Creating a Skincare Routine 101

Creating a Skincare Routine 101

Do you get the feeling that the word “skincare” is all of the sudden everywhere?
People tell you to use this moisturizer, don’t use that serum, cleanse, double-cleanse and you…well, have no idea what they are talking about. If your skincare routine consists only of removing your makeup and washing your face before bed, this blog is perfect for you.

Why Should You Care?

We hear this a lot – our mothers and grandmothers did not use all of that, but their faces are still ok.
True, but wouldn’t you want it to be more than just ok? Because we do.

Building a skincare routine in this day and age is easier said than done.
Life happens and the last thing you want to do before you pass out in your bed is to think about creams and serums (we’ve all been there).
Nonetheless, a skincare routine is paramount to have, because it not only prevents potential external damage but also ensures that the skin’s natural defense barrier functions the right way.
Bonus points, it can make you look younger, healthier, and more refreshed than ever. And in the end, don’t we all want that?

Keep It Simple

When starting something new, the best thing to do is start from scratch, learn about every step and then upgrade it as you go.

The same goes for skincare, you don’t need to start with a 9-step skincare routine, start with three. You will get there, we promise.
Though everyone has different skin – and therefore different skin issues, concerns, goals, etc. – there are some skin-routine rules that can apply for everyone.

Step 1: Cleanse – twice a day
When you cleanse your skin at night, you are doing that not just to remove makeup and skincare products from throughout the day.
You are also removing everything that accumulated during the day – sweat, skin cells, excess oil…
On the other hand, cleansing in the morning is good for your skin, because when doing so, you are also removing sweat and oils you produced during the night.

Step 2: Moisturize – its job is to maintain skin balance
Dry or oil skin can lead to many skin problems, e.g acne will rear its ugly head.

Step 3: Protect – Protecting your skin from UV rays can prevent skin cancer and signs of aging.
Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or even higher and don’t forget to apply it daily (yes, even if there is no sun) as a final step in the skincare routine.

Time For An Upgrade

Now that we have learned about the basic steps, it is time for an improvement.

First stop – serums. They are filled with concentrated doses of active ingredients. These elixirs can mitigate a number of issues, from dark spots to wrinkles.

Some of the most popular options are:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol, vitamin B3, peptides
  • Niacinamide

For example, morning is a great time to use a serum with antioxidants- like a brightening vitamin C serum – because they protect your skin from the free radicals you’ll encounter throughout the day.

On the other hand, nighttime is great for hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
Water-based serums should go underneath a moisturizer; oil-based serums should be applied after it.

Toner also plays an important role in your skincare routine.
Toners can be successful when it comes to preparing the skin to make the best of the products to follow.
It is used right after cleansing and before putting anything else on your skin.
There are 2 ways of using it – with a cotton pad and with your bare hands.
Either you can fill up the cotton pad with the product and dab it all over your face or pour a few drops on your palm, then swipe it on, whatever feels good on your skin.

And, let’s not forget eye creams, especially for those of you on the other side of your thirties.
The eye area is especially delicate and it needs special attention. Applying eye cream under it can help to maintain the elasticity and firmness of the area.
Bonus points for the fact that it can feel calming on your tired eyes.
A good idea would be to keep it in the fridge because when cold, it helps with puffy eyes.

Now that we have an improved version of the routine, let’s take a look at the right order when layering skin products:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

Also, once in a while, it is good to exfoliate your skin and use face masks.
When exfoliating, you are getting rid of dead skin cells and unclogging pores, which as a result leave us with smooth skin.
On the other hand, face masks come in a variety of formulas to target your specific skin concerns, or just give an overall boost of hydration and glow.

Pro tip: even though it says “nighttime routine”, you should avoid doing it right before bed, but approximately one hour before it. It can happen that the products remain on the pillow, for example.

Bonus Tips

Keep it simple
As your skin-care routine continues to develop and evolve, perhaps the most important piece of information to remember is not to overdo it.
It can actually have the opposite effect.

Be patient

You have been doing your routine on a regular basis, but the effects are nowhere to be seen? Patience is in this case a desirable quality because for some of the products, it can take a while before you see the results.

Be persistent
Going through the same skincare routine day after day can feel a bit monotonous, but it is the key to achieving great results.


We know that all of this information can seem a bit overwhelming.
That is why you should start with baby steps and after a while, you will develop an admirable skincare routine.
We, at Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic, would be more than happy to help you every step of the way, so consult us today.

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