Building your own skincare routine can seem complicated and daunting, especially if you are a complete beginner. It seems as though there are so many things you have to consider and take into account. You may have questions like how many products you should be using, or what the various forms of skincare products do to your skin. Hence, with all these questions and uncertainties, you may be overwhelmed and decide to abandon the idea of creating a skin routine altogether. This is where we step in to help! In this article, we will explain the three main steps to take to create a basic skin routine. This will be beneficial to all you folks out there who don’t know where to begin in their first steps of building a skincare routine. You can use this as a guide, and customise it to however you like. Your skincare routine should be a source of comfort and relaxation, and hence you shouldn’t make it complicated or stress yourself out!

Three Main Skincare Routine Steps

Based on what we have gathered from the experts, it appears that every skincare routine should encompass these three steps. Firstly, cleansing your skin, next, treating your skin well, and lastly, moisturising it. Most of these words probably ring a bell. One would know that cleansing your skin would encompass a face wash, while moisturising would be to hydrate your skin. However, treating your skin may seem like a foreign task to some, especially when you are just starting to learn about skincare and creating a routine. So, what does treating your skin actually mean? Usually, when we talk about treating our skin, we are looking at the application of serums or lotions that contain skin-enhancing ingredients such as vitamin c, or other nutrients. These ingredients in the skin would depend on the skin goals you want to achieve. Hence, the second step of treating your skin is actually extremely important in the whole skincare routine process. In fact, it can change your entire skin condition altogether!

Stick With It

The most important aspect of having a skincare routine is patience. You will never achieve the desired results if you want a quick and easy fix. The best way to create a sustainable skincare routine would be to keep going at it, slowly but surely. The results will never come instantly, and it may sometimes take months for you to even notice a difference. However, you should always trust the process, and when you do, you’re sure to be surprised with how much your skin will improve over time!

Your Morning Skincare Routine Steps

1. Cleanser

Cleansing your face is the most fundamental step in your skincare routine, as it removes any of the dirt and oils from your skin. Basically, it removes all the gunk and preps your skin for the next few steps. Be sure not to tug on your skin though, be gentle! Many a time, people over-cleanse their skin, to the point where they strip their skin from all the layers that actually serve to protect the skin. For individuals who have sensitive or dry skin, they should definitely stick to cleansing their skin only at night, and then only rinse it with water in the morning.


What should you look out for in a facial cleanser you may ask? Well, a good cleanser will give your skin a thorough cleanse, but will not strip your skin of the natural oils that are actually beneficial to protecting your skin. An example of a good cleanser would be one that has a good pH balance while being sulfate free and also gentle to the skin.

2. Toner

Another component to incorporate into your skincare routine would be using a toner. What are toners? They are actually water-based, comes in liquid form, and are usually applied on the skin after it has been cleaned and dried. Usually, individuals use their fingers or some form of cotton wool to pat it into the skin. The hallmark of a good toner would be one that ensures that your skin is completely clean of any dirt, and feels squeaky clean. 

3. Serum

For those with various skin troubles that may need some additional help, a serum may be extremely useful in this case. Serums can help directly target various skin condition issues that an individual may face, and can be extremely customisable to one’s various skin needs. However, because serums are so packed with nutrients to maximise their benefits, you will also need to be aware of the specific instructions and requirements when using a serum. Certain serums will recommend usage in the morning, while some would recommend you use it at night. It all depends on the type of serum you choose.

4. Eye Cream

You might be wondering what the differences are between eye creams and face creams. After all, aren’t they all creams? What is the difference between the two? Well, eye creams are specially formulated to be suitable for use around the eye area. Did you know that out of all the many areas on your face, the eye area actually ages the fastest? Hence, this is where the ‘treatment’ step comes into play. For individuals who may be older, or are just more particular about getting wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eye areas, you might be particularly interested in investing in a high-quality eye cream. It can definitely help in reducing puffiness or any form of eye circles that would make you look older than you are.

5. Moisturizer

Here’s how to pick a moisturizer formula, based on your skin type: Lastly, moisturise! The last step after you are done treating your face would be to apply the top layer of moisturiser to seal everything in! A good moisturiser will ensure that your skin remains hydrated and moist.


With that, we’ve come to the end of this article! All in all, we have covered the essentials to building a good skincare routine, and we hope this has been beneficial for you and that you’ve managed to learn more. All the best in your skin journey!

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