how to build a skincare routine

Knowing what products work together, why you're supposed to use them and what order to use them is often very confusing for a skincare n00b. Over the next few days, I'm going to be talking about building a skincare routine from scratch. Todays topic: The Products.

The Basics

Cleanser: It's a no brainer that you are going to need something to clean your face. You want a good cleanser, designed for your skin type that removes debris, oil, and makeup. As Caroline Hirons always says, ALWAYS WET CLEANSE. Double cleanse if you wear a lot of makeup or SPF during the day.

Toners: Toners come in lots of different varieties from balancing, repairing, exfoliating and hydrating. They are designed to replenish and rebalance the skin surface after cleansing. Depending on your skin's need it's best to get one designed for your specific skin type. Therefore, they will meet all your skin concerns; otherwise you could be doing more harm than good.

Exfoliators: Exfoliation accelerates the process of shedding the dead skin from the top layers of the skin. It also helps with hyperpigmentation, improve radiance, aid dry areas and keeps your skin smooth. A good exfoliation session can really refresh the skin and the overall appearance of your face. It also aids how well the skin absorbs other products like moisturiser, stop treatments and oils.

Moisturiser: The moisturising step of a skincare routine is the part that's designed to put back the moisture that will have been removed from the skin during cleansing. They protect your skin from the elements and will help keep it supple and smooth. It's best to use one that's best for your skin type, and roughly a 10p sized blob should be sufficient for your face.

The Optionals:

Spot Treatments: If your spot prone then make sure to add an anti blemish treatment into your routine. Something with Salicylic Acid, AHA's or Benzoyl peroxide (in some cases) in which is going to soothe existing breakouts and prevent bacteria from spreading around the face.

Anti Aging Treatments: These can be added to you're routine whatever your age, although are most effective used from the 20's onwards. Designed to protect your skin from environmental damage, like sun damage and pollution. These are typically packed full of antioxidants designed improve your skin in numerous ways, from reducing redness to stimulating healthy collagen production and improving the appearance of wrinkles. The key word in Anti-Aging products is the ANTI bit, designed to prevent the signs of ageing not reverse them.

Targeted Treatments: These are your face masks, facial oils and lip treatments. The added extras that you might not use on a daily basis but can be used as a boost whenever your skin needs some extra TLC.

This week I'll be talking you through building a skincare routine. Including products, building a routine and my skincare routine.