Your skin might have let you get away with a lot of things when you were younger—all-night partying in Bora, TV show marathons until the wee hours of the morn, junk food. But nothing lasts forever! We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already noticed subtle changes in the quality of your complexion over the years, especially if you have yet to establish a proper skincare regimen.
The great thing about caring for your skin is that once you get the hang of it, it’ll come as naturally as brushing your teeth. It might take a little more time, but that’s nothing when you consider the confidence boost you get with happy, healthy skin. These five fundamental steps are all you need to know.
STEP 1: CLEANSE.
For dry skin: You’ll want a rich and creamy formula that won’t dehydrate your skin as you strip it of impurities.
For normal, oily, or combination skin: Try a gel, liquid, or foaming formula that won’t add oiliness on top of your skin’s already-generous natural moisture content.
For sensitive skin: Opt for a medicated cleanser, possibly one with acne-fighting salicylic acid (but don’t forget to consult your dermatologist first).
STEP 2: TONE.
For normal, oily, or combination skin: Tone daily to rid your skin of excess sebum and makeup residue.
For dry skin: Tone sparingly, since your skin’s oil content is already relatively low.
No matter what your skin type: Avoid alcohol-based toners, which often cause that stinging sensation.
STEP 3: EXFOLIATE.
For dry or sensitive skin: Use a washcloth alongside your cleanser. You only need to exfoliate one to two times a month.
For normal skin: Use a traditional scrub—you know, the thing with granules in it.
For oily or combination skin: Exfoliate more frequently, daily or every other day. Your skin can take it.
STEP 4: MOISTURIZE.
For dry skin: Be generous! Slather on a rich, super-hydrating formula.
For oily skin: Naturally, you’ll want an oil-free formula. Don’t buy into the myth that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer. The more you starve it of moisture, the more your sebaceous glands will overcompensate for the lack of hydration.
For normal or combination skin: Opt for a light cream, applying more product to your cheeks and less to your T-Zone.
STEP 5: PAMPER (PLEASE DO!).
For dry skin: A hydration mask with snail cream should do nicely.
If you have oily skin: An acne-clearing mask with tea tree oil is perfect.
If you have normal skin: Try a skin-brightening mask with hyaluronic acid.
If you have combination skin: Mix and match! Apply a hydrating mask to your cheeks and an oil control mask to your T-Zone.