. Whether you use two products or twelve, the most important consideration is making sure that your routine fits your needs and your lifestyle. Consistency is the key to results; the best skincare routine is one that you can stick to, so choose one that works for you!

At its most basic, a solid skincare routine only requires 3 steps for AM or PM. Start off with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser. This could be a balm, oil, milk, gel, or cream—whatever texture you prefer, as long as it’s appropriate for your skin type. In the morning, follow up with an antioxidant serum and some sun protection. Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radicals and oxidative damage throughout the day, while SPF shields you from cancer-causing and photo-aging UV rays. A well-formulated, unscented SPF also works around the eye area, protecting that delicate skin from the number one cause of signs of aging—the sun. I firmly believe that regular use of a good sunscreen is the single best thing you can do for your skin long-term.

A decent nighttime routine starts the same way, with your non-foaming cleanser of choice. Next, layer a water-based serum to hydrate skin and an oil-based product to seal in moisture. Your oil product could be a facial oil, a cream, or any other formula that suits your skin’s moisture needs. I would also sub in a retinol product (like my Etoile with Retinol Treatment Oil) however frequently your skin tolerates it—for some that may mean once a week, and for others it could be five times a week. As always, experiment to find the pace that works best for your individual needs.

On top of these basics, you can pepper in other products as you see fit. This will likely include weekly exfoliation, and may also feature masks, toners, mists, and targeted treatments to address any specific concerns you may have (including anything ranging from acne to sun spots). Think of these products as the icing on the cake—not the foundation of your routine, but quality embellishment that can elevate the whole experience.

What’s your go-to skincare routine like? Pared-down, or maximalist? Let me know in the comments below!