Do you want to create a skin care routine, but don't know where to start? Follow our guide to start a three-step regimen based on your skin type.
Before we start with product recommendations, we need to identify your skin type. This is essential to determine what type of products are right for your skin problems and needs. There are four main skin types: dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and normal skin. If you don't already know what skin type you have, read HERE to identify your skin type.
Once you've identified your skin type, you can start building a routine. We suggest starting with the three most essential products: A cleanser, a moisturizer, and an essence or serum to address specific skin needs. Of course, don't forget to use a sunscreen every day. You can try Innisfree's INTENSIVE TRIPLE CARE SUNSCREEN SPF50+ PA++++ , which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, brightens the skin and protects against UV rays.
A three-step routine for… dry skin :
With dry skin, it's all about moisturizing, moisturizing, moisturizing. For a cleanser, you'll want one that's gentle. Oil-based cleansers that remove makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum are great for all skin types (yes, even oily skin!), but dry skin is especially in need of the nourishing properties of these products. After using an oil-based cleanser, use a water-based one to remove impurities like dirt and sweat like COSRX's LOW PH GOOD MORNING GEL CLEANSER , ideal for dry skin.
Also , dry skin can be more prone to premature aging, making the use of products rich in amino acids vital. GREEN TEA SEED SERUM from Innisfree contains 16 different types of amino acids to revitalize dry and stressed skin and provides a high level of hydration.
For a moisturizer, you'll want something that not only moisturizes, but will maintain your skin's moisture levels long-term. Look for a cream that contains a blend of humectants and ceramides, emollients or occlusives (or all of the above) to rehydrate the skin like Dear, Klairs RICH MOIST SOOTHING CREAM which has a concentrated formula and provides immediate hydration , in the long term, for a more radiant complexion. It is an all-inclusive cream, formulated with glycerin, dimethicone and shea butter (both emollients).
A three-step routine for ... oily skin :
Anyone with oily skin knows how frustrating that seemingly permanent shine of grease can be. Double cleansing will help you tremendously in keeping sebum under control. After the oil-based cleanser, for the 2nd cleansing step I recommend GREEN TEA FOAM CLEANSER from Innisfree. Green tea is a wonder ingredient for acne sufferers as it is anti-inflammatory and helps heal pimples.
To clean and free the pores from excess sebum, dirt, impurities and dead cells you will need a product that gently exfoliates the basic skin of AHA or BHA. You can try COSRX's AHA 7 WHITEHEAD POWER LIQUID , which is effective in treating whiteheads, acne, enlarged and congested pores, tired and lifeless skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and avoid the feeling of tight and dry skin.
If you're reading this and thinking, "I don't need to moisturize, my skin already produces so much oil," I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you. When skin is dehydrated, it overproduces oil to compensate. To bring the level of sebum back to normal, moisturizing the skin is essential. You need a light cream that also has some soothing properties to help reduce the appearance of inflamed, red patches, like Dear, Klairs' MIDNIGHT BLUE CALMING CREAM .
A three-step routine for… combination skin :
Combination skin care is all about balance. For a cleanser that helps both oily and dry skin and removes all types of impurities, try Dear, Klairs GENTLE BLACK DEEP CLEANSING OIL . It is gentle but effective. It's everything you need from a cleanser.
As mentioned earlier, taking care of combination skin is all about balance, balance, balance! That's why I recommend you try COSRX's GALACTOMYCES 95 TONE BALANCING ESSENCE . This essence helps to nourish and moisturize the skin. Prolonged use gives a toned, smooth, hydrated and vitalized complexion. In addition, it helps to slow down the natural aging process of the skin.
A thick moisturizer may be too greasy for you, but a serum may not be enough for your skin's hydration needs. A cream with a gel texture though? Dear, Klairs FRESHLY JUICED VITAMIN E MASK multi-functional cream is perfect for combination skin because it provides light hydration, reabsorbs into the skin, has antioxidant effects and protects the skin against UV rays .
And if you have normal skin?
What luck! I recommend that you combine a routine from the products suggested above or from those in the NORMAL SKIN section, depending on your current skin problems.
Exfoliation is an incredibly important step in your skin care routine. Exfoliators help remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, unclog and decongest pimples or blackheads, and help remove blemishes and even out your complexion. If you have sensitive skin, use PHA or exfoliants with a low percentage of lactic acid or mandelic acid. An exfoliant like glycolic acid or a retinol are great options for those whose skin can handle a more aggressive exfoliant.